Sioux Falls – a great place to live!

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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!

Wondering how HOD does storytime?

Heart of Dakota Tidbit:

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!

The Hero Tales continue!

Heart of Dakota Tidbit:

The Hero Tales continue!

Did you know that Dave & Neta Jackson have given Heart of Dakota the rights to print their Hero Tales II and III books? These books had gone out of print at their original publisher and were unavailable. We are pleased that the Jackson’s have allowed us to keep these wonderful books in print!

Have a great weekend!

Trying to decide between Beyond Little Hearts and Bigger Hearts?

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Trying to decide between Beyond Little Hearts and Bigger Hearts? 

Bigger Hearts for His Glory is rightly considered our most teacher intensive guide as there are many tedious skills that are being taught every day that will enable your child to gain their independence, but one thing to consider is that the guide right before it called Beyond Little Hearts for His Glory is more rigorous done at full speed, than Bigger is at half-speed. So, if you are looking at placement and your child falls right between these two guides, you can consider Bigger at half speed (left page one day, right page the next) or Beyond at full speed (left and right page).

Have a great weekend!