Revival to Revolution

For Ages 11-13, Extending to Ages 14-15

Join the Great Awakening as revival sweeps from England to America with Revival to Revolution.  Fight for freedom alongside Washington, flee the “Reign of Terror” in France, rise to power with Napoleon, explore America with Lewis and Clark, rule the British Empire with Queen Victoria, preserve the Union with Lincoln, and race with Ford’s Model T into the 20th Century. Through 35 exciting weeks of Revival to Revolution, your child will map the changing world, listen to famous composers, explore the fifty states, discover new inventions, be inspired by heroes of faith, and learn to live for Christ!

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Overview

Designed for ages 11-13, with extensions for ages 14-15, Revival to Revolution 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 Revival to Revolution.

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

Revival to Revolution integrates a wide range of subjects with a unit study feel, giving your child a chronological and narrative overview of history from the Great Awakening through the Industrial Revolution.  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 Revival to Revolution includes, have a look below!

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A Snapshot of History

Revival to Revolution gives students a narrative look at early American and church history within a worldwide context.  It provides a fascinating chronicle of the Great Awakening, the American and French Revolutions, the Victorian Age, the American Civil War, the Industrial Revolution and more.  With a unique blend of living books, engaging activities, and a biblical perspective, Revival to Revolution gives students a clear picture of the upheaval and social reform that came after the Reformation.

  • Get acquainted with gifted preachers and justice fighters in Hearts and Hands: Chronicles of the Awakening Church.  Be inspired by the men and women who led the Great Awakenings in the 18th and 19th centuries. 
  • Enjoy stories of noteworthy people, places, and events around the world interspersed with stories of Washington’s life in George Washington’s World.
  • Witness the growth of the United States and the effects of the Civil War in The Story of the Great Republic.  Read The Story of Napoleon and The Growth of the British Empire to learn how Napoleon’s conquests changed history and Britain’s influence impacted the world.
  • Listen to award-winning audios about Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln, and continue your audio tour of history with What in the World:  World Empires, World Missions, and World Wars.
  • Practice giving Charlotte Mason-style detailed and summary narrations and use provided Scriptures to weigh the thoughts, words, or actions of historical figures.
  • Complete a beautiful history notebook filled with period artwork, primary source documents, a colorful timeline, historical sketches, written narrations, copywork and more – a keepsake to treasure for years to come!
  • Examine period artwork of famous people and places and ponder questions that provide historical context.
  • Read historical letters, journal entries, and speeches and discuss them using provided Socratic-style questions.
  • Research the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence and make a full-color card deck of the signers.
  • Learn to sketch with Draw and Write through History.  Draw Sacajawea, Robert Fulton’s steamboat, the Alamo, the Statue of Liberty and more!
  • Bring history to life with enjoyable projects like creating an Eastern Woodland headdress, baking English and French tea cakes, performing the Mexican Hat Dance, and experimenting with an Australian boomerang.
  • 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.  Arrive in America on a slave ship, escape France during the French Revolution, map the West with Lewis and Clark, help wounded soldiers with Florence Nightingale, and discover scientific wonders with George Washington Carver – 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.
  • Discuss higher level thinking questions to reflect upon each day’s reading. These guided questions encourage students to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate what was read.

A Trek Through Geography

Revival to Revolution helps students map their way through history, bringing the time period from the Great Awakening to the Industrial Revolution 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 the settling of new lands, the rise and fall of nations, military conquests, new travel routes, and historic locations across the globe.
  • Map the changing boundaries in Europe, Latin America, and Russia.  Track new settlements in America, Australia, India, Africa, Canada and more.  Map events like the American Revolution, the spread of industry, the California Gold Rush, the Napoleonic Wars, and the Boxer Rebellion.
  • Use the United States History Atlas to take a comparative look at color-coded maps showing various regions through time.  These carefully selected maps provide coverage of the United States during the historical time periods studied in Revival to Revolution.

A Foundation of Scripture

Revival to Revolution helps students learn the lifelong habit of digging into Scripture for God’s truth.  As students inductively study Hebrews, 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

  • Dig beneath the surface of daily Bible readings with Heroes of Faith:  The Hidden Treasures in Hebrews.  Step by step – like an archaeologist – students will dig, sift and sort their way through biblical passages to uncover truths that will help them the rest of their lives.
  • Examine the following ten heroes of faith from Hebrews:  Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Joseph, Moses, Rahab, David, and Jesus.  As students examine the lives of these ten heroes of faith, they will learn the importance of believing and trusting God no matter what trials may come.
  • Take time to be quiet in the presence of God and pray from a list of “Possible Prayer Starters” focused on the four parts of prayer:  adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication.
  • Make Scripture memorization a joyful experience by using repetition, copywork, and recitation to memorize all of Hebrews Chapter 11 and the first part of Chapter 12.

Biblical Worldview Study

  • Minister to your child’s heart and help him/her view the world through a biblical lens in Who Is God? And Can I Really Know Him?  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 God’s attributes, His provision, His design for Creation, the Fall, and His plan for salvation.
  • 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 Tour of the States

Revival to Revolution offers a one-of-a-kind look at the fabric of America, taking students on a journey that highlights each of the fifty states. With Joy Dean’s Fifty States Under God, students will learn about the building of our nation, state by state.

  • Learn about the heritage of each state with fascinating information on historical sights and people, the meaning of the flag and seal, the state’s economy, and maps to label with the names of surrounding states. Also included are state nicknames, state mottos; and images of the state bird, tree, flower, flag, seal, and capitol building.
  • Uncover the history of each state through brief reading passages that detail notable historical events that took place in that state. These stories are fascinating and are often written from a spiritual perspective.
  • Discover what makes each state unique with interesting facts and trivia about cities, inventions, and other claims to fame. These facts are often quirky and fun to read, making each state come alive in a new way!

A March Through Music

Revival to Revolution provides an unforgettable look at the legacy of classical music, inviting students to discover what makes each period of music unique. As students journey through time, they will listen to enduring music, learn about the instruments, and study famous composers to see what makes their work so timeless.

  • Delve into the world of classical music through The Story of Classical Music, an audio that provides a glimpse of the lives of more than 90 colorful composers, along with facts from history. Each era of history has composers’ biographies paired with famous snippets of music – 150 in all – performed by world-class musicians.
  • Create a timeline of composers, a book of musical periods, a keyboard of musical terms, a collection of composer cards and more with the Composers: Hands-on History Pak printable CD. Listen to 29 musical masterpieces, and complete engaging activities that use beautifully detailed pages to make learning exciting! By the end of the year, students will be able to assemble a colorful Lap Book™ out of the projects they have completed.

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 Revival to Revolution.

  • Practice spelling using the Charlotte Mason method of studied dictation.  Using passages provided in Revival to Revolution, 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 a choice of either Following the Plan or Progressing With Courage. These comprehensive, God-honoring texts are easy-to-use and teach key concepts of grammar, mechanics, and writing. No matter which option you choose, both texts are scheduled in Revival to Revolution.
  • Encourage your student to use God’s gift of language to write creative paragraphs, poetry, and stories in The Exciting World of Creative Writing.  Author Ruth McDaniel combines practical writing lessons with examples from well-known authors.  Lessons on poetic styles, writing tools, characters, plot, theme, dialogue, revising, and more are combined with a Christian philosophy of writing.  By the end of the year, students will be well on their way to writing for God’s glory!

A Peek at Poetry

Revival to Revolution includes a compelling poetry study that enhances the history readings in each unit. As students read classic poetry, they will gain a deeper understanding of historic events as they delve into the emotions, actions, and people of the time period. This ambitious, more challenging poetry study will provide an excellent stepping-stone to reading and understanding higher-level literature.

  • Read and appreciate classic poems written by famous poets. Each poem has been chosen for its enduring quality, its ability to withstand the test of time, and its historical significance.
  • Discuss the purpose and context of each poem, examining subject matter and piecing together the intentions of the author. In Revival to Revolution, students will build upon their previous study of poetry to enjoy and comprehend longer and more abstract works.
  • Engage with the text through intriguing questions, copywork of selected stanzas, connections with history, and pertinent background information about the poets.

A Structure for Mathematics

Revival to Revolution allows you to use your own math, choose a level from the well-known Singapore Primary Math Series, or use Principles of Mathematics if you have a seventh or eighth grader.  For your convenience, daily schedules for two Singapore Math levels and the first Principles of Mathematics level are provided in the Revival to Revolution guide.

Singapore Primary Math Series

  • A choice of two Singapore levels is scheduled in Revival to Revolution: Level 5A/5B or Level 6A/6B. Each level 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 children 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.  If a child doesn’t get a concept the first time around, rest easy knowing the concept will come around again in later levels.
  • 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 Revival to Revolution 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 is scheduled as one option in Revival to Revolution.
  • 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 arithmetic and geometry, build problem-solving skills, see mathematical concepts applied to everyday life, and fortify their faith!
  • 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.  A year-long schedule for Principles of Mathematics:  Book 1 is provided in the Revival to Revolution guide.

An Exploration of Physical Science

Revival to Revolution utilizes Exploration Education’s creative science kits to give kids a hands-on introduction to the general principles of physical science. A choice of either the Standard Physical Science Kit or the Advanced Physical Science Kit is provided, depending on the age of your child. Both options have full plans written into your Revival to Revolution guide. As students discover scientific principles and complete intriguing experiments, they will gain a firm understanding of the scientific method and find themselves enjoying every step of the journey!

  • Delve into Exploration Education’s interactive student text and engaging lab activities. Study forces, machines, motion, energy, electricity, magnetism, sound, light, and more! Examine fundamental chemistry concepts including the structure of matter, chemical bonds and reactions, mixtures and compounds, and the periodic table.
  • Build exciting projects using materials provided in the kit, and perform a host of scientific experiments using these creations! Students will assemble an electric racer, a circuit board, a small motor, a balance scale, a homemade rocket, an Uno-Guitar, and a solar fan.
  • Utilize the scientific method to note answers and record experiments in a student logbook. Students will write down their hypothesis, track scientific data, and assess the results.
  • Extend the course for older students by using Exploration Education’s Advanced Physical Science Kit. This advanced kit includes everything already mentioned, along with additional lessons and three new projects: a crafted glider, a mini steamboat, and a tiny wood-frame house with lights. If your child is in 8th grade or higher, we recommend using the Advanced Physical Science Kit.

A Study of Inventors

Revival to Revolution provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity to meet some of history’s most innovative minds in this year’s inventor study.  This physical science-themed study integrates interesting readings, notebooking, narrations, questions, and timeline entries to help students discover inventors who changed the world. As students delve into these scientific biographies, they will discover the inspiration and ideas behind each invention!

  • Awaken the innovative side of your child with fascinating true-life stories in The Story of Inventions.  See how innovations in power, manufacturing, production, communications, and transportation paved the way for the incredible growth of our modern world.
  • Be inspired by the story of Michael Faraday as this God-fearing scientist grew from a barely educated, speech impaired young boy to the famous inventor of the electric motor, transformer, and generator.
  • Be stirred by the stories of Robert Fulton, Eli Whitney, Samuel Morse, and Thomas Edison in Four American Inventors.  Glimpse the trials and successes that molded each man’s character as he persisted with his ideas and inventions. 
  • See how the amazing industrialist Henry Ford helped shape a nation in Henry Ford:  Young Man With Ideas.  It is hard to imagine a world without mass production, assembly lines, or automobiles, but before Henry Ford these things were nonexistent.
  • Watch Alexander Graham Bell begin inventing at age 11, and see how he continued inventing right up to his death in 1923.  In Always Inventing:  A Photobiography of Alexander Graham Bell, you will see Bell’s passion for the deaf and teaching, and the way he tirelessly toiled to make life better through his ideas and inventions. 
  • Take a front row seat as the Wright brothers change the history of aviation and provide mankind with wings.  Watch as the brothers persistently overcome hardships on their journey to flight, and learn from the way they tried to exhibit Christian principles throughout their lives.
  • Use the Inventor Student Notebook pages to record written narrations, keep a timeline of events, and track the progress of famous inventors and inventions.
  • Draw connections between science and history as topics, people, and events overlap between the two subjects. As students learn about the advance of scientific achievements, they will be able to visualize the historic backdrop behind the discoveries.

Can I Tailor This to
Fit My Child?

Yes! We’ve provided plenty of opportunities to customize with options for science, an optional fifty states study, and a choice of either our resource or your own for the signers’ 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, Revival to Revolution pulls it all together for you!

What Do Other
People Have to Say?

“We wish we would have found Heart of Dakota earlier! My son, who was NOT a reader prior to this school year, has devoured EVERY book! I even catch him reading ahead!”

Sarah in Washington, Missouri

Look Inside

Revival to Revolution includes 35 engaging units with open-and-go daily plans that pull everything together.  Units include plans for four days a week, taking about 4 ½ 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 Revival to Revolution is like.

See the Video

In this video, Julie gives a brief overview of Revival to Revolution 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 Revival to Revolution 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 Revival to Revolution, they’ll complete beautiful pages filled with period artwork, primary source documents, a colorful timeline, historical sketches, written narrations, copywork, and intriguing projects – a keepsake to treasure for years to come! An additional Inventor Student Notebook includes a timeline to update and a place for written narrations. 

Teacher's Guide

Revival to Revolution 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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