Our easy-to-use substitution policy!

Heart of Dakota Tidbit:

Our easy-to-use substitution policy!

Did you know that it is very easy to use our Substitution Policy? Here is a great example of how one of our families used it when placing their order:

“May I  please substitute the following:

CTC Economy Package–
I have:
    – Child’s Geography (34.95)
    – What in World (21.99)         Total (56.94)
I would like to have:
    – RTR student pages (36.95)  
    – Swallows and Amazons (14.95)  Total (51.90)

CTC Basic Package:  Option 1 – History
I have:
    – Archimedes (14.95)
    – Cleopatra  (7.99)       Total (22.94)
I would like to have:
    – Shining Sword (10.95)
    – Diary of American Boy (9.95)       Total (20.90)

CTC Extension–
I have:
    – Cat of Bubastes   (32.95)
    – Famous Men of Rome (16.95)   Total (49.90)
I would like to have:
    – RTR Student Pages (36.95)
    – RTR Shakespeare pages (10.95)    Total (47.90)”

Want to learn more?

For more information about our substitution policy, have a look at our FAQ page here!

Have a great weekend! 🙂

It’s a family affair!

Heart of Dakota Tidbit:

It’s a family affair!

Did you know our parents graciously watch and homeschool our children while we attend book fairs?  “Nana” Mellema, “Papa” Mellema, and Grandma Jackie have all taught from our HOD guides through the years too!  So, HOD is always truly a family affair – even when we have to be gone at a convention!!!

Have a great weekend!

Here’s what our boys are up to with school!

Heart of Dakota Tidbit:

Here’s what our boys are up to with school!

Did you know that between Carrie and Julie, there are seven boys? No girls (…slight pause). Here is what they are doing this year:

Carrie’s boys:

Cole: Senior at Liberty University, Bachelor’s degree in History with an emphasis in Literature
Shaw: Sophomore at Liberty University, Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design
Greyson: World History
Beau: Revival to Revolution

Julie’s boys:

Wyatt: Sophomore at Liberty University, Bachelor’s degree in Business Finance
Riley: US History I
Emmett: Revival to Revolution

Have a great weekend!

How we use Rod and Staff Grammar through the years…

Heart of Dakota Tidbit:

How we use Rod and Staff Grammar through the years…

(The following is a clip of a 2008 post by Carrie from our message board that discusses why HOD chose to stay with Rod and Staff Grammar throughout our guide cycle. The entire thread can be read here.)

InHisTiming,

You are always on the same wave-length with my researching brain, it would seem! We have just been going through this very area extensively the past month and pondering our future recommendations through grade 8.

How we recommend using Rod and Staff Grammar.

At this point, we are quite sure that we will be recommending Rod and Staff English throughout our guides. Rod and Staff English texts actually go through grades 9-10 at this point. However, grades 9-10 are almost entirely based on giving writing instruction and are VERY technical. English 7-8 are about applying grammar to writing, and are also more like what a high school level grammar and writing text would be.

So, with that being said, our plan is to recommend that families teach through Rod and Staff English 6 by the time their child is finished with grade 8. With our new ancients guide, we plan to recommend for one level of grammar (your choice of either Rod or Staff English 4 or 5) to be spread out over 2 years by doing 2 lessons a week. After spreading either Level 4 or 5 out over 2 years, the child would do the remaining levels of Rod and Staff English at full-speed (4 days a week) to complete Rod and Staff 6 by the end of grade 8.

Why do we stretch out one level of Rod and Staff?

The reason for suggesting that one level of Rod and Staff English be stretched out over 2 years during grades 4-5 OR during grades 5-6 is that it will give the child time to mature into the higher-level thinking skills required to do the upper level of diagramming and writing assignments taught in Rod and Staff 6. It will also give parents a lightened grammar instruction schedule for a couple of years to prevent burn-out in teaching grammar year after year, along with matching the more CM-style guidelines for teaching grammar more fully in the middle school years.

Blessings,
Carrie

PS: To see one easy way Carrie has seen success in teaching Rod and Staff, check out this blog post here!

We’re a family business!

Heart of Dakota Tidbit:

We’re a family business! 

Did you know every time you speak to someone on the phone at HOD, you are speaking with family?  We want the only people to help you to be HOD family members who have direct experience with every single HOD guide, either by writing the guides, teaching the guides, or using the guides themselves. How’s that for keeping it all in the family?!?

Have a great weekend! 😃