Introducing…Julie!

Heart of Dakota Tidbit:

Heart of Dakota Tidbit - Introducing Julie

Introducing…Julie!

Did you know that Carrie’s sister, Julie, is the editor for all of Carrie’s guides? Julie (“my3sons” on the HOD message board) has a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a middle school endorsement. She received her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and has seven years of classroom teaching experience. She specializes in helping our community by giving practical teaching advice, answering placement questions, and sharing encouragement for moms who feel in over their heads. (Trust us, we’ve all been there before!) Her upbeat, “can do” attitude at the office makes her a joy to be around. We are so blessed to have her! 😀

Have a great weekend!

We are blessed to live in America!

Heart of Dakota Tidbit:

We are blessed to live in America!

With the 4th of July fast approaching, we’d like to reflect on how very blessed we are to be living in this wonderful country! Throughout his entire political career, Ronald Reagan had a consistent message about our country – that America was a “shining city on a hill”. Let’s celebrate our great nation this week and keep this vision in our hearts.

June 1952 — From a commencement address at Williams Woods College, one of the oldest surviving speeches of Reagan’s:

“I, in my own mind, have always thought of America as a place in the divine scheme of things that was set aside as a promised land. It was set here and the price of admission was very simple: the means of selection was very simple as to how this land should be populated. Any place in the world and any person from those places; any person with the courage, with the desire to tear up their roots, to strive for freedom, to attempt and dare to live in a strange and foreign place, to travel halfway across the world was welcome here.”

Have a great weekend! 😀

Ah…peace and quiet!

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Ah…peace and quiet!

Did you know that before Carrie got an office in our house a few years ago that we would rent a room for her at a local motel during her writing season (March to August)? The hotel was just two blocks away from our home, but it was very quiet – something that was occasionally hard to find in a house full of boys! 😀

Have a great weekend!

We Want Your Vote in the 2019 Old Schoolhouse® EE Awards!

Heart of Dakota Tidbit:

We want your vote in the 2019 Old Schoolhouse Magazine® Excellence in Education Awards!

Did you know that Heart of Dakota won the following awards last year in The Old Schoolhouse Magazine‘s® Excellence in Education Awards?

  • 1st Place: Character Building Elementary School
  • 2nd Place: Character Building – Middle School
  • 2nd Place: Bible – Preschool
  • 2nd Place: Bible – Elementary School
  • 2nd Place: Homeschool “Secret”

We’re excited to announce that voting for the 2019 awards has kicked off! 😀

Here’s how to vote…

Click here to take a short survey and let The Old Schoolhouse® know which homeschool materials are your top picks. The survey runs through August 15, 2019, so be sure to get your votes in before then!

Here’s what you could win…

Everyone who completes the survey receives a $100 gift certificate to the Schoolhouse Store for any digital purchase*, and you will be entered in a drawing for a Kindle Fire Tablet.

*Gift certificate is not applicable to SchoolhouseTeachers.com memberships.

We’d love to have your vote!

We feel deeply honored for the votes we received last year, and would love to be voted in once again this year! Let’s make this happen, everyone! 😀

 

The Laura Ingalls Connection

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The Laura Ingalls Connection

Did you know HOD is located near Laura Ingalls Wilder’s homestead?  The Ingalls family moved to the De Smet area in 1879, at the beginning of the book By the Shores of Silver Lake.  Like many other settlers, free land brought the Ingalls family to Dakota territory.  The homestead can still be visited today!  Just outside our HOD Warehouse, cornfields can still be seen that look much the same as they did when Laura lived in South Dakota – though the size of the fields and the manner in which they are farmed has changed greatly!

Have a great weekend!