Here’s what our boys are up to with school!

Heart of Dakota Tidbit:

Here’s what our boys are up to with school!

Did you know that between Carrie and Julie, there are seven boys? No girls (…slight pause). Here is what they are doing this year:

Carrie’s boys:

Cole: Senior at Liberty University, Bachelor’s degree in History with an emphasis in Literature
Shaw: Sophomore at Liberty University, Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design
Greyson: World History
Beau: Revival to Revolution

Julie’s boys:

Wyatt: Sophomore at Liberty University, Bachelor’s degree in Business Finance
Riley: US History I
Emmett: Revival to Revolution

Have a great weekend!

November Library Builder: Save 10% on the Drawn into the Heart Level 2 Book Pack!

Library Builder

Use coupon code NOVEMBER-LIBRARY for 10% on the Level 2 Book Pack for Drawn into the Heart of Reading!

We are excited to continue our Heart of Dakota Library Builder book set promotion! On the 1st Wednesday of each month we will be promoting one of our book sets with a 10% coupon code. For this month’s special, use coupon code NOVEMBER-LIBRARY on our website for the entire month of November to save 10% on Drawn into the Heart of Reading Level 2 book pack. To view all of the books in this set, just click here!

How is the Level 2 Book Pack used in Drawn into the Heart of Reading?

(From the package description in our online store):

“These optional book packs are to be used after the ‘Emerging Reader Set’. They are for use with children who are ready for chapter books with fewer pictures and are ready for more advanced reading material. Average second graders should follow the Emerging Reader’s Schedule. The Level 2 book pack is for use with Level 2 of Drawn into the Heart of Reading. These books are for advanced Level 2 readers.

In these levels, your child will read the chosen books out loud to you for a total of 15 days for each genre.  Each book in the package has an approximate reading level noting the grade and month next to it.  Use this information to choose the set that best suits your child’s reading level. Please keep in mind, these specific titles are not needed, but each book was very carefully chosen as an excellent reading selection for the noted reading level.

Our book sets were created to save you time and to help you find quality books at the right reading level. This is one of the keys to a successful reading experience for your child. You are welcome to use your own book selections if you prefer. Drawn into the Heart of Reading truly works with any books you choose.”

Use coupon code NOVEMBER-LIBRARY to save!

To apply this month’s savings, just enter coupon code NOVEMBER-LIBRARY on our website when you check out! We hope these books will be as treasured to you as they are to us!

Have a great rest of the week!
Heart of Dakota

PS: If you’d like a more in-depth look at what using Drawn into the Heart of Reading looks like in your home, have a look at this article!

How we use Rod and Staff Grammar through the years…

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How we use Rod and Staff Grammar through the years…

(The following is a clip of a 2008 post by Carrie from our message board that discusses why HOD chose to stay with Rod and Staff Grammar throughout our guide cycle. The entire thread can be read here.)

InHisTiming,

You are always on the same wave-length with my researching brain, it would seem! We have just been going through this very area extensively the past month and pondering our future recommendations through grade 8.

How we recommend using Rod and Staff Grammar.

At this point, we are quite sure that we will be recommending Rod and Staff English throughout our guides. Rod and Staff English texts actually go through grades 9-10 at this point. However, grades 9-10 are almost entirely based on giving writing instruction and are VERY technical. English 7-8 are about applying grammar to writing, and are also more like what a high school level grammar and writing text would be.

So, with that being said, our plan is to recommend that families teach through Rod and Staff English 6 by the time their child is finished with grade 8. With our new ancients guide, we plan to recommend for one level of grammar (your choice of either Rod or Staff English 4 or 5) to be spread out over 2 years by doing 2 lessons a week. After spreading either Level 4 or 5 out over 2 years, the child would do the remaining levels of Rod and Staff English at full-speed (4 days a week) to complete Rod and Staff 6 by the end of grade 8.

Why do we stretch out one level of Rod and Staff?

The reason for suggesting that one level of Rod and Staff English be stretched out over 2 years during grades 4-5 OR during grades 5-6 is that it will give the child time to mature into the higher-level thinking skills required to do the upper level of diagramming and writing assignments taught in Rod and Staff 6. It will also give parents a lightened grammar instruction schedule for a couple of years to prevent burn-out in teaching grammar year after year, along with matching the more CM-style guidelines for teaching grammar more fully in the middle school years.

Blessings,
Carrie

PS: To see one easy way Carrie has seen success in teaching Rod and Staff, check out this blog post here!

We’re a family business!

Heart of Dakota Tidbit:

We’re a family business! 

Did you know every time you speak to someone on the phone at HOD, you are speaking with family?  We want the only people to help you to be HOD family members who have direct experience with every single HOD guide, either by writing the guides, teaching the guides, or using the guides themselves. How’s that for keeping it all in the family?!?

Have a great weekend! 😃

Your order is our priority!

Heart of Dakota Tidbit:

Your order is our priority!

We at Heart of Dakota make it a priority to ship your orders as quickly as possible! During most of the year, we are able to ship orders out within 1 business day of being placed. During our peak season in the summer months, we work to ensure that orders are shipped no later than 3 business after being placed. Once your order is in transit, it usually take 3-4 days to arrive in the contiguous United States. Also, when we ship out your order, our warehouse team sends a shipment confirmation email to you. You can use the tracking number in the email to track your package’s progress as it makes its way to you! 🙂

Have a great weekend!