Organization for HOD Beyond Little Hearts for His Glory - BLHFHG

Saturday, July 27, 2013

As we head into our second year with Heart of Dakota I thought I'd share again how I have chosen to organize our year. Last year I combined both boys in Bigger Hearts. This year I chose to put my youngest in Beyond Little Hearts. We could have moved forward into Preparing, but I chose instead to wait on it until 4th grade. I will share all of our 2nd grade curricula choices, and why I chose to go this direction in another post.

 I chose to remove the binding from my Beyond guide this year. This is totally unnecessary. The teacher guide is great as is. I am running two HOD guides this year, however, and think it's easier to manage both guides if they are all in one place. I shared how I do this by removing parts of the guide and placing it in my teacher binder. Last year I chose to spiral bind my book. I still like that option if you are only running one guide.

Beyond doesn't require much organization, but I have added a few things. On the right: I made scripture memory sheets that I printed 2 to a page, so that I could put them in a small Better Binder. Last year I used separate composition books for grammar, and spelling. This year I bought a 5 subject composition book, so that I could include all subjects. The sections in the composition book will be: grammar, writing, spelling, narration, and math (Life of Fred.) 

It worked well for us to have almost everything we needed for the year in one place. I've organized the student binder much the same as last year. At the beginning of each week I take out the pages that will be used and put them all on a clip board. These binders are too big to work out of, but they make a nice place to store everything in one place.

The first section has history notebooking pages that I found on the HOD Yahoo group. They can also be found on the HOD Beyond Facebook page.

Next I added the science explorations pages I also found in the same place as the sheets above.

Silas will continue poetry copywork as he did last year in Bigger. I love the illustrations both boys did or each poem :)

We worked on cursive last year in Bigger. I made these NIV Bible verse copywork pages, so he could continue in that skill.

 The next section is our timeline.
I included a printable helps section as well. I have made a lot of sweet HOD friends along the way. One of them shared some of her had work for Beyond with me. I am so thankful!

 I printed and laminated the How to Narrate student list from the appendix of Bigger last year. I can't remember if this is in the Beyond guide or not.

I made a book of poetry for Silas, so that he would have his own copy. I removed the poetry section from the guide to put in my teacher binder, so that I have a copy as well.

 I made Beyond timeline figures for our wall timeline. You can find these timeline figures HERE.

That about covers it! I will be working on a post for Creation to Christ as well. Please let me know if I can help in any way :)


  1. Thank you so much for sharing! We'll be using Beyond with my son so seeing how others organize and whatnot is such a blessing!!

  2. Thanks so much! We're hoping to start Beyond this year, first time HOD. Excited and nervous at the same time. Your post is so helpful! Thanks!

  3. Which wire binding machine do you have? :)

  4. You are so welcome :)

    I don't have a binding machine. I want a ProClick though! I had my books spiral bound at Office Depot. It is the cheapest place I've found. I really need to invest in a binding machine. I have so many PDF books, that I would love to print.

  5. I've heard those have a tendancy to open. :( I'll have to go price binding. Frankly I probably shouldn't store something else anyway. ;)

    With all your awesome work, I think you should get one for Christmas. ;)

  6. You can buy regular spirals to use with a ProClick. They're cheaper anyway :)

  7. I just love how organized you are. Thank you for sharing your history timeline figures. It's going to be a fun year!

  8. Love it! So neat and organized!!!

    I hear ya on the binding machine...hehe! But the books are beautiful when finished. The spiral binding is nice for my little lefties, too!

    Happy Homeschooling!
    "Jane" @ WhisperedAbundance

  9. I love your blog! I just discovered it recently, and am using it to help me set up everything for Beyond before we start it in April. I was able to find most everything you printed, except the "Printable Helps." I've looked through the Yahoo & Facebook groups & couldn't find it. Is it there & I'm missing it or is it something that can't be shared? I would love to have it!

  10. Thank you so much for visiting! That section only had a few things here and there that a friend sent. I don't have permission to share those files though. There were only a few things in it that aren't really required. I hope you love Beyond. We've had a great year :)

  11. Did you share the timeline figures for Beyond Little Hearts?

  12. Would also be interested in timeline figures as well. :-)

  13. I updated the post under the picture of the timeline figures. There is a link where you can download the figures :)

  14. Thanks so much for sharing all this with us! The tips you shared on organizing Preparing helped me a ton last year. I need organization like this to help me stay on track :) Anyway, this year my youngest is in Beyond and I'm wondering if you'd share where you found the covers for the student notebook and the poetry book? I've checked the Yahoo group and the Facebook group and can't seem to find them. Thanks again!

  15. I'm so thankful for your blog! It was one of the contributing factors that led me toward purchasing Beyond for my daughter. We just placed our order today! :-)

  16. Aww <3 I'm so happy to hear my little blog had helped in any way. Beyond was a sweet guide. I love you love it and have a great year!


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