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World Geography Teacher's Guide
List Price - $94.95 (Add to Cart)
Author - Carrie Austin

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The Archaeology Book
List Price - $16.99 (Add to Cart)
Author - David Down
Bibliographic Data - Hardcover, full-color, 96 pages


This book takes you on an exciting exploration of history and ancient cultures. You'll learn both the techniques of the archaeologist and the accounts of some of the richest discoveries of the Middle East that demonstrate the accuracy and historicity of the Bible.

In this book you will unearth:

  • How archaeologists know what life was like in the past
  • Why broken pottery can tell more than gold or treasure can
  • Some of the difficulties in dating ancient artifacts
  • How the brilliance of ancient cultures demonstrates God's creation
  • History of ancient cultures, including the Hittites, Babylonians, Egyptians, Ur of the Chaldees, Assyrians, Persians, Phoenicians, and Israelites
  • The early development of the alphabet and its impact on discovery
  • The numerous archaeological finds that confirm biblical history
  • Why the Dead Sea scrolls are considered such a vital breakthrough

Filled with vivid full-color photos, detailed drawings, and maps, you will have access to some of the greatest biblical mysteries ever uncovered.

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A Book of Discovery
List Price - $17.95 (Add to Cart)
Author - M.B. Synge Bibliographic Data - 525 pages


A fascinating account of the world's famous explorers, including the early travelers in ancient times, the discovery of the New World, explorations in Africa and Australia, and the expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic. Many of the explorers tell part of their story in their own words. Amply illustrated with reproductions of early maps and charts, as well as old woodcuts, drawings, paintings, and miniatures.

Emphasis is placed on the explorers' 'record of splendid endurance, of hardships bravely borne, of silent toil, of courage and resolution unequalled in the annals of mankind, of self-sacrifice unrivalled and faithful lives laid ungrudgingly down.'

Link to see inside (PDF)

The Seven Wonders of the World
List Price - $15.95 (Add to Cart)
Author - M.B. Synge Bibliographic Data - 525 pages


This engaging book describes the original seven "Ancient Wonders of the World" and examines other examples in the categories "The Seven Technological Wonders," "The Seven Archaeological Wonders," "The Seven Architectural Wonders," and "The Seven Natural Wonders."

Why are the pyramids so intriguing? Why is Stonehenge so mysterious? Where are the Iguaza Falls and why did they make the list? How many natural wonders are in the United States? Where was King Ludwig Konig from, and what architectural wonder did he build? Part biography, part mystery, part adventure, this volume will capture imaginations from page one.

Link to see inside (PDF)

Mapping the World by Art
List Price - $46.95 (Add to Cart)
Author - Ellen J. McHenry
Bibliographic Data - 306 pages (some in full-color), printable CD with PDF of curriculum, 2 DVD's with 30 step-by-step map drawing lessons


Our oldest son used and enjoyed this curriculum his freshman year of high school. When used along with The Archaeology Book, A Book of Discovery, The Seven Wonders of the World, and Must See Places of the World, it is a wonderful way to experience and learn the geography of the world! This curriculum is in 3 parts:

1) Part 1 contains 30 short history lessons. Each lesson is one double-sided page. The lessons start with the beginnings of cartography in ancient Greece, and end with the official discovery of Antarctica in the 1800s.

Link to Table of Contents

2) Part 2 contains the drawing lessons. The drawing lessons are based on the themes of the history lessons. Each drawing lesson has step-by-step pictures that guide the student as they draw an area of the world from scratch (starting with nothing but a blank piece of paper). This method of learning is absolutely ideal for kinetic learners, but I have found it extremely effective for all types of learners. The drawing lessons progress in such a way that later drawings incorporate earlier ones. For example, in one of the first lessons you learn to draw the Nile River. Later, when you draw Africa, you already know how to draw the Nile. The drawing lessons tend to stay away from political boundaries, although some could not be avoided (France and Spain, for example).

3) Part 3 contains extra activities and worksheets that go with the history lessons and/or the drawing lessons. Activities include extra worksheets for practicing what was learned in the drawing lessons, board games, crafts such as making simple navigational instruments, or art projects (about maps) using paint or colored pencils. There are also supplemental videos suggested, all of which can be accessed for free via the Internet. The videos are mostly documentaries about the navigators who sailed around the world, or brief video visits to the places the students have drawn.

Link to very large file of history readings, drawing lessons, and activities for first 3 chapters

SPECIAL ADDED FEATURE: As a supplement to the printed drawing lessons, Ellen has recorded (in her basement workshop) two DVDs that contain videos of each drawing lesson. If your student has trouble following step-by-step pictures, he/she can watch the video of the lessons to get the general idea of how to do the drawing. Have the printed versions of the lessons near at hand so you can refer to them for sharper images of sketch lines and labels.

Must See Places of the World
List Price - $39.99 (Add to Cart)
Author - Reader's Digest/Questar
Bibliographic Data - 6 DVD Set (includes 840 min. of viewing)


One goal for the World Geography guide was to add a visual feast of people and places around the world to help students picture life around our globe. We deeply desired to add DVD's to the program to allow students to visit places that would otherwise be inaccessible to them during their study of geography. However, the difficulty with adding a DVD component of geography all around the world was both in its cost and in the references to evolution that often accompany such film footage.

We finally settled on a 6 DVD set of Must See Places of the World due to its stunning visuals, its footage of places all around the world, its watchable segments, and its variety in approaches to the study of geography. This set truly brings the places students are reading about to life! I will admit that evolutionary content and references to evolution are included at times. However, the choice was either to forego such a series (and leave students without such photography simply to avoid any evolutionary references) or to utilize the wonderful film footage of places students may never see, while still giving warnings as needed for content.

We did look for comparable Christian DVD's, but there is simply nothing available that similarly covers the range of world geography/history as this particular series. As I watched the segments in the series, I know I couldn't help but be in awe of how amazing our Creator is! To me, the videos bring the creativity and power of our God to us in living color! So with this in mind, as well as keeping in the mind the high school age of our target audience, we decided to go ahead and schedule this series in coordination with our study of geography.

Publisher's Description:

From historic landmarks to off-beaten path discoveries, you would need several lifetimes to see all the magnificent places and natural wonders included in this lavish box set. Here is your passport to the world's most memorable destinations as captured by Reader's Digest's team of the world's best travel filmmakers. Each adventure-packed program captures the visual magnificence of each destination, explores its history, and shares its stories. Now you are ready for the journeys of a lifetime that you can take anytime!

Disc 1: Must-See Places: Magnificent Planet/Marvels of Mankind - The world's most seasoned travel editors selected this once-in-a-lifetime itinerary of the world's most spectacular places. Your awe-inspiring journey includes the Sahara Desert, Victoria Falls, the Grand Canyon, Banff National Park, the Amazon Rainforest, the Pyramids of Giza, the Taj Mahal, and Petra in Jordan.

Disc 2: Must-See Places: Wildlife Treasures - This awe-inspiring program captures the planet's most wondrous creatures in their natural habitats, including the Royal Bengal Tiger, the Giant Panda, and the dazzlingly diverse marine creatures that inhabit Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

Disc 3: Journey's of a Lifetime - This three-part program embarks on the global odyssey of your dreams. Experience the world's most spectacular places and wondrous sights, each at the ideal time of year. Your itinerary includes Kenya's wild savannah, the Great Wall of China, the lost city of Petra, the Grand Canyon, Jerusalem on Easter morning, and New England in autumn.

Disc 4: Australia the Beautiful - Thrill to the rare, remote, and exotic wonders of Australia! From misty forests to canyons that conceal secrets from the age of dinosaurs, this three-part program captures all of Australia's dazzling wildlife and glorious landscapes few visitors are privileged to see.

Disc 5: Mysteries of the Ancient World - How were the pyramids constructed? What is the truth behind King Arthur and Camelot? What was the mysterious tribe of 4,000-year-old mummies discovered in the Taklamakan desert? These and other fascinating mysteries are explored in this captivating three-part program that takes a fresh look at some of history's oldest and most baffling mysteries.

Disc 6: Scenic Cruises of the World - Set sail on a dream cruise around the world's most dramatic coastlines to more than twenty countries, islands, and other dramatically varied locations. This three-part series makes unforgettable stops at Nova Scotia, the Mayan ruins of Guatemala, the Panama Canal, Big Sur, and Alaska, and much more.

World Geography: Expedition Journal
List Price - $34.95 (Add to Cart)
Author - Carrie Austin, Graphic Designer - Merlin DeBoer
Bibliographic Data - Shrink-wrapped, 3-hole punched, Full-color/2 sided (one per student)


Student Notebook Pages for Hearts for Him Through High School: World Geography come 3-hole punched on heavy paper for easy insertion into a 3-ring binder. Pages are in full-color and are beautifully designed to provide a permanent keepsake for your student(s). A full-color cover is included to place in a clear sleeve in the front of your own 3-ring binder. Students are instructed where to place various assignments on the provided pages of the Student Notebook throughout the "Learning Through History" side of the World Geography plans. This helps organize student's work to create a visually appealing portfolio of assignments from the student's study of world geography.

Entries within the full-color notebook include writing narrations, reading excerpts of primary source documents, note-taking and outlining, sketching, completing video viewing guides, and interpreting provided maps. Students also file their hand-drawn maps from Mapping the World Through Art in the notebook as well. Each student needs his/her own set of Student Notebook Pages. Additional sets may be purchased individually from Heart of Dakota.

World Geography Timeline Figures
List Price - $12.00 (Add to Cart)
Author - Amy Pak
Bibliographic Data - CD with printable timeline figures designed for Heart of Dakota by Amy Pak to coordinate with our World Geography guide


We are thrilled that Amy Pak has consented to create a printable CD of her beautiful timeline figures to specifically fit our World Geography guide! This CD will contain approximately 105 of Amy's detailed images, along with her helpful descriptive text under each image, to guide students to remember key points about each person or event. These timeline figures will be scheduled to coordinate with the readings in our World Geography plans and will be printed, cut out, colored, and placed on gallery pages within our Book of Centuries. Here are some links to Amy's images:

Book of Centuries
List Price - $35.95 (Add to Cart)
Author - Carrie Austin, Graphic Designer - Merlin DeBoer
Bibliographic Data - Shrink-wrapped, 3-hole punched, Full-color/2 sided (one per student)


Pages for the Book of Centuries come 3-hole punched on heavy paper for easy insertion into a 3-ring binder. Pages are in full-color and are appealingly designed to provide a permanent record of time that students will add to throughout their high school years. A full-color cover is included to place in a clear sleeve in the front of your own 3-ring binder.

Students are instructed within the "Learning Through History" side of the plans in each high school guide where to place various entries on the provided pages of the Book of Centuries. Each century opens to a two-page spread, with a gallery of portraits and images designed by Amy Pak on the left side and a page of lines representing 5-10 year increments on the right side for written entries. This helps organize student's timeline work to create a visually appealing record of time from the student's study of geography and history throughout high school.

Each student needs his/her own Book of Centuries, however this is a one-time purchase as students keep the same book throughout all the high school years. Additional sets may be purchased individually from Heart of Dakota.

World Religions & Cultures Study

Understanding world religions is a crucial, and often overlooked, part of understanding world geography. The religions of the world dominate settlements, architecture, family structures, professions, community design, travel, worship, and government. To teach world geography without teaching world religions results in a very surface view of geography, missing much of the "why" and "how" behind where settlements occurred and civilizations grew.

Our world religions and cultures course is designed to earn a semester credit, however coursework is stretched over one full school year with daily sessions of 30 minutes (4 days a week). It is considered to be a required part of the World Geography guide, and the books needed for the study are part of the Economy Package.

This course is not meant to glorify the religions of the world or to place all religions on an even plane as viable possibilities. Instead, it is meant to give students compassion for the unreached peoples of the world and to help students gain a better understanding of what those who belong to various religions believe. This course also looks at Christian worship in different places around the world to provide a broader view of what Christianity looks like in other cultures. The people that the students encounter through the books in this course are living examples of how to deal respectfully and lovingly with people of other religions and cultures, reminding each of us that we are only saved from sin through the redeeming blood of our Savior!

But Don't All Religions Lead to God?
List Price - $9.99 (Add to Cart)
Author - Michael Green
Bibliographic Data - 92 pages


We've all heard the rationale: "It doesn't matter what you believe as long as you're sincere." Or "All religions are pretty much the same." But are they the same? Does it matter which one you follow? In this insightful and compelling book, Michael Green invites readers into a relationship with Jesus Christ, the divine revelation, and only pathway to the one true God.

In a conversational style geared toward nonbelievers, Green compares Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, and other religions to help spiritual seekers navigate the multi-faith maze. But Don't All Religions Lead to God? is an ideal reference and evangelism tool for churches and individual Christians as well. It offers scriptural references, looks at how divergent religious traditions view salvation and eternity, and answers difficult questions such as "What about people who have never heard of Jesus?" and "How should Christians regard other religions?"

In the midst of our pluralistic and tolerant culture, here is an important and convincing argument for faith in Jesus-the only great teacher whose death and resurrection provided grace, forgiveness, and an eternity in the presence of God. Note: Keep in mind that not every part of this resource is perfectly worded, as the only perfect book is God's Word, and there will be some notes in our guide of a few places to discuss possible differences. Yet, overall this resource is truly excellent for the role it plays in the World Religion's & Culture's part of our guide.

World Religions: An Indispensable Introduction
List Price - $14.98 (Add to Cart)
Author - Gerald R. McDermott
Bibliographic Data - 136 pages


This book provides an essential introduction to eight of the world's major religions. Gerald R. McDermott explains what you need to understand about major world religions in order to engage people of other faiths, while better understanding your own Christian faith and practice. McDermott offers an overview of the central beliefs of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, and Shinto. Each chapter includes explanations of traditions and rituals. McDermott discusses major figures within each religion. This book features insights from members of each religious community and a glossary of important terms.

List Price - $9.99 (Add to Cart)
Author - Amy Carmichael
Bibliographic Data - 147 pages


The child of an Indian village, from a Hindu family, heard one afternoon of a God who loved her; and she lived from then on under His influence. Read this remarkable story of the girl who was embraced by the love of God and trusted in Him to overcome every kind of opposition and adversity.

Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus
List Price - $21.99 (Add to Cart)
Author - Ann Spangler and Lois Tverberg
Bibliographic Data - hardcover, 264 pages


Gain a deeper understanding of Jesus by seeing His world through the eyes of first-century Jews! Journey back to ancient Palestine and explore the culture, customs, feasts, and prayers that shaped Christ and His disciples. You'll discover how to enrich your own faith by gaining insight into the Jewishness of Jesus. Includes suggestions for reflection, prayer, and meditation at the end of each chapter.

Sundar Singh
List Price - $9.99 (Add to Cart)
Author - Janet & Geoff Benge
Bibliographic Data - 181 pages


Searching since boyhood for the way to God, Sundar Singh found truth in Jesus Christ. At sixteen, the former Sikh became a Christian sadhu, or holy man, and at great risk devoted his life to Christ. With bare feet and few possessions, Sundar crossed the precarious Himalayas between India and Tibet many times, sharing the gospel with Hindus, Buddhists, and Sikhs. As he traveled, Sundar constantly read the Bible, prayed, and meditated, confident that God was always with him, even in the face of death. Preaching in India, Europe, and as far away as America, this Indian saint impacted thousands with his quiet yet bold words and actions.

Queen of the Dark Chamber
List Price - $8.95 (Add to Cart)
Author - Christiana Tsai
Bibliographic Data - 161 pages


Known as a child as "Too Many", she was the 18th child born to a ruling Buddhist family and also surrounded by Chinese Confucianism. This retelling of her life story brings hope and comfort as she meets the infinite and personal God of the Bible! Now called Christiana Tsai she would eventually be known as "The Queen of the Dark Chamber". Billy Graham writes this "...Christiana Tsai has made us feel the heartbeat of a nation and has done much to interpret the sufficiency of Christ to a great and needy people." This autobiography is too good to miss.

Jesus did Many Other Things as Well: Short Stories Out of Japan
List Price - $11.95 (Add to Cart)
Author - Tony Schmidt
Bibliographic Data - 144 pages


21 short stories of the author's unique and sometimes humorous experiences while being a missionary in Japan for 33 years. Each story shares an aspect about Japanese culture and also teaches a spiritual lesson to be applied in daily life as a Christian. Each story begins with an artistic illustration that connects with the story in an engaging way

Review Quotes:
"I couldn't help laughing aloud a few times reading Tony's stories of his experiences in Japan, mirroring so well our lives as missionaries in this country. Each story not only shares an aspect about the Japanese culture but teaches a spiritual lesson to be applied in daily life as a Christian. Tony does not describe the super star missionary, but a servant who experiences the Lord's victories in the midst of failure and weakness."

Wolfgang Langhans, OMF International Japan Field director 2002-2012

I Dared to Call Him Father
List Price - $14.99 (Add to Cart)
Author - Bilquis Sheikh
Bibliographic Data - 190 pages


This is the fascinating true story of Bilquis Sheikh, a prominent Muslim woman in South Asia. Her unusual journey to a personal relationship with God turned her world upside down-and put her life in danger. Originally published in 1978, the book has sold 300,000 copies and is a classic in Muslim evangelism. The 25th anniversary edition includes an afterword by a missionary friend of Bilquis who plays a prominent role in the story and an Appendix on how the East enriches the West.

God's Global Mosaic
List Price - $16.00 (Add to Cart)
Author - Paul Gordon Chandler
Bibliographic Data - 142 pages


God's people around the world form a mosaic. Each piece of the picture is different, but it contributes to a beautiful portrait of who God is and what he is doing. Each area of the world exhibits a unique aspect of the Christian faith. As we learn from these many cultural expressions of Christianity, our own faith can be made more complete. You will see God through the eyes of others; and new windows of devotion, encouragement, and growth will open before you. If you want to see God as you have never seen him before, a God who is big as the whole world, this is the book for you.

Foreign to Familiar
List Price - $9.99 (Add to Cart)
Author - Sarah A. Lanier
Bibliographic Data - 128 pages


If the world were roughly divided into "hot climate" and "cold climate" cultures, what could one half of humankind learn from the other? Lanier---the daughter of missionaries and an experienced world traveler---writes insightfully on topics including relationship vs. task orientation; direct vs. indirect communication; individualism vs. group identity; and different concepts of hospitality around the world. This book is a splendidly written, well-researched work on cultures. Sarah's love and sensitivity for people of all nations will touch your heart!

World Religions & Cultures Notebook
List Price - $15.95 (Add to Cart)
Author - Carrie Austin, Graphic Design - Merlin DeBoer
Bibliographic Data - Shrink-wrapped, 3-hole punched, Full-color/2 sided (one per student)


These full-color notebook pages were specially made to accompany the World Religions & Cultures component in the World Geography guide. The pages come 3-hole punched on heavy paper for easy insertion into a binder. They include graphic organizers to complete for each major world religion and space to record reflections about the various books read within the study.

Students will be required to use a variety of resources on world religions and cultures for this study. Scheduled resources include But Don't All Religions Lead to God?, World Religions: An Indispensable Introduction, Mimosa, Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus, Sundar Singh, Queen of the Dark Chamber, Japan Diary, I Dared to Call Him Father, God's Global Mosaic, and Foreign to Familiar. Each student is required to have his/her own set of notebook pages to complete the World Religions & Cultures study. Extra sets may be purchased individually as needed from Heart of Dakota.

Rooted & Grounded: Student Workbook
List Price - $25.95 (Add to Cart)
Author - Howard & Bonnie Lisech, and Jan L. Harris
Bibliographic Data - spiral bound, 255 pages (one per student)

Rooted & Grounded: Teacher's Guide
List Price - $42.95 (Add to Cart)
Author - Howard & Bonnie Lisech, and Jan L. Harris
Bibliographic Data - spiral bound, 325 pages


This Bible based study is appropriate for a full year of Bible for high school aged students. The study is non-denominationally Protestant with the focus primarily on reading and reflecting upon Scripture itself.

Featuring 27 of Julie Bosacker's beautiful sketches, an unreached people group begins each unit's Bible study. Students are also introduced to world missions as they move from biblical knowledge to spiritual application in these topical studies. Geographical, cultural, and prayer information are included as well, making it easy to pray for each unreached people group as you move through the study.

Concepts like "Walk as Jesus Walked", "A Pure and Holy Life", "Servanthood", "Unrealistic Expectations", "The Principles of Relationship and Fellowship", and "Submission and Obedience to Authority", are some of the lesson titles presented in an appealing and easy-to-use format.

Students are required to read directly from the Scripture to complete the workbook. Often Scripture cross-references are used as well. The workbook gives the student plenty of room to write the answers to the corresponding inductive questions, to fill in appropriate blanks, and to record the things that God is revealing to him/her.

There is a memory challenge with each lesson and a memory challenge review schedule included in the student and teachers guide. Lessons include writing assignments when appropriate. Reviews at the end of each lesson will be discussed with the parent.

The Teacher's Guide is a necessary component containing all student material, a 46 page Appendix of Bible verses used in the lessons (in both NIV and KJV), and notes/answers for questions students complete within the lessons. While the study can be completed on its own, students will benefit from interaction with a parent when possible. This is why we schedule the reviews to be interactive discussions between student and parent at the end of each unit, allowing the student time to dwell on the concepts within each lesson prior to discussing the topics with a parent. Discussions will occur approximately every 5 days. Click to see a sample of the Teacher's Guide (PDF)

Stepping Heavenward: Keepsake Edition
List Price - $10.95 (Add to Cart)
Author - Elizabeth Prentiss
Bibliographic Data -Purple faux leather; debossed design, fine stitching; 352 pages with matching lilac trimmed pages and borders


This is an intimate journal of a young woman who struggles with ordinary daily life just as we do. Her life is a constant endeavor to "step heavenward" as she deals with disappointment, heartache, and tragedy. You'll find it hard to believe that this journal has not been written with your own pen! This treasure of womanly wisdom is crucial for any woman with a heart's desire to know God.

Although Stepping Heavenward is fictional, it wasn't written for the purpose of entertainment. Rather, like Pilgrim's Progress and In His Steps, it was written to provide spiritual guidance for young women. Through the book, the reader finds encouragement to "step heavenward" herself, in order to make her life a blessing to others and to live with greater love, humility, and godly contentment.

After reading this book myself several years ago, I then purchased it as a gift for each of my sisters, my mother, my mother-in-law, and my niece. They all loved the story so much that they passed it on to others! This is why I am thrilled to schedule this book within our guide. We pray that your daughters will be blessed by reading this terrific book that speaks directly to the heart of a young girl/wife/mother. It is full of so much wisdom and Godly Christian counsel that it is not to be missed as part of a teenager's journey toward adulthood.

Practical Happiness
List Price - $10.99 (Add to Cart)
Author - Bob Schultz
Bibliographic Data - 223 pages


Behind their brave and independent exteriors young men are searching for answers. Without counsel how can they find the path that leads to inner joy and lasting contentment? Through short, captivating stories, Bob Schultz has crafted a book to lead young men toward a life of contentment that can only be found by seeking the heart of God. Bob writes with a homespun wisdom born out of experience as well as a quest for a closer walk with God. His goal is to help young men chart a smooth course through life by addressing areas of faith, character, and subtleties of attitude that must be adjusted in order to direct them on the path to inner joy and lasting contentment.

Chapters address such questions as:

  • Can I find happiness in a world full of sorrow and uncertainty?
  • How should I respond when others let me down?
  • How do others see me?
  • Will I be able to provide for myself (and my own family) when I leave the protection of my parents?

True happiness is not found in money, power, or fame. It is a precious gift from God, available to all who learn to hear His voice and obey His calling. Practical Happiness will light a fire in the hearts of young men, leading them to a life of personal fulfillment as they draw closer to God. It is an excellent shared experience for fathers and sons or mothers and sons.

We used this book with our own oldest son and found the advice and stories to be very timely and the questions at the end of each chapter to make great discussion starters. This book is full of so much wisdom and Godly Christian counsel that it is not to be missed as part of a teenage boy's journey toward manhood!