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Why I’m Using 6 Guides

 Since I decided to use six Heart of Dakota Guides this year, people are asking, "Why 6?" and "Why not combine?" 

Before deciding to use 6 Heart of Dakota Guides, I did think about combining. My kids are so close in age. I could have put Ethan 11yr. and Lance 10yr. in Preparing and Caleb 14yr. and Brent 13yr. in Rev2Rev.
Heart of Dakota School
Well, first of all, I absolutely love each HOD Guide. Carrie has done an amazing job with pulling books and programs together. I love how she ties everything in. She is truly gifted in this area.

It’s amazing to me how she fits everything I ever wanted in the programs she has created: narration skill from oral to written, copywork, dictation, bullet points, outlining, one sentence summaries, analyzing, and so much more.

There are programs that I’ve wanted to use with the children but never found the time to fit them in like, nature journal, Mapping the World With Art, Pilgrims Progress Study, The Art of Argument, Fallacy Detectives, Map Trek, Apologia Science, Apologia Worldview Curriculum, What in the World? by Diana Waring, and that’s just the tip of the ice berg!
Heart of Dakota Books
Reasons Why We Are Not Combining

1. Heart of Dakota Publishing has so much to offer my children in each level that I really, really, really, want them to experience as much of HOD before graduating.
2. I have a hard time gathering children together, it’s easier for me to call for one child and we sit and work through the boxes. Some of my kids are not morning people.

Those are my two main reasons. Pretty simple.
Whose Using What?

Joshua hasn’t started the World History Guide just yet. He is finishing up the last few weeks of the World Geography Guide.

Annette is using the World Geography Guide. It’s her first year of high school. Can’t believe I have two high school age children. Annette has used Resurrection to Reformation and Mission to Modern Marvels in the past.

I put Caleb in MtMM because I wanted him to study American history before hitting the World Geography Guide. Caleb is in 8th grade, my time is going by way too fast. Caleb has used Preparing and CtC in the past.

Brent is using Revival to Revolution. He’s in 7th grade so this will give him a chance to use MtMM as well before hitting high school. Brent has used Preparing and CtC in the past.

Ethan is using Creation to Christ. In the past he used Bigger Hearts.

Lance started Preparing and has used Little Hearts and parts of Beyond.

My 4 younger boys struggle with reading so we are taking it slow. Heart of Dakota in the Guides that my children are using run 4 days a week. We are taking 5 days to complete 3 day for each Unit.

So our week looks something like this.
Week 1: Unit 1, Days 1, 2, and 3.
Week 2: Unit 1 Day 4, Unit 2 Days 1 and 2.
Week 3: Unit 2, Days 3 and 4, Unit 3 Day 1
and so forth.

Right now I’m doing most of the reading which makes for a long day but at the same time I get to spend time with each child. It’s nice sitting with Caleb and talking over what we read. I enjoy helping Brent, he’s funny and makes me laugh. Ethan and Lance are growing up so fast and sitting with them and watching their face expressions is cute.

Yes, it’s a challenge, and I’m tired, and I even get tired of reading so much but I’m also having a blast with my boys!

I am looking forward to the day when they are reading most of the books. My goal is to have them complete most of the programs by Jan./Feb. I admit I’ll kind of miss all that reading.


  1. I get it. Really I do. The idea of having everyone studying the same thing and having fun family discussions is the reason I initially chose TOG. But that bubble popped with the reality of a strong-willed child. So moving to HOD allows each child to have their own thing to do, which can cut down on competition, waiting for shared materials, and something specific to share with each child. As chaotic as running multiple guides is - it really is a lesser headache than combining. Blessings.

  2. "As chaotic as running multiple guides is - it really is a lesser headache than combining." <---This is so true!

  3. You will be so blessed in your diligence!!! A-M-A-Z-I-N-G Mama AWARD!!! I do understand and I know that you will love your learning time with HOD :)

  4. Thank you! I am loving my HOD learning with the boys. It's fun, exhausting but fun ;)


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