An education which ignores the things of the spirit

A Charlotte Mason Moment:

[Editor’s note: This was written in 1924, 15 years before the outbreak of World War II]

“Germany has pursued a different ideal. Her efforts, too, have been great, unified by the idea of utility; and, if we will only remember the lesson, the war [World War I] has shown us how futile is an education which affords no moral or intellectual uplift, no motive higher than the learner’s peculiar advantage and that of the State. Germany became morally bankrupt (for a season only, let us hope) not solely because of the war but as the result of an education which ignored the things of the spirit or gave these a nominal place and a poor rendering in a utilitarian syllabus.”

(Home Education by Charlotte M. Vol. 6, p.123)

Repeating guides?

Heart of Dakota Tidbit:

Repeating guides? 

We really enjoy the opportunity to meet homeschool families each year at various conventions around the country! It is often through conversations at conventions that we discover some interesting misconceptions about how to use our guides. One interesting misconception is that some families think that they are meant to repeat the same guide two years in a row with the same child. We can see how this assumption could happen as our guides have age ranges listed instead of grade levels. However, upon completion of one guide we are assuming the child will head right into the next guide (as the guides are written to be used one right after the other). The progression of skills is important, and one guide prepares your child well for the skills needed in the next guide.

Have a great weekend!

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!