Step into Your Future with Confidence and Conviction with U.S. History II for High School

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Prepare to step into the future with confidence and conviction with U.S. History II!

Heart of Dakota’s U.S. History II prepares soon-to-graduate high school students to courageously step into their future with confidence and conviction! U.S. History II brings America’s complete story into perspective, while still sharing the Christian foundations it was built upon. It fully prepares students to go forth into the world armed with faith and knowledge, knowing the Lord has plans to prosper them, and to give them hope and a future!

So, what credits are covered in U.S. History II?

Well, students actually can earn up to 7 full credits in U.S. History II.  Credits include the following:

  • U.S. History II (1 full credit)
  • Bible (1 full credit)
  • Economics (1/2 credit)
  • Finance (1/2 credit)
  • Speech (1/2 credit)
  • Spanish or Latin/Greek (1/2 credit)
  • English (1 full credit)
  • Math (1 full credit)
  • Science with lab (1 full credit)

This guide is written for students ages 16-18 or older. There are 4 days of plans each week, and they are all noted on a 2-page spread. Finally, students can expect to spend about 6-7 hours, 4 days a week, to complete their work.

Let’s take a closer look at the “Learning Through History” part of the plans!

The “Learning Through History” part of the plans begins with William J. Bennett’s America : The Last Best Hope Vol. II.  With expert storytelling, Bennett recounts the last century’s great wars, the rise of Communism, the struggle for for freedom, and the triumph of liberty. Next, stepping in to join Bennett’s narration is Linda Hobar, author of Mystery of History. Hobar tells the story both of the ‘wars of the world” and the “wars of ideologies.” She then moves on to modern day conflicts.  Along this chronological journey, students are asked to make Key Decisions in U.S. History. To do this, they use Great Documents in U.S. History, Great Letters in American History, and The American Testimony DVD Set 2. Similarly, Living Library readings further enhance this journey through time, making it even more memorable!

What do students do in the “Learning Through History” part of the plans?

U.S. History II contains skills that certainly help students prepare for their future post high school. Within journal entries, students analyze multiple primary source documents and take graphic organizer style notes from DVD viewings. They also write multi-paragraph narrations, interpret maps, and write supported answers to critical thinking questions regarding U.S. documents. Students analyze key decisions in U.S. History, and they write their own opinions using excerpts to support their conclusions. They also share history-related talking points and use quotations in context.  Finally, students complete assessments such as key word, summary, detailed, topic, typed opinion, persuasive, recorded, oral, and multi-paragraph written narrations, which certainly keeps the Charlotte Mason flavor of the plans intact.

Economics and Foreign Language are part of the plans too!

Economics and Foreign Language are included in the plans as well.  For Economics, students explore God’s principles for living a life of liberty, prosperity, and generosity in Money-Wise DVD viewing sessions. In Money Matters for Teens, students gain Bible-based wisdom from financial expert Larry Burkett. Next, in The Myth of the Robber Barons, students learn the difference between market entrepreneurs and political entrepreneurs. Then, students Solve the Money Mystery with “Uncle Eric” and Bluestocking Guide’s author Kathryn Daniels. Students put their newfound Economics knowledge to the test by answering “Thought Questions” about articles by noted economists in Economics: A Free Market Reader. They complete quizzes, semester tests, and a final exam in Intro to Economics. Finally, students round out the left side of the plans by completing either Spanish or Latin/Greek.

What do students do in the “Learning the Basics” part of the plans?

The “Learning the Basics” part of the plans teach essential skills that meet academic and spiritual needs. First, students learn how to share and defend their faith in I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist. Next for their devotionals, daughters partner with parents in Girl Talk, and sons partner with parents in Created for Work.  Then, students join Dave Ramsey to build a promising future with Foundations in Personal Finance.  After that, they learn to become confident speech-givers via Secrets of the Great Communicators and How to Become a Dynamic Speaker. Then, students dig into science with our Astronomy and Geology and Paleontology study and lab. Finally, students enjoy a balanced language arts program. This includes incredible Charlotte Mason-inspired British literature plans, R & S English lessons, and dictation passages. Consequently, students can expect an amazing year of learning!

In Christ,

Julie

 

Rekindle Hope and Patriotism with U.S. History I for High School

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Rekindle hope and patriotism with U.S. History I for high school!

Heart of Dakota’s U.S. History I is sure to rekindle hope and patriotism!  Within its pages, students discover how America’s struggling beginnings gave way first to sufferings. But then, these sufferings produced perseverance.  Then, that perseverance produced character.  And finally, that character produced hope!  Which it can still produce today!

So, what credits are covered in U.S. History I?

Well, students actually can earn up to 6 1/2 full credits in U.S. History I.  Credits include 1 full credit in U.S. History I, 1 full credit in Bible, 1/2 to 1 full Government, 1/2 credit in Constitutional Literacy, 1/2 credit in Spanish, 1 full credit in English, 1 full credit in Math, and 1 full credit in Science with lab.  This guide is written for students ages 15-17. However, it can be extended for students in 12th grade by adjustments to the 3 R’s and science. There are 4 days of plans each week, and they are all noted on a 2-page spread. Finally, students can expect to spend about 7 hours, 4 days a week, to complete their work.

What does the “Learning Through History” part of the program look like?

First, the “Learning Through History” part of the program sets students off on an adventure with America: The Last Best Hope. Starting with the 13 colonies, students ‘meet’ those who labored to create our democratic republic. Then, in Faith of Our Fathers, students ‘meet’ the men and women who answered the Lord’s call to evangelize America. Next, in The Book of Heroes, students ‘meet’ George Washington, Daniel Boone, Louisa May Alcott, Robert E. Lee, and George Washington Carver.

Then, students see the power of the penned word in Great Letters in American History and in Great Documents Within U.S. History. They also ‘meet’ America in a more visual way in The American Testimony DVD Set. Additionally, students delve into U.S. History Map Activities and the U.S. History Atlas. These resources helps students visualize sweep and influence of key events. Finally, students delve more deeply into history with our Charlotte Mason inspired Living Library! This incredible book/audio set has been selected for its narrative quality and its connections to U.S. History I.

What kind of work do students do in U.S. History I?

First, students keep a full-color Book of Centuries using Amy Pak’s timeline figures. Next, in their full-color U.S. History I Journal, students make many different kinds of entries. For example, entries include analysis of primary source documents, notes from DVD viewing sessions, multi-paragraph narrations, in-depth interpretation of maps, critical thinking questions regarding U.S. documents, written opinions using excerpts to support conclusions, history-related shared talking points, and quotations in context. Finally, assessments such as key word, summary, detailed, topic, typed, opinion, and recorded oral and multi-paragraph written narrations keep the beloved Charlotte Mason flavor of the plans intact.

What can students expect in Government and Spanish?

First, students delve into Government by exploring its political heritage and studying the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Next, students discuss contemporary issues affecting our nation with DVD and workbook sessions within A Noble Experiment. Then, they discover what’s gone wrong with America’s legal system and economy and how to fix it within “Whatever Happened to Justice?” Finally, students round out the “Learning Through History” part of the plans with the Spanish Homeschool Curriculum Kit. This full color course teaches Spanish through audio CDs of dialogue. Furthermore, students learn to write Spanish well in daily written assignments.

What does the “Learning the Basics” part of the program look like?

The “Learning the Basics” part of U.S. History I teaches essential skills that meet academic and spiritual needs. First, students draw closer to the Lord with The Most Important Thing You’ll Ever Study: A Survey of the New Testament. Additionally, students’ Bible time includes Scripture memorization, a prayer journal, and a hymn study. Next, daughters partner with parents by delving into home, life, and spiritual life management in Beyond Beautiful Girlhood. Likewise, sons partner with parents by diving into how to find God in the heart of daily conflicts and decisions in Everyday Battles. Finally, both sons and daughters enjoy Stay in the Castle and the Seven Royal Laws of Courtship to find and marry the person whom God has created just for them!

What is included in language arts in U.S. History I?

Students enjoy a balanced language arts approach in U.S. History I. They  read 8 novels, 8 short stories, 4 primary sources, 1 full-length autobiography, and 1 play with our Charlotte Mason inspired American literature plans. Timeless favorites like The Prince and the Pauper, The Scarlet Letter, Rip Van Winkle, Man Without a Country, Up From Slavery, The Purloined Letter, The Robe, The Virginian, The Lilies of the Field, and more provide a fresh approach to high school American literature.

Furthermore, introductions, readings, annotations, oral narrations, written narrations, Common Place Book entries, and guided Literature Journal reflections including literary devices, Scriptural connections, in-depth discussions, and literary synthesis assignments all provide higher level assessments without taking away the joy of reading. Moreover, for composition, students use In Their Sandals, which helps them experience the Bible personally by writing 8 Scripturally-based stories. Finally, students finish out this balanced English credit by using grammar, writing, and English skills with Rod and Staff English. Dictation skills with included dictation passages round out this balanced language arts approach.

What do students learn in Constitutional Literacy?

Students can get the most out of their Government course by choosing to also do Constitutional Literacy. With over 500 minutes of engaging video instruction, constitutional expert Michael Farris walks students through the history, theory, and application of the Constitution and what it means for future American self-government. Moreover, professional video footage with beautiful photographs, timelines, and special effects will have students on their way to beginning their voting career as an informed citizen, well versed in the content and meaning of the U.S. Constitution!

What can students expect in Chemistry and Math?

Next, students move on to earn their science credit with lab in Chemistry with Dr. Jay Wile!  Discovering Design with Chemistry is a college-prep, high school chemistry course. This includes visually appealing narrative text, comprehension checks with detailed answer keys, 46 experiments with fully described expected outcomes, and calculations with completely worked out solutions. Lastly, students round out their “Learning the Basics” part of the plans by choosing from one of our many math options.

In Christ,

Julie

 

 

 

 

 

Explore the World in a Whole New Way… World Geography for High School

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Get ready to explore the world in a whole new way via high school World Geography!

In Heart of Dakota‘s World Geography, get ready to explore land and sea, discover treasures old and new, solve past and present mysteries, and journey from one end of the earth to the other!  If you are like me, fellow homeschool moms, your own past personal trek through World Geography back when (we won’t say how far ‘back when’) might not have been all that exciting.  Well, forget that!  HOD’s World Geography will set your 13-15 year old on an exciting expedition.  Armed with knowledge, filled with compassion, and consumed with love for others around the world, who knows what great things our God has planned for our high school students during their year of exploration in World Geography?!?

High school can be scary for both moms and students, but Heart of Dakota has your back!

I remember begging, yes, begging Carrie to write high school guides.  One year at a time, one guide at a time, one son getting one year older at a time, and the Lord laid it on her heart to do this.  Praise God!  That’s all I can say, because I just couldn’t envision homeschooling high school in any other way.  High school feels a little scary.  Both moms and students can balk at homeschooling in high school. Well, rest easy, friend, because HOD’s high school guides cover it all. Course descriptions, course materials, all typical credits and electives needed, suggested grading, a 4-day week plan, easy-to-use 2-page spread lesson plans, Charlotte Mason focused, Christ-centered, literature-based… ahhhhhhh… need I go on?!?  High school can be scary, but HOD has your back! So, it’s not so scary.  In fact, I dare say, it’s incredible!!!

High school is all about the numbers.  So, how many credits can be earned?

Creating a good transcript is fairly important. We feel the responsibility as homeschool parents of making sure our kiddos are ready – ready for whatever God may have planned for them after high school graduation. It can feel like high school is all about the numbers.  And in some regards, it is.  How many credits should be earned?  Well, the very basic thought on this would be the 4 x 4 – 1 full credit in English, 1 full credit in Math, 1 fun credit in History, and 1 full credit in Science each year.  That is the very basic formula, with required electives thrown in for measure.

Homeschool students should shoot higher than the ‘basics,’ but guard against ‘padding the transcript.’  Too few credits might leave students unprepared for college.  Too many credits raises red flags and can overload a student. World Geography is just right.  With 6 1/2 possible credits, it is perfect for college entrance requirements!  Maybe kiddos won’t choose the ‘college’ path, but should they want to, at least we won’t have held them back from it!

So, what are the 6 1/2 credits covered in World Geography?

There are a total of 6 1/2 credits covered in World Geography, but you always can tailor your student’s transcript according to the plan you like best. The Economy Package alone sports 1 full credit in World Geography, 1 full credit in Bible, and 1/2 credit in World Religions and Cultures. Then, the Complete English Package covers 1 full credit in English, including literature, composition, and grammar.  Next, the science package covers 1 full credit in Integrated Physics in Chemistry, with or without lab.  Add 1 full credit in math Algebra 1 by choosing from our multitude of math options.  Tack on 1/2 credit in Spanish and 1/2 credit in Logic, and voila!  You’ve earned 6 1/2 credits!

What can be expected in the World Geography credit?

So, I’ve promised an intriguing year in World Geography, but what exactly can students expect?  Amazing chronological history readings from ‘real books’ provide the backbone of the credit. Add in Charlotte Mason style key word, summary, detailed, and topic oral narrations. Stir in full-color beautiful Expedition Journal Entries peppered with bulleted notes, outlines, sketches, primary source documents, questions based on Bloom’s Taxonomy, video viewing guides, research topics, Socratic discussions, and more!

Mix in breathtaking Reader’s Digest DVD viewings and follow-ups that transport students visually to the very places they are studying!  Sprinkle in some geography reading based written narrations and some one-of-a-kind Book of Centuries portrait gallery and lined timeline entries. Amp up the flavor with Ellen McHenry’s guided mapping lessons and hands-on navigational projects in Mapping the World With Art. Spice it up with extra credit Living Library readings, and you have the recipe for a fantastic year in World Geography!

So, why are the 1/2 credit in World Religions and Cultures and the 1 full credit in Bible part of the Economy Package?

Good question, and there is a good answer!  As students are taking their tour of the world via their World Geography history credit, World Religions and Cultures takes them on a matching tour of the major religions of the world.  With inspiring biographies of people who converted from their first religion to Christianity, what could be a better match?!?  Likewise, the Bible and Devotional Study introduces students to unreached people groups and how to pray for them!  Moving readings about unreached people groups from the very places students are learning about in World Geography correlate with annotations, Scripture memorization, the Biblical model of prayer, a personal prayer journal, and devotions.  What an inspiring match for World Geography!

Why should your student do Integrated Physics and Chemistry for science?

Why not, I say?  Doing Integrated Physics and Chemistry (IPC) earlier on in high school has its definite advantages. First, completing it earlier helps it not be so heavily math-based. Second, completing it earlier gives students more options in 12th grade. How? Well, by 12th grade students will probably know if they are going to require physics for their future plans post-graduation.  If they are going into a field that requires physics, then they can take a full-blown physics course their senior year.  If they are not, they’ve already fulfilled their physics requirement in IPC, and they can enjoy our awesome 12th grade Astronomy/Geology/ Paleontology course instead!

What can your student expect in the English credit?

Heart of Dakota’s English credit includes a balance of literature, composition, grammar, and dictation.  BJU Fundamentals of Literature provides the spine of literature study. It includes readings, discussions, literary analysis, Biblical worldview, and critical thinking questions.  Classic girl or boy set novels are interspersed at balanced intervals. So, Charlotte Mason’s living books, oral and written narrations, and Common Place Book entries are married with BJU’s plans beautifully! Next, Essentials in Writing covers the composition portion of the credit. DVD lessons, follow-up assignments, personal/persuasive/expository/compare and contrast essays, and a final research paper are all included. Finally, Building Securely English includes grammar/English skills, and studied dictation keeps students progressing in spelling.

Finally, add 1 full credit in Algebra 1, a 1/2 credit in Logic and a 1/2 credit in Spanish!

With multiple choices in Algebra 1, you can choose what fits your student best.  Each math option has its benefits. With a wide range of options, one of the math programs is sure to fit your student well. Next, your student can enjoy a 1/2 credit in Logic via The Fallacy Detective and The Art of Argument.  Finally, your student can learn Spanish via Getting Started with Spanish.  And there you have it!  6 1/2 credits earned in one year of high school, just like that!

In Christ,

Julie

P.S. For more information on Heart of Dakota in general, click here!

P.S.S.  To read more about Carrie’s choices for World Geography, check out her sneak peaks specific to each subject area by clicking here!