Summer is good time to work on keyboarding skills
Summer is good time to work on keyboarding skills.

Summer is a wonderful time to work on skills that will help your child during the school year. One skill that we've worked on with our older kiddos during the summer is keyboarding.

How much time is needed to see progress?

It is amazing how much progress can be made with just 10-15 min. of steady practice each day. We set a timer and have our older boys practice keyboarding Monday-Friday during the summer months.

What can you use to teach keyboarding?

We happen to use and enjoy Typing Instructor , but you can use any program that works well for your family. Just be sure that your kiddos are placing their fingers in the correct positions on the keyboard.

What are the benefits of keyboarding skills?

Strong keyboarding skills are a huge help during the school year as students type their essays and writing projects! Teach keyboarding this summer and reap the rewards when school rolls around again.
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Hello Austin Family,
Gabrielle used Heart of Dakota from Revival to Revolution all the way through U.S. History II and it has been a huge blessing to us.  I was ready to throw in the towel on homeschooling before we found Heart of Dakota. We love the Christ-centered approach with the worldview studies and all the connections with Scripture that Carrie has woven into the guides. This has been one of the many things that is near and dear to our heart. Heart of Dakota is so easy to use and has great flexibility, and has made homeschooling not only doable but very enjoyable.   We love the wonderful books and their connections to the subject you are studying... I know that Gabrielle received a wonderful education. I have no hesitations recommending this curriculum to anyone. This has prepared Gabrielle well as she has finished her first year at CSU.

Stacey N.
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-- Erin B.

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". . . I want to say THANK YOU it has been an incredible journey to go through this curriculum with my daughter...I do believe Got brought this curriculum to me and the timing of the lessons has been unbelievable. Why...last year we were studying pioneers and right as lesson ended we had Prairie School reenactment of actually pioneers and actors retelling stories of the trails. Today we had just finished lesson of the Dead Sea Scrolls...well I just found out our nature & science museum in Denver will actually have these scrolls on exhibit in 2 weeks. Like I said, this curriculum is unbelievably a gift from God because timing of everything can't be set up like this at all. Thank You so much for making this curriculum!"

-- Kimberly A

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This is our 6th year using Heart of Dakota with a now 11th grader and 3rd grader.  We all love the suggested living books and through these very manageable reading plans have grown children with a love for the Bible, history and great literature - what more could you want from a curriculum?  All this and we're finished with time to spare in the afternoons to pursue personal interests, be involved in missions and ministry opportunities, and grow our family relationships.  I take any chance to share our love of Heart of Dakota with other homeschooling families we know (also - I've had the pleasure of meeting the Austins and Julie in person at our state conventions over the years; they truly care about each family and offer suggestions that fit your family in whatever season you are in).  
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Creation to Christ
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Revival to Revolution
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World Geography
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U.S. History I
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