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  1. 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 :)
  2. We are currently using MFW. It's going "OK". It's getting done, but that's about it. I'm looking at switching (to something - doesn't have to be HOD...but HOD is sticking out to me right now, along with TOG), and here are some reasons why: My senior is finishing up WHL - should be done in Dec. He has done AHL and now WHL. From the very beginning (and I'm still there), I have felt absolutely lost when it comes to the parent conferences. I think this is a "user" issue because other parents don't seem to have this issue. I have no idea what to discuss or how because I don't have time to read through all of his materials or search all over the internet for discussion guides, and there is no parent guide in the program. So I'd have to rely on him to tell me what he's learning. His comprehension isn't the greatest (a problem he is well aware of - it's part of a now minor learning disability he has), so I can't necessarily rely on the information he provides in order to have meaningful discussions. My sophomore is finishing up AHL - he should be done in Dec./Jan. Same deal as my senior. I feel like they are missing out on a pretty key piece of the program by not having the discussions with me. I'm doing CTG with my 9th, 6th, 5th, and 2nd graders. We'll be done at the end of Jan. or so. (The reason my 9th grader is sitting in with us is because we started it when she was in the middle of 8th grade, and I'm having her finish out the year with us.) I feel like they aren't really getting much out of it. I read aloud, they do what few notebook pages are assigned (not many), we talk a little bit about what has happened in what we've read, but that's it. There's not a lot of "output" for my older 3. My 6th grader is the one I'm most concerned about switching for. He's a visual-spatial learner, dyslexic, dysgraphic, and has CAPD. He does much better and retains more with some sort of hands-on activity. And he retains very little when it comes to reading aloud. He also is quite lazy (this manifests itself in all areas of life, not just school, so I know it's not just his learning disabilities), and his 5th grade sister is pretty much the polar opposite school-wise. So he sits back and just lets her do all the talking/doing when we're doing school. I'd like to get him to be more responsible for his own work and to actually produce something rather than just sitting back and letting info. halfway flow into his brain and right back out. I feel like he needs something that will cause him to have to engage more, if that makes sense. At this point my plan for when we end everything in Dec./Jan. is as follows: senior - do BJU DVDs - U.S. History double-time and American Government so he can be done at the end of May (ships off to Marine Corps boot camp June 15th) sophomore - BJU DVDs - World History freshman - BJU DVDs - Cultural Geography 6th, 5th, 2nd - ?????????? I had considered BJU DVDs for them too, but I'm not sure. I'd been considering TOG, but I really like things already laid out for me on a daily basis. I've used TOG twice in the past, and that was one of the biggest problems I had. I also am not sure that I'll be able to commit to the discussions, even if the parent guides ARE provided for me. I have a home-based business and will have a newborn come Feb. (along with kid who turns 5 in Jan. and a 3yo). So as much as I love the idea of TOG and probably could make it work better than I feel I'm making MFW work, I don't know that I'll be able to do it justice. So I dug out my Cathy Duffy book to see what she suggests for Wiggly Willys (or whatever they are called) since my other kids are easier to plan for. It's my 6th grader that's the tricky one. I saw that she recommended HOD. I've always, ALWAYS looked the other way because it's harder to combine and I couldn't do all those levels - only so many hours in the day. Plus they didn't have high school. I read her review...turns out I've been misunderstanding. Once they are my 5th & 6th graders age, they do very little with me. (Right???? Someone please correct me if I'm wrong!!!) And now they are coming out with high school levels! (And truth be told, I think my 9th grader would LOVE their World Geography. But I've already got the BJU stuff purchased. :-( ) So what I was thinking is this: CTG ends with Alexander the Great, whereas HOD CTC ends with Christ. So I was thinking about getting CTC for my 5th and 6th graders and starting with Unit 23. We wouldn't be doing the full-blown program since that would be hard. But just focusing on the time period and getting used to the program. Then doing RTR (or whatever the acronym is ROFLOL) next year for them. I was planning to just concentrate on the 3Rs for my 2nd grader once we're done with MFW CTG - she's a bit behind on those. Then next year I'd most likely use Bigger for her. I'll have a Ker also - not sure what to do with him. I've used Little Hands in the past and wasn't thrilled with it, so I don't know that I'd go that route again. But K is the least of my worries right now LOL! Does this sounds like a feasible plan? I still have to do spelling (AAS), writing (WWE), and grammar (Winston) with my 6th grader. And I still do writing (WWE) and grammar (FLL) with my 5th grader. I like that with HOD they'd be responsible for the majority of their own work and would be less likely to just "skate" by (in the case of my 6th grader). I'm also looking at the new World History program for my current 9th grader for next year when she's in 10th. If it's anything like the World Geography program, I think she'll be in heaven. How easy is it to sub out/totally eliminate some of the LA things, since we've already got things that work? I don't want to switch to HOD's recommendations. I can see where it would be difficult to do 3-4 of the HOD programs that are heavily dependent on the parent, but if you're only doing 1-2 of those and then some of the older programs, am I correct in assuming that it just might be doable in my situation, with 9 kids, 6-7 of whom are in school at any given time? I really like the idea of doing a hands-on project each week - how have your kids liked those? Is DITHOR pretty much essential for the older kids? That's a program I've been sort of leery of because I haven't been able to figure out how it would "look" with severall levels. Can anyone give me any guidance there? Help???
  3. This was my 2nd week with using 6 HOD Guides although I only blogged about 5. I thought those of you interested in HOD might like to take a peek. http://training6hearts4him.blogspot.com/2014/09/heart-of-dakota-homeschool-2nd-week.html
  4. Anything? DD will be 4 in September. She knows a lot of the preschool stuff already but isn't ready for K stuff yet maturity and attention span wise. She knows all the capital and lowercase letters and their primary sounds, can count to about 16 (rote and objects), can add objects, knows colors, shapes, can sort by size and weight, has an extensive vocabulary, decent fine motor skills, can write her name,... I like the organized layout of LHTH but I don't want her to be bored with "school". I want this to be a good "intro to school year" that's fun... but I'd like to know she was going to learn something new. Any suggestions? (Oh and I know there are many free resources however, I don't do very well with those and end up quitting about 2 weeks in because I get distracted... I have ADD and I need as few moving parts as possible). Thanks in advance :-)
  5. Has anyone used MOH Vol. 1 as the reader for CtC? I love HOD and have access to a free guide. I don't like how CtC does not incorporate civilizations outside of Egypt, Greece, and Rome very much. Ok, I will admit it. I really want to use the notebook!:drool: I think the science looks well done, as well. Oh, and I can use MOH for activity ideas for my first grader. :bigear:
  6. Our new year starts soon and I am seeking guidance. I was all ready to use Memoria Press complete curriculum, until I went over our various options with dh today. His vote is for Heart of Dakota because it is all planned out and it appears the children will be doing a variety of activities throughout their days and the year. It looks like a great program, but I am so hesitant as I wonder if the program will be a challenge to adapt. Here are my questions: 1. Is providential history a main theme throughout the various levels? If yes, would it be possible to avoid that content? 2. If the science component were not used in the upper grades, would the guide still be worth using for other subjects? 3. Is the science in lower grades relatively easy to adapt to an old- earth view? 4. Would it be crazy to do three levels to start? 5. My 4th grader would be in Preparing, according to the placement charts. However, she has already done the spine and many books for that level and has never had American history. Would the 7-9 be ok? This child needs to be challenged. Looking forward to any responses. I am so desperate for something I can open and do each day. I don't even have to love it at this point, I just want us all to get to the end of the day and think it wasn't so bad! : )
  7. Hello :) DD will be 8 yrs old. She is a very advanced reader & we have been using Beyond this year for Bible, History, Poetry & Storytime. We found lots of Beyond quite basic and simple for her - I made her write up an answer each day for Bible questions and added in loads of books. She reads at a level and pace of like a Famous Five Book a day! Bigger looks like there are loads of good reading books and I have looked at SL Core D and will take books from there and add in too, just to keep up with her reading. I would like more writing activities to go with the storytime and history. So I am wondering whether Bigger may be too simple for her. Each day I get her to do 1-2 pages of creative writing (using Creative Expression from SL's LArts). So she can easily write, and we would use either Bigger or Preparing in 2014, so she has 6 months to go, she will be 8 next year. To beef it up I was considering buying SL's Core D and sort of using both - I like the background teacher info in SL, and the LArts will be beneficial too. I do not use DITHR, I feel alot of the activities are ok but not meat enough when it comes to teaching real writing skills and comprehension skills. I will use Bob Jones Press for Reading as a subject (using CLE at the moment). My only concern with Preparing is there just doesn't seem to be as readily available extra books to read, not the extension package which would be too advanced but just MORE books LOL. SL doesn't have a curriculum that covers world history and loads of other books at this same level (much younger and much older levels available there). What are other people's suggestions? Thanks heaps Sherid
  8. I haven't seen either of these in person. I'm trying to find a curriculum that is not too time-intensive for a 2.5 - 3 year old (starting this fall/winter). I really would like something more scheduled. It appears that HOD Little Hands to Heaven seems to be the most scheduled out of the three. However, I do enjoy reading to my kids and we enjoy lots of good books. I've not used HOD, Sonlight, or FIAR before so all are new. Looking for Pros/Cons of each and which is most recommended for a 2.5/3 year old?
  9. My daughter did IEW Bible Theme book in a co-op this year and learned a lot. In the past she really struggled with writing but she had a breakthrough year. Next year she is not participating in this co-op and her homeschool program, Heart of Dakota is scheduling in Essentials in Writing: Grade 10 for the area of composition. (I linked to HOD's discussion on this program choice) I am really torn if I should have her do this program or have her continue with IEW. If we decide to go with IEW, I wouldn't have a clue what I should get for her because I didn't teach it to her. Any advice?
  10. I've posted on here before and finally decided to try Bigger with my just turned 8 yr old (2nd grade) and LHFHG with my K'er. Much of Little Hearts is too easy for my 5 yr old ... so, I've been using the right side of Beyond and the left side of LHFHG for her and Bigger straight through for my 8 yr old. My 8 yr old is struggling with the amount of writing involved in all the notebooking. He has just learned to read (1st grade level) and is still slower to write ... he doesn't enjoy writing, either. He prefers oral narrations and read-alouds. He learns with this method ... he also loves math and science. I'm stressed, though. I'm having to do a lot of hand holding through the Bigger guide because of the amount of writing. I was thinking it would help him but it is burning us both out. Also, my almost 6 yr old really wants to do more and more school and using the 2 different guides is wearing me out (I have a special needs son and a toddler and a baby, as well ... I'm pulling out my hair). I'm about 5 weeks into our new school year and feeling a lot of pressure to fix this mess. If my 5 yr old were different or not as advanced I would just be low-key with her school ...but she begs to do school every day and she is very bright. I'm contemplating dropping everything for now and switching to SCM History 4, (keeping) CLE Math 100 (for 5 yr old) and 200 (for 2nd grader), A Reason For Handwriting for both kids, and a lot of phonics/grammar review that we did last year, we also have a science that it is CM style earth science that both kids like (I just started reading it to them). I will also keep doing the read-alouds that I bought from HOD. The other choices I've come up with is to drop Bigger (we just finished week 4) and move to Beyond which seems like less writing. Combine both kids in that and do spelling and LA as written (keep DS in CLE math). Both kids are in the emergent reader category and spelling list 1. The other choice is to keep going in Bigger but drop most of the notebooking (We love the Eggleston book that we've started reading and what I love is that DS is retaining tons of history this year - which has never worked in the past). I REALLY want the to both being doing the same Bible memory - I'm not liking the separate stuff. I think at this point maybe only math should be separate - they are similar ages with LA. We read the same biography to both kids already for the first 4 units (Helen Keller) and both kids learned a lot. They both do the same spelling list and emergent reader books. My 5 yr old has a short attention span for history reading, however... I feel like more needs to be combined. WWYD?
  11. 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!
  12. 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!
  13. My DD is 5 yr old and finished our "K" curriculum in November and we are starting our new year now ... we started with LHFHG yesterday and I'm very pleased with the layout and love how it tells what to do, etc. It is perfect for us. The left side of the page is perfect for my 5 yr old ... absolutely perfect. The right side is way way too easy. She begs to do more work. I pulled out Beyond and started using the right side of Beyond mixed with the left side of Little Hearts for her. She does the spelling list 1, the emerging reading, the Singapore Math 1 ... and it all seems sort of easy for her. I know that would not have been the case with my son had he used the same thing at that age. He just turned 8 and is using Bigger and it is perfect for him. He is doing emergent reader, spelling list 1, R&S 2 ... everything. We are doing the whole thing as written. I'm wondering if I really should have just combined them. Has anyone been in this same spot? Has anyone every used both Beyond and Little with the same child ... and Bigger with another child? Should I have just combined both in Beyond? I'm just getting over being really sick for the last 2 weeks and thought I had everything figured out ... and now I'm confused. I love HOD and I really love Bigger for DS. If I didn't have such a quick little 5 yr old I wouldn't be questioning any of this! Guess this is a good thing to have to worry about ... just don't want to sell anyone short. As of right now I'm able to get both done in 3 hours or so because when I'm directly teaching one, the other is finishing up some work (like math, etc).
  14. 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
  15. I highlighted my questions in purple to make skimming easier, in hope for a response. Does BP Yr 2 collate Bible readings with history, or is it beyond Bible times chronologically by then? I already own SOTW 2, various encyclopedias & time line reference books rec'd in WTM logic stage, the History Lives Chronicles series (Peril & Peace, Monks & Mystics...), Trial & Triumph, VP cards, K12 HO, and Streams of Civilization (but only vol. 1 - haven't looked to see if that goes into Middle Ages). Obviously I wouldn't use all of these things at once; I'd have to choose. I could use the free schedules available which coordinate many of these. I want simple, streamlined, enjoyable, & effective. I like Biblical/Christian/Church history woven into regular history where the events intersect. Based on that do you think BP - the core program consisting of the schedule & companion text - would be worth it for me? Why or why not? Also, if you've used Heart of Dakota, do you think their Bible & Devotions portions can be separated out and used alone or are those pieces too intertwined with other subjects? Would I be taking away from their Bible/Devotions lessons by doing this? I just *really* like them and would do this if I found a cheap, used guide. TIA!
  16. I blogged about our first WWTB writing assignment today as we wrapped up the unit as well as the first several watercolor paintings! I know many like to see a little sample to see what's to come :) http://www.thomasschooldays.blogspot.com
  17. I have a question.:001_smile: If I was to use Bigger as my program but include the Read Alouds from Beyond, has anyone done that b4? We are not American, but after seeing the programs I am really keen and excited about learning about American history. - has anyone taken a list from the REad Aloud books/main history texts in Beyond and worked out where in Bigger they would fit into timeline wise? I have no clue looking at the names as we know NOTHING about American famous people from history nor what time periods they would fit into, but perhaps someone how is familiar with the people and their time periods would be able to advise me what History Reads from Beyond would fit into where in Bigger? I like the books recommended in Beyond and believe that we could benefit from using them as well in Bigger, seeing as we may be starting our HOD journey in Bigger. Thanks heaps Sherid
  18. We are doing HOD’s Beyond this year and would like to do Bigger next year. I like almost everything about the program except the science. My daughters frequently look at me and ask “Is that it?†I feel the same way. We do not like God’s Wonderful Works. If I don’t like the science in Beyond will I like Bigger any better? Is the science section meatier in the Bigger guide? Are the science books any better?
  19. HI there, I listed these questions on HOD's message board but also wanted to ask them here. I have a few questions about Bigger Hearts.... We are considering this program. 1) Does everyone get their kids to do cursive? If so, when do you know it is the right time to move ahead and start? If you don't, do you ever intend to or not? 2) Does HOD in its future courses do Art from a Christian perspective or is it always tied in with history? 3) How does geography progress into the courses. I see it is touched upon in Bigger...I just wondered if anymore time is given to say studying cultures or people in a geographical sense? 4) Is there a missions focus on countries or is it more done on person/biography. If some of you have done ECC from MFW, have you found it better to do it biographically rather than geographically? If so why? 5) Science in Bigger: I see from the sample week it lists science and then has the key idea...I really liked what they list - in order to see what is covered in science is there a list anywhere or has anyone done their own list of the key topics studied in science for the year? I would like to see how they fit in with our state/country. 6) On Unit 1, Day 2 in 'Science Exploration' Box. The Key Idea is that God made the sea and the dry land. He designed the moon's gravity to cause the tides. The book that is used is, 'One Small Square: Seashore'. Does this book go into any detail more about the moon's gravity affecting the tides? Kind Regards Sherid The Cook Islands
  20. Hi there HOD users, Just figuring this out: 1. The Books listed in the Emerging Readers lists and the DIPTHR books are independent reading and the book list (like the Classic lists/girls interest) are they read alouds? 2. When they say Read Aloud - is this the parent reading aloud to the child, or the child reading aloud to the parent? 3. Also is the independent readers ever reading aloud to the parent? Thanks :001_smile: Sherid
  21. A few weeks or a month ago, I commented on a HOD thread that I didn't really care for the programs before Beyond (I had owned the guide at one time but didn't use it). Well, I'm here to update you all. I'll be starting Little Hearts on Monday with Lance :tongue_smilie:. I'm finding for my little guy that although Beyond was okay in the history and science department, his writing is not. He hasn't done any of the copywork so far. My main concern was having him start Bigger next school year and it being too difficult and frustrating for him. Now that I have the guide in front of me (again) I'm finding that I like it. I'm even looking forward to the Rhymes in Motion, I can't wait to start the Thornton Burgess books and the Bible portion look perfect for Lance. Lance, will continue with AAR and his own math. He is starting Little Hearts so late this year, that at least part of his 2nd grade year he'll still be using it. Because I will continue using Beyond and Preparing, I may use Little Hearts 4 days a week which will make it last longer (unless I can condense two days into one for some weeks). I plan to start him on R&S English 2 next year to continue challenging him.
  22. I feel like the bulk of the program (besides doing 3 Rs ofcourse) is the activity box and we are not crazy about the activities in the younger guides. In other words the left side of the guide reading is very minimal (short) and then you have the activities. From bigger on up do the activities get better? If you weren't crazy about the activities in the lower guides did you change them or add different ones inorder to stay with HOD?
  23. 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
  24. I am on page 28 of the majorly long thread of 27 Reasons Not to Buy HOD. So, who is using it? I do have a few questions. I'm looking at this for next school year. As much as I don't want to use two guides, it looks like that's what I'll be doing (if I go this route):tongue_smilie:. Annette, Caleb and Brent in Ctc and Ethan and Lance in Bigger. Two guides seem overwhelming to me (I know some use 2 or 3 guides). Here are my concerns; I'll have two history periods going at once as well as Bible. I'm not sure if I can manage that. Especially with my two middle boys who are not strong readers. I don't know if I'm ready to drop WWE just yet but I can't imagine continuing with it. HOD looks pretty full. I also don't want to drop AAS with the four younger ones. I still have to fit in phonics for Lance. Basically I'm still teaching a lot of subjects math with 3 dc, Shurley English, WWE 1,2&3, PAL/Writing, AAR (when I get it), AAS, Latin, and WP Reading. This is not including a few things with the two older dc. Would I be able to leave most of this behind? Maybe just keep AAR, AAS and Latin. I guess what makes it so hard is my two middle boys. CtC is suppose to be more independent but with Caleb and Brent I'm not sure. I would love to hear how those of you using it juggle more than one guide, are you using HOD as is (meaning not adding WWE, AAS etc. to it) and do any of you have stuggling readers using CtC? If you do add to HOD are you dropping some of what HOD schedules. With all that said about how hard it looks to juggle the guides, at the sametime it also looks so simple. The way narration, copywork, poetry, dictation and so forth are scheduled. Any long time HOD users who care to comment on the writing portion? For those who have used both WWE and HOD can you compare? :D Would appreciate any input. Thanks, Linda<><
  25. From looking at the website, I am very interested in this for my 6th grader next year. Would you care to share your experiences with me? I haven't quite figured out yet what is included in the program and what I would still need to buy for? Thanks:001_smile:
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