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aect-mama July 24th, 2012 04:34 PM

My head is spinning...
:wacko: but I've finally made a plan and decided on curriculum! :excited: Most of it is in the mail. We can't wait to get started!

Mercy will be using Heart of Dakota for core curriculum and supplimenting with Horizons for math and phonics (and a few other random things just for fun. :D) I think Heart of Dakota will work really well for Nathaniel too. I got him the preschool curriculum. But we'll have to use different suppliments for him I'm sure.
I can totally see how someone becomes a curriculum junkie with all this stuff. Everything I looked at gave me more great ideas. I had to force myself to stop looking after a while. :p

Anyway, just wanted to share my joy. :)

P.S. Anyone here used Heart of Dakota?? Thoughts?? Opinions?? I'm especially curious about the history and science. They use Christian Liberty Press books for those subjects. Wondering if it sways more toward a specific political or denominational veiwpoint. (I'm okay with that. Just wondering what kinds of discussions I'm in for.;))

BensMom July 24th, 2012 07:20 PM

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I haven't used it, but hopefully you'll like it. A lot of people do.

The Studious Mrs P. July 24th, 2012 08:12 PM

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I'm using Beyond this year for my 6yo. I did a little (about a third) of Little Hearts last year and do wish I'd stuck with it but at the time I wasn't sure how to make it work with my child who was already placing into Beyond for core skills but wasn't yet in the age range for it. It was really a better fit for this year anyway because he definitely wasn't ready for Bigger (far more formal, seated work that he's use to). DS enjoyed many parts of Little Hearts but he also liked that it made for a short school day and left him plenty of time to pursue his own interests.

The science is very gentle early on. DS enjoys the little activities scheduled for science and I don't add a science curriculum but he does have a lot of books and other resources for pursuing his own scientific interests. I don't use the scheduled math either but I do at times still do the math activities.

The denominational bent is protestant. You'll also find the authors hold to young earth creationism.

The history in Little Hearts and Beyond isn't exactly how I think I would choose to do it but I do really like the look of the years ahead so I'm content to stick with even these younger guides (I have more little ones who will do Little Hearts eventually) because the gentle start works with my present and long term goals (we do several foreign languages and those, more than history, are my focus at this age). I have tried Little Hands two times and it just didn't pan out for me. I've decided I'm just the sort to be very informal about preschool. :)

We're on our third week this week and DS is enjoying it very much. I hope it works out well for you and your family. :)

aect-mama July 24th, 2012 09:51 PM

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Thanks for all that info. :) I'm glad you and your ds are enjoying it so far. I hope we will too.

I didn't think I'd get a preschool curriculum myself. I like the informal approach. But reading through the previews online convinced me that at the very least it would be a good resource for fun learning activities that will keep him active. Plus he's in this "I want to do everything my big sister does" phase at the moment. :p

christianmommato3 July 24th, 2012 11:10 PM

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I haven't used HOD, but I use Christian Liberty Press :smile: I like everything but the
younger history and science

2pinks&ablue July 25th, 2012 05:32 AM

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I haven't use those, but hooray for choosing your curriculum!

The Studious Mrs P. July 25th, 2012 09:26 AM

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Originally Posted by christianmommato3 (Post 26313808)
I haven't used HOD, but I use Christian Liberty Press :smile: I like everything but the younger history and science

Hmm .. I wonder how many are turned off from them because they start with their little ones and don't like the books for the early years.

aect-mama: To be frank, I bought the 1st grade science book to go with Little Hearts and could have gone without it so I wasn't inspired to buy the second grade science book for Beyond this year. Little Hearts comes with the option for the K or the 1st grade science books and I heard that the K book fit better with the activities and was preferred by some regardless of their child's "grade". The books are listed just as "text connections" anyway, not as necessary components to the program.

aect-mama July 27th, 2012 01:42 PM

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That's good to know. I ordered the kindergarten science. Seemed like a basic introduction which is all I'm looking for at this point. I figured it would be easy enough to suppliment with other things if she's really interested or just do the bare minimum if she's not.

I'm suprised actually that you both seem more excited about the history for older years than younger. I had the exact opposite impression from what I saw online. First grade seemed to be a very kid friendly story/narrative approach which is what I was really excited about. Second grade seemed to all of a sudden switch to a very dry textbook approach. It felt out-dated and boring to me.

Of course this is all only based on what I was able to preview from their website. Maybe it's not a very accurate impression?? :confused: What is it about the older years that you like better? Is it content or presentation? something else?

Countrymom4 July 27th, 2012 07:00 PM

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Yay Audrey, glad you found your books !

The Studious Mrs P. July 28th, 2012 08:55 AM

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Which guides are you referring to for the grades? (Each can be used for a small range of ages - like LHFHG can be used for K or 1st, Beyond for 1st or 2nd, etc.) The history in LHFHG, the CLP book, is a textbook. Goofy, yes, but a textbook. Oh yeah, I remember, it starts with a Bible story book and includes a history story book (also from CLP, if I'm recalling correctly).

The history in Beyond comes from three sources, all are full of history stories, many (most, all?) are realistic historical fiction. It does give a very good feel for the period and the people - what it was like living through the founding of the nation, etc. My son absolutely loves these stories. Personally, I almost didn't do Beyond because I wasn't persuaded of the benefits of this approach but I can appreciate it more now that I can see my son really getting into the time period through the stories.

In the next guide, Bigger, the history is made up of biographies - real stories of the real people, which is more like what I have been looking forward to for American history. Preparing doesn't use textbooks for history, either.

I believe Jaime was talking about CLP specifically and HOD doesn't rely upon CLP, they just use some of their books here and there.

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