The Mindful Heart method follows a three-year rotation cycle each with an overarching historical/geographical focus. Each unit is designed to take 16 days (four weeks each with four days of content).
Following The Mindful Heart method, a child will visit the three-year rotation cycle five different times over the course of his or her home education (from three to seventeen years old).
We’ve organized those five different times through the rotation cycle into the five developmental levels:
developing prereading and writing skills, learning basic 1–10 number sense skills
developing beginning reading and writing skills, learning addition and subtraction facts/regrouping
strengthening reading and writing skills, learning multiplication and division facts/multi-digit multiplication/long division
developing teaching and leadership skills, developing higher level analysis/inference/critical thinking skills, taking Pre-Algebra/Algebra 1
strengthening teaching and leadership skills, writing persuasive essays/critical response papers, taking Algebra 2/Geometry+
Each level listed is a general guide for families in choosing which resources to use for each family member.
Generally children will work through each developmental level three years at a time. However, we always recommend taking the child’s current development, interests, strengths, and weaknesses into consideration when determining which level to choose for each subject. For example, some children might developmentally be at one level in their language arts skills and another level in their math skills. That is completely normal and acceptable! Another child might move through the Zeta Level in four years and the Theta Level in only two years. This is also completely normal and acceptable! Allow your child's unique strengths, talents, and abilities guide the way while loving, encouraging, and supporting them as they work to improve in some of their weaker areas. They will progress! Trust the Lord—He has a specific mission in mind for each child and each mission has a slightly different path.
#1: Heart & Soul Time
Whole Family Learning Together
about 1–1.5 hours
The focus for this part of the day is on developing three vital relationships:
1. the relationship each of us have with the Lord
2. the relationships we as family members
3. the relationship each of us have with learning
This focus is implemented through the lens of history, scripture, music, art, poetry, and story.
Additionally, language arts skills such as reading, vocabulary, memorization, writing/journaling, speaking, and listening are naturally developed through the activities carried out during this time.
The Parent Learning Guides provide more information on implementing this each day.
#2: Heart & Mind Time
Alpha, Zeta, Theta Learning with the Parent
about 1.5 hours
During this time, the parent completes language arts, math, history, and/or science learning activities with the children in the Alpha, Zeta, and Theta steps. The Parent Learning Guide provides direction on how to structure this part of the day.
#2: Heart & Mind Time
Sigma and Omega Independent Study
time varies depending on the number of
subjects the child chooses to study
During this time, the Sigma and Omega youth work independently on their investigations, projects, and other studies.
#3: Heart & Body Time
Whole Family and/or Independent Activities
open ended amount of time
The activities and structure for your family's Heart & Body Time will be very specific to your family's needs, interests, and ages along with the climate in which you live and the season in which you complete each unit. In each Parent Guide you will find a list of list of activities that align with the specific themes of the unit (history, language arts, science, math). Your family may choose to be physically active and improve physical skills of the body by participating in any of the activities and field trips listed. We invite you to plan these Heart & Body Time activities according to your specific schedule.