As you approach the middle school years, are you concerned about adequately preparing your child for higher level learning? Do you worry that with the increased focus on academics that you may miss out on teaching your child to live for and love the Lord? Is your child ready for more independence, yet still in need of guidance to become a Godly young man or a Godly young woman?
Hearts for Him Through Time: Creation to Christ was written with the busy homeschool mother and teacher in mind. This guide provides a year's worth of daily plans filled with enjoyable discussions, readings, activities, experiments, projects, and notebooking without all of the usual planning and preparation that these types of lessons usually require. Straight-forward daily plans are provided on each two-page spread. On the left side of the plans, a variety of short, systematic daily lessons and activities are designed to coordinate with the readings from living history "spines" in order to bring history to life. On the right side of the plans, poetry, math, science and all areas of language arts are scheduled for you, allowing you to do the subjects in any order. These plans require little or no preparation and use only materials you're likely to have on hand. This guide is geared for students ages 9-11 with extensions provided for 6th and 7th graders.
Hearts for Him Through Time: Resurrection to Reformation features 35 units with complete daily plans. Each unit lasts for 4 days, providing the 5th day of each week for you to use as you wish. The 4 day plan can also be stretched to cover 5 days if needed. These plans are meant to save you time planning, so you can spend your time making fond memories as you watch your children grow in all areas. Activities are rotated daily, to help you cover many areas that might otherwise be neglected, without lengthening your school day. These plans are designed to provide an academic, balanced approach to learning, but more importantly to help you reach your children's hearts as well as their minds. Little preparation is required, and all of the skill areas are covered. Each day of plans is divided into the following 2 parts: "Learning Through History" and "Learning the Basics". Each segment of the plans is further designated as" Teacher Directed (T)", "Semi-Independent (S)", or "Independent (I)". Dividing the plans in this manner will help guide you in moving your children toward more independent work.
Lesson plans are written so you can customize the program to suit your family's needs. Resources contained in the Economy Package are considered necessary. The Economy Package includes your Teacher's Guide. The Basic Package provides carefully selected living books that coordinate well with the history plans for you to read aloud for the Storytime portion of the plans. If you are already doing read-alouds for a different Heart of Dakota program, you may choose to have your 5th-6th grade student read the Basic Package independently instead. The Basic Package is highly recommended, unless you need to economize or are very short of time. The Science Package includes books focusing on Earth Science. You will have a choice of Option 1 or Option 2 for science this year. Resources under the "Choices" heading include choices that must be made to complete the program. This is another area where you can easily customize your choices to best meet your child's needs. Resources in the Self-Study Extension Package are available to customize the program even further by providing age-appropriate history readings for older students that correspond well with the history portion of the plans. Click on the packages link at the top of this page to view the various packages.
The "Learning Through History" part of the program provides a deeper look at the time period from the Resurrection of Christ to the Reformation. This year of study is meant to provide students with a Christ-centered overview of the growth of the early church, the Dark Ages, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Reformation, the exploration of the new world, and the advancement of science. Within the readings, students will learn about each time period through the lives of the people who lived then. This biographical approach to history shows the strengths and gifts that people were given, along with the mistakes and errors that they made. Yet, the resources chosen for this study will show how God in His loving care watched over His people amidst persecution and trials. Church history is woven in and out of the narratives at the proper places in history, leading students to see that all of history belongs to God and is actually "His" story. The areas listed below are linked with the history stories.
The other subjects not directly linked to the history study include math, science, part of language arts, and Bible. The additional subject areas listed below are scheduled or referenced in the guide on the right side of the daily plans.