A Typical Day Running 3 Heart of Dakota Guides

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Creation to Christ’s “Reading About History” part of the plans is fascinating!
Creation to Christ - Unit 12 - The Divided Kingdom
Creation to Christ – Unit 12 – The Divided Kingdom

In Creation to Christ Emmett has been learning about the ancients time of King Solomon and the time of the divided kingdom. He researched Solomon’s Temple online and answered questions about where it was built, how long it took to build, the materials used, the outside/inside of the temple, what Solomon did when the temple was complete, and how we know the Lord was pleased with its completion.

Creation to Christ’s 3-Day “History Projects” are so much fun!
ten white pockets for the tribes of Israel and two blue pockets for the tribes of Judah

His history project pictured above shows the division of the 12 tribes of Israel. While Solomon originally ruled all 12 tribes, due to his worshiping other pagan gods (as well as Israel), the resulting punishment was his kingdom being torn away from him. Ten tribes were given to Jeroboam, and two tribes were given to Rehoboam. Emmett made ten white pockets for the tribes of Israel and two blue pockets for the tribes of Judah. He then tore a piece of cloth into 12 pieces, just as the prophet Ahijah did with his robe, to signify the dividing of the kingdom. Each pocket has a piece of the robe in it. What a neat project and a memorable way to retain this part of ancient history!

You can also see Emmett Heart of Dakota history notebook pictured above, which shows his timeline entries, historical written narration, meaningful copywork from a history living book, and independent history assignment.

Creation to Christ’s poetry by Robert Frost and watercolor painting is a great combination!
Robert Frost's poem
Water color painting of Robert Frost’s poem “Going for Water”.

A few other highlights of the week were his watercolor painting of a night sky with the moon rising for Robert Frost’s poem Going for Water and his science experiment showing how a dinosaur moved for his Land Animals… science reading. He decided he’s very thankful he is not a dinosaur and can simply walk and run on 2 legs!

 

World Geography and World Religions and Cultures are two studies that complement each other very well!
He also made matzah, which is unleavened bread

In World Geography Riley finished his history theme for Unit 12 and started Unit 13. He really enjoyed his assignment in Mapping the World with Art. He drew and colored his own Medieval/Renaissance compass rose. He read about explorers, such as Diaz from Portugal, who used a magnetic compass such as this to navigate the southern coast of Africa. He also made matzah, which is unleavened bread in response to his World Religion and Culture’s reading. It was good the first time, but the second day, we were all happy to go back to our homemade leavened bread!

World Geography’s 1/2 credit Logic elective has been fascinating!
. . . knowing fact from fallacy is important!

Riley has absolutely loved his Fallacy Detective book. He said he was sad it was the last reading. As this is an elective, I often let him check his own answers with the answer key and just meet with me to informally share what he’d learned or what struck him the most from the day’s reading/assignment. He always had something clever or witty to share, and he often shares examples of logic he’s seen in billboards, commercials, or magazines. What a neat elective to do – and an important one, as knowing fact from fallacy is important! Finally, he worked on his English assignment, and I stressed the important of writing neatly.

US II teaches our boys how to prepare talking points just as if they were to give a press conference!
Bismarck the German Navy ship

In USII High School Wyatt finished Unit 18 and started Unit 19. On an index card, he prepared a list of talking points for his oral narration. He spoke about Britain standing alone against Hitler, Hitler’s plans for the Soviet Union, Bismarck the German Navy ship, and FDR’s promise to help Britain. He also used his USII Notebook as a visual aid by sharing the drawing of the Loss of H.M.S. Hood.

 

USII’s full-color notebook pages are a great way to organize each week’s studies!
The Dawn of World War II

The full-color Heart of Dakota notebooks are so beautiful and add much learning to Wyatt’s school day. The photographs, charts, portraits, political cartoons, maps, etc. you see pictured all provided a visual basis for his topic oral narration. I love to listen to Wyatt narrate! It is obvious he enjoys history, remembers what he has read, and gives a very ‘narrative’ narration – in other words, I think he’s become an excellent storyteller! Just what Charlotte Mason would have liked! Wyatt also worked on his Economics elective and his Algebra, which you can see in the pictures.

I hope that this snapshot of a typical day running 3 Heart of Dakota guides is a blessing to all of you amazing moms who are doing so much to make your children’s lives all that they can be!

In Christ,

Julie

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Author: Julie Grosz, M.Ed.

Some passions of mine are homeschooling with Heart of Dakota, cooking with All Recipes, reading Jane Austen in a bubble bath, singing along with lyrics that strike a chord, making family traditions, creating organization out of disorganization, and writing words - in emails, posts, and books - that glorify God. I'm a teacher and an editor by trade. Here's a quick rundown of my numbers... 24 years of teaching (7 public school, 17 homeschool), 6 years of college (4 undergrad, 2 graduate for my masters in education), 18 years of working for HOD, 48 years old, 24 years of marriage, 3 sons who are 19, 16, and 12 - and I believe that should about 'sum' it up! You can view my blog here - https://my3sons-julie.blogspot.com/

4 thoughts on “A Typical Day Running 3 Heart of Dakota Guides”

  1. Hello!!!
    Your school days look amazing!!! It makes me look forward to September!! We will
    Doing Preparing Hearts this year with the extensions for our 11 year old. In the guide, are there extension activities for the older ones or are the regular scheduled projects enough? Thank you, Dana

    1. Thanks, Dana! The Extension Package’s books have their own daily reading schedule with follow-up activities described in detail in the Appendix of Preparing Hearts for His Glory. The reading and follow-up activities are meant to be done independently by the student, with mom checking the follow-ups. The extensions are recommended for students ages 11 to 12 yo. Unless older students are unable to give their ‘best’ to the work in the rest of the daily plans of the guide, they should complete the reading and the activities for the extensions. They are wonderful books to read, and the extensions offer a variety of follow-ups to keep it fresh and interesting! I think your olders will enjoy them! Hope this helps!

      In Christ,
      Julie

  2. How was your time spent as mom? Have you pre read or go along with the guide anyway to know what is being learned? This is our 1st yr back with HOD and I have 4 guides going only 1 of which we completed before.

    1. Hi Sandy! Blessedly the guides help me know how to spend my time! Each box of the plans is labeled to make this clearer. This blog post addresses this…
      Parent and Student Roles in Homeschooling Work with Heart of Dakota:
      https://www.heartofdakota.com/blog/2018/05/04/parent-student-homeschooling-roles/

      I don’t preread books, but I do follow the plans in the guide, read the key ideas, and skim the books as I do the follow-ups/correcting with my kiddos. I use planned meeting times to do this. These blog posts explain this more…
      Planned Meeting Times Make Correcting Homeschool Work Easier:
      https://www.heartofdakota.com/blog/2018/05/11/planned-meeting-times-make-correcting-homeschool-work-easier/

      Meeting Times for Correcting Homeschool High School Work:
      https://www.heartofdakota.com/blog/2018/05/18/time-for-correcting-homeschool-high-school-work/

      Finally, this blog post gives my top 10 tips for teaching multiple guides! I’ve tried them, and they work!
      Top 10 Tips for Teaching Multiple Guides:
      https://www.heartofdakota.com/blog/2018/05/23/top-ten-tips-for-teaching-multiple-guides/

      Hope this helps!
      Julie

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