Thou, God, seest me

A Charlotte Mason Moment:

‘Thou, God, seest me.’ That thought will come home to them, so that they will not be able to make themselves unclean by even a thought or a word. They will turn away their eyes from beholding evil; they will not allow themselves to read, or hear, or say a word that should cause impure thoughts.”

(Home Education by Charlotte M. Vol. 4, p. 22)

Children should learn religion at the lips of their parents

A Charlotte Mason Moment:

“Nothing should do more to strengthen the bonds of family life than that the children should learn religion at the lips of their parents.”

(Home Education by Charlotte M. Vol. 1, p. 94)

The knowledge of God is the principal knowledge

A Charlotte Mason Moment:

“The knowledge of God is the principal knowledge, and no teaching of the Bible which does not further that knowledge is of religious value. Therefore the children read, or if they are too young to read for themselves the teacher reads to them, a passage of varying length covering an incident or some definite teaching. If there are remarks to be made about local geography or local custom, the teacher makes them before the passage has been read, emphasizing briefly but reverently any spiritual or moral truth; the children narrate what has been read after the reading; they do this with curious accuracy and yet with some originality, conveying the spiritual teaching which the teacher has indicated. Now this is no parrot-exercise, but is the result of such an assimilation of the passage that is has become a part of the young scholar.”

(Home Education by Charlotte M. Vol. 6, p. 272-273)

In general, what is the overarching Biblical philosophy of Heart of Dakota?

Dear Carrie

What is the overarching Biblical philosophy, in general, of Heart of Dakota?

Dear Carrie,

I’ve used Heart of Dakota for preschool and kindergarten and plan on using it for years to come. From what I’ve used, I especially enjoyed the Family Time Bible in Little Hearts. It really showed the foundation of the Bible as history. Not having used other levels, I’d like to wrap my head around the flow of Biblical teaching. I especially want to see how it will help me disciple my children and introduce them to a hurting world. So, I guess what I’m wanting to know is the overarching Biblical philosophy, in general, for Heart of Dakota. I realize this is a broad question! But, I like where we’ve been, I just want to look forward to where we’re headed. Thanks in advance!


“Ms. Wanting to Know the Overarching Biblical Philosophy for Heart of Dakota”

Dear “Ms. Wanting to Know the Overarching Biblical Philosophy of Heart of Dakota,”

What a good question!  One that is near and dear to my heart. Our overarching Biblical goal at HOD is to include God’s Holy Word every day in as many areas as possible. This is so students do not see Bible as a separate subject but rather as a part of everything they do. We want children in the Word often and repeatedly throughout the day. Our goal is for them to understand that the Bible is to be open often. It is meant to guide them in all things.

We want our children to seek direction from God’s Word.

We also desire for children to seek answers and direction for living from God’s Word. Additionally, we want them to learn to love His Word with all their hearts, souls, and minds. Likewise, we want them to understand the Bible is ‘God’s Words’ to us on how to live our lives to glorify Him. There is no greater goal on this earth than to strive to worship and glorify our Savior with our lives. We write each HOD guide in the hope that it will help our children in this goal.

The Bible is inerrant, God-breathed, and applicable to daily life.

We believe the Bible is inerrant, God-breathed, and applicable every day in all we do. We believe it reveals our desperate need for a Savior and God’s grace, which God poured out on us through His plan for our salvation by willingly sacrificing His only Son.  Jesus’ sacrifice of His own life on the cross paid for our sins and provided a way for sinners like me to enter heaven. Belief in Christ Jesus as God’s Son, fully man and fully God, is the only way to heaven.

The Bible is the source for all answers, and we point our children to Scripture as often as possible.

We believe in the virgin birth of our Savior and our need for Him to save us from sin that has been in the world since the fall of man. We believe that we are created in God’s image and are created to glorify Him. This is what is set forth in God’s Word. It is what we teach as we point children to the Scripture as the source for all answers. Devotions are never done without turning to God’s Word. Scripture passages and verses are a part of every devotion time. God’s Word is the ultimate focus of all things Biblical within HOD.

Our website’s “A Look at Each Subject Area” describes the Bible in general within HOD.

As you asked for our overarching goals in Bible, I’ll include our description of Bible Study from our “A Look at Each Subject Area,” which is on our website:

And finally, we come to the most important area in our programs: Bible study. While homeschooling our first son, we found it too easy to place Bible into one time slot and study it as a separate “subject.” This made the Bible seem to be of equal importance as all of the other academic subjects. We want our children to know that the Bible is special and that it’s more important than anything else. To do that, we integrated the Bible throughout our day as much as possible.

Our programs weave God’s Word throughout virtually every part of homeschooling.

Our programs weave God’s Word throughout our readings, our poetry, our history, our science, our writing, our music, our study of English, and our memory work. Using this method, our children learn to use God’s Word to measure their thoughts, words, and deeds all throughout the day. Our programs also have a daily Bible study time, which we pray will train our children in the habit of seeking God’s Word daily. As students grow and mature, our programs also include a daily Bible quiet time, which we pray will train our children in the habit of starting each day personally with the Lord.

Glorifying God is a goal that matters for eternity, and we want our children to have real time in their homeschool day to do so!

In the hustle and bustle of the homeschool day, it is easy to forget that our most important goal is to help our children glorify God with their lives each day. Our programs strive to be a daily reminder of that goal. Glorifying God is the only goal that matters for eternity, and in Heart of Dakota, we strive to make that a priority.



Reading Through the Entire Bible in High School

Dear Carrie

Reading Through the Entire Bible in High School

I’m really looking forward to The Most Important Thing You’ll Ever Study in Heart of Dakota! I think it looks wonderful. It is a very important goal for me to have my kids read through the entire Bible during their high school years. I read the entire Bible through on my own twice when I was growing up, and I think it has made a profound impact on my life. My own kids have had a lot more exposure to the Bible than I did, since I went to public school and my parents didn’t do a “Bible Time.” But, I still really have a strong desire for them to read it cover to cover.

I see that only “highlights” of the Old Testament are read in World History. Could you please let me know how much of the Old Testament these highlights are? If I had my children read the whole thing, would they be doubling or tripling their reading – or more? I don’t want them to have too much to process at one time. Could I spread the book out over two years and have the kids read it in smaller chunks? I have thought about reading through the whole Bible in our family Bible Time. However, I think I would rather have my kids tackle it solo during high school, so they can concentrate more. We are currently reading the Book of Isaiah aloud, and the younger kids get squirmy at times. I think Leviticus might be tough! What do you suggest, Carrie?


“Ms. Please Help Me Plan for My Kids to Read the Entire Bible”

Dear “Ms. Please Help Me Plan for My Kids to Read the Entire Bible,”

I agree that reading the entire Bible is a wonderful goal! The Bible curriculum that we schedule for the World History and the US1 years is called The Most Important Thing You’ll Ever Study by Starr Meade. It has the option of reading through the entire Bible along with the curriculum. So, you could definitely follow that option as you go through those two years.

Perhaps, your students could do the extra reading at a separate time outside of their school day? It could be as easy as doing it before bedtime. We have added a scheduled half-hour reading time for our family at night after supper clean-up. Our family gathers together to read silently for 30 minutes in our living room. Each family member reads a book of his/her choice. We actually set a timer, and it is completely silent (as we finally have kiddos old enough for it to be quiet). It has really encouraged a love of reading in our house! Our older kiddos sometimes read their “Living Library” books or their “Literature” books for school during this time. Sometimes our boys read their Bibles or devotional books during this time too. Anyway, just a thought!