How we use the Emerging Reader Set

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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!

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!

Remember to keep lessons short for little ones

Teaching Tip 

Remember to keep lessons short for little ones.

When teaching 5 and 6 year olds, remember to keep their lesson times short.  As adults, we would like to teach a short program like Little Hearts or Beyond Little Hearts all in one sitting.  Yet, 5 – 6 year olds will often do better when lesson times are kept to 30-35 minutes.

Take a break every 30 minutes with your little ones.

Try taking a scheduled break every 30 minutes, and see how your little ones do.  Set the timer for your scheduled breaks, so your little ones know how much of a break to expect. Then, they won’t be caught unaware when asked to return to “school” from play.

In the younger guides, think of the left side of the plans as one 30-35 min. grouping.

If you have children doing Little Hearts or Beyond Little Hearts, think of the left side of the plans as one grouping.  This grouping can be completed in one “sitting.”  Strive to teach the left side of either of these guides in one interruption-free 30-35 min. time period.  Schedule other kiddos (both younger and older) to to be occupied during that time, so you are not interrupted. In this way, you can efficiently move through the boxes on the left side of the plans.  By focusing on teaching the left side of plans in one sitting, you will accomplish much in a short time.

Split the four remaining boxes on the right side of the guide into two 30-minute groupings.

With the left side done in one sitting that only leaves four remaining boxes on the right side of the guide. Split these 4 boxes into two pairs of boxes, with each pair taking 30 minutes.

What might my day look like doing Little Hearts or Beyond Little Hearts in this way?

Often I do 2 boxes from the right side in the morning.  Then, I take a 30 min. break for that child.  Next, I do the left side of the plans with that child in one sitting.  After that I give the child another 30 min. break.  Last, I do the 2 remaining boxes from the right side of the guide.  After that I’m done with that little sweetie!

It’s better to group subjects than to spread the boxes of plans out all day long.

Try thinking of Little Hearts and Beyond Little Hearts as three groupings of boxes, each taking 30-35 minutes of time.  This will make your planning easier and your day go better.  Try it, and see how your year goes!

Blessings,
Carrie

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Reading the guide’s “Introduction” is great preparation for the school year

Teaching Tip

Reading the guide’s “Introduction” is great preparation for the school year.

You may be beginning to turn your thoughts toward school. One of the best ways to prepare for the upcoming year is to read through your HOD guide’s “Introduction.” There is such a wealth of information in the “Introduction” that we should truly title it something else!

How does reading the “Introduction” help prepare you for the year?

The “Introduction” will give you a feel for how each area is handled in the guide and the goals for each subject. It will let you know what notebooks, binders, etc. are needed for each subject area. Reading the “Introduction” provides a great summary of what to expect for the coming year. The “Introduction” is the last part of the guide we write. In this way, we can be sure that it truly summarizes needed information for you in one place!

If you have students in different HOD guides, read only one guide’s “Introduction” each day.

If you will be teaching more than one Heart of Dakota guide, read the “Introduction” for different guides on different days. This will help you focus on one guide at a time and will keep you from getting overwhelmed.

Can you use the guide without reading the “Introduction?”

Of course you can skip reading the “Introduction” and just jump right in and teach. However, often when families do this they miss the big picture of the guide. They also miss out on some gems that are referred to in the “Introduction” and included in the Appendix.

So, let’s get started!

After more than 15 years of homeschooling my boys with HOD, I still read the “Introduction” at the start of my school year! So, grab a cup of tea or coffee, cuddle up with your highlighter, and read away. Just reading the “Introduction” will make you feel more prepared!

Blessings,
Carrie

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All in the family!

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All in the family!

Did you know that the children who are pictured on the front of Little Hearts for His Glory, Beyond Little Hearts for His Glory, Bigger Hearts for His Glory, and Preparing Hearts for His Glory are our boys? The beautiful girl who is pictured is our niece from Texas, Rachel.

Have a great weekend!