September Library Builder: Save 10% on the Preparing Hearts Basic Package!

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

How is the Basic Package used in Preparing Hearts? 

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 Preparing Hearts’ Introduction, so why don’t we have a look at that together?

(From the Introduction of Preparing Hearts for His Glory):

Storytime
Daily storytime sessions are linked to the “Reading About History” box of the plans by a similar historical time period. These books provide the historical backdrop for each time period, 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 in the Basic Package,
or sold individually, at www.heartofdakota.com:

The True Story of Noah’s Ark by Tom Dooley
Tirzah by Lucille Travis
Classic Treasury of Aesop’s Fables by Don Daily
A Triumph for Flavius by Caroline Dale Snedeker
Fountain of Life by Rebecca Martin
Viking Quest I: Raiders of the Sea by Lois Walfrid Johnson
The Door in the Wall by Marguerite De Angeli
The Wonderful Winter by Marchette Chute
The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson
Twenty and Ten by Claire Huchet Bishop and Janet Joly

Each unit includes the following activities in coordination with the
“Storytime” read-aloud assignments:
*Day 1: personal connections are shared that relate to the story
*Day 2: differences between the characters’ lives and the students’
lives are identified based upon the historical time period of
the story
*Day 3: the main character’s faith is evaluated for its impact on the
character’s life and the story
*Day 4: oral narration is practiced by retelling the story

Use coupon code SEPTEMBER-LIBRARY to save!

To apply this month’s savings, just enter coupon code SEPTEMBER-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 Preparing Hearts looks like in your home, have a look at this article!

Third or Fourth Grade Homeschooling – Preparing Hearts for His Glory

A Heart of Dakota Praise from My State Evaluator!

Pondering Placement

Editor’s note: For today’s Pondering Placement blog post, we wanted to take a moment to share this wonderful placement feedback from one of our users’ state evaluators! If you need help placing your child, we are happy to help! Visit our contact page on our website to find ways to get in touch with us. 

A Heart of Dakota Praise from My State Evaluator!

I have to say I have LOVED using Heart of Dakota this past year! I asked not too long ago for placement advice. We were behind in Beyond Little Hearts for His Glory. However, after talking through placement with Heart of Dakota, we decided to continue with Beyond and then move on to Bigger whenever we finished. So, I guess this is not really a placement question at this point! Instead, I just wanted to thank Heart of Dakota for your feedback, ideas and encouragement… especially Carrie and Julie! I also wanted to share the praise Heart of Dakota received from my evaluator!

My daughter was recently evaluated. In my state, I have to show proof she is progressing, so we do a portfolio review. Our evaluator has been around the homeschool world awhile. She has grown, adult kids. She is very popular and busy in our area (just a little background on her). It was our first time meeting her, so she was getting to know us and what we use for school. She didn’t know much about Heart of Dakota, so I made it a point to introduce her to HOD by showing her the guide. I pulled out all our books and the catalog, and she LOVED it all. Loved the book choices, the activities in all the boxes, the critical thinking integrated, the way we do spelling. She looked through it all and even took notes!!

I had posted before about having a hard time with my daughter in the area of math and memorizing math facts, and also taking a long time doing her copywork. Well, our evaluator determined my daughter has a visual memory deficit. But, she was encouraging in telling me the Lord has led me to the right resources to teach my daughter (even when I didn’t know what was happening with her!) See, He is in control at ALL times! She encouraged me to stay with Singapore Math and continue to patiently drill math facts (they will eventually stick), and continue the way we do spelling and copywork, it is the best way for her to learn with her visual memory deficit.

I know this is long, but I wanted to pass this along…to encourage you like I was encouraged! My evaluator actually gave me the same advice Heart of Dakota had already given me. Thanks to all at HOD for making this great curriculum available to us! Please share this with others who are pondering placement as an encouragement.

 

 

Use coupon code AUGUST-LIBRARY for 10% off all versions of the Bigger Hearts Deluxe Package!

Library Builder

Use coupon code AUGUST-LIBRARY for 10% off all versions of the Bigger Hearts Deluxe 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 AUGUST-LIBRARY on our website for the entire month of August to apply the savings to your order. The coupon applies to all versions of the Bigger Hearts Deluxe Package.

  • To see all the book in the boy version, click here.
  • To see all the books in the girl version, click here.
  • To see all the books in the classic version, click here.

This set of books contains nine read-aloud titles, one for each genre of literature that is scheduled in the storytime part of the plans in  Bigger Hearts for His Glory. Each book is used for 20 days of the plans.

How is the Storytime part of the plans in Bigger Hearts for His Glory used throughout the year?

(From the Introduction of Bigger Hearts for His Glory):

Storytime
Daily storytime sessions are based on literature that is read aloud from the following nine genres: Biography, Adventure, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, Nonfiction, Humor, Realistic Fiction, and Folk Tale. Each type of literature is read aloud for 20 days, except for Folk Tale which is read aloud for 10 days.

The instructions and activities are written to be used with any literature. This flexibility allows you to use your own discretion in selecting literature to read aloud to your students. The structure also allows you to select the pace at which you’ll complete your read aloud selection.

Each 5 day unit in the guide includes the following reading activities in coordination with the read-aloud assignments:
*1st Day: introduce and study different types of literature
*2nd Day: model narration to foster comprehension
*3rd Day: identify and analyze a different story element for each genre
*4th Day: relate personally to one Godly character trait, compare Biblical and book characters, and make a bookmark as a reminder of the trait
*5th Day: practice narration by retelling the story in a variety of ways

Use coupon code AUGUST-LIBRARY to save!

To apply this month’s savings, just enter coupon code AUGUST-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

We want your vote in the 2020 Old Schoolhouse Magazine® Excellence in Education Awards!

Heart of Dakota Tidbit:

We want your vote in the 2020 Old Schoolhouse Magazine® Excellence in Education Awards!

Did you know that Heart of Dakota won the following awards last year in The Old Schoolhouse Magazine’s® Excellence in Education Awards?

  • 2nd Place: Bible
  • 2nd Place: Boxed Curriculum
  • 2nd Place: Character Building
  • 2nd Place: Character Building – Middle School
  • 2nd Place: Preschool
  • 2nd Place: Unit Studies

We’re excited to announce that voting for the 2020 awards has kicked off! 😃

Here’s how to vote…

Click here to take a short survey and let The Old Schoolhouse® know which homeschool materials are your top picks. The survey runs through August 15, 2020, so be sure to get your votes in before then!

Here’s what you could win…

Everyone who completes the survey receives a $100 gift certificate to the Schoolhouse Store for any digital purchase*, and you will be entered in a drawing for a Kindle Fire Tablet.

*Gift certificate is not applicable to SchoolhouseTeachers.com memberships.

We’d love to have your vote!

We feel deeply honored for the votes we received last year, and would love to be voted in once again this year! Let’s make this happen, everyone! 😃

Use coupon code JULY-LIBRARY for 10% off both variants of the Beyond Little Hearts Deluxe Set!

Library Builder

Use coupon code JULY-LIBRARY for 10% off both variants of the Beyond Little Hearts Deluxe Set!

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 JULY-LIBRARY on our website for the entire month of July to save 10% on the Beyond Little Hearts Deluxe Set. To view all the books in the boy set, click here. To view all the books in the girl set, click here.

This set of books contains nine read-aloud titles, one for each genre of literature that is scheduled in the storytime part of the plans in  Beyond Little Hearts for His Glory. Each book is used for 20 days of the plans.

How is the Storytime part of the plans in Beyond Little Hearts for His Glory used throughout the year?

(From the Introduction of Beyond Little Hearts for His Glory):

Storytime
Daily storytime sessions are based on literature that is read aloud from the
following nine genres: Biography, Adventure, Historical Fiction, Fantasy,
Mystery, Nonfiction, Humor, Realistic Fiction, and Folk Tale. Each type of
literature is read aloud for 20 days, except for Folk Tale which is read aloud
for 10 days.

The instructions and activities are written to be used with any literature.
This flexibility allows you to use your own discretion in selecting literature to read aloud to your students. The structure also allows you to select the
pace at which you’ll complete your read aloud selection.

Each 5 day unit in the guide includes the following reading activities in coordination with the read-aloud assignments:
*1st Day: introduce and study different types of literature
*2nd Day: model narration to foster comprehension
*3rd Day: identify and analyze a different story element for each genre
*4th Day: relate personally to one Godly character trait, compare
Biblical and book characters, and select one area to improve
*5th Day: practice narration by retelling the story in a variety of ways

Use coupon code JULY-LIBRARY to save!

To apply this month’s savings, just enter coupon code JULY-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