Thank you for voting for us in the 2019 Practical Homeschooling Awards! 

Heart of Dakota Tidbit:

Thank you for voting for us in the 2019 Practical Homeschooling Awards!
This Saturday, we’d like to take a moment to say a huge “thank you” to everyone who voted for us in the 2019 Practical Homeschooling Awards! Thanks to you, we won 8 awards including:
First Place
  • 1st Place in History: Heart of Dakota curriculum
  • 1st Place in Geography: Heart of Dakota World Geography
  • 1st Place tie in Literature: Heart of Dakota Literature
  • 1st Place tie in Middle School Curriculum: Hearts for Him Through Time series
Second Place
  • 2nd Place in Elementary Curriculum: Little Hearts series
  • 2nd Place tie in High School Curriculum: Heart of Dakota High School courses
  • 2nd Place tie in Kindergarten: Little Hearts for His Glory
Third Place
  • 3rd Place tie in Preschool/Reading: Little Hands to Heaven
Once again, thank you so much for voting us in! It’s humbling to see our curriculum making an impact in so many people’s lives.
Have a wonderful week! 🙂

Sioux Falls – a great place to live!

Heart of Dakota Tidbit:

Sioux Falls – a great place to live!

Did you know that Sioux Falls, SD was ranked one of the top 100 cities to live in the United States by CNN Money in 2010? We live 18 minutes from Sioux Falls and we agree that it is a great place to live! South Dakota doesn’t get much press so when we do, we make sure that we let everyone know!
Have a great weekend!

March Library Builder: Save 10% on the Resurrection to Reformation Basic Set!

Library Builder

Use coupon code MARCH-LIBRARY for 10% on this month’s Library Builder book set: The Resurrection to Reformation Basic 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 MARCH-LIBRARY on our website for the entire month of March to apply the savings to your order. The coupon applies to the Resurrection to Reformation Basic Package set of books.   To view all of the books in this set, just click here! (Scroll down until you see the “History Read-Alouds” section.)

How is the Basic Package used in Resurrection to Reformation?

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 Resurrection to Reformation Introduction, so why don’t we have a quick look at that?

(From the Introduction to Resurrection to Reformation):

Daily storytime sessions are linked to the “Reading about History” box of the plans by similar historical time period. These books provide the historical backdrop, or a panoramic view of history, while the “Reading about History” readings provide a more factual view.

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 a Basic Package, or sold individually, at

The following activities rotate through the “Storytime” box of plans and coordinate with the read-aloud assignments: orally narrating, finding vivid descriptions, locating new vocabulary, identifying plot twists, recognizing strong moods, copying great lines, and watching for life lessons. Students will record their answers on index cards. Depending on how large students write, they will need 12 or more index cards. We suggest placing the cards on a ring for organizational purposes.

Note: If you are already doing a Storytime package with a different Heart of Dakota program, you may choose to have 5th-6th grade students read the books in this package on their own by following the plans in the “Storytime” box. These students should be strong, independent readers who aren’t overly sensitive. Otherwise, reading aloud is the preferred method for using this package.

Use coupon code MARCH-LIBRARY to save!

To apply this month’s savings, just enter coupon code MARCH-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 Resurrection to Reformation looks like in your home, have a look at this article!

Resurrection to Reformation: Heart of Dakota’s Homeschool Program for Ages 10-12, with Extensions for Ages 13-14

Wondering how HOD does storytime?

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Wondering how HOD does storytime?

Lately, we have been getting more questions about how we do storytime in our guides. Here is a link to a thread from our message board that answers that question.

If you have any questions, let us know in the comments below. We would be glad to help! 😀 Have a great weekend!

How we use the Emerging Reader Set

Heart of Dakota Tidbit:

How we use the Emerging Reader Set

Did you know that the Emerging Reader set of books is the same exact books in both the Beyond Little Hearts for His Glory guide and the Bigger Hearts for His Glory guide? There are not two different Emerging Reader sets. We have the schedule for this set of books in the Appendix of both guides, but it is the exact same schedule in both of them.

Here is our progression for reading:
Phase 1 – Phonics
Phase 2 – Emerging Reader Set
Phase 3 – Drawn Into the Heart of Reading

We only do one phase of reading at a time, so once your child is all done with phonics, we move her into the ER set. Once she is all done with the ER set, we move him/her into DITHOR.

Have a great weekend!