For those of you who love and use HOD I want you to know that my way is not the only way to organize your school. Please promise me you won't get overwhelmed. I aim to help, and not to hinder. Also, for perspective I bought our school books back in March, so I've been chipping away at all this slowly over the past 4 months. Some people like to have planning marathons. I'm not like that. When I bake I measure out all my ingredients, so I don't forget anything. I'm as messy a cook as anyone, but some things take a little pre-prep. Homeschooling is like that for me. I like to have all my ingredients ready. It has made our days and years go "smooth and easy" as Charlotte Mason would say. Heart of Dakota can be very open and go. I, however, am a planner in heart. I may make things complicated, but they work for me. Please don't feel like your materials need to look like mine, but if you love office supplies, I'm your girl! Ok, now that I have that out of the way....here goes :)
Here's my new teacher binder. Isn't she pretty? I bought a new 1.5 inch Better Binder from Staples. Did you know you can recycle old binders, and get $2 back towards the purchase of a new one?
Here is her profile :) Another thing I really love from Staples is their Better Dividers. I use the 8 tab pack for my teacher binder, and the 5 tab packs for my student binders. They are really pricey, but I think they're worth it. You can use them year after year without having to replace them. In fact, they discontinued the old style, and they're on clearance right now for dirt cheap. I just bought 10 of the five tab packs. You may be able to find some on the clearance rack, or you could buy them online and have them shipped free to the store.
This year I chose to take the binding off of my guides. We are using HOD Beyond Little Hearts for His Glory and Creation to Christ this year. I'm helping a friend put her Preparing Hearts stuff together this year as well. I will be sharing posts on how to organize all three guides in the next few weeks if all goes well.
Here's a closer look at the tabs. This is how I divided each section:
- HOD BLHFHG Daily Plans
- HOD BLHFHG Poetry
- Silas's Weekly Schedule
- HOD CtC Daily Plans
- HOD CtC Poetry
- Aedan's Weekly Schedule
- Beyond & Elemental Science Materials Lists
- CtC Materials List
- HOD Dictation
- English from the Roots Up Weekly Plans
- Attendance and Field Trip Logs
- Beyond Health Plans
- Narration Tips
I keep one month of HOD daily plans in my teacher binder at a time.
Last year I spiral bound my teacher guide. That works really well if you are only running one guide. I'm running 2 this year, so it's nice being able to have everything in one place. If you do choose to spiral bind your teacher guide I would suggest taking it home and copying everything you need to copy out of it before binding it. It is so much easier to copy loose pages than those that are spiral bound.
I will keep the poetry portion of Beyond in my teacher binder. I made a Beyond poetry book for Silas, so he has his own copy.
This year I chose to make detailed schedules for both boys. Last year my record keeping was lacking, so I want to have something to show someone if questions were ever asked about how school goes around here.
I will share more about our Beyond schedule when I do my organizational post for Beyond. I am going to attempt to do as much in 4 days as we can which is why you see a lighter Friday.
I plan to tack these each week to our cork board, so that the boys can check off each activity that is completed.
The next section has a month of daily HOD CtC plans.
I will probably take out a week at a time to put in a separate binder for Aedan. Much of the plans for CtC are independent, so Aedan needs to be able to look at these. I will likely put the plans in page protectors (a week's worth.)
Again, I removed the poetry section from the teacher binder. I also made Aedan this own CtC poetry book.
Here are Aedan's detailed weekly plans.
Aedan will be responsible to mark off what is completed each day.
I have to be honest, this was a LOT of work. I'm so glad I did it though. When Silas gets around to doing CtC it will already be done for me.
The next 2 sections have the materials list or Beyond and CtC.
I will also remove the current genre of DITHOR that we are working on. It is really nice not having to juggle all 3 guides.
I copied level 2, 3 and 4 of HOD's dictation, and stapled each set. When it is time to do dictation each day, I take out each child's copy and have them study their passage.
This year we will do English from the Roots Up together. A mom shared her awesome plans, and notebooking pages for this program.
Here's another great thing another HOD homeschool mom made. This will be our attendance sheet for the year. This is the best one I've found. Of course I edited it to add more color :) I need to print it again. I was running out of ink at the time. Imagine that?! There is also a field trip log behind the attendance sheet.
A mom on the Beyond facebook page shared these great health plans to do alongside of Beyond's science. I'm thankful for all that people share!
I copied and laminated the written and and oral narration tips from the appendix of the HOD guide.
The appendix section is for appendix-y type things. I have our cursive charts, and a few other odds and ends in there.
And just in case I forget, I put this in the front of my binder. I love when my kids surprise me with sweet little love offerings like this one. I need reminders that my little guys love me just as much as I love them. That makes this all worth it, don't ya think?