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  1. For those of you who have done this program, is it a true world history program, or is it more focused on American history? It is hard to tell from the posted Table of Contents, but a lot of the books seem to be geared to American history. We are currently doing Resurrection to Reformation, which is the only other HOD program I've done. I'm debating whether to continue on or look for another middle school world history program that covers this same time period -- Reformation to the beginning of the 20th century. I don't want a program that focuses on American history, or the world from the American viewpoint.
  2. Hello Ladies, I'm wondering about the outlining in Heart of Dakota. I know there isn't a lot required. It's taught in Rod and Staff, but I don't see it being applied. Am I missing something? Does it come later in the High School guides? If not, how have you been able to incorporate it into your students day? Thanks :)
  3. I am curious what people think of the new high school guide coming out? All the different subjects are listed here: http://www.heartofdakota.com/board3/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=14776 I am especially curious what people's thoughts are on the literature? They include: Ben Hur Julius Caesar Pearl Maiden King Arthur and His Knights A Man for All Seasons The Scarlet Pimpernal The Count of Monte Cristo Les Miserables Animal Farm The Celestial Railroad I also have a list of books that will be used in their "living literature" portion of the program. This is in addition to the regular lit. I would love honest thoughts and such on all this. Here are the extra lit books: The Hero Schliemann - The Dreamer Who Dug for Troy Cyrus the Persian A Sparrow Alone The Silas Diary Spring Tide The Lantern Bearers Son of Charlemagne The Kings Shadow The Magna Charta Joan of Arc Luther the Leader Caught in the Web Johannes Kepler Stronger Than the Sword In Search of Honor Patriots Daughter John Newton Audio Drama Lillian Trasher Between the Sword and the Wall - A Novel of WWI Bonhoeffer - The Cost of Freedom Audio Drama Basher Five-Two - The True Story of F-16 Fighter Pilot Captain Scott O'Grady It looks like if you go with the whole program, it would be around $1500.
  4. I'm looking for an activity based curriculum for my son. Ideally it would be boxed or portions boxed so that it was laid out with a tentative schedule (I like to check the box). I really liked the idea of Heart of Dakota where the curriculum is boxed, laid out, and woven with activities but I just received it and already plan to send it back. The stories were boring my son so much he'd barely sit in his seat and usually he loves when I read to him. And because many of the stories and poems are written long ago, I think it made it harder to comprehend for both of us. But I purchased it for the activities that are woven throughout and that's what I'm looking for. I've already purchased LA1 and Animals from WP but I have no idea if they'll be any good or if I'll even receive them LOL. We did okay with LLATL Red but it got a little boring after a while. Other suggestions? Maybe LA1, Animals, buy Artistic Pursuits, and add a math? I know school isn't always fun but I just want him to not hate it! And he LOVES activities. Also I'm not at all creative and don't have lots of time so creating them on my own doesn't seem viable.
  5. I'm considering purchasing the HOD Bigger program and wondering what extra items will need to be purchased? I saw mention of a globe and index cards and binders? Is there a list in the curriculum they provide so I can be prepared in advance? Reading between the lines this means I bought it last night and want to go shopping for all the extras today while hubby watches football LOL. Any assistance in fueling my need for instant gratification would be much appreciated!
  6. I am breaking up my questions from my previous post Overview of World History + Geography... I like Heart of Dakota's Preparing Hearts but the ages of my kids aren't in their "range". It will be for a 2nd grader 7/8 year old, 1st grader 6/7 year old, and then 4K. Has anyone used PHFHG specifically for the history/bible? Would it be worth it with the ages or would it be too much? Has anyone had experience using the guide they want for the history readings not using the age/skills range? I don't expect to use the whole guide but wonder if it would be nice to use for the pages listed to read for history and science. Thanks!
  7. I made some American History timeline figures to share. For those of you who have the History Odyssey timeline, they are a perfect fit. These correlate to our HOD units, but you will find many of them to be ones you would study in American History otherwise. There are a few that are pretty arbitrary IMO, but ah well. I'm going with the HOD flow. Hopefully I'm not being annoying by posting this. I know how much I love when people post things that I could use. The ones Angela (from Satori Smiles) shared last year were so helpful. I hope the ones I made are helpful to someone too :) http://www.monarchroom.com/2012/08/american-history-timeline-figures-heart.html
  8. I made these Godly character traits cards to correlate with our HOD units. Each week in HOD Bigger Hearts we cover one trait, and have a Proverbs memory verse. Even if you don't use HOD, you may find a use for these. Thought I'd share :) http://www.monarchroom.com/2012/08/heart-of-dakota-character-cards-bigger.html
  9. I have looked at so many already! The ones I am most drawn to are the Living Books Curriculum, Heart of Dakota and people have recommended Sonlight to me. I don't like the day-to-day scripting. I would be teaching my 7,5, and essentially 3 year old together and want to be able to sit down at the beginning of each week and plan what we are going to do. I do like something that sets me up by week, however, gives me the tools but allows me to decide when we're going to do it in the week. The trouble is finding something that will fit the needs of all my kids. Any ideas or suggestions? Thanks
  10. Hi, I am brand new to homeschooling and feeling overwhelmed by the choices. I'm looking for recommendations for a 2nd grade curriculum that is good for gifted children (quick learner, reads above grade level, etc) along with suggestions for a Kindergartner that is an average learner. Things that are Important to me: 1. Christian based 2. Affordability 3. Easier for a 1st time homeschooling mom to figure out. Should I go with 2 separate curriculum or try to combine? I thought about Heart of Dakota, but not sure if that would be a good choice?? Should I get different subjects from different places? Or try a all-in-one curriculum?
  11. I'm looking for the teacher's guide and any books that go with this. You can email me at populatingdakota@hotmail.com Thanks! Susanna
  12. I am really having a hard time deciding between HOD Bigger or AO Year 2 for second grade next year. I have always been an Ambleside fan. I first discovered it when dd was less than 2 years old! I bought nearly every book on the Year 0 list, started collecting higher-level books whenever I ran across one cheap, etc. I was absolutely determined to use it and couldn't wait for first grade to begin year 1. When it came time, I chickened out. I wasn't comfortable with the lack of formal spelling and grammar. I absolutely stink at nature study. I liked the systematic box-checking structure of HOD, so I ended up with that. However, after practically memorizing the HOD catalog, I still think that overall, the reading material of Ambleside is superior. To make matters more difficult, dd is in an all-day tutorial once a week. It's just to give her some time with kids her age and to give us a break from each other (she's a very intense child, lol). There is no way to do any school on Tuesdays, and so I'm having to hyper-focus on the calendar in order to get the HOD plan done by the end of the school year. So for that reason, Ambleside would be easier to manage. But then there's still that pesky feeling like I need to add things to Ambleside -- science, grammar, spelling, etc. And did I mention that I really stink at nature study and that whole outdoors thing in general? Any thoughts?
  13. My HOD catalog came in the mail Saturday and I am drooling. I have not used an all-in-one type of curriculum before but am wondering if in my desire to KISS that I'm not developing as full of a program as I might for my dc. So maybe a "program" will help me both to keep it simple and also to flesh things out better or make better connections to enhance my dc's education. You might recognize the title is a spin-off of an article in the Sonlight catalog. Would you past/present HOD users please fill in the blank. I want to make sure that I've thought this through. 27 Reasons NOT to Buy HOD... My reason #1 is.....If you already own TOG Year 1 and want to get off the decision-making roller coaster, then HOD might not be for you. :lol: Obviously not a very compelling reason because I'm not getting off the ride. Help please. :001_smile:
  14. It's all here on my blog! Go on over and have a peek :auto: :)
  15. I'm starting my 5 yo dd in LHFHG in August for Kindergarten. But she's already reading, and totally ready for the Emerging Readers that go with Beyond. I want an honest opinion - should I buy the Beyond guide to have the schedule and questions that go along with the readers? We might end up using it for 1st grade next year, I don't know how this year's going to go :) I might be able to resell it if I don't want it, but I might take a loss :( I can't get an honest answer about it on the HOD boards because everyone says of course that's what they do, and it's so worth it, and so on. But no one has actually told me what the sections in the appendix for the ERs are like, and how helpful it REALLY is. So any input?
  16. I haven't posted here often but was wondering if any of you ladies would be willing to share any knowledge or experience with Heart of Dakota curriculum. It interests me in several ways, but is it...I don't know, academic enough? We've been using SL, which I like in many ways, but I've been wanting something that helps me draw more out of the books. HOD seems to do this, and is lit-based like SL. But SL still seems more "academic" to me, but it could be partly because HOD's website and catalog are really cheesy and have a very "unacademic", juvenile look to them. But when I analyze the nuts and bolts of the program it seems like it is rich and there is a lot there if you look beyond the look of the website, TM covers, etc. Hoping for someone who has knowledge or experience with HOD! Thanks! Nicole
  17. Now I see it all over the place. This has been within the past 2 months or so. How long has it been around and why the sudden interest?
  18. What are you doing with your older kids??? Just curious... HOD looks nice for my boys...still looking...but was wondering what I would do with dd 12. I am really not enjoying SOTW 4...so, it isn't getting done...not good! Also, tell me why I should use this program with my youngers...convince me. Faithe
  19. Could you share with me why you like AO? Could you recommend how to get started in it? Could you share what has helped you in your planning for multiple children? Would you mind sharing why you prefer AO over other CM influenced curriculums such as My Father's World and Heart of Dakota (HOD)? I would especially like to hear about that last point if there are any of you out there who have used MFW or HOD (or considered it) and then decided to go with AO instead. Thanks so much for your time! Terri
  20. Could you post your blog here. This looks like an excellent program and I'm interested in have a list to share with some new hsers.
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