Heart of Dakota Publishing offers a comprehensive curriculum in 12 volumes that can be used for preschool through high school.
It covers most subject areas for each grade level. Titles of the high school level courses are:. S History II, ages Hearts for Him Through High School courses are essentially lesson plans that direct you in the use of many of other resources. Each volume is a one-year curriculum divided into 35 units, each of which will take one week to complete. If a student completes all activities it should take about 6. Of course, there will be great variations in time required based upon the rate at which students read and accomplish their work.
HOD has designed their courses so that students gradually do more and more independent study. By high school level, students are completing most of their work on their own. To make that possible, HOD has selected many resources that provide the teaching with videos, CD-ROMs, or other formats that support independent study. However, some interaction is still required for some of the resources used in each course.
In particular, oral and written narrations as well as dictation work, all based on Charlotte Mason methodology, require interaction with at least one other person.
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Instructions for narrations as well as the dictation passages are at the back of each book. In every volume, each daily lesson plan is divided into two parts. On the left-hand page is the first part which is titled either Learning through History or Learning through Geography.
On the right-hand page, Learning the Basics shows assignments for Bible, composition and grammar, math, literature study, and science. There are also sections for health, constitutional literacy, or logic depending upon the course. This makes it very easy to see what needs to be done for each area.
A parent can enter lesson plans for math in advance if they wish to do so. Front matter in each of the Hearts for Him Through High School books explains the resources for each subject area that are to be used and the number of high school credits earned in each subject area. A number of pages are used to provide course descriptions, required resources lists, course material, and detailed grading sheets for each component of the course.
You might want to use these pages to check off assignments and record grades. For each subject area, the courses generally use a number of resources rather than just one.
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The large number of resources used, and the fact that many of them are designed for independent study with videos makes the cost for all resources for any one level higher than it might be for other homeschooling options. However, some resources are used over more than one course. The number of resources included in the complete courses might also seem daunting because of the number of pages to be read, but in addition to some being used over a few years, sometimes students are assigned only selected portions from a resource.
Each course has one or more companion student journals or notebooks. These are packets of full-color, three-hole-punched pages students will need to use throughout the course.
You will need to provide your own binders for each set of pages. In each journal or notebook, they will write narrations, take notes, complete video viewing guides and graphic organizers, compile map work, and analyze primary source documents.
These pages are not reproducible, so each student needs his or her own sets of pages. In addition to the pre-printed journal and notebook pages, students will maintain other journals such as a prayer journal, a common place book for entries from their literature reading, and a literature journal.
History and geography use a number of resources in each course. See the course descriptions below for details.
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A conservative political outlook shows up in resource selections for history, government, and economics. These books are not required but are highly recommended. History I , and "Literary Syntheses Sheets" are included in the appendices of some courses to be used with either Living Library titles or literature selections.
Assignments in the lesson plans list page numbers from particular editions of each book or CD, so this is a situation where using a library book might not work if the layout and page numbering differs from that of the preferred edition sold by HOD. With that said, the Living Library books are optional.
If you have a student who is easily overwhelmed you might use only a few or none of these books with a course. In all of the courses, the English component includes resources for grammar, composition, and literature.
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History I uses In Their Sandals. For literature, World Geography uses Fundamentals of Literature along with a set of five or six novels—choose either the boy or girl set. Literature study gradually moves into deeper literary analysis year by year, so activities vary from level to level. Students are encouraged to mark up and annotate books as they read.
HOD uses many different methods for student responses to literature. For example, they might discuss questions with a parent, write in response to specific questions in the lesson plan, complete a Literary Synthesis Sheet, or copy a passage into their Common Place Book.
Book of Centuries by Merlin DeBoer, a timeline book, is required as a one-time purchase that will be used through all of the high school courses. Each course has a separate set of timeline figures to be used with the Book of Centuries. While I like HOD's approach to foreign language for those students who need only two credits in foreign language and want to study Spanish, others will need to use different resources.
This provides only a half credit per year in foreign language. You might want to complete the entire Spanish 1 course in one year very challenging! Keep in mind that some very competitive colleges and universities expect more than two credits in foreign language.
See this website that recommends aiming for four years of the same foreign language. Bible lessons include study of the Bible itself along with the study of great hymns and maintenance of a prayer journal. Courses present a biblical worldview that is strongly Protestant. This is evident not only in Bible resources but across the curriculum. You can purchase individual resources or you can purchase packages. Economy packages provide the essential items for covering history or geography and Bible for each course.
You can choose other packages for each level for both core subjects and electives. Courses require significant amounts of both reading and writing. Students struggling in either area might do better with one of the junior high level courses and its extension package that transforms it into a high school level course. Students who are able to handle the work should be very well prepared with the required academic knowledge.
But HOD courses go beyond the academics to build skills in other areas such as notetaking, summarizing, oral and written presentations, critical thinking, applying and presenting a Christian worldview, and practical finances,.
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World geography replaces the history strand in this course, but its chronological study of geography inevitably includes quite a bit of history. Potentially, it provides up to 6. Science uses Integrated Physics and Chemistry with an optional lab manual and kit.
Three options for Algebra 1 are suggested with detailed recommendations for scheduling in the introduction in the course book.
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The half credit in foreign language is earned if students use Getting Started with Spanish. Health and Spanish coverage provide one-half credit each, and fine arts lessons might earn from one-half credit to a full credit. Biology is taught with A. Students fill in lab reports while watching the lab DVD, but they do no hands-on lab work themselves.
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The Total Health course provides one-half credit for health. Three options are suggested for geometry with detailed recommendations for scheduling in the introduction in the course book. Students can earn up to 6. History I course.
One full credit can be earned for work in history, Bible, English, math, and science. One-half credit each can be earned for government, foreign language, and Constitutional Literacy.
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Constitutional Literacy would fill an elective slot since this is not a required course. These and other resources are used in conjunction with primary source documents found in Great Documents in U. The latter title is part of the Uncle Eric series, so scroll down the review to find this title.
Students can earn a half credit completing that package, and they can also add the Constitutional Literacy Package for another half credit if they wish. In addition, you will also choose either the girl or boy option with two more books on Christian development and maturity. As in the other courses, there are three recommended courses for covering a second year of algebra with detailed recommendations for scheduling in the introduction in the course book.
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This final course completes the study of U. History, enabling students to earn up to 7 credits. One credit each can be earned in history, English, math, Bible, and science.
History: Vol. II by Croes and Smith. Composition work is done with literature journal assignments. The science course is an interesting combination of Astronomy with Geology and Paleontology for one-half credit in each area.
Lab work accompanies both sections of the course.
Math options include continuing with VideoText Geometry and Trigonometry or using Foerster's Precalculus text with the Math Without Borders flash drive teaching videos. When prices appear, please keep in mind that they are subject to change. Click on links where available to verify price accuracy. Note: Publishers, authors, and service providers never pay to be reviewed.
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