Revival to Revolution: Homeschool Program for Ages 11-13, with Extensions for Ages 14-15

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Revival to Revolution: Heart of Dakota’s Homeschool Program for Ages 11-13, with Extensions for Ages 14-15

Heart of Dakota‘s Revival to Revolution curriculum is written for students within a target age range of 11-13 years old. Students this age would be in about 6th or 7th grade. An advanced 6th grade student would probably do just fine with Revival to Revolution.  A 7th grade student would more than likely thrive! The Extension Package can be added for students who are ages 14-15. This set of books and follow-up assignments are meant to be completed independently by 8th or 9th grade students. They extend the history by following the same chronological flow of time as the daily plans. This exciting set of living books takes the reading up a notch! But, it also keeps the Charlotte Mason style of learning alive and well for 8th-9th graders.

Cole with His Extension Package
Carrie and Shaw Discussing Reading About History
Multiple choices in physical science make Revival to Revolution customizable for 6th to 9th grade students as well!

Likewise, there are 2 exciting options for physical science! Both options include Heart of Dakota’s specially designed Inventor Study, complete with Charlotte Mason style living books and full-color Inventor Student Notebook pages! The first option includes the Inventor Study along with the Standard Exploration Education lab kit. This option is most appropriate for 6th or 7th grade students.  The second option includes the Inventor Study along with the Advanced Exploration Education lab kit. This option is most appropriate for 8th or 9th grade students.  Students in 9th grade who complete both the Inventor Study and the Advanced Exploration Education kit earn one full credit in Physical Science with Lab.

Multiple levels of literature instruction offer further choices in customizing Revival to Revolution!

Drawn into the Heart of Reading (DITHOR) includes multiple levels of student books and book packages.  What level you choose depends on how new you are to Heart of Dakota and formal literature study! Sixth grade students who have not completed Level 4/5 previously may want to use the 4/5 DITHOR Student Book.  If they have completed the 4/5 Student Book prior to sixth grade, they can either move up to the 6/7/8 Student Book or purchase another 4/5 Student Book to do again with harder books. Seventh and eighth grade students should use the 6/7/8 Student Book, as this will prepare them best for high school level literature.

Any level of DITHOR book pack works with any level of DITHOR Student Book.  So, if you have a sixth grade student who is a strong reader who is not as strong of a writer, you might choose the 4/5 Student Book and the 6/7 Book Pack.  Or, if you have a strong writer who is not as strong of a reader, you might choose the 6/7/8 Student Book, and the 5/6 Boy or 5/6 Girl Interest Book Pack.  Or, if you’d rather choose your own books altogether, you can use our Sample Book Ideas List to do that too!  Regardless, if possible, it is best for 7th and 8th grade students to use the 7/8 Boy or 7/8 Girl Interest Book Pack, as this will prepare them best for high school level literature.

Multiple levels of spelling, math, and grammar help each student progress to the next level as well!

For spelling, there are 4 levels of dictation passages in the Appendix of Revival to Revolution.  The passages begin with Level 5 and progress through Level 8.  Levels 6 through 8 are included in the next guide’s Appendix (Missions to Modern Marvels).  So, students start where they need to ability-wise in spelling, and progress each year as able.  If a student struggles with spelling, he/she might begin with Level 5.  Or, if a student is an excellent speller, he/she might begin with Level 7 or 8. Likewise, for math there are plans for a choice of 3 levels: Singapore Math 5A/5B, Singapore Math 6A/6B, or Principles of Mathematics Book 1.  Finally, there is a choice of 2 grammar levels.  Students can either complete one full year of R & S English 5, or they can finish out the second half of R & S English 6.

Reading about History grows up a little more each year!

Revival to Revolution recognizes high school is just around the corner, and it steps up the skills incrementally accordingly!  Students read their own Reading about History and sharpen their written narrations skills by increasing their length to 10-14 sentences.  They also step up their self-editing skills by using their Written Narration Skills: Student’s List to edit their own written narrations.  Students give both detailed and summary oral narrations. They also use provided Scriptures to weigh a historical character’s thoughts, words, or actions in light of the Bible.  Furthermore, full-color period artwork pertinent to the history reading is also included each week. Students study the period artwork and discuss it using provided guiding questions.

Geography, notebooking skills, history projects, and independent history studies provide additional ways to respond to history readings!

In Geography, students use the U.S. History Atlas to locate significant places in history and label their own history specific maps using Map Trek: Revival to Revolution. Additionally, Charlotte Mason-style timeline entries march on, as students continue to add to their “Book of Time.” A variety of history follow-up assignments teach a multitude of skills.  The History Project teaches students to follow incremental steps to complete a hands-on project connected to the history reading each week.  Independent History Study assignments have students listening to audio presentations, drawing step-by-step illustrations, completing notebook entries, writing copywork entries of quotes and verses, and coloring noteworthy historical pictures.

Worthy Words, Research, and a Fifty States Study – oh my!

Some new and notable things that are unique to Revival to Revolution are Worthy Words, the Research of the Signers, and the Fifty States Study!  In Worthy Words, students learn to read primary source documents. Students study speeches and letters of famous men and women in history.  Provided guiding questions help students understand the primary source, the writer’s sentiments, and the purpose for which the document was written.  In Research, students use The Signers to research the lives of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.  Students note their research findings on full-color portrait cards provided in the Student Notebook.  Finally, a Fifty States Study provides a witty and interesting overview of the building of our nation, state by state.

Shaw with His Signers of the Declaration of Independence Cards
Storytime – who shall do the reading?

It could be that this is the year your student takes over the Storytime readings!  I know.  You probably have mixed feelings about that, which Carrie realized. This is why she labeled Storytime as either a “T” teacher-directed or an “I” independent part of the plans!  It’s so nice to have that flexibility, isn’t it?  I remember my oldest son noticing the “T” or “I” politely asking if I’d be very hurt if he just read the books himself.  Hmmm.  I was kind of hurt. But then he wisely said, “I mean, Mom, you have two other little guys to read to – and I can read these.  I LIKE to read these; so why don’t you just read to the ones who need it?”  Hmmm.  Good point.

With my middle son, he came up with the middle-of-the-road plan of me reading for 10 minutes, and when the timer dinged, he would read the rest.  Very middle child-like, right?  My youngest son has already told me he’d LOVE for me to read them all.  Very youngest child-like, right?  The point is, it all works.  Just pick what you and your child like best! No matter how the reading is accomplished, higher level thinking questions specific to each day’s reading are provided.  Hence, students ponder provided analysis, synthesis, and evaluation questions, as well as orally narrate in response to the readings.  Very balanced, don’t you think? Much higher level thinking required here than just one right answer questions!

Let’s get inspired!

Revival to Revolution says, “Let’s get inspired!” First, by music, then by Hebrew’s heroes, next by Biblical worldview, and finally by inventors!  First, students enjoy a music appreciation study two days each week with The Story of Classical Music and with Amy Pak’s Hands-on Activity lapbook.  Then, students meet the heroes faith in their own Bible Quiet Time with Hidden Treasures in Hebrews.  Next, students delve into a Biblical Worldview Study with you as the parent via Who Is God? And Can I Really Know Him? Finally, students meet the inventors who used physical science principles to pave the way for growth in power, manufacturing, production, communication, and transportation!

Shaw Using His Bible and ACTS Model Prayer Starters for Bible Quiet Time
Mike and Shaw Discussing Heroes of the Faith
Mike Teaching Biblical Worldview
Inventor Study
Composer Study Lapbook
Furthermore, let us not forget creative writing and poetry study!

While R & S English provides more systematic step-by-step writing assignments, The Exciting World of Creative Writing balances this out by drawing out the creative side of your student! Poetry study further taps into that creative ability with thought-provoking questions, copywork of classical poetry, connections between poetry and historical events, and pertinent background information.  Yes!  Students will be inspired by timeless words of others, but in turn they will also learn to inspire themselves, with words of their own! So, that wraps up Revival to Revolution! 

In Christ,




Resurrection to Reformation: Heart of Dakota’s Homeschool Program for Ages 10-12, with Extensions for Ages 13-14

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Resurrection to Reformation: Heart of Dakota’s Homeschool Program for Ages 10-12, with Extensions for Ages 13-14

Heart of Dakota‘s Resurrection to Reformation is a homeschool program written for ages 10-12. Furthermore, it includes extensions for ages 13-14. This guide provides a Christ-centered overview 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.  Get ready for an inspiring biographical approach to learning!  You will see how the strengths and gifts people were given equipped them to persevere through persecution and trials. Likewise, you will enjoy seeing how the strengths and gifts of your own children show themselves!

Students take over the reading of more Reading About History living books!

As Charlotte Mason advocated, students at the age of 9 should be more responsible for reading in all subject areas.  Why?  Well, because simply put, they remember it better. Picture yourself.  Would you rather have someone read aloud to you? With you only listening? And then be asked to share what you remember or answer questions about what was read? Or, would you rather have held the book in hand, have read it yourself, and then be asked to share what you remembered or answer questions?

Likewise, if you were required to write what you remembered, would you rather have read it yourself, with book in hand, or had someone else read it to you?  Let’s say the reading was about Charlemagne.  Would you be more likely to spell ‘Charlemagne’ properly if you read it yourself, or if your parent read it to you? The point is, once you are able to read, it is beneficial to read for yourself. Why? Because it begins to impact your comprehension, your retention, and your writing abilities. Hence, children are the same.  Therefore, Carrie wrote Resurrection to Reformation to have students read more of their history on their own.

Students respond to their reading in a variety of ways to help them become well-rounded students!
Students respond to their history readings in a variety of ways, so students can enjoy their strengths and improve their weaknesses. How? Well, first, students give an oral narration by retelling the history reading using oral narration tips. Second, students summarize biographical information about famous men and women from the history reading. Third, students locate the places around the world where famous people made their mark on history. Fourth, students write a written narration to reflect upon the history reading. Carrie made sure to include written narration tips to help.
Full-color student notebook pages provide a timeless keepsake of what was learned through the year!

Student notebook pages come printed in full color to provide a timeless keepsake of the year. Customized postcards of the cities researched, portraits of the people studied, maps of the places mentioned in the stories, paintings by great Renaissance artists, and authentic artifacts grace the pages of this lovely resource. Additional skills of research, timeline, geography, and independent history study skills round out the notebook entries.  The notebook pages also provide helpful visual aids for completion of history projects.

You choose whether you want to read the history-focused read alouds or not!

History read-alouds that are Charlotte Mason-style living books march alongside the history theme chronologically.  Since 10-12 year old children vary greatly, you choose whether you’d like to read these books aloud or not.  The following varied activities rotate through the “Storytime” box of plans and coordinate with the read-alouds:

  • orally narrating
  • finding vivid descriptions
  • locating new vocabulary
  • identifying plot twists
  • recognizing strong moods
  • copying great lines
  • watching for life lessons
What study of this period would be complete without a celebration of art and of Shakespeare?

Who could study this time period and not be awed by the visual beauty of art and the written words of Shakespeare?!?  Resurrection to Reformation does not disappoint.  With Art Appreciation, students enjoy Looking at Pictures to gain a more complete understanding of art. But, they also enjoy picture study more Charlotte Mason style with full-color art gallery pictures.  Never will they enter an art gallery ill-equipped to fully appreciate the art gracing the walls.  Likewise, Tales of Shakespeare and its accompanying Shakespeare Student Notebook pages help students enjoy Shakespeare.  This low-key introduction to Shakespeare is the gift that keeps giving!  Why?  Well, students who first enjoyed Shakespeare at a young age will likely enjoy it more fully in high school.

At a time when students are growing and changing, a girl and boy study is included!

One of the only things that was constant during the time period of Resurrection to Reformation was change.  Likewise, our children are experiencing much change during this time in life. RTR recognizes and honors this! How? Well, two days in each unit are focused on a devotional study about becoming a Godly young man or woman. This devotional Bible study is scheduled for the parent and student to complete and discuss together. At a time where there can be much confusion about this all-important topic, this study gives us as parents a Biblical way to be sure our children get it right.

Formal writing instruction makes a further connection to history with IEW’s Medieval History-Based Writing!

This IEW formal writing program by Lori Verstegan’s adds another important connection to the history theme!  No need to watch instructional videos, this writing program provides all you need in the plans. It includes two levels of instruction, checklists, samples, notes, vocabulary cards, and quizzes. The source material for the lessons is provided within the IEW Student Book.  Furthermore, it corresponds beautifully with the time period!

Get inspired by Bible Quiet Time!

Each daily Bible quiet time includes independent Bible lessons from
Hidden Treasures in Philippians. Students move step-by-step through Philippians to lead them to discover timeless truths. Each quiet time also includes a prayer focus, Scripture memory work, and music. Within each unit, students rotate through the 4 parts of prayer: adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication.

Just as the Bible Quiet Time is sure to inspire, Emily Dickinson’s poetry is sure to do the same!

A different classic poem written by Emily Dickinson is studied in each unit. Carrie chose each poem for its enduring quality and its ability to withstand the test of time. She chose the following varied activities to link to the poetry:

  • introduction of unfamiliar vocabulary
  • questions and discussion related to the meaning of the poem
  • lessons focusing on poetic devices
  • memorization of previously studied poems
  • copywork of selected poems within the Common Place Book
Daily science includes living books’ readings that encourage a love for God’s creation of Earth!

Unforgettable living book science readings provide the backbone for this year of earth science study.  Forget about the less than exciting textbooks you read about earth science in school.  Blot from your memory the science experiments you more than likely watched your teacher perform due to lack of supplies for every student.  This exciting year of earth science includes the varied science activities that are sure to make science come alive!  How? Well, first, students create a science notebook entry that includes diagrams, scientific terms, and Biblical copywork. Second, students alternate between oral and written narration to retell the science reading. Third, students alternate between oral narration and a choice of written narration topics with accompanying vocabulary words. Fourth, students conduct an experiment related to the reading and log it in a science notebook or on a copy of the “Science Lab Form.”

Finally, keep moving forward in language arts and math!

Reading, writing, copywork, spelling, grammar, and math – progress in these areas cannot be stressed enough.  With multiple levels of choices in each of these critical areas, students are sure to continue moving forward.  Incremental building upon these skills each year is necessary. Consequently, students are not ‘surprised’ by the rigor of upper middle school and high school.  Resurrection to Reformation recognizes the importance of taking a student where they are and moving them forward incrementally with purpose.

In closing, check out the areas linked with Learning Through History, in list form:

Corresponding History Readings
Who’s Who? Entries
Written Narrations
Oral Narrations
Timeline Sketches
Postcards of Places Researched
Mapping Exercises
Shakespeare: Readings, Coloring Pages, Copywork
History Interest Read-Alouds
Weekly Hands-on History Projects
Copywork: Quotes and Verses
Step-by-step Sketching with Draw and Write Through History: Vikings, Middle Ages, and Renaissance
Artist Overview Pages
Creation of a History Notebook
Corresponding Audio Overview of History with Diana Waring’s What in the World Vol. II
Medieval History-Based Writing Lessons

Additionally, here are the areas included in Learning the Basics, in list form:

Classic Poetry from Emily Dickinson: Read and Respond to a new poem weekly; Memorize one poem per quarter
Art Appreciation using Looking at Pictures
Personal Quiet-Time Bible Study of Philippians
Bible Passage Memory Work of Philippians 1 with CD
Bible Study: Becoming a Godly Young Man or Woman using Boyhood and Beyond or Beautiful Girlhood
Spelling: Choice of three sets of Dictation Passages
Grammar Lessons using the Text Building with Diligence: English 4 or Following the Plan: English 5
Literature Study using Drawn into the Heart of Reading
Choice of Math
Daily Living Book Science Readings in the area of Earth Science
Science Experiments with Written Lab Sheets emphasizing the Scientific Process
Notebooking in Science
Science Written Narrations with Guided Questioning

In Christ,