Missions to Modern Marvels

Frequently Asked Questions

Looking for answers? Here are some of our most frequently asked questions for Missions to Modern Marvels. If you don’t see your question below – or if you would like customized help – give us a call at (605) 428-4068. We’re always happy to help!

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Yes, Missions to Modern Marvels is a complete, Christ-centered, literature-based program that covers all necessary academic areas.  These areas include history, geography, read-alouds, state study, Presidents’ study, economics, Bible, science, drawing, poetry, nature journal, literature, studied dictation (spelling), and choices for math grammar, and writing.  All subjects are scheduled in the daily plans.  

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Missions to Modern Marvels covers the time period from the Gilded Age through the Industrial Revolution (19th – 20th century AD). While Missions to Modern Marvels is the fourth guide in our 4-year history cycle, it is not necessary to begin at the beginning of our cycle.  Instead, it is more important to place your child in the guide that best fits his/her skill level.

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Missions to Modern Marvels features 35 units with complete daily plans.  Each unit last 4 days, which gives you the 5th day of each week to use as you wish.  The 4-day plan can be stretched over 5 days if needed.

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Missions to Modern Marvels has engaging daily lessons that take approximately 4 ½ – 5 hours to complete.  More time will be needed if you linger on activities or draw out discussions.

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We recommend reading through the “Introduction” of Mission to Modern Marvels at the beginning of the school year.  This takes approximately 30-35 minutes.  In the “Introduction,” you will learn which materials you should have on hand for the school year.  The time you spend planning daily is almost zero.  We want you to be able to wake up in the morning, open your guide, and teach!

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Each box of the daily plans is coded with a letter that designates whether that subject is to be “T = Teacher Directed,” “S = Semi-Independent,” or “I = Independent.”  Dividing the plans in this manner helps you know your expected level of involvement and guides your child to move toward more independent work.

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Missions to Modern Marvels has 8 independent boxes each day as compared with 7 in the previous guide.  This progression recognizes your maturing child’s need for independence, as it hands over skills and assignments your child has been trained to do. This pattern builds a confident, independent student who can learn for a lifetime, while also taking some of the workload off the parent.

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The Student Notebook pages for Missions to Modern Marvels are an integral part of the history study.  To understand the flow of history, students keep a timeline within their notebook of the major events studied throughout the year.  Other activities that are assigned within the notebook include mapping, sketching, written narrations, research, copywork of quotes, economic principles, primary source documents, projects, and captions for historical photographs and period memorabilia.  An additional President Notebook includes entries to complete for each president based on research from two sources.

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The consumable items in Missions to Modern Marvels are the Missions to Modern Marvels: Student NotebookPresident Student NotebookFaith at Work, Nature Drawing & Journaling, math workbooks, and the Drawn into the Heart of Reading Student Book.

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Yes, many families have used Missions to Modern Marvels for 9th or 10th grade.  There are some adjustments that need to be made in order to award high school credit.  You can give us a call for help with awarding high school credit. Our message board also has many answers to the various options on how to award high school credit for this guide.  To get started, here are some past threads on our message board where this is discussed:

https://forum.heartofdakota.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=6571 

https://forum.heartofdakota.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=16631&p=116687 

https://forum.heartofdakota.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=17128&p=119558 

https://forum.heartofdakota.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=17135&p=119497