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The Fallacy Detective (2015 Edition)
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Author - Nathaniel & Hans Bluedorn
Bibliographic Data - 212 pages

Description from the Publisher:

Most children learn logic best when they are thirteen years or older. Therefore, this book is designed for students age thirteen and above. Since logic is often a new subject to many people, this book is written to be your teacher. The lesson format contains many concrete examples, and includes exercises for many levels of difficulty. In this way, the concepts are easy to understand, and the skills are easy to learn. Actually, this book helps you to discover the logic that is already written in your mind by God. This book just makes you more aware of the logic that you've been using all of your life.

What is the Lesson Format?

Each lesson begins with a section for you to read, and ends with exercises for you to answer. An answer key is provided in the back of the book. The lessons are designed to help you learn to recognize the fallacies you see every day, including Red Herring, Ad Hominem, Tu Quoque, Straw Man, loaded question, equivocation, circular reasoning, either-or, generalization, analogy, propaganda, special pleading, slippery slope fallacies, and others. Original cartoons, as well as Dilbert, Calvin & Hobbes, and Peanuts, illustrate many of the fallacies perfectly. Link to see inside.

Art of Argument Student Book (2010 Version) (one per student)
List Price - $23.95 (Add to Cart)
Author - Aaron Larsen, Joelle Hodge, and Christ Perrin
Bibliographic Data - 230 pages

Art of Argument Teacher's Edition (2010 Version)
List Price - $24.95 (Add to Cart)
Author - Aaron Larsen, Joelle Hodge, and Christ Perrin
Bibliographic Data - 286 pages


Young teens are targeted by advertisers with a vengeance. From billboards to commercials to a walk down the mall, fallacious arguments are everywhere you look. This course was designed to teach the argumentative adolescent how to reason with clarity, relevance, and purpose at a time when he has a penchant for the "why" and "how". It is designed to equip and sharpen young minds as they live, play, and grow in this highly commercial culture. This course teaches students to recognize and identify twenty-eight informal fallacies, and the eye-catching text includes over sixty slick and clever, "phony advertisements" for items from blue jeans to pick-up trucks, which apply the fallacies to a myriad of real life situations.

This text comes in a workbook format with clear explanations and many updated illustrations and examples to insure understanding and mastery. The text aims at the practical application of the informal fallacies through an analysis of current social, commercial, and political issues, which are discussed and evaluated. This practical application should insure that students continue to evaluate arguments, detect fallacies and reason well long after the course is completed.

Students master 28 fallacies (such as begging the question, the straw man, ad hominen, et al.) by studying many pertinent examples.

The text features a variety of:
Real-World Applications
Phony Advertisements
Dialectic Discussion Questions

The Art of Argument has been revised to include:
Improved chapter and unit organization for greater ease of use
Fallacy explanations rewritten for clarity
Many added and updated examples
Ten new and revised advertisement illustrations

See inside the Student Book (PDF)

See inside Teacher's Guide (PDF)

Getting Started with Spanish (one per student)
List Price - $21.95 (Add to Cart)
Author - William E. Linney and Antonio L. Orta
Bibliographic Data - 275 pages


Our oldest son used this course as a gentle introduction to beginning Spanish. He really enjoyed the short lessons, and it gave him a wonderful foundation for future Spanish study. It also made it possible for him to go into any other Spanish program at an entry level and not get easily overwhelmed by too quick of a pace. This resource is scheduled daily in the World Geography guide. To earn ½ credit in Spanish, students may either use the lessons in the book along with the free pronunciation audios on the author's website or practice pronunciation with a teacher who has had basic prior Spanish experience. No previous Spanish exposure is necessary for the student prior to beginning this program. Students who desire to study a different foreign language, or who are beyond beginning Spanish, may substitute a different language course in place of this option to fulfill the foreign language requirement.

Getting Started with Spanish is a book that teaches beginning Spanish gradually yet systematically. This unique method was designed specifically to help homeschooled and self-taught students overcome the obstacles they face when studying Spanish at home. In each lesson, after learning something new, you can immediately apply what you've learned by translating the fun practice sentences. Download the free MP3 files that accompany the book and listen to a native speaker (co-author Antonio Orta) pronounce all the exercises. As you practice speaking and understanding spoken Spanish, refer to the answer key in the back if you get stuck. For additional help and instruction, the authors have provided extensive audio commentary recordings that teach through every lesson and exercise in the book. Everything you need is here in one book, so what's stopping you from Getting Started with Spanish?

BJU Fundamentals of Literature: Student Text (2nd edition)
List Price - $56.67 (Add to Cart)
Author - DonnaLynn Hess and June Cates
Bibliographic Data - softcover 519 pages, full-color

BJU Fundamentals of Literature: Teacher's Edition with CD (2 Volumes - 2nd edition)
List Price - $70.00 for the 2 volume set (Add to Cart)
Author - Bethany Harris, Judith W. Lanier, Stephen Rowley, and Kimberly Y. Stegall
Bibliographic Data - spiral-bound, board back, 541 pages, full-color


In the World Geography guide, units of the BJU literature text will alternate with the reading of full-length novels/plays. Since the BJU text is meant to be a one-semester text, with the other semester devoted to composition and grammar, adding full-length classic novels will complement the BJU text well. Using the BJU literature text to teach literary skills will also give students the freedom to read the scheduled full-length novels/plays in a more Charlotte Mason fashion, with oral and written narrations and Common Place Book entries as follow-ups, rather than needing to use novel guides.

With the combination of the BJU lit./real books, Essentials in Writing: Grade 10, and the first half of Rod and Staff English 7 scheduled in the World Geography guide, credit can easily be earned in English for 9th and 10th graders with no modifications or additions. 8th graders who have come up through Heart of Dakota on the youngest age range of the guides could also count credit, assuming they are beginning their high school transcript early.

For 11th and 12th graders, it will be important to make sure to earn needed credits in specific types of literature (i.e. American and British) as required by your state, or by the entrance requirements of the college your child will be attending. Our plan at this point is to study Fundamentals of Literature in the Geography guide, World Literature in the World History Guide, American Literature in the American history guide, and British Literature in the final high school guide.

The selections within the Fundamentals of Literature text in this course are designed to convey and teach literature's foundational elements of conflict, character, theme, point of view, structure, and tone. Literary criticism is also introduced and students are encouraged to read and analyze literature in light of a Christian worldview. Reading selections are not necessarily Christian, since true interpretation and evaluation can only be taught through studying pieces written from more than one perspective. The literature selections are delivered in an attractive new format accompanied by rich illustrations, author biographies, and application questions that promote critical thinking skills. The full-length drama "Cyrano De Bergerac" is included for study as part of the student text.

The teacher's edition contains reproductions of the student text pages and highlighted marginal notes of literary analysis. It also includes discussion questions, answers to student text questions, and notes for biblical worldview analysis. Answers appear in the bottom border section along with teaching notes. In addition, teacher's editions offer valuable background information. The included CD contains a variety of teaching support materials such as worksheets, graphic organizers, reading quizzes, writing rubrics, and standardized test practice in reading and vocabulary. Teacher's Editions are considered to be an integral part of the course.

See inside the Student Text

See inside the Teacher's Edition

Essentials in Writing: Grade 10 Curriculum
List Price - $67.00 (Add to Cart)
Author - Matthew Stephens
Bibliographic Data - 3 Disk DVD Set and print copy of Student Book

Optional: Essentials in Writing: Grade 10 Student Book (for additional students)
List Price - $32.00 (Add to Cart)
Author - Matthew Stephens
Bibliographic Data - Spiral bound, laminate cover, 180 pages


There is much to love about Stephen's Grade 10 writing course. Our own oldest son completed it, doing the Grade 10 even though he could have easily handled the Grade 11. This is because the Grade 11 course was delayed in its release, and so we simply began with the just released Grade 10 to give our oldest son a different approach to writing than he has had in the past. He says it is his favorite subject this year!

Topics in the Grade 10 course focus on quality sentence structure, well-developed paragraphs, essay writing, and a research paper. Types of essays include the personal essay, persuasive essay, expository essay, and compare and contrast essay. The research paper is the final assignment of the year. Link to the Table of Contents

There is a DVD component for most lesson days, with the video lasting 7-15 minutes. Matthew Stephens enthusiastically teaches these video lessons with the aid of a whiteboard, clearly sharing the writing process step-by-step as he teaches the lesson. Below is a link to the grade 8 sample of a DVD lesson. There are no samples online yet for the high school guides (as they are so new), however this will give you an idea as to what the teaching looks like on the video lessons. Keep in mind this is two grades below the grade we will be scheduling. Scroll down to the bottom of the link to see the video. Link to web page

The Student Text is well laid out, including a summary of notes from the lesson, samples of effective writing, samples of ineffective writing, and clear rubrics to aid the parent in grading the student's work. Lessons are broken down into incremental steps, keeping the writing process from becoming intimidating. There is no link to the interior of the high school student texts yet, however here is a glimpse at the interior of a grade 8 lesson so that you can get an idea of what a student text looks like. (Keep in mind this is two grades below the grade we will be scheduling.) Link to PDF

We prefer the Grade 10 writing lessons to the Grade 9 writing lessons for two reasons. First, due to the fact that Heart of Dakota students have done much writing in the past, they are more than prepared for the level of writing taught in Grade 10. Second, we much prefer the topics in grade 10 used for the writing sessions and were more comfortable with the Grade 10 focus than with some of the topics in Grade 9. This makes Grade 10: Essentials in Writing an excellent fit for the upcoming World Geography guide. We are also thrilled that the writing of a research paper is covered by breaking this large task down into incremental steps. What a blessing for all the families who worry about how to cover this very important skill!

In the World Geography guide, Essentials in Writing: Grade 10 will alternate with Rod and Staff English 7 so that students will do Essentials in Writing twice weekly and English 7 twice weekly. Typically, the time slot that these two subjects share will take approximately 30 min. each day. Students will complete half of Rod and Staff 7 in the World Geography guide and the other half of English 7 in the World History guide the following year. Of course, students who are new to Heart of Dakota (or who came to Rod and Staff late) may be on a different Rod and Staff sequence.

Building Securely: English 7 Student Text
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Author - Rod and Staff
Bibliographic Data - hardback pupil text

Building Securely: English 7 Teacher's Manual
List Price - $29.44 (Add to Cart)
Author - Rod and Staff
Bibliographic Data - hardback teacher text


English 7 contains 125 lessons divided into 11 chapters. The first two chapters deal with sentence parts and sentence construction. Object complements and subjective complements are introduced. Chapters 3-9 focus on the parts of speech. Verbals, progressive and emphatic forms of verbs, intransitive verbs, restrictive clauses, conjunctive adverbs, and so forth, are introduced. Ample sentence diagramming practice is included. Chapter 10 teaches concepts about capitalization and punctuation. Italics, single quotation marks, and ellipsis points are introduced. Chapter 11 deals with using numerous kinds of reference books, studying words, and studying word families. Some of the new composition skills taught are guidelines for proofreading, character sketches, and note taking. Paragraph construction, outlining, letter writing, story writing, and poetry are taught at deeper levels.

General teaching suggestions are included at the beginning of the hardcover Teacher's Manual. Copies of the pupil's pages are included in reduced size. The answers for the pupil's lessons are in shaded areas beside the exercises. Further teacher's helps are given on the shaded areas below the pupil's copies. The Purpose is given for each lesson. A star indicates when a concept is introduced for the first time in the English series. Some lessons have an additional part titled Teacher, including further information for the teacher's awareness. Oral Review lists questions for review as well as preparation for the new lesson. Reviews are included to drill important concepts.

In the World Geography guide, Essentials in Writing: Grade 10 will alternate with Rod and Staff English 7 so that students will do Essentials in Writing twice weekly and English 7 twice weekly. Typically, the time slot that these two subjects share will take approximately 30 min. each day. Students will complete half of Rod and Staff 7 in the World Geography guide and the other half of English 7 in the World History guide the following year. Of course, students who are new to Heart of Dakota (or who came to Rod and Staff late) may be on a different Rod and Staff sequence.

List Price - $8.99 (Add to Cart)
Author - Jack Schaefer
Bibliographic Data - 151 pages


He rode into our valley in the summer of '89, a slim man, dressed in black. "Call me Shane," he said. He never told us more.

There was a deadly calm in the valley that summer, a slow, climbing tension that seemed to focus on Shane.

"There's something about him," Mother said. "Something ... dangerous . . ."

"He's dangerous all right," Father said, "but not to us."

"He's like one of these here slow burning fuses," the mule skinner said.

"Quiet ... so quiet you forget it's burning till it sets off a blow of trouble. And there's trouble brewing."

Jack Schaefer is best known for this timeless classic. The author has created a tale that captivates the reader's attention from beginning to end. His skill in depicting a character, a situation, or a mood, with a minimum of words, gives the story a tightly-woven quality often lacking in present-day novels. --Library Journal

Shane is a work of literature first and a western second. --St. George Daily Spectrum

Treasure Island
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Author - Robert Louis Stevenson
Bibliographic Data - 204 pages


Since its publication in 1883, generations have enjoyed this captivating tale of young Jim Hawkins and Long John Silver, the pirate rogue. This adventure of all adventures embodies the search for romance and excitement for which every heart yearns. From young Jim Hawkins first encounter with the sinister blind man Pew to the climatic battle with one of the most memorable villains in literature, Long John Silver, this novel has fired readers' imaginations for generations. A rousing tale of treachery, greed, and daring, this is a pirate tale and search for buried treasure that you'll remember long after you've turned the final page.

Ragged Dick
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Author - Horatio Alger, Jr.
Bibliographic Data - 186 pages


Ragged Dick is a fourteen-year-old bootblack in 19th century New York City. He smokes, drinks occasionally, and sleeps on the streets - but he is anxious "to turn over a new leaf, and try to grow up "respectable". He won't steal under any circumstances, and several gentlemen impressed with this virtue (and his determination to succeed) offer their aid. The tale follows "Ragged Dick" as he strives to rise to middle class respectability through sharpness, industry, and honesty.

Men of Iron
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Author - Howard Pyle
Bibliographic Data - 220 pages


In this classic fiction story by Howard Pyle, young Myles Falworth has gained a reputation for courage and independence while training at the castle of the great Earl of Mackworth. But one day he discovers that his blind father had been condemned for treason and is still being hunted by a powerful enemy close to the King. Does Myles dare to risk ordeal by battle to win back his family's honor?

This thrilling story, set in England in the time of Henry IV, follows Myles as he advances to knighthood and engages in "trial by battle" to restore the fallen fortunes of his family. With breathless excitement, the reader joins the adventures of the hero, sympathizing with him in his troubles, fighting in his battles, and rejoicing in his good fortunes.

Screwtape Letters
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Author - C.S. Lewis
Bibliographic Data - 160 pages


Wormwood, a demon apprentice, must secure the damnation of a young man who's just become a Christian. He seeks the advice of an experienced devil, his uncle Screwtape. Their correspondence offers invaluable---and often humorous---insights on temptation, pride, and the ultimate victory of faith over evil forces. Through this wonderful tale, the reader emerges with a better understanding of what it means to live a faithful life.

Children of the New Forest
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Author - Captain Frederick Marryat
Bibliographic Data - 351 pages


An engaging adventure story set in England during the time of the Civil War when King Charles was deposed and the Roundheads were vying with the Cavaliers. The central characters are the four children of staunch Royalist Colonel Beverley, who was killed in battle while fighting for King Charles. Through the efforts of Colonel Berverley's aged forester, Jacob Armitage, the children escape the burning of their ancestral home and take up residence with Jacob in his cottage in the New Forest. As his "grandchildren they partake eagerly of the peasant life and learn to provide for themselves by using their wits. The pitfall they build to trap cattle catches more than they bargain for, leading to one adventure after another. Against all odds they deftly maneuver through the treacherous landscape of the times, growing up and eventually recovering their family estate."

Captains Courageous
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Author - Rudyard Kipling
Bibliographic Data - 209 pages


The spoiled son of a millionaire, Harvey Cheyne is used to living a life of luxury. But when an accident at sea brings him to the deck of a Massachusetts fishing boat, he is suddenly thrown into a world he knows nothing about. Can he endure the back-breaking work of a fisherman? Will he ever see his parents again? Will he survive in a world where money does not matter, and laziness can lead to death on the high seas?

A Lantern in Her Hand
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Author - Bess Streeter Aldrich


Abbie Mackenzie dreamed of becoming a fine lady like her aristocratic grandmother, devoting herself to music and art. But at eighteen Abbie found a different dream, turning away from the promise of a comfortable life as a doctor's wife to marry handsome, quiet Will Deal. Together, they eagerly accepted the challenge of homesteading in Nebraska territory, where the prairies stretched as far as the eye could see, and only the strongest survived for long.

For close to seventy years, readers have cherished Abbie's story - an inspiring story of struggle against unexpected perils, of love and laughter, of the land she helped conquer and the family she raised to pursue the ambitions that were once her own.

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Author - Jane Austen
Bibliographic Data - 298 pages


A sparkling love story set at a seaside resort. When the man whose proposal she rejected returns from his long military tour at sea, Anne Elliot is forced to face the decision she made eight years ago-along with the man she's never stopped loving.

Anne of Avonlea
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Author - L.M. Montgomeryn
Bibliographic Data - 276 pages


The inimitable Anne Shirley makes her mark on Avonlea in this artfully packaged edition of the sequel to Anne of Green Gables.

Five years after Anne Shirley came to the town of Avonlea, she feels (a little) more grown up, but she's still the same skinny, red-headed orphan Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert took in. After putting her dream of attending Redmond College on hold so she can help Marilla with the farm, Anne doubts she has many adventures ahead of her. But even in plain old Avonlea, her life proves to be anything but ordinary.

This sequel to Anne of Green Gables follows Anne's endeavors to become a successful teacher, help raise a pair of rambunctious twins, and improve her beloved hometown-with the help of her former enemy, Gilbert Blythe, who's giving her an awful lot of attention.

This addition to the renowned Anne of Green Gables series makes a wonderful gift and keepsake.

The Importance of Being Earnest
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Author - Oscar Wilde
Bibliographic Data - 54 pages


This play by Oscar Wilde is a comedy of manners that addresses the seriousness of society in late Victorian England. The story revolves around the main character, John Worthing's, fictitious brother Ernest, which is the main source of the comedy in the play.

Whenever Worthing wants to leave his dull country life behind, he makes visits to the city posing as his fictitious "brother" Ernest. However, once there, he becomes smitten with the beautiful Gwendolyn. Meanwhile, while Worthing is in town, his playboy pal Algy is in the country falling for Worthing's young and beautiful ward, Cecily - all the while also impersonating Ernest! Pandemonium ensues when these two would-be Ernests find themselves face-to-face and in the predicament of explaining who they really are!

Little Women
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Author - Louisa May Alcott
Bibliographic Data - 650 pages


This is one of the best loved books of all time! Lovely Meg, talented Jo, frail Beth, and spoiled Amy learn hard lessons about poverty as they grow up in New England during the Civil War. Through their dreams, plays, pranks, letters, illnesses, and courtships, women of all ages have become a part of this remarkable family and have felt the deep sadness when Meg leaves the circle of sisters to be married at the end of Part I. Part II, chronicles Meg's joys and mishaps as a young wife and mother, Jo's struggle to become a writer, Beth's tragedy, and Amy's artistic pursuits and unexpected romance. Based on Louise May Alcott's childhood, this lively portrait of nineteenth-century family life possesses a lasting vitality that has endeared it to generations of readers.

Integrated Physics and Chemistry (Full Course Kit)
List Price - $197.00 - Save $25.77 (Add to Cart)
Author - John Hudson Tiner
Bibliographic Data - 12 chapters of text, 12 activity books, a printed answer key, and a Teacher Resource Kit (on CD)

Optional: Additional or replacement IPC Activities Books (set of 12) - $77.40 (Add to Cart)


To better explain our science selections for the geography guide, I'll first share a bit about our overall science plan for high school. Our overall plan at this time is to recommend the following sequence for science in high school:

Freshman: Integrated Physics and Chemistry
Sophomore: Biology including anatomy in the course (with Health as an additional semester course sophomore year)
Junior: Chemistry
Senior: Physics

While you can certainly follow a different science path if desired, this particular sequence does have its advantages. This is because it is wise to have some chemistry before biology and also many states require some sort of physical science on the high school transcript (along with biology and chemistry), which makes it is wise to consider how to gain the needed physical science credit (whether the student takes physics or not). Since not all future careers require students to take physics, taking an Integrated Physics and Chemistry course as a freshman fulfills the physical science requirement and frees the student from having to take physics (unless desired) later.

This science path also allows students the option, during their senior year, of taking a field-related science (i.e. marine biology, advanced chemistry, anatomy, advanced biology, etc.) instead of physics. So, we like the options that this particular science sequence offers, as it allows for science decisions to be made as the child progresses through high school and gains a better idea of what he/she may be doing in the future. For those who are unsure of their future career path, the science sequence we've listed above will provide the student with a solid science path that will be excellent preparation for any field.

Integrated Physics and Chemistry contains 12 chapters totaling 742 pages of physics and chemistry related-topics. There are 180 individual readings in the course, each taking up 4-5 pages. All 12 chapters of the text are scheduled, resulting in 1-2 readings a day on most days. The font-size of the pages makes for easier reading and the text is illustrated in black and white. The content coverage is very solid, as you can imagine with this many pages of text!

Scope and Sequence (PDF)

This course is written by John Hudson Tiner, who has an incredible gift for writing about science in a narrative, living way. Tiner writes about the lives of the scientists and the problems they sought to solve, which also makes his writing very biographical. He is the author of Exploring Planet Earth, Exploring the World of Medicine, and Exploring the World of Chemistry, which were scheduled in previous Heart of Dakota guides. His writing style fits very well with Charlotte Mason's definition of a living book, meaning a book written by a single author who is passionate about his subject matter and is able to make the study of that topic (or time period) come alive through his/her storylike writing. Living books are also easier to narrate from.

Integrated Physics and Chemistry Text Sample (PDF)

12 accompanying activity books are scheduled as follow-ups to the readings. These activity books utilize multiple choice, true/false, fill-in-the-blank, vocabulary, and short answer type questions.

Integrated Physics and Chemistry Activity Sample (PDF)

The publisher mentions that two credits could be awarded for the 12 chapters of coursework, with one credit for intro. to physics and another credit for intro. to chemistry. After having our own oldest son do all 12 chapters of the IPC course as a freshman, we feel with the time it took to complete the course that awarding only 1 credit is more in alignment with typical high school standards. We plan for science to take approximately 60 min. or less each day in our geography guide (with potentially longer days when labs are combined with readings).

Since Tiner's text does not include labwork, in order to include a lab component we have incorporated the MicroPhySci Kit into the readings. This kit's description can be found below this course's description.

MicroPhySci Kit (2nd edition)
List Price - $169.95 (Add to Cart)
Author - Quality Science Labs
Bibliographic Data - 10 Chemicals, 55 different types of equipment, 207 page lab manual, a 62 page teacher's answer guide (all in a convenient storage box)
Optional: Additional Lab Manual: $24.95 (Add to Cart)

Publisher's Description:

The MicroPhySci Kit 2nd Edition includes a 207 page manual with 36 lab experiments. The included manual explains each experiment covering:

Goals - The goals section outlines the major learning areas of the experiment.

Background - The background would be equivalent to a short lecture on the theory of the experiment.

Materials and Equipment - Get the mentioned equipment out of the kit and you are ready to go. Any items not included in the kit like ice, sugar, hot water, etc. are mentioned in this area, as well as at the beginning of each experiment.

Procedure - Just follow the step-by-step procedure to do the experiment. Instructions are clearly explained making it easy for students, homeschool parents, and teachers/instructors.

Results - Students answer questions in the results area. This gives students a better understanding as well as a record of their completion.

The MicroPhySci Kit is designed to make teaching and preparation very convenient for the student. It contains all materials necessary except for a few common household items. The kit contains sufficient materials to do every experiment five times.

Lab Experiments:

  1. Scientific Investigation
  2. Metric Measurements
  3. Extremely Large Measurements, The Solar System
  4. Density
  5. Motion
  6. Newton's Second Law
  7. Friction
  8. Impulse and Momentum
  9. Energy
  10. Work and Power
  11. A Lever: A Simple Machine
  12. Pulleys
  13. Weight of a Car
  14. Buoyancy
  15. Thermal Energy and Diffusion
  16. Electrostatics
  17. Electrical Circuits
  18. Magnetism
  19. Sound Waves
  20. Light Waves
  21. Musical Instruments
  22. Visible Light Spectrum
  23. Plane Mirrors and Mirror Applications
  24. Convex Lenses
  25. Nuclear Decay Simulation
  26. Percentage of Oxygen in Air
  27. Chemical Reactions
  28. Enthalpy of Reaction
  29. Electrolysis of Water
  30. Parts Per Million
  31. Solution Concentration
  32. Freezing Point Depression
  33. Acids, Bases, and Indicators
  34. Comparing Antacids
  35. Carbon Chemistry
  36. Organic Chemistry: The Chemistry of Life

Note: Each lab experiment listed above is scheduled in the World Geography guide to coordinate with John Hudson Tiner's Integrated Chemistry and Physics text.

Foerster's Algebra I (Prentice Hall Classics)

Math Individual Components:
Foerster's Algebra Hardback Student Text $64.95 (Add to Cart)
Foerster's Algebra Solutions Manual - $63.30 (Add to Cart)
Foerster's Flash Drive - $79.00 (Add to Cart)

Math Packages:
Foerster's Text/Solutions Manual Package - $125.25 (Add to Cart)
Foerster's Text/Solutions Manual/Flash Drive Package - $197.25 (Add to Cart)
Foerster's Text/Flash Drive Package - $137.95 (Add to Cart)


The Prentice Hall Classics line brings back some bestselling programs with an updated copyright. With Classics you can count on solid traditional instruction, a proven approach and sequence to the content, a return to your favorite program, and more value! Using a highly motivational approach to concepts, the texts include imaginative applications and clear problems derived from the real world. These classic texts are perfect for honors-level classes or for anyone needing solid step-by-step instruction taken to the next level.

We are using this program with our second oldest son and are really enjoying the step-by-step explanations and the throughness of the text. It is written directly to the student and provides plenty of practice problems rising in difficulty throughout the assignment. Students who have come up through Heart of Dakota's recommended math successfully through Singapore 6A/6B should be able to transition into Foerster's Algebra I well. For those families who have come up through a different math path, you will want to be sure to have had the equivalent of Pre-Algebra prior to entering Foerster's Algebra I text. This text is the best "teaching" textbook in written form that we've found after looking at all of the currently available options for Algebra I. If you like the textbook approach, and enjoy the benefit of excellent examples worked for your student (and explained) this text is one of the best.

If you hit a roadblock with the text, there are also lessons available from Math Without Borders on a Flash Drive that teach each lesson in the text. We recommend beginning without the Flash Drive (and then seeing if you need it later). The text also includes answers to the odd numbered problems in its Appendix. A fully worked solutions manual for all problems is also available for purchase through Heart of Dakota, but only if you have also purchased the Student Text from us as well or have purchased a Heart of Dakota guide to use in teaching your students. This is due to the Publisher's regulations for proving that Solutions Manuals are purchased for homeschool use by homeschool families.

Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Expressions and Equations
Chapter 2 Operations with Negative Numbers
Chapter 3 Distributing: Axioms and Other Properties
Chapter 4 Harder Equations
Chapter 5 Some Operations with Polynomials and Radicals
Chapter 6 Quadratic Equations
Chapter 7 Expressions and Equations Containing Two Variables
Chapter 8 Linear Functions, Scattered Data, and Probability
Chapter 9 Properties of Exponents
Chapter 10 More Operations with Polynomials
Chapter 11 Rational Algebraic Expressions
Chapter 12 Radical Algebraic Expressions
Chapter 13 Inequalities
Chapter 14 Functions and Advanced Topics

No-Nonsense Algebra
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Author - Richard W. Fisher
Bibliographic Data - softcover, 280 pages


No-Nonsense Algebra uses short, concise lessons to explain each topic in Algebra I in a way that is easy to understand. Multiple examples with fully explained step-by-step solutions, ample reviews built into each of the lessons, and chapter tests help students measure their progress and improve their test scores. Each lesson in the book has a corresponding online video lesson taught by award-winning math teacher and author Richard W. Fisher.

This math program works well for students who have struggled with math in the past and who are likely to find Algebra a challenge. It does not have nearly the depth of Foerster's Algebra I, but it does cover needed Algebra I concepts in a plain, no-frills fashion.

Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Necessary Tools for Algebra
Chapter 2 Solving Equations
Chapter 3 Graphing and Analyzing Linear Equations
Chapter 4 Solving and Graphing Inequalities
Chapter 5 Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities
Chapter 6 Polynomials
Chapter 7 Rational Expressions (Algebraic Fractions)
Chapter 8 Radical Expressions and Geometry
Chapter 9 Quadratic Equations
Chapter 10 Algebra Word Problems

Each Easy-To-Understand Lesson Includes:
Helpful Hints
Examples with fully explained, simple step-by-step solutions
Written exercises
Review built into each lesson to ensure mastery
Chapter tests and a final exam allow students to measure progress
Free online access to video instruction (Each lesson in the book has a corresponding video lesson taught by Richard W. Fisher)
No Fluff!
No Distractions!

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VideoText Algebra
List Price - Visit www.videotext.com to purchase
Author - Tom Clarke
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VideoText Algebra is an interactive, video-based program that teaches Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, and Algebra II in an integrated manner. Due to the integrated manner in which VideoText teaches algebra, once you begin VideoText it is best to complete the course because all modules work together to teach Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, and Algebra II. Therefore, to claim credit for both Algebra I and Algebra II all modules must be completed. All students must begin VideoText Algebra with Module A, regardless of previous math experience with Algebra.

The main components of VideoText are the video lessons and the worktext. However, unlike textbooks that may use a video supplement, in this case the video lessons "are" the textbook. With each module of the course, you receive the video lessons (each 5-10 minutes in length, either on DVD or online), course notes, worktext, solutions manual, progress tests, and an instructor's guide with detailed solutions to all quizzes and test problems. Students will love the brief lessons and the clear explanations of concepts in VideoText Algebra. To view samples and purchase VideoText Algebra visit http://www.videotext.com

Our own oldest son used this program mainly on his own very successfully for Algebra I and II. If you desire a video-based Algebra I and Algebra II course, this is an excellent option to consider.