Drawn into the Heart of Reading
For Grades 2-8
Get ready to put the “heart” back into reading with our award-winning Drawn into the Heart of Reading! This flexible literature program will help your children become passionate about books, while still teaching necessary reading skills. Based on clear instructions and engaging activities, our innovative program will work with any literature. Not only will you get to choose the books your children read – you also get to choose the pace at which they read them! With choices such as these, it’s no wonder parents and kids love Drawn into the Heart of Reading!
See the Video
In this video, Julie gives a brief overview of Drawn into the Heart of Reading and explains our literature-rich, Bible-centered approach to teaching reading. After watching this video, you’ll have a better idea of what to expect from our unique, multi-level program.
Drawn into the Heart of Reading is a multi-age, Christian, literature program for students in grades 2-8. Designed to help students appreciate and enjoy nine different types of literature, this program works with any books you choose. Once your child is an independent reader, you are ready for Drawn into the Heart of Reading! With engaging books and Godly character lessons at its core, this program will draw your students into the heart of reading.
Drawn into the Heart of Reading features 9 thought-provoking units with complete reading plans organized around 9 different genres of literature. Genre kick-offs, prereading activities, story element lessons, Godly character trait lessons, vocabulary activities, discussion questions, graphic-organized workbooks, and creative projects all work together to fashion an exciting, thorough approach to reading. Now, you can enjoy teaching your children reading with the peaceful assurance that all of your “bases are covered.”
Each unit within Drawn into the Heart of Reading focuses on one literary genre, one story element, and one major Godly character trait. Each Godly trait is paired with a definition and a key Scripture verse. Character trait lessons ask parents and students to share personal examples, compare Biblical characters to book characters, and compare Biblical characters to themselves. As students search their hearts for traits to work on, they set goals to do just that. This heartfelt process teaches children to weigh the actions and attitudes of book characters and themselves in light of the Bible.
Since the nine genres in the program can be taught in any order, you can start with your child’s favorite type of book or choose any order that matches topics you are studying. The program’s design ensures your children will read from every type of literature, creatively learn needed skills for each genre, respond using various learning styles, and discover new kinds of books to love! Homeschool families have been enjoying Drawn into the Heart of Reading for decades, so why not join the fun and start today?
Drawn into the Heart of Reading can be used as your entire reading program, or as a supplement to an existing program. You can select how many units to use each year and the order in which to do them. Choose the books yourself, use our Sample Book Ideas List, or get one of the book packages we’ve put together. Decide the pacing for each book, or let us choose the pacing for you. However you choose to use the program, your children will look forward to reading since you are choosing with their interests in mind!
Easy to Use
Drawn into the Heart of Reading can easily be used with multiple ages at the same time. Clear multi-level instructions are combined in one teacher’s guide featuring balanced plans organized around 9 different genres of literature. Students of multiple ages are united by focusing on a similar topic. Yet, learning is individualized through developmentally appropriate book selections and daily activities. Daily plans are divided into three levels of instruction, and each level has its own Student Book. With such a unique design, it is no wonder parents appreciate Drawn into the Heart of Reading!
Have a Look Inside
Daily plans within the Drawn into the Heart of Reading Teacher’s Guide are divided into the following three levels of instruction: level 2/3, level 4/5, and level 6/7/8. Each level of the program has its own corresponding Student Book. The program is written to use year after year, as you move students through the various levels of instruction.
Placement is key in Drawn into the Heart of Reading. To help you decide where your students fit best, check out our placement charts below. In just a short time, you’ll have a great idea of which level(s) will suit your homeschooling family. If you would like customized help, simply give us a call at (605)428-4068. We’re always happy to assist!
Program Selection Chart
Begin with our “Program Selection Chart.” As you can see by the chart below, based on your child’s age he/she may fit in Drawn into the Heart of Reading anytime from ages 7-16. To use the program your child must be an independent reader. Drawn into the Heart of Reading can either be used as a stand-alone literature program or alongside another program. It is used for literature study alongside each Heart of Dakota guide once children are independent readers. To fine-tune your placement, move on to our “Drawn into the Heart of Reading: Placement Chart.”
NOTE: If you have more than one child, think about whether you would like to combine any of your children or keep them separate.
Drawn into the Heart of Reading: Placement Chart
The “Drawn into the Heart of Reading: Placement Chart” is designed to help you narrow down which Student Book level will best suit your child. Simply follow the instructions provided on the chart to help you choose a level.
NOTE: The chart is provided in a printable format for your convenience. If you have more than one child, a good strategy is to use a different color marker for each child as you complete the chart.
Book Packages Chart
Last, view the “Book Packages Chart” below to see which book package(s) might suit your needs. Our book sets were created to save you time and help you find quality books at the right reading level. Each book package covers all nine genres and works with any Student Book level. Keep your student’s age and reading level in mind to choose a book package that is right for your student. If preferred, you may instead use your own book choices or use our “Sample Book Ideas List” for ideas.
Select a Drawn into the Heart of Reading level below to learn more about it. All levels use the same Teacher’s Guide. We’re excited for you to see what we have to offer!