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Heart of Dakota School

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I know I recently wrote a post of what we school curricula we are using right now because we won’t start our new homeschool year until January. Well, that was before I had all the beautiful notebooks.
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I was super excited to finally see the first installment of the World History Journal and Guide.
Heart of Dakota
So with that I’ve been very slowly adding in a few boxes (from the guide) for the younger kiddos: Caleb, Brent, Ethan, and Lance.

I say slow because I’m reading almost everything in the four guides: Mission to Modern Marvels, Revival to Revolution, Creation to Christ, and Preparing.
Actually Caleb is doing most of his own reading. I want to sit with him more but haven’t had the time. In fact it’s 3:00 P.M. right now and I still need to sit with Lance, get back to Brent to do the Inventor Study, and go over literature questions with Annette.

Here is a little bit of what Lance has completed in Preparing.
  Preparing Hearts
I printed the first 10 notebooking units that a talented mama made. I thought this would make things easier on Lance.
Preparing Hearts for His Glory
His notebook is organized.
Preparing Hearts for His Glory
Because I am helping 4 boys do their school every day which includes an hour with Caleb and Brent for Rod and Staff English 4, All About Reading 3, and Writing & Rhetoric, it has taken us 4 days to complete 3 days and that’s skipping the history project for week 1.
Preparing Hearts
Unfortunately he’s not always that smiley but I’ll take it when it does happen!
Preparing Hearts
Lance didn’t write all the words to the memory verse and I know I should have had him write it again but I didn’t. He has a hard time writing as it is and I don’t want to discourage him. In time I’ll become more strict.
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Here is Ethan.
Fix It! Grammar
We are really liking Fix It! Grammar. It only takes 15 minutes a day so we’ve been able to continue with English Lessons Through Literature.

Today I read from Genesis Finding Our Roots.
Creation to Christ
Ethan is putting together a generations flapbook.

I gave Ethan my large print Bible. I thought it would be something special for him as he marks it up and makes it his own study Bible.
Creation to Christ
Highlighting a verse.
Creation to Christ
I was able to get an All About Reading 3 and All About Spelling 3 lessons in. He completed lesson 5 in reading and 6 in spelling. We are taking two days to complete one lesson in All About Spelling.
All About Spelling
Sorry I don’t have any pictures of Caleb and Brent. Hopefully this week I’ll get a few good ones.

Both boys are having trouble with possessive pronouns, especially with plural possessive. I have found by letting them teach it to me and/or with me walking them through it while they are teaching it has helped.
Rod and Staff English
Caleb teaching while Brent laughs and cheers him on.
Rod and Staff English
Yesterday I was still teaching at 7:00 P.M. but you know what? I really enjoyed my time with each of my boys. I loved sitting and reading to them. Would I like for them to read most of their work on their own and do the projects without me, yes, but at the same time they are growing up too fast. Maybe this is God’s way of showing me that I need to slow down and enjoy reading aloud to them, sitting and laughing with them.

I admit it gets frustrating at times but again, one day this house is going to be way too quite!
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More Low-Carb Muffins

Monday, September 15, 2014

My kids and I have been enjoying another coconut blueberry muffin recipe. We love smothering butter on these muffins.

I got this recipe from The Coconut Ketogenic Diet book: No Sugar Blueberry Muffins. If you swap the cream for coconut milk, stevia with honey, and butter with ghee, they will be Paleo friendly.

They are Atkins, ketogenic, and Trim Healthy Mama friendly.

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Look how pretty they look.

Here’s what you’ll need:
3eggs
1/4 cup heavy cream or coconut milk
5 Tbls butter or ghee
1/4 tsp almond extract
1/4 tsp salt
30 drops liquid stevia
1/4 tsp aluminum free baking powder
1/3 cup fresh blueberries

Preheat oven to 400*
Blend together eggs, cream/coconut milk, butter/ghee, almond extract, salt, and stevia. In separate bowl combine coconut flour and baking powder and thoroughly mix into batter (use those muscles whisking as you add the coconut flour into the wet batter) until there are no lumps. The batter will be slightly stiff. Immediately fold in blueberries. Spoon batter into lined muffin tins. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Remove from oven and cool before eating. Store in the fridge.
Yields 6 muffins
Atkins Friendly
Each muffin contains 2.2 g. of net carbohydrates. According to the book 3 muffins provide the equivalen of 3 tablespoons of fat.
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Each time I’ve made these muffins the blueberries end up at the bottom. I’m not sure why but it doesn’t affect the taste. I put a tablespoon of Kerrygold butter on mine.

My children love these as well. I now double the above recipe.

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Finding Space and School Day

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

I’m still trying to get things organized. My problem is where to put the stuff after I pull it off the shelf.
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These books were in the kitchen bookshelf.
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Other than Rod and Staff English 3 I don’t think I’ll be using them. I really don’t want to put them in storage. It seems every time I do I need it later. There are so many books in storage that I’m missing out on.

Right now I still have a stack of books in the kitchen sitting on a chair.
You don’t even want to see the living room. All the books that I pulled out to add the new Heart of Dakota books are still piled on the floor.

I need to figure something out because I am watching 3 girls this weekend. One being only 8 months.

As for school things are moving along. Ethan completed lesson 6 from All About Spelling-3 and lesson 5 of All About Reading-3.
All About Reading
All About Reading
Fix It! Grammar
This is actually a picture of him working on Fix It! Grammar from last week. It’s hard getting picture of Ethan.

We are continuing with our current grammar as well: English Lessons Through Literature because he does enjoy the program. What’s great about both grammar programs is they don’t take that long. Both have copywork. On Friday when Ethan has to copy the passage that he was working on for the week, I don’t assign any copywork from English Lessons.

With English Lessons Through Literature I like that Ethan is practicing cursive daily.
Enlgish Lessons Through Literature
Caleb and Brent are half way through Rod and Staff English 4. I don’t think I’m going to have them finish the book though.

When Caleb starts Mission to Modern Marvels and Brent Rev2Rev, I am going to have them both use book 5. I want to keep them together and Rod and Staff book 5 is scheduled in Brent’s guide.

Today I let the boys do the teaching.
Rod and Staff
They had a lot of fun.
Rod and Staff Brent
I took a while to get through the lesson but I think they better understood how to diagram the subjects, predicates, and adjectives.

I even schooled Lance today. He completed a Let’s Read lesson, his first Rod and Staff English-3, and science. I’ll have to write more about what I’m doing with him right.

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This Weekend

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

This weekend I was itching to get some of the school books organized. 

Joshua’s box of books had been sitting in the living room for over a week now.
World History
I had to take off all his Heart of Dakota Hearts Through Him High School: World Geography.
Heart of Dakota
I transferred the books to Annette’s room. She’s actually going to start the World Geography guide this week (today).

I was bummed that some of dvd and/or cd cases were broken. This seems to  happen a lot where the cd/dvd are sliding around in the case. Not only from HOD but just any cd/dvds that I buy. 
Heart of Dakota
I’m always afraid that my cd/dvd will become scratched. I’m tempted to move them to a different case.
World History
I wasn’t able to fit all his books on one shelf so I cleared another to add all the audio books and DVDs. I can’t wait to get my Heart of Dakota bookshelves completely done.
Heart of Dakota Shelf
I’m making room on this shelf for Mission to Modern Marvels and Resurrection to Reformation as well.

Now to move all of Annette’s books to her room.
World Geography
Heart of Dakota programs that we have used:

Little Hearts w/Lance, only completed half the guide
Bigger Hearts w/Ethan but only completed half
Preparing Hearts w/Caleb and Brent
Creation to Christ w/Caleb and Brent

If I could go back in time I’d start all my kiddos with Heart of Dakota, maybe, I also liked My Father’s World K and 1st Grade. I love MFW Bible Notebook.

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Park Time

Monday, September 8, 2014

Our family tries to go to the park or track at least four times a week. We have a really nice park not to far, maybe a 10 minute drive or less. Too far to walk.

There are tennis courts, basketball courts, a really neat play area, and lots of restrooms. This park his huge!

Lately the kids have been playing basketball.
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Do you see a little guy climbing the pole?
Park
Sorry my pictures aren’t that great. I took them with my phone and it was dark already.

This is Lance before it became dark. We usually arrive when the sun is up and leave when the moon is up.
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Yup, that’s Lance alright. Shoes that don’t match.
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Lance doesn’t care much for basketball. He said, “What fun is it throwing and bouncing a ball. That’s all you do”, he prefers playing football and baseball. Funny kid!

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We’re Still Doing School

Thursday, September 4, 2014

I see all my blogging friends starting back with homeschooling and I want to join in. We schooled through the summer for the most part. Our ‘summer’ break won’t start until Dec/Jan. so we’ve been chugging along.

Homeschooling6 did take 2 weeks off to visit family and friends in CA. Then my Mother-in-law was here for two weeks. All together we ended up taking a month off.
Annette and Josh continued with their schooling while grandma was here and the boys did do UberSmart.
Joshua has two weeks left of Heart of Dakota’s World Geography and Annette is tying up loose ends with Mission to Modern Marvels. She needs to put some of her narrations in her notebook.

I need to take pictures of all their books. I seriously need to search online and figure out how to upload my pictures from my new camera. I’ve been using my phone.

Here’s the plan with the four younger ones (still figuring out some of it).

Caleb:
Math: Math-U-See, finish Zeta and start Pre-Algebra, supplement with UberSmart and CTC Math
Spelling: Spelling You See, which includes copywork and Friday dictation
English: Rod and Staff, I hope to add Grammar Revolution but it might have to wait until our new homeschool year starts in Jan.
Literature: Memoria Press, currently we are working through Lassie. I have the boys read aloud to me so we can break apart any words that they are having trouble with.
Geography; Memoria Press (Middle East, North Africa, Europe)
Science: Memoria Press (Books of Insects)
Writing: Writing and Rhetoric
Bible: AWANA and Alert Cadet

My goal with Caleb is to hopefully start him using Heart of Dakota: Mission to Modern Marvels in January, maybe sooner if I can get his notebook and a few other consumables. I’d like to start him at half speed now. Right now because we don’t have all the consumables he will continue using the above curricula.
Brent’s school is pretty much the same as Caleb’s. The only difference is math. Right now Brent is using Math Essentials Book 2 and CTC Math. I would like to switch him to Teaching Textbooks but we’ll see.

My goal with Brent is to get him ready for Heart of Dakota: Revival to Revolution. I need to purchase all the consumables for him as well.

Here is what Ethan is using currently:

With Ethan I plan to start him using HOD: Creation to Christ in January. I’m praying anyway. He’ll be 12 by then. I would also like him to finish Teaching Textbook 5 and get through most of 6. AND, finish up All About Reading 3 & 4. That’s a tall order considering we only 4 months till Jan. I need to stay consistent with him and just get as much done as I can. Praying, praying, he’ll be ready for Creation to Christ.



Lastly Lance, ack, I don’t know what to use with Lance but here is what I am currently using with him.

And that’s about it. He struggles with writing and reading. He writes like a 1st grader with big letters. He’s still using 3/4” paper. I hope to start HOD Preparing with him soon. I need to organize it.

And that’s where we are at right now. This past school year 13/14 had been a tough one with me concentrating on reading with the younger 4 boys. I’m praying that they will greatly improve so they can be blessed with using Heart of Dakota’s awesome curriculum.
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Heart of Dakota Box Day!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

I love Box Days! The kids and I have been watching our package make its way from South Dakota to Texas via UPS! Fun, fun, fun!
Boix Day
The box contained Hearts for Him Through High School: World History books for Joshua. There were also a handful of books for Annette as well. She will use Hearts for Him Through High School: World Geography.
Heart of Dakota
Of course the younger two wanted to get in on the action.
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Posing with their his boxes of goodies.
Heart of Dakota
Annette was super excited!
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Lance jumping in on the picture.
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Opening the box!
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Books, books, books . . .
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More books.
Heart of Dakota Books
Another fun box came. Something that I’m really excited about for Josh.
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The One Year Adventure Novel is a writing program that I’ve been wanting to get for Joshua for a few years now. I wasn’t sure if he was ready for it. The past two years I’ve been concentrating on his writing and I do think he has improved greatly. Especially with Heart of Dakota’s narrations. I know the OYAN is completely different but it will be a good challenge for him. He’s really excited about it too.

And that is another Box Day! I’m kind of sad that we only have two years left of Heart of Dakota Box Days. All we need is two more guides and we’ll have all but one of the HOD programs.

Hopefully I’ll be able to get some of the consumable items for Caleb, Brent, and Ethan. I pray that they will be able to sue HOD come January.
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