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Heart of Dakota School (CtC)

This week Ethan started Heart of Dakota: Creation to Christ. We don’t start our actual school year until January so we are taking our time with the units.

Sept. 15th-19th 2014
Creation to Christ
Unit 1
Focus: The Beginning of History and of Sin

This week he has completed days 1, 2, and 3 of unit 1. Next week we ill complete day 4 and start unit 5.

It’s been a busy, hectic, but very accomplished week with running 6 Heart of Dakota Guides. Today as mentioned, I’ll focus on what Ethan is using which is Creation to Christ.

Because Ethan struggles with reading I am helping him a lot. What I am doing to help him get some independence is use My Student Logbook. I write everything in this book, including the units and days. All he has to do is look on the day we are on, find the subject/box (Reading About History or History Project) and complete the work, usually it’s copying a verse or reading the Bible. Most everything else we do together.
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I’m still trying to find our rhythm but it looks like the My Student Logbook will be part of it for a while.

Heart of Dakota’s guide has each subject in a box, so when you hear me say we didn’t complete all the boxes, I’m not talking about a physical box! Here is what a day looks like.
Heart of Dakota Boxes 1
One of the boxes that I thought for sure we’d skip was the poetry. I thought to myself, if there’s a box that we need to let go than it will be the painting.
Throughout the year with Creation to Christ your child reads poetry, copies a portion, and paints a picture using watercolors. I had a lot of fun with this when Caleb and Brent used CtC.

Remembering the great memories with the boys a few years back, I wanted the same memories with Ethan so I said to myself, “Let’s get it done!”
Look how well he did.
Watercolors
I thought it came out really nice. This is his first time using watercolors.
Heart of Dakota
Because I’m using 6 Guides this year we might do the poetry painting every other week.

This week we read from The Story of the Ancient World, Dinosaurs of Eden, Genesis: Finding Our Roots, A Child’s Geography, The Illustrated Bible and the Bible. Whew, talk about a lot of read aloud time. It was a lot of work for me but very enjoyable. I am loving my time with Ethan.
Here he made a Generations flapbook.
Creation to Christ
Please excuse the smudge or grease looking dot on my pictures. My old camera has a scratch on it.
Creation to Christ
Reading from the Illustrated Bible.
Creation to Christ
He actually prefers using the Bible but I wanted him to look at the pictures.
Creation to Christ
Bible Quite time is a box (subject) we do together. His memory verse this week is Philippians 2:1 which he’s a little behind.

He highlights verses in his Bible.
Bible Quiet Time
Ethan also completed:
Teaching Textbook 5~lessons 8-17
Writing & Rhetoric Book 1: Fable~started lesson 6
All About Spelling~completed lesson 7 and started 8
All About Reading: lesson 5 & 6
Fix It! Grammar: The Nose Tree: Week 4
English Through Literature 2: lessons 43-46 this also includes cursive copywork

Even though Ethan complained at times he did enjoy his first week using Creation to Christ. I did too! It was crazy busy sometimes but I enjoyed (almost) every minute!
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2 comments

  1. Beautiful poetry painting!

    Wow, to 6 guides--amazing :) You are a gifted mama and I'm excited to see your homeschool year unfold.

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  2. Thank you for your kind words. I'll let Ethan know you liked his painting. I hope we continue with the poetry painting. I think it will be good for Ethan.

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