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!

Introducing…Carrie!

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Heart of Dakota Tidbit - Introducing...Carrie!

Introducing…Carrie!

Did you know that Carrie originally had no plans to write more than one guide? 20 years ago, Carrie began fine tuning a reading program she had been developing while teaching public school. She had originally intended to only use it to teach her oldest son, but her sister Cindy encouraged her to publish it. So, in 2001, Drawn into the Heart of Reading was born! Since then, Carrie has gone on to write full curriculums for grades K-12.

Prior to starting her Heart of Dakota adventure, Carrie obtained her master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Sioux Falls, taught 11 years in public school, and married Mike, her high school sweetheart. She and Mike have now been married for 31 years and have 4 children: ColeShawGreyson, and Beau.

Thanks to Carrie, Heart of Dakota is able to offer a unique open-and-go approach to homeschooling that effectively ties in Christ with academics. We are very grateful for her love and dedication to empowering other families to homeschool through her curriculum! 🙂

 

Introducing…Mike!

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Heart of Dakota Tidbit - Introducing...Mike!

Introducing…Mike!

Did you know that Carrie’s husband Mike co-founded Heart of Dakota with her 20 years ago? For 11 years, he balanced working full time with Graybar Electric with operating Heart of Dakota on nights and weekends. Finally, in 2010, he quit his job at Graybar and moved to working full time with Heart of Dakota.

Prior to starting Heart of Dakota, Mike graduated from the University of South Dakota with a degree in Business and married Carrie, his high school sweetheart. He and Carrie have now been married for 31 years and have 4 children: Cole, Shaw, Greyson, and Beau.

All of us on staff are extremely grateful for Mike’s leadership and vision in the day-to-day! 🙂 Without Mike, Heart of Dakota would not exist as we know it.

Introducing…Merlin!

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Heart of Dakota Tidbit - Introducing Merlin

Introducing…Merlin!

Did you know that Merlin has been Heart of Dakota’s main graphic designer for nineteen years? He started working for us in 2000 and designed the cover for our first program, Drawn into the Heart of Reading. Since then, he has worked on many art projects for us, including numerous book covers, student notebooks, catalogs, banners, and ads.

Merlin has had a long history with working with graphic design, starting back in 1978-1979 when he went to school for advertising art. Nonetheless, out of all the experiences he’s had in graphic design, he recently told us, “Working for Heart of Dakota was the most rewarding job I ever had in Advertising Art and Design. I am proud to recommend their brand to anyone I meet who is interested in Christ centered home school curriculum.” For our part, we have been thrilled to have Merlin as part of our team! We sincerely appreciate his professionalism and attention to detail in all the projects he has undertaken for us. 🙂

 

Introducing…Emmett!

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Heart of Dakota Tidbit - Introducing Emmett!

Introducing…Emmett!

Did you know that Julie’s youngest son Emmett is going through our Hearts for Him Through Time series? He’s gone through every other Heart of Dakota guide prior to this and is looking forward to using our High School curriculum in the future!

Emmett can usually be found in our warehouse with his cousin/good buddy Beau. Together, they tape boxes, stock inventory, pick smaller orders, clean the workspace, and build forts out of spare packing material during their breaks.