Christ belongs in our material!

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Heart of Dakota Tidbit:

Christ belongs in our material!

Did you know Carrie has been asked to remove all Christ-centered material from HOD’s guides, with the promise of reaching a larger market? We refused, sharing our number one priority has been writing the guides in such a way that it is virtually impossible to remove Christ!

At HOD, we have only one catalog, one set of guides, and one priority – to keep Christ at the center of HOD!

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35 thoughts on “Christ belongs in our material!”

  1. Thank you for that! It’s one of the reasons I keep coming back to HOD. There’s really nothing else like it out there.

  2. Thank God for your conviction there! I once read a “negative” review where the person said there was too much Bible in HOD. The next day, I bought my first guide and set from HOD. Thank you for keeping at the center, what *should* be at the center.

    1. I’ve read that review. First, it grieved me because words like that hurt me not only on Heart of Dakota’s behalf, but on my sister Carrie’s behalf. However, the Lord changed my first reaction by bringing to mind the fact that one of our priorities has always been to keep the Bible a part of all we could in the guides. So, in that regard, there was some ‘positive’ to the intended ‘negative’ in that review. God can use anything to draw who He wants to use Heart of Dakota. I am glad you read the review and made the decision to use HOD! That is confirmation of this second response God helped me to have to that review. By the way, to all of you who take time to write positive reviews about Heart of Dakota on all your social media devices, as well as by posting them on our website, emailing them to us, posting them on this blog, etc. – we are so very thankful!!! Anyway, may the Lord richly bless your homeschooling with HOD, SixPlease!!! Thank you so very much for your support!

      1. I too was swayed to buy Heart of Dakota because of a negative review. I was trying to decide between two curriculums one of which was HOD. The review was a comparison of the curriculums supposedly in favor of the other except everything they said was “wrong” HOD made me want it more! I have not looked back! Our family loves HOD! God can use all things for our Good. ☺️

    1. We appreciate your support so much, Heather! In a day and age when everyone is saying Christian homeschool curricula must diversify to have secular versions if they are to stay afloat, it is wonderful to hear our choosing not to have a secular version ‘makes your day’!!! Thanks so much!

  3. Thank you for all your hard work and for keeping Christ the center of all you do! You have blessed our family! I know the Lord is smiling……..well done good and faithful one. May you be blessed ten fold!

    1. It is wonderful to hear that our choice to keep Christ at the center of all we do is a blessing to you and your family! We just must continue to pray the Lord will take care of Heart of Dakota, as we stand behind this decision. We appreciate your support!

  4. I wish more people realized HOD isn’t preachy or gratuitous Bible insertions. When I first started homeschooling I wanted everything to be separate from Bible and didn’t start with HOD. I guess I presumed it was preachy like certain textbook publishers. It’s not. The scripted conversations and little bits each day flow very naturally. Subjects are interrelated, and God should not be excised for the sake of having a secular curriculum. Glad you have “stuck to your guns.”

    1. Thank you for your thoughts and comments, Tabitha! The goal was to make the Bible a natural part of each day’s plans – not an add-on and not preachy. We wanted children to plan on using their own Bibles in Heart of Dakota naturally, looking to Scripture for guidance, as we do ourselves as adult Christians in our daily lives. Likewise, we wanted parents to have many opportunities to share their thoughts, their faith, their life applications of Scripture, their wisdom, and their personal walk with the Lord naturally, in discussions, activities, and devotionals. It’s nice to hear you are glad we ‘stuck to our guns’ – we cannot thank you enough for your support!

  5. Great Job!!! Thank you so much for keeping Jesus at the center of your material!!! You guys will be blessed for your faithfulness!!!! Many blessings to you all!

  6. We feel so blessed to have found HOD for our first homeschool experience. We’re hooked, and can’t imagine using any other curriculum. Thank you for refusing to give in on your stance! I pray God would abundantly bless all of you at HOD.

  7. Stay the course you good and faithful servant!! I have told SO MANY people the reason we LOVE this curriculum is because Christ/God is IN so much of it!!

    1. Thank you for sharing your love of Heart of Dakota with others, Peggy! As we are completely family-owned and operated, we depend on word of mouth to get the word out about Heart of Dakota. We especially you letting others know of our priority to keep Christ at the center – God bless!

  8. Thank you soooo much!! When i was searching for curriculum thats exactly what i was looking for-classical, literature based, with Christ & Bible interwoven. We absoluteky love your curriculum, are on our 6th year of homeschooling (all with HOD) & looking forward to many more years of HOD

    1. I believe the Lord led you straight to Heart of Dakota, Diane! Your priorities and goals are a super match for ours at HOD! We thank you for choosing to use HOD with your family, and we too look forward to the years ahead of your homeschooling with us!!!

  9. When starting homeschooling 5 yrs ago, I prayed I would find a Christian curriculum that could carry us through highschool…I didn’t want to have to always be looking at other options wondering if I chose right. The Lord answered my prayer very early on by leading me to your website through a friend. I can say with confidence that I have found what I have been looking for. I have used all of the guides from preschool, all the way through to using Preparing this coming year. I even went to the largest convention in my area to see if I could find anything better than HOD. I was very pleased that I could not! I didn’t like how some Christian curriculums used very worldly books that left me uncomfortable and wondering how I would explain the clash in our values with these books to my children. I returned again and again to HOD to the wonderful book options I found in it. And the best part…..everything pointed toward Christ in a natural way. Whether through character training or teaching values, there was no way to get around the fact that every book was hand picked to reflect Christ and Biblical wisdom. Thank you thank you! For your hard work in creating this amazing curriculum, and now for standing strong and refusing to bow to “worldly wisdom.

    1. What a wonderful testimony to the power of prayer, Kim! While you were praying to find a Christian curriculum to carry you through high school, we were praying for God to make clear if Carrie should write guides for high school! While you were at convention and choosing to stay strong using Christ-centered curriculum, we were praying for the Lord to sustain us as a Christ-centered only curriculum. While you were searching for excellent book options that didn’t include worldly books, Carrie was reading hundreds of books and discarding worldly book choices over and over, searching and searching for options that were more God honoring, yet still accurate representations of history and still ‘classic’ pieces of literature. Together our prayers were heard! We serve a mighty God, don’t we?!? Praise God!!! Thank you for your prayers, your support, and your ordering from our family here at HOD to support us!!! In Christ, Julie

  10. The HOD Christian material teaches apologetics that most parents fail to teach their children. This knowledge supports their faith and makes them better equipped to share it with others. Also HOD provides regular opportunities to talk about moral character, bible study, prayer, etc. at home. Such valuable eternal lessons. I add my thanks for writing your curriculum around God’s Word.

  11. Thank you for this!! Christ IS the center and I can’t imagine doing school any other way than with Him in the center. HOD hased blessed our family so much. It makes school fun and as easy as can be expected. My oldest son asked Jesus into his heart in the middle of a history lesson. Imagine if I was using a history curriculum that didn’t have Christ as the center?! That precious life changing moment would have been missed! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    1. Oh, I’m just teary-eyed now, Jennifer! Praising God with you and your precious son today! That IS a life changing moment! Oh, how wonderful are the works of our Lord! Thank you for looking past that negative review and into your own heart for the Lord’s purpose in your homeschooling. We pray for many such precious moments like this ahead for you and your son homeschooling with Heart of Dakota! My son is now in college, and though I am thrilled that his academics from doing HOD PreK- 12th are showing themselves to be strong as he passes CLEP tests and courses quite easily, it is the way I see him having Jesus be a part of his daily life that makes me the happiest. Thanks for your support of our family at HOD – God bless!

      In Christ,

  12. I just want to add my voice to so many others here – I am beyond grateful that you are so committed to keeping Christ at the center of the curriculum. For me, this is just another confirmation that we (my family) are right where we belong – with HOD. Thank you for everything you do, HOD family!

  13. May the Lord continue to bless you! So glad you chose to keep HOD Christ centered! It has been such a great blessing to us to use your curriculum! Being Christ centered has been a big part of that blessing. It makes me excited to know you kept it that way!! It has made homeschooling easier for us! Just can’t say enough good about it! I share our experiences with HOD with anyone I can and recommend it above any other curriculum !Keep up the great work!!

    1. We are so thankful for your support, Rebecca! Both in us staying Christ-centered and in you taking the time to share HOD with others! Now, more than ever, we will depend on that – thank you for your support in word and in deed – God bless!

      In Christ,

  14. Just this past week I was sharing with a friend my gratitude for the Bible based curriculum we have found in HOD. I was telling her how much closer to the Lord I have grown these past few years sby simply teaching my children. Every day we are digging into scripture and I absolutely love it! Thank you so much for producing this curriculum, and for standing firm. May God bless you for your faithfulness!

    1. We have found the same to be true ourselves, Chelsea! Each day we dig into Scripture with our children within HOD, we find ourselves learning so much as well! Scripture never gets old – it is the living Word of God and there is something to be gained from reading it the thousandth time just as much as from the first time. We appreciate your support, Chelsea!!!

      In Christ,

  15. I love HOD and that it is centered on God! As many do I have learned so much right along side of my children and this curriculum has incouraged me to dig deeper into things that I thought I knew. My children and I will work together to research things that we are not sure about or did not realize. These are things that I know neither I nor my children will ever forget! Thank you

    1. Thanks so much, Jackie! I’m so glad you are enjoying HOD with your children, and I too have found the things we do encourage us to dig deeper and learn so much together that we remember and cherish! May the Lord continue to bless your homeschooling, Jackie, and we are so thankful for your support!

  16. Thank you Austin family for keeping Jesus at the center of Heart of Dakota!! Our homeschool mission statement is Mark 10:14 “Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these…” Thank you for not transforming to the patterns of this world.

    1. Mark 10:14 is an excellent Bible verse to choose for a mission statement for homeschooling! Thank you for supporting Heart of Dakota’s priority to keep Christ at the center at a time when there is much (financial) pressure to choose to do the opposite. We appreciate your support!

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