Wondering how HOD does storytime?

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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! ūüėÄ Have a great weekend!

5 1/2 Year Old Unable to Answer Storytime Questions for Reddy Fox

Dear Carrie

My 5 1/2 year old doesn’t seem to be able to answer the¬†Storytime questions for Reddy Fox. What should I do?

Dear Carrie,

I am doing¬†Little Hearts for His Glory with my 5 1/2 year old daughter. Everything is going well except for Storytime. She is wiggly while I read Reddy Fox. She doesn’t seem to be comprehending any of it. She cannot answer any of the questions. Even if I read a sentence 3 times and ask a simple question about that sentence, she cannot answer it. She LOVES it when I read her storybooks with colorful pictures. Maybe I should just start letting her pick out easier books?¬† Then I could just come up with questions for her? Is there a way I could find out her level of comprehension?

I can keep reading Reddy Fox to her, but I don’t think she is getting anything from it. Motor skill wise – she has no problems. Reading wise she is flying through phonics and sounding out words and reading short sentences. She just doesn’t seem to be able to answer the Storytime questions for Reddy Fox. So, what should I do? Thanks for any suggestions!

Sincerely,

“Ms. Please Help My 5 1/2 Learn to Answer Storytime Questions for Reddy Fox”

Dear “Ms. Please Help My 5 1/2 Learn to Answer Storytime Questions for Reddy Fox,”

I’m so glad you are getting a chance to use and enjoy LHFHG!¬† We have fond memories of using LHFHG with our own four sons.¬† In answer to your question, I would encourage you to continue reading Reddy Fox and doing the follow-up activities. It is no surprise that your little honey is struggling with it since she is used to colorful picture books instead.

The Storytime books were chosen to transition your child to listening to longer chapter books.

The books within the Storytime box of LHFHG are not meant to be picture books but were instead chosen to transition your child to listening to longer chapter book style readings. This will be a needed skill as your child heads into Beyond Little Hearts. Listening to chapter book style readings is a skill that takes time to learn, so we would not expect your daughter to do well with this skill at first. However, if you downshift to reading colorful picture books instead, it will be a skill that your daughter will not acquire this year at all.

Storytime readings and follow-ups are meant to be short and reading them without stopping helps the child retain the flow of the story.

With this in mind, I would encourage you to continue doing the Storytime plans as written for 9 weeks. The Storytime readings are meant to be short and the follow-up are meant to be short too. As you read, do not stop to reread or to explain the readings. Instead just read the scheduled pages straight through. This is because stopping and rereading makes a child lose the flow of the story. It also decreases the attention the child gives to a single reading. The habit of attention is another habit we are working to cultivate through Storytime.

Feel free to jump in and cheerfully help with the follow-ups as needed.

After the readings, if your daughter is unable to do the follow-ups, jump in and help her as needed, making sure to keep the follow-ups short and sweet too! Over the next 9 weeks, as long as you remain positive and cheerful about this area, I think you will be truly surprised at the progress your child makes.

I would find it surprising if she were flying through everything easily.

If she were flying through everything in LHFHG easily, it would be surprising! Instead, we have skills she needs to gain throughout this guide and gaining skills takes time, practice, and patience! I’d love to have you share an update in 9 weeks to see how she’s doing if you get a chance!

Blessings,
Carrie

Update 9 Weeks Later:

I wanted to give an update on my daughter’s progress with her comprehension of the Burgess books. We’ve now finished Reddy Fox, The Adventures of Peter Cottontail, and are within a few days of completing The Adventures of Danny Meadow Mouse. She enjoys Storytime very much, listens attentively and is able to answer most questions at the end of the reading. I am thrilled with her progress and so thankful that we continued as directed! Thanks for all the support! WE LOVE HOD!!!!¬†:D¬†:)¬†:)¬†:)¬†I can honestly say I don’t think we would be able to homeschool without it. I sincerely thank you again!

Sincerely,

“Ms. Loving My 5 1/2 Year Old’s Storytime Answers Now”

 

 

 

November Library Builder: Save 10% on the Creation to Christ History Interest Set!

Library Builder

Use coupon code NOVEMBER-LIBRARY for 10% on this month’s Library Builder book set: The Creation to Christ History Interest Package!

We are excited to continue our¬†¬†Heart of Dakota¬†Library Builder¬†book set promotion! On the 1st Wednesday of each month we will be promoting one of our book sets with a 10% coupon code. For this month‚Äôs special, use¬†coupon code NOVEMBER-LIBRARY¬†on our website for the¬†entire month of November¬†to apply the savings to your order. The coupon applies to the Creation to Christ¬†History Interest set of¬†books.¬† ¬†To view all of the books in this set, just¬†click here! (Scroll down until you see the ‚ÄúBasic Package Option 1‚ÄĚ section.)

How is the History Interest Package used in Creation to Christ?

Well, we could tell you, but why reinvent the wheel? Carrie and Julie have already done an excellent job of outlining how these books are used in the Creation to Christ Introduction, so why don’t we have a quick look at that?

(From the Introduction to Creation to Christ ):

Storytime
There are 3 book set options for Storytime: History Interest Set, Boy Interest Set, or Girl Interest Set. If you desire to read aloud books that coordinate with the historical time period being studied, you will want to choose the History Interest Set. In keeping with the ancient time period, the History Interest Set does contain some violent content.

If you wish to avoid this, choose the Boy Interest or Girl Interest Set instead; these sets do not match the history, but were instead selected to provide excellent read-alouds from 9 different genres. (Editor’s note: These book packs will be getting their own Library Builder discounts in January and February, respectively! ūüėÄ )¬†

Sixth and seventh graders should either listen to the History Interest Set read aloud, or read the Extension Package books (as scheduled in the Appendix), or do both of these options in order to extend their learning. If you are a family that enjoys reading aloud, you may choose to read aloud more than one set of books from the Basic Package.

These scheduled read-alouds are highly recommended, unless you need to
economize. Complete listings and book descriptions for these books can be found in the Appendix. These books are sold as a set as Basic Package Option 1, 2, or 3, or sold individually, at www.heartofdakota.com.

Each unit includes the following activities in coordination with the ‚ÄúStorytime‚ÄĚ read-aloud assignments:
*Day 1: give a detailed oral narration
*Day 2: rotate through the following 4 narration activities: an outline sketch, a short skit, a question and answer session, and an advertisement speech for the book
*Day 3: give a summary narration
*Day 4: make connections between the story and Proverbs

Use coupon code NOVEMBER-LIBRARY to save!

To apply this month’s savings, just enter coupon code NOVEMBER-LIBRARY on our website when you check out! We hope these books will be as treasured to you as they are to us!

Have a great rest of the week!
Heart of Dakota

PS: If you’d like a more in-depth look at what using Creation to Christ looks like in your home, have a look at this article!

Creation to Christ: An Intriguing Ancients Homeschool Program for Ages 9-11, with Extensions for Ages 12-13

October Library Builder: Save 10% on the Preparing Hearts Basic Package!

Library Builder

Use coupon code OCTOBER-LIBRARY for 10% on this month’s Library Builder book set: The Preparing Hearts Basic Package!

We are excited to continue our¬†¬†Heart of Dakota¬†Library Builder book set promotion! On the 1st Wednesday of each month we will be promoting one of our book sets with a 10% coupon code. For this month‚Äôs special, use¬†coupon code¬†OCTOBER-LIBRARY¬†on our website for the¬†entire month of October¬†to apply the savings to your order. The coupon applies to the¬†Preparing Hearts Basic Package¬†set of¬†books.¬† ¬†To view all of the books in this set, just¬†click here! (Scroll down until you see the “Basic Package” section.)

How is the Basic Package used in Preparing Hearts? 

Well, we could tell you, but why reinvent the wheel? Carrie and Julie have already done an excellent job of outlining how these books are used in Preparing Hearts’ Introduction, so why don’t we have a look at that together?

(From the Introduction of Preparing Hearts for His Glory):

Storytime
Daily storytime sessions are linked to the ‚ÄúReading About History‚ÄĚ box of the plans by a similar historical time period. These books provide the historical backdrop for each time period, or a panoramic view of history, while the ‚ÄúReading About History‚ÄĚ readings provide a more factual view. These scheduled read-alouds are highly recommended, unless you need to economize. Complete listings and book descriptions for these books can be
found in the Appendix. These books are sold as a set in the Basic Package,
or sold individually, at www.heartofdakota.com:
‚ÄĘ The True Story of Noah‚Äôs Ark by Tom Dooley
‚ÄĘ Tirzah by Lucille Travis
‚ÄĘ Classic Treasury of Aesop‚Äôs Fables by Don Daily
‚ÄĘ A Triumph for Flavius by Caroline Dale Snedeker
‚ÄĘ Fountain of Life by Rebecca Martin
‚ÄĘ Viking Quest I: Raiders of the Sea by Lois Walfrid Johnson
‚ÄĘ The Door in the Wall by Marguerite De Angeli
‚ÄĘ The Wonderful Winter by Marchette Chute
‚ÄĘ The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson
‚ÄĘ Twenty and Ten by Claire Huchet Bishop and Janet Joly

Each unit includes the following activities in coordination with the
‚ÄúStorytime‚ÄĚ read-aloud assignments:
*Day 1: personal connections are shared that relate to the story
*Day 2: differences between the characters’ lives and the students’
lives are identified based upon the historical time period of
the story
*Day 3: the main character’s faith is evaluated for its impact on the
character’s life and the story
*Day 4: oral narration is practiced by retelling the story

Use coupon code OCTOBER-LIBRARY to save!

To apply this month’s savings, just enter coupon code OCTOBER-LIBRARY on our website when you check out! We hope these books will be as treasured to you as they are to us!

Have a great rest of the week!
Heart of Dakota

 

PS: If you’d like a more in-depth look at what using Preparing Hearts looks like in your home, have a look at this article!

Third or Fourth Grade Homeschooling – Preparing Hearts for His Glory

Use coupon code LB-BHC for 10% off the Deluxe Package – Classic Interest in Bigger Hearts for His Glory!

Library Builder

Use coupon code LB-BHC for 10% on this month’s Library Builder book set: The Deluxe Package РClassic Interest in Bigger Hearts for His Glory!

We are excited to continue our  Heart of Dakota Library Builder book set promotion! On the 1st Wednesday of each month we will be promoting one of our book sets with a 10% coupon code. For this month’s special use coupon code LB-BHC on our website for the entire month of July to apply the savings to your order. The coupon applies to the Bigger Hearts for His Glory deluxe package Рclassic interest set of books.   To view all of the books in this set, just click here!

This set of books contains nine read-aloud titles, one for each genre of literature that is scheduled in the storytime part of the plans in  Bigger Hearts for His Glory. Each book is used for 20 days of the plans.

How is the Storytime part of the plans in Bigger Hearts for His Glory used throughout the year?

(From the Introduction of Bigger Hearts for His Glory):

Storytime
Daily storytime sessions are based on literature that is read aloud from the following nine genres: Biography, Adventure, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, Nonfiction, Humor, Realistic Fiction, and Folk Tale. Each type of literature is read aloud for 20 days, except for Folk Tale which is read aloud for 10 days.

The instructions and activities are written to be used with any literature. This flexibility allows you to use your own discretion in selecting literature to read aloud to your students. The structure also allows you to select the pace at which you’ll complete your read aloud selection.

Each 5 day unit in the guide includes the following reading activities in coordination with the read-aloud assignments:
*1st Day: introduce and study different types of literature
*2nd Day: model narration to foster comprehension
*3rd Day: identify and analyze a different story element for each genre
*4th Day: relate personally to one Godly character trait, compare Biblical and book characters, and make a bookmark as a reminder of the trait
*5th Day: practice narration by retelling the story in a variety of ways

Use coupon code LB-BHC to save!

To apply this month’s savings, just enter coupon code LB-BHC on our website when you check out! We hope these books will be as treasured to you as they are to us!

Have a great rest of the week!
Heart of Dakota