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  1. 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
  2. I'd love to hear some gracious, yet honest, comparisons of these two programs if you've used both. There are merits to each. I have used Adventures in My Father's World and have purchased (& planned) to begin HOD. I am having reservations about using HOD as I'm beginning to see the joy of multi-teaching and remaining together on content subjects. From the outside looking in HOD appears to have a richness & depth that I do not see in MFW. I also think HOD asks more of the child in the way of thinking skills and writing skills (especially in Preparing and up). However, things are not always as they seem so a comparison will help. Linking me to relevant threads would be fine! I did do some searching and haven't found a really thorough, meaty comparison though I did read some MFW vs. HOD threads. Tell me your HOD and/or MFW stories!!
  3. Can anyone compare MFW with Hearts of Dakota? Both look like good programs, but I'm torn! I am looking at the MFW K and the little hearts for his glory. Chandi
  4. I have a question that I don't think has been addressed in previous posts. (Forgive me if I am wrong.) I really like many aspects of both programs. Neither one is a "perfect" fit for me, though, and I think I have resigned myself to using them both at various times and tweaking a bit here and there. So my question is this: Which years/programs in HOD do you think are absolute "must-dos"? And which years/programs in MFW do you think are absolute "must-dos"? For those of you who have used and enjoyed both, how would you suggest I go through and use the programs? If you were going to use several years from each company, which programs are the absolute cream of the crop from each? I thank you in advance for your thoughts. :) ps - I would be using these programs for my two youngest ones, who will be age 3 and 5 in the coming school year. My daughter turns 5 in October, and I will be starting some form of kindergarten with her this year. Don't know which one, of course. ;) (I also like the Memoria Press kindergarten, just to complicate matters further.)
  5. Boy, had I dreaded making this change! After alot of thought and prayer, we decided it's what we needed to do, for a variety of reasons. So, we started My Father's World's Exploration to 1850 this week and it's going splendidly. I am so relieved! The first few weeks cover material we have already covered this fall but I'm just scooting through it as a quick review. I like that I can still include all of the Sonlight books that we want to read, that it's quite similiar to the HOD program that I was using with my youngest son already, that we'll be stretching American History out over two years rather than cramming it into one (big factor in our decision), that we'll be covering World History alongside the American History (we thought this was important for our 6th grader), and that the curriculum is so strong in Bible teaching. My oldest son really loves the study of James. Our church held revival services this week and last night's sermon was on a portion of James that we had covered in school this week! I'm feeling encouraged! I spent the last few weeks of school just feeling like something wasn't quite right about our line-up. I wanted more Bible, less reading outloud (though we love to read outloud, it was still alot), and a hands-on component. I also wanted to have time to include some of our own book choices and adding those to Sonlight, plus using the second program with my youngest son, was just too much. It was disappointing because we had such an awesome year last year. It already feels like high school is breathing down our necks! Fortunately, my hubby and I are feeling very settled on our choice to use MFW for high school so this seemed like the right time to go ahead and plunge in. I feel so much relief!! OK, guess I needed to talk "out loud" about this for a minute!!
  6. http://www.heartofdakota.com/board3/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=1446&st=0&sk=t&sd=a&hilit=mfw Could some of you MFW users take a look at this for me? It convinces me that HOD is better for helping my children learn and to become more independent in their learning. I would love to hear from those who have used MFW extensively to see how accurate these comparisons are. I am familiar with HOD and MFW, but have only used MFW for K and Adventures. My main concerns about MFW are: *Telling my children to notebook something without them having the skills to be able to do that. *With many children, MFW being more dependent on me instead of having the child be more independent with readings and activities. Thanks so much! I am trying to decide whether to go with ECC or something from HOD.
  7. Pros & cons? How does it differ from other programs like WP, MFW, etc......
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