As you get closer to the high school level years, are you concerned about preparing your child for higher level learning both academically and spiritually? Are you hoping to instill good work habits in your child that will encourage more independence in learning? Using Scripture as the lens through which to view the world, do you want to give your child the needed tools to develop a Christian worldview that will help your child stand firm in the faith? Is it your heart's desire for your child to draw nearer to the Lord through spending time in His word each day?
Hearts for Him Through Time: Revival to Revolution was written with the goals of preparing your child both academically and spiritually for higher level learning; instilling good work habits to encourage more independence in learning; using Scripture as the lens through which to view the world providing the needed tools to help your child stand firm in the faith; and striving to draw your child nearer to the Lord each day through time spent in His Word. The Revival to Revolution Teacher's Guide provides a year's worth of daily plans filled with meaningful discussions, readings, activities, experiments, projects, and notebooking without all of the 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, a worldview study, a composer study, a Bible quiet time, 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 written for students ages 11-13 with extensions provided for 8th and 9th graders.
Hearts for Him Through Time: Revival to Revolution 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 enjoyable 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 even 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 helps 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 6th-7th grade student read the Basic Package independently instead. The Basic Package is highly recommended, unless you need to economize or are very short on time. The Science Package focuses on physical science this year. You will have a choice of Option 1 or Option 2 for science. Both options include the 6 living books on the lives of the inventors, however Option 1 contains the Exploration Education Standard Curriculum Kit and Option 2 includes the Exploration Education Advanced Curriculum Kit. 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 mid-1700's through the 1900's, from the period of Revivals and the Great Awakenings through the Industrial Revolutions. This year of study is meant to provide students with an exciting, narrative look at American history set within the worldwide context of an awakening church, social reform, revolutions and rebellions, the rise of Protestant denominations and modern missions, industrial revolutions, and the beginnings of the modern world. Students will learn about each time period through the stories of painters, musicians, authors, poets, doctors, scientists, inventors, kings, queens, and leaders of the time. This narrative approach does show some of the sins of a fallen world, yet it also shows how God is sovereign in history and how He moves both men and nations toward their destiny in Jesus Christ. Church history and missions are 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 composer study, math, science, part of language arts, and Bible. The composer study and inventor study are loosely connected to the history study by time period. Each subject area listed below is scheduled or referenced in the guide on the right side of the daily plans.