Want to know what’s in our guides? Download each guide’s Introduction for free!

Heart of Dakota Tidbit:

Want to know what’s in our guides? Download each guide’s Introduction for free!

Did you know that you can download and print the Introduction as well as the First Week of Plans to each of our guides for free from our website? Simply click on the “Samples Pages” link from the drop down menu at the top right-hand corner of our website (underneath the View Cart icon).

The Introduction of each guide details the scope and sequence of all subjects that will be taught for the year. If your school district requires you to hand in your teaching plans for the year, the Introduction of your HOD guide can be used to comply with this requirement.

Have a great weekend!

Homeschooling = Freedom to Grow in Your Interests!

Heart of Dakota Tidbit:

Homeschooling = Freedom to Grow in Your Interests!

In one of our previous tidbits, we looked at how homeschooling has helped our kids explore new interests, such as making their first YouTube video. Since releasing that video ten years ago, thanks to the freedom homeschooling gives, our boys have had the time to continue to hone their skills in this hobby. This has recently culminated in an exciting way with them releasing their latest short film after three years of work! Their short film, “Remember Me,” tracks the experiences of a fictional Union sharpshooter during the American Civil War. You can watch their film below!

PS: Want to see more examples of how homeschooling gives kids the freedom to develop and pursue personal interests? Have a look at this blog article here:

Why homeschool? Free Time for Personal Interests, Hobbies, and Skill Development

Worried about inappropriate content? HOD books are pre-screened for you! 

Heart of Dakota Tidbit:

Worried about inappropriate content? HOD books are pre-screened for you!

Did you know that all of the literature books included in the HOD catalog and on the HOD website have been pre-read by Carrie to make sure that there is no objectionable words or inappropriate content? The books that are listed in the Sample Book Ideas list that comes with Drawn into the Heart of Reading have not all been pre-read by Carrie. The books in the Sample Book Ideas list have been very well reviewed and highly recommended, but there may be inappropriate content. So, keep this in mind as you are choosing books for your children to read.

Have a great weekend!

January Library Builder: Save 10% on the Creation to Christ Boy Interest Set!

Library Builder

Use coupon code JANUARY-LIBRARY for 10% on this month’s Library Builder book set: The Creation to Christ Boy Interest Package!

We are excited to continue our  Heart of Dakota Library Builder book set promotion! On the 1st Wednesday of each month we will be promoting one of our book sets with a 10% coupon code. For this month’s special, use coupon code JANUARY-LIBRARY on our website for the entire month of January to apply the savings to your order. The coupon applies to the Creation to Christ Boy Interest set of books.   To view all of the books in this set, just click here! (Scroll down until you see the “Basic Package Option 2” section.)

How is the Boy Interest Package used in Creation to Christ?

Well, we could tell you, but why reinvent the wheel? Carrie and Julie have already done an excellent job of outlining how these books are used in the Creation to Christ Introduction, so why don’t we have a quick look at that?

(From the Introduction to Creation to Christ ):

Storytime
There are 3 book set options for Storytime: History Interest Set, Boy Interest Set, or Girl Interest Set. If you desire to read aloud books that coordinate with the historical time period being studied, you will want to choose the History Interest Set. In keeping with the ancient time period, the History Interest Set does contain some violent content.

If you wish to avoid this, choose the Boy Interest or Girl Interest Set instead; these sets do not match the history, but were instead selected to provide excellent read-alouds from 9 different genres.

Sixth and seventh graders should either listen to this book set read aloud, or read the Extension Package books (as scheduled in the Appendix), or do both of these options in order to extend their learning. If you are a family that enjoys reading aloud, you may choose to read aloud more than one set of books from the Basic Package.

These scheduled read-alouds are highly recommended, unless you need to
economize. Complete listings and book descriptions for these books can be found in the Appendix. These books are sold as a set as Basic Package Option 1, 2, or 3, or sold individually, at www.heartofdakota.com.

Each unit includes the following activities in coordination with the “Storytime” read-aloud assignments:
*Day 1: give a detailed oral narration
*Day 2: rotate through the following 4 narration activities: an outline sketch, a short skit, a question and answer session, and an advertisement speech for the book
*Day 3: give a summary narration
*Day 4: make connections between the story and Proverbs

Use coupon code JANUARY-LIBRARY to save!

To apply this month’s savings, just enter coupon code JANUARY-LIBRARY on our website when you check out! We hope these books will be as treasured to you as they are to us!

Have a great rest of the week!
Heart of Dakota

PS: If you’d like a more in-depth look at what using Creation to Christ looks like in your home, have a look at this article!

Creation to Christ: An Intriguing Ancients Homeschool Program for Ages 9-11, with Extensions for Ages 12-13