Sneak Peek at New Guide: Missions to Modern Marvels

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Sneak Peek at New Guide: Missions to Modern Marvels

Post by Carrie » Sun Oct 30, 2011 7:51 pm

Ladies,

I thought you might enjoy a few sneak peeks at the new guide Missions to Modern Marvels! :D I'll start out by sharing our thoughts about science for the new guide. :D

The main topic for science for our newest guide will be an introduction to chemistry, and we have also decided to end the year with a creation vs. evolution focus. We had originally planned to include an intro. to physics in technology, but we have already covered this area thoroughly through the inventor study and EE kit in Revival to Revolution. So, to cover the topic again would be redundant. :wink: Instead, we've chosen to head into the very important topic of creation vs. evolution. We've decided this is an incredibly important topic to cover prior to children going into high school, especially since it may be some students only exposure they will ever have to this topic. :D

Another thing I'll share is that in pondering what we desired for our kiddos to accomplish experiment-wise in preparation for high school, while still keeping in mind the potentially dangerous chemicals that can come into play with chemistry experiments, we had a hard time deciding what route to go with the experiments. :D

We finally decided that rather than taking back the science experiment time through using a potentially dangerous chemistry kit (thus forcing the parent to oversee each and every experiment), we would instead use a less dangerous experiment type kit that would still allow kiddos to do some real chemistry type experiments on their own. In order to do this, we passed by the higher-priced, more dangerous chem. kits (with experiments that in multiple reviews often did not work or were not explained well) to instead use a smaller set that will still give our kiddos a feel for real chemistry that goes beyond kitchen chemistry, contains good directions and explanations, with experiments that work well.

We've paired these chemistry experiments with hands-on activities/experiments from Ellen McHenry's "The Elements" and a Genetics and DNA experiment kit (to be done alongside Evolution: The Grand Experiment as well). :D We're very excited with the combination of resources for experiments, biographies, and textual material for this year of science that still retains the living books/narrative feel. We'll give you a glimpse at the combination of our chosen resources below:

The World of Chemistry by John Hudson Tiner http://www.newleafpublishinggroup.com/p ... ucts_id=89
A biography about Marie Curie
The Elements by Ellen McHenry http://www.ellenjmchenrydownloads.com/T ... D-ELHC.htm
Atoms in the Family (a biography of Enrico Fermi)
A biography about Albert Einstein
Evolution the Grand Experiment with Teacher's Guide and coordinating DVD segments
Link: http://www.newleafpublishinggroup.com/p ... cts_id=497
Link: http://www.newleafpublishinggroup.com/p ... cts_id=625
Chem C500 Experiment Kit http://www.thamesandkosmos.com/products/chem/c500.html
Genetics & DNA Kit http://www.thamesandkosmos.com/products/ge/ge.html

As always, if preferred, you may choose an alternate science route than that offered within the HOD guide without affecting the flow of your day. :D At HOD, we desire to offer a different science path than is typically offered other places and to provide a more CM living books type approach (while still covering our science bases) for those who want that type of approach. We also strive to honor our Creator through our chosen materials.:D We've seen the benefit of this type of science education with our own boys, and have boys with a deep interest in science, who draw inspiration from the lives of the scientists they have read about, and use their passion to pursue experimenting and scientific thinking in their free time! :D

If you have additional questions on the science path, here is one last thread explaining our philosophy for our choices for science for the middle school years (which contains a link within it to a previous very active discussion on a similar topic).: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=7880

Blessings,
Carrie

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Re: Sneak Peek at New Guide: Missions to Modern Marvels

Post by mamas4bugs » Sun Oct 30, 2011 8:05 pm

Yay!! I love sneak peaks!! Thank you! :D

I already own, and was trying to fit into this year, the DNA kit, Tiner's Exploring the World of Chemistry, and Evolution: The Grand Experiment. Hmmm. If we wait and just use them as written for the guide (which would be my preference), then he'll be doing them his 10th grade year. Now to figure out what to add in to make the course high school Chemistry credit worthy..... :)
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Re: Sneak Peek at New Guide: Missions to Modern Marvels

Post by water2wine » Sun Oct 30, 2011 8:16 pm

Oh I love all that! :D Perfect for us too because Chemistry was our plan for this guide. 8) And even though she is high school level all this stuff just makes it fun and gives deeper understanding. I absolutely love it for my other kids too. And I am so happy you are covering evolution vs creation and love that you paired it with DNA fun stuff too. Can't wait to hear what else is around the corner. :D
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Re: Sneak Peek at New Guide: Missions to Modern Marvels

Post by water2wine » Sun Oct 30, 2011 8:24 pm

Just looking a little closer...The Elements is just plain awesome. What a great job this person did. It all looks so exciting!
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Re: Sneak Peek at New Guide: Missions to Modern Marvels

Post by arstephia » Sun Oct 30, 2011 9:32 pm

I am not familiar with all of this curriculum. I will have a high schooler for this level, and he read the spine text in 7th grade already. We are doing Rev2Rev with the Advanced EE for high school credit. This isn't a high school level, so is there an extension or different program that would be used for the high school credit level?
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Re: Sneak Peek at New Guide: Missions to Modern Marvels

Post by SMiles » Sun Oct 30, 2011 9:59 pm

Agreeing with all of you! The Elements is one I purchased, but we have not gotten very far into it before we started RTR with the astronomy. So now I can put it away with a clear view of using it for the future! Yeah! :D

I think that Carrie also mentioned that we would be using another of the author's texts for mapping for the geography guide. I love supporting homeschoolers! :D

Can't wait to hear more about this guide and the little sneak peeks that come along through the year!
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Re: Sneak Peek at New Guide: Missions to Modern Marvels

Post by LynnH » Mon Oct 31, 2011 6:16 am

Wow this looks great Carrie. Looks like it will lay a great foundation before high school chemistry. I love the inclusion of the genetics study and the evolution vs creation study.
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Re: Sneak Peek at New Guide: Missions to Modern Marvels

Post by Samuel'sMommy » Mon Oct 31, 2011 8:32 am

It all looks exciting! I can't wait!
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Re: Sneak Peek at New Guide: Missions to Modern Marvels

Post by deltagal » Mon Oct 31, 2011 12:34 pm

Carrie wrote: As always, if preferred, you may choose an alternate science route than that offered within the HOD guide without affecting the flow of your day. :D At HOD, we desire to offer a different science path than is typically offered other places and to provide a more CM living books type approach (while still covering our science bases) for those who want that type of approach. We also strive to honor our Creator through our chosen materials.:D We've seen the benefit of this type of science education with our own boys, and have boys with a deep interest in science, who draw inspiration from the lives of the scientists they have read about, and use their passion to pursue experimenting and scientific thinking in their free time! :D

If you have additional questions on the science path, here is one last thread explaining our philosophy for our choices for science for the middle school years (which contains a link within it to a previous very active discussion on a similar topic).: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=7880

We love HOD science at our house. Looking forward to putting this great plan to work. And I'm interested, as well, in learning what the High school recommendations will be for this guide in science. Thanks Carrie. As always, you rock!

Oh, Carrie - would you consider making the MtoM sneak peaks a sticky?
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Post by Mercy » Mon Oct 31, 2011 1:12 pm

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Re: Sneak Peek at New Guide: Missions to Modern Marvels

Post by Carrie » Tue Nov 01, 2011 1:08 pm

Ladies,

I'm so glad that you are excited! We are too! :D The target age range of this guide, Missions to Modern Marvels, is for ages 12-14, so this plan fits those particular ages very well. :D The extensions for each guide are in the area of history mainly. Often because of the rigor of the guides, many other areas fit as exensions too. The extension range for this particular guide is ages 15-16. So, the history will extend into those age ranges. :D

As far as science goes, there are many possible options that those who have a student outside of the target age range of the guide could consider. I'll share a couple possible options for those who desire to do chemistry with a child in the extension range of Missions to Modern Marvels. :D One option for those who would like to use much of the Missions to Modern Marvels science plans "as is" with a child in the extension range would be to add Ellen McHenry's Carbon Chemistry in place of Evolution: the Grand Experiment and the Genetics & DNA kit.

This would give your high school child a full year of chemistry, and Carbon Chem. is designed for use after "The Elements", so it would work well in place of Evolution: the Grand Experiment. :D Additionally, you could also consider adding the new Chemistry 101 DVD on each 5th day, watching a segment each week (and also possibly pursuing some of the suggestions for lab work that come with the CD). :D This combination along with what is already scheduled within the Missions to Modern Marvels guide would raise the coursework to a high school level science while still keeping the living books approach. Here are links to these products:
Link: http://www.ellenjmchenrydownloads.com/C ... D-CCHC.htm
Link: http://shop.the101series.com/Chemistry-101-chem101.htm

Another thought would be to use Beginning's Publishing's The Spectrum in place of the chemistry in Missions to Modern Marvels. :D This is another strong chemistry option, and one we will likely pursue next year with our own oldest son for his high school years. We will are considering this route because our oldest son has already done all of the resources scheduled within the Missions to Modern Marvels science schedule, so he will need something different for chemistry. This would also be a possibility for others who have already done much of what is within the science of MTMM. Link: http://www.beginningspublishing.com/ver ... ectrum.htm

These would be our recommendations at this point in time for chemistry, but you will know best what will fit your high school child well in the area of science. :D

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Re: Sneak Peek at New Guide: Missions to Modern Marvels

Post by 8arrows » Tue Nov 01, 2011 2:29 pm

I can't wait to try to suggestions for chemistry in Missions to Modern Marvels. Chemistry has been a thorn in my side!
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Re: Sneak Peek at New Guide: Missions to Modern Marvels

Post by birchbark » Tue Nov 01, 2011 3:10 pm

Love the title!

I had come across The Elements before and thought it looked like something I'd love to do with my children. I'm learning not to buy stuff that looks good because Carrie will probably put it in a future guide! :D
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Re: Sneak Peek at New Guide: Missions to Modern Marvels

Post by mamas4bugs » Tue Nov 01, 2011 4:01 pm

Thanks so much for the suggestions!! I can not WAIT to do this guide! (Or Rev to Rev, for that matter. :P )

OK, off to look at those links. :)
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Re: Sneak Peek at New Guide: Missions to Modern Marvels

Post by arstephia » Tue Nov 01, 2011 9:39 pm

Thank you for the high school recommendations! I will spend some time looking at Spectrum, but from what I've just seen it looks very good.
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