Missions to Modern Marvels

For Ages 12-14, Extending to Ages 15-16

Share the Good News of Jesus with God’s global people as Missions to Modern Marvels welcomes you to the modern world.  Greet Lady Liberty as a new immigrant, revolutionize missions with Hudson Taylor, recover from two World Wars and a Great Depression, race to the moon with Neil Armstrong, march for Civil Rights with Dr. King, cheer as the Berlin Wall falls, and wait eagerly for Christ’s return!  Through 35 exciting weeks of Missions to Modern Marvels, your child will map the changing world, study U.S. Presidents, glean economic principles, sing sacred hymns, and see faith at work.

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Overview

Designed for ages 12-14, with extensions for ages 15-16, Missions to Modern Marvels makes teaching quick and easy by bringing together engaging daily lessons, captivating books, and memorable projects – all from a solid biblical perspective. This unique combination makes school enjoyable to teach and fosters a love for learning and a love for the Lord.  Take a look at the beautiful tapestry of literature and subjects your child will get to experience in Missions to Modern Marvels.

Books and Subjects

At a Glance

Books and Subjects

At a Glance

NOTE: Not all subjects are pictured (math, grammar, Drawn into the Heart of Reading, and options for older students are excluded).

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Features

Missions to Modern Marvels integrates a wide range of subjects with a unit study feel, giving your child a chronological and narrative overview of history from the spread of global missions through the modern age.  The guide also teaches essential skills, while giving you the option to customize key individual subjects like grammar, writing, and math. To learn more about what Missions to Modern Marvels includes, have a look below!

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A Snapshot of History

Missions to Modern Marvels gives students a narrative look at modern American and church history within a worldwide context.  It provides a fascinating chronicle of the spread of modern missions, the Gilded Age, World War I and II, the rise of Communism, the Space Race, the Cold War and more.  With a unique blend of living books, engaging activities, and a biblical perspective, Missions to Modern Marvels shows how the gospel of Jesus still meets the needs of an ever-changing world.

  • Join devoted pastors, teachers, writers, and missionaries in Rescue and Redeem: Chronicles of the Modern Church and Hero Tales: Volume II and III.  Be inspired by faithful men and women who persevered in every culture!
  • Enjoy stories of noteworthy people and places in The Story of the World: The Modern Age, and listen to award-winning audios as you continue your audio tour of history with What in the World: World Empires, World Missions, and World Wars.
  • Discover the context and impact of important American events in All American History:  Volume II, and read compelling accounts of significant dates in Great Events in American History.
  • Research the lives of the presidents of the United States using two different resources, and complete an entry on each president within the full-color President Notebook.
  • Teach retelling skills with Charlotte Mason-style oral narrations.  Key words from the reading –  such as names, places, and events – are provided for students to include within the narration.
  • Complete a beautiful history notebook filled with historical photographs, primary source documents, a colorful timeline, historical sketches, written narrations, copywork of quotes and more – a keepsake to treasure for years to come!
  • Examine images of period memorabilia linked to the history reading and ponder questions that provide historical context. Add captions, quotes, and excerpts to historical photographs and newspaper articles.
  • Read historical letters, journal entries, and speeches in the Book of Great American Speeches for Young People, and discuss them using Socratic-style questions.
  • Learn to sketch with Draw and Write through History.  Draw the Titanic, a Sherman Tank, Amelia Earhart, Apollo 11 and more!
  • Bring history to life with enjoyable projects like creating a Japanese family crest, baking Tollhouse cookies, and experimenting with a paper airplane.
  • Include older students by using our optional Extension Package. This set of living books adds a fascinating layer to the history study and was chosen for older, independent readers.

A Collection of Read-Alouds

Experience stirring historical fiction, thought-provoking biographies, inspiring nonfiction, and classic literature as read-alouds.  Enjoy reading to your child each day as you make connections in a heartfelt way.

  • Read living books linked with your journey through history. Overcome tragedy and famine in Ireland, forge a new life in a Russian Tsar’s palace, survive the Holocaust with Anita Dittman, set foot on the moon with Apollo 11, and bring aid to the poor with Teresa of Calcutta – all just a sampling of what awaits you!
  • Build retelling skills through Charlotte Mason-style oral narrations.  As students sift and sort information, they will make connections with the text and draw their own conclusions.
  • Practice higher-level evaluation skills through bookmark-style written responses. Select quotes from the readings to copy and comment on, use quick sketches to provide visual commentary, and make meaningful connections through clarifying questions and written reflections.

A Trek Through Geography

Missions to Modern Marvels helps students map their way through history, bringing the time period from the 1890s through modern times to life! As students study geography and practice mapping skills, they will learn about the places behind historic events.

  • Use the Map Trek CD to print a variety of colorful maps for students to complete.  These maps illustrate major time periods, historic events, and important locations across the globe.
  • Map changing boundaries, significant locations, political movements, and the shifting balance of power in the United States, Europe, Russia, China, India, the Middle East and more. Map events like the First and Second World Wars, the Great Depression, the spread of Communism, and the Cold War.
  • Use the United States History Atlas to cross-reference maps of major historical events.  Color-coded maps provide coverage of American events at home and abroad during the time periods studied in Missions to Modern Marvels.

A Foundation of Scripture

Missions to Modern Marvels helps students learn the lifelong habit of digging into Scripture for God’s truth.  As students inductively study the Word, memorize Scripture, develop a biblical worldview, and spend time in prayer, they will discover truths that will help them grow into Godly young adults.

Bible Quiet Time

  • Enjoy independent Bible lessons from Explorer’s Bible Study: Quest – Faith at Work. This in-depth study of Romans, Galatians, and James helps students learn to think, evaluate, understand, and apply what God is communicating in His Word.
  • Keep a daily prayer journal using “Preparing Your Heart for Prayer” questions and pray through the four parts of prayer:  adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication.
  • Make Scripture memorization a joyful experience by using recitation, repetition, and copywork to memorize all of Romans 12 and James 4.
  • Learn 12 of the greatest hymns ever composed with Hymns for a Kid’s Heart: Volume Two. This beautiful full-color book and fully orchestrated CD set includes richly orchestrated music, hymn writers’ stories, heartfelt prayers, Scripture verses, and printed sheet music.

Biblical Self-Image

  • Minister to your child’s heart and help him/her view the world from a biblical perspective in Who Am I? And What Am I Doing Here?  Read stories of children with differing worldviews, seek wisdom from Scripture, and discuss thought-provoking questions – all while learning essential beliefs of the Christian faith!
  • Discuss what you believe as you study Biblical self-image and God-given purpose. Encourage students to see themselves the way God does by using Scripture as a lens.
  • Help your child develop godly character based on what he/she has learned, and give your child the tools to put that learning into practice in daily life.

A World of Economics

Missions to Modern Marvels makes economics both accessible and applicable, as students learn the basics of our free enterprise system. With living books at the heart,  Missions to Modern Marvels weaves economics, history, current events, social studies, government, math, and a little science into a delightfully revealing look at the foundations and inner workings of our monetary system.

  • Develop a real sense of economics with Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? These clever letters from “Uncle Eric” will introduce students to the concepts of recession, inflation, the demand for money, government spending, investment cycles, velocity, and more.
  • Learn sound judgement and basic business principles with Common Sense Business for Kids. As students read, they will learn the simple truths behind salesmanship, market potential, fixed and variable cost, price strategies, and more. Even though business success seems complicated, in the end it really is just common sense!
  • Make connections with the text while writing simple summaries of economic principles gained from the reading. As students read, they will record these principles in the Missions to Modern Marvels Student Notebook.

A Stroll Through Nature

Explore God’s Creation with Nature Drawing & Journaling and read classic poetry about the great outdoors. Missions to Modern Marvels helps students gain a fresh appreciation of nature, with lessons on journaling and a selection of descriptive poetry from three famous poets. 

  • Learn how to sketch and journal with Nature Drawing & Journaling, where award-winning artist Barry Stebbing shares 40 years’ worth of insights on studying nature and keeping a nature journal. This book is packed with colorful illustrations, inspirational quotes, journal entries, and copies of Stebbing’s own journal. Students will find themselves creating their own Charlotte Mason-style nature journal in no time!
  • Read and discuss nature-themed poetry written by William Wordsworth, Walt Whitman, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. These poems complement assignments from Nature Drawing & Journaling and add a new dimension to the nature study.

A Journey Through Literature

Jump straight into the heart of reading with Drawn into the Heart of Reading, our literature program designed to help readers enjoy and evaluate great literature from a Christian perspective.

  • Savor a wide scale of engaging literature while learning about different genres, story elements, and literary concepts.  Choose books to read from your own library, or pick one of our amazing literature packages filled with character-building selections and time-tested classics that fit perfectly.
  • Weigh characters by their actions and measure their decisions against the standard provided in the Bible. As students analyze literature from a biblical perspective, they will learn to recognize Godly character traits and apply them in daily life.
  • Enjoy thought-provoking discussions and exciting projects tied to fascinating literature. As students dig beneath the surface of what they read, they’ll complete graphic-organizer style pages to solidify what they’ve learned.

Note: If you’d like to learn more about Drawn into the Heart of Reading, you can find more information here.

A Look at Grammar, Writing, and Spelling

Heart of Dakota teaches foundational language arts skills through a unique combination of Charlotte Mason-style dictation exercises, a choice of grammar options, and a variety of creative writing approaches.  You can use your own resources for grammar and writing, or use our time-tested selections as planned in Missions to Modern Marvels.

  • Practice spelling using the Charlotte Mason method of studied dictation.  Using passages provided in Missions to Modern Marvels, your child will study a passage and then reproduce it as you dictate the passage aloud. This process quickly builds writing skills while teaching spelling, capitalization, and punctuation.
  • Enjoy thorough grammar and writing lessons with Progressing With Courage. This comprehensive, God-honoring text is easy-to-use and teaches key concepts of grammar, mechanics, and writing.
  • Learn creative writing by studying literary passages from respected and well-loved authors with Write With the Best: Vol. II. As students identify what makes writing “great,” they will be encouraged to make their own writing more inventive, descriptive, and vivid, while ultimately producing writing that models the genre of each literary passage. Students will write an outline, a summary, a persuasive essay, an expository essay, a literary critique, a book review, a newspaper article, and a speech. Lessons feature grammar help, proofreading checklists, grading criteria, and clear guidelines with objectives.

A Structure for Mathematics

Missions to Modern Marvels allows you to use your own math, use the well-known Singapore Primary Math Series, or use Principles of Mathematics.  For your convenience, daily schedules for Level 6A/6B of Singapore Math and both Principles of Mathematics levels are provided in the Missions to Modern Marvels guide.

Singapore Primary Math Series

  • The final level of the Singapore Primary Mathematics series is scheduled in Missions to Modern Marvels. Level 6A/6B provides a full year of math, with the ‘A’ and ‘B’ books each equaling a semester.
  • Utilize Singapore’s concise math texts to build problem-solving and critical thinking skills. By featuring an approach that moves from concrete to pictorial to abstract, Singapore math teaches advanced concepts in a way that leaves students feeling math can be understood.
  • Visualize and solve problems quickly and efficiently by following the methods modeled in the text. Speech and thought bubbles appear throughout the text to demonstrate the thought process of problem solving, making even the most challenging problems accessible.
  • Learn new mathematical concepts through a spiral progression that builds on concepts already taught.
  • Use the placement tests available at www.singaporemath.com/placement-tests to find the right placement for your child.  Be sure to select the Primary Mathematics edition of the placement test to match the Primary Math U.S. edition used in the Missions to Modern Marvels guide.  It helps to note that Singapore Math is considered advanced as children move through the program.  The Singapore Primary Mathematics series ends with Level 6A/6B.

Principles of Mathematics Series

  • Help students transition from the upper elementary years to junior high level math with the Principles of Mathematics series.  This two-book math series is designed to be used in grades 7-8 and works well after Singapore’s Primary Math series. The first book of Principles of Mathematics is typically used for 7th grade and the second book is typically used for 8th grade. No matter which book you choose, you can rest easy knowing that both options are scheduled in Missions to Modern Marvels.
  • Focus on teaching mathematical concepts along with practical application, teaching your student both the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of math through the engaging, conversational lessons in Principles of Mathematics.
  • Lay a solid mathematical foundation – both academically and spiritually – as students explore pre-algebra, build problem-solving skills, and approach mathematics as a tool for exploring and describing God’s universe!
  • Prepare students for upper-level math in a logical, step-by-step way by firming up needed math concepts, strengthening critical thinking skills, and helping students see how different aspects of math connect.
  • Use the placement tests available at https://www.masterbooks.com/principles-of-mathematics-series to find the right placement for your child.  Year-long schedules for both Principles of Mathematics:  Book 1 and Principles of Mathematics:  Book 2 are provided in the Missions to Modern Marvels guide.

An Exploration of Chemistry and Genetics

In Missions to Modern Marvels, students will delve into chemistry, learn about 20th Century scientists, and engage in a study of evolution vs creation – all while using God’s Word as a foundation! Missions to Modern Marvels features a unique, living books approach to science that integrates notebooking, narration, probing questions, vocabulary, and hands-on experiments from fully-equipped science kits.

  • Join award-winning author John Hudson Tiner for an intriguing tour through the realm of chemistry in Exploring the World of Chemistry: From Ancient Metals to High-Speed Computers.
  • Discover groundbreaking scientists from the 20th Century – learn about the lives and legacies of Marie Curie, Enrico Fermi, and Albert Einstein through fascinating biographies.
  • Investigate two opposing views of the origin of life as you compare the theory of evolution with creationism in Evolution: The Grand Experiment. As students read, discuss, and watch their way through this revolutionary study, they will examine current evidence both for and against the theory of evolution. Join Dr. Carl Werner in examining the fossil record, spontaneous generation, natural selections, chance mutations, and more!
  • Explore chemistry and study DNA using hands-on experiment kits along with tiered lab forms emphasizing the scientific method. Test electrochemical reactions, isolate DNA from a tomato, breed a bacteria colony, investigate how traits are passed down, examine the composition of hard water, and conduct many other insightful experiments.

Can I Tailor This to
Fit My Child?

Yes! We’ve provided plenty of opportunities to customize with an optional study of your individual state and a choice of either our resources or your own for the Presidents’ study.  You can choose between various levels of math and language arts, or use your own resources. Our literature program works with any books you choose, but we also provide hand-picked book sets that fit perfectly.  Finally, we’ve provided an Extension Package that adds an extra layer to the history study for older students. No matter what you choose, Missions to Modern Marvels pulls it all together for you!

What Do Other
People Have to Say?

“We have loved this year with Missions to Modern Marvels! The books have been absolutely fantastic. I love how you've told the story of this difficult period in time and showed the love and hope of Jesus through it.”

Ann in Owatonna, Minnesota

Look Inside

Missions to Modern Marvels includes 35 engaging units with open-and-go daily plans that pull everything together.  Units include plans for four days a week, taking 4 ½ to 5 hours a day for students to complete all subjects.  Each day is conveniently displayed on a two-page spread, making it easy to organize your day at a glance.  Let’s have a better look inside, so you can see what using Missions to Modern Marvels is like.

See the Video

In this video, Julie gives a brief overview of Missions to Modern Marvels including a quick peek into the daily plans.  After watching this video, you’ll have a clear picture of how each day is organized and a better understanding of what to expect from our complete, Christ-centered, Charlotte Mason-style program.

Daily Format

Each day of Missions to Modern Marvels is organized on a simple two-page spread divided into “Learning Through History” and “Learning the Basics.”  Each subject is contained in its own box coded ‘T,’ ‘S,’ or ‘I’ to show whether it is “Teacher-directed,” “Semi-Independent,” or “Independent.” Boxes can be done in any order, and subjects are seamlessly rotated to cover everything you need.  Once you complete each box on the two-page spread, you are done!

Notebook Pages

Our stunning, full-color Student Notebook becomes a special portfolio showcasing what students have learned on their journey through history.  As students work through Missions to Modern Marvels, they’ll complete beautiful pages filled with period memorabilia, a colorful timeline, primary source documents, historical sketches, written narrations, copywork of quotes, and enjoyable projects – a keepsake to treasure for years to come! An additional President Notebook includes entries to complete for each president based on research from two sources.

Teacher's Guide

Missions to Modern Marvels features open-and-go daily plans with an appealing mix of oral, written, hands-on, and academic activities.  Daily lessons incorporate a variety of learning styles and a perfect blend of teacher and child.  Step-by-step directions, a careful balance of skills, and helpful key ideas bring everything together.  By keeping our design both constant and coherent, we have created a strong foundation you can rely on year after year.

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