Update 2019: This is a super old post, but it still brings a lot of traffic. So, I wanted to add an update. We are no longer using this program. You can see why in this post. However, I have NOTHING negative to say about Heart of Dakota. In fact, I have considered it time and time again with my son, and may again return to it at some point.
I remember the moment I found it. The PERFECT curriculum. I knew THIS is what we were going to use for the rest of our homeschool journey. I shared it with friends, endorsed it on my blog, moderated FB groups related to it, and sung its praises. Loudly.
And then, it didn’t work anymore. I cried. I stressed. I wondered how in the world it could be. And no, I am not exaggerating in any shape or form.
We stepped away from that perfect curriculum for two years. And, now we are back!
Here is why we chose Heart of Dakota curriculum… AGAIN!
It fits our needs
When we stepped away from Heart of Dakota, it wasn’t fitting our needs. This was due largely to the fact that I did not follow the program as directed. My middle daughter started Heart of Dakota kindergarten, LHFHG too early (she was ready at the time), placing her in a guide that she was not ready for later on (Bigger Hearts).
At this time, after two years away, I feel comfortable coming back and putting the girls in the guide, Preparing Hearts, together. This is due to the fact that my middle now fits the age range, and thanks to the extensions, I can beef the guide up for my oldest. I am also super excited to start Heart of Dakota preschool with my son soon.
So, at this time it fits our needs, and we are thrilled!
The literature is awesome
After two years away, I realize how much we all love literature based curriculum. There is something fun about the way Heart of Dakota weaves real books into their program. This encourages us to read books that we may not otherwise have read, and gives us a break from textbooks that can become dry after months of use.
Out of all the Heart of Dakota guides, we have used, I have yet to find a book from the Heart of Dakota book list that we did not like. This reiterates the fact that the literature in Heart of Dakota curriculum is awesome!
We missed it!
We really enjoyed our curriculum choices over the past two years, but honestly, we also really missed Heart of Dakota!
- The ease of having an open and go curriculum can’t be beaten!
- The community feels that you have with the families using Heart of Dakota is amazing!
- The combination of hands-on projects and textbooks makes learning SO much fun!
- The love of Christ and Bible knowledge that is intertwined in all aspects of the curriculum set a biblical foundation that I want for my children.
So, for those of you who have emailed me, and asked me in person, why we chose Heart of Dakota, I hope this answered your questions.
For those of you wanting to know more about why we originally switched check out this post. Also, I truly believe there is NO perfect curriculum. Not even those we LOVE can be perfect 🙂
For those of you using or considering using Heart of Dakota now, I encourage you to use it as written. I caution you to not jump ahead just because a child is ready. The guides really do build upon each other, and there is a reason why they are marked for the age/grade level that they are. So, be sure to peruse the Heart of Dakota catalog thoroughly.