Sunday, April 18, 2010
We didn't get much school done this week, thanks to a broken arm for Treyton. If you want to hear more about our emergency room adventure check it out on my other blog here.
We did manage to get some school done before the broken bone though, including starting to implement our new school board.
Up until this point we have been using our Daily Binder to do most of the activities on this board (calendar, days of the week, months of the year, geography and weather) but with our new year about to begin (we will switch over in May/June) Treyton has taken on more subjects so we've begun to use our daily binder for more of his primary subjects (Bible, Math, Phonics, Health, Art and Geography) and his Unit Study binder for our Nature and Science studies. The system we are using now is similar to a workbox system but in binder format... we are LOVING it and it works great for us (more details to come, hopefully)
I will be honest, the inspiration for most of my board pieces I got from other blogs. I have been tossing around the idea for a while but did not have the space to put up a poster board and couldn't figure out how to make, store a use anything that was convenient for us. That's when I came up with the idea to use the back of our white board. We already take our white board out almost every day for school and it's easily stored most days behind the door in our bedroom, it was simple and sturdy and convenient for us to use. I've attached everything where I can easily add, remove or relocate any of the pieces with sticky tack.
Letter, Number, Color and Shape of the Week:
I've added a Letter of the week, shape of the week and color of the week even though Treyton doesn't really need it I wanted to add it for Alexa (who is almost 2)and is a part of our board time so those are more for her, as an introduction and practice.
Each of these posters (as I will call them) I made myself using scrap paper (for the back), cardstock, my printer and my laminator (which I LOVE).
~ We use dry erase markers to write the letter and numbers of the week.
~ I cut out circle pieces from scraps of cardstock for the color of the week which I then laminated - we attach the pieces with sticky plastic tac.
~ I also cut out the shapes from white cardstock and laminated them as well.
I've added a 'Letter of the week, shape of the week and color of the week that Treyton doesn't really need, but I went ahead and added it because Alexa (who is almost 2) is a part of our board time so those are more for her, as an introduction and practice. I've added a 'Letter of the week, shape of the week and color of the week that Treyton doesn't really need, but I went ahead and added it because Alexa (who is almost 2) is a part of our board time so those are more for her, as an introduction and practice. I've added a 'Letter of the week, shape of the week and color of the week that Treyton doesn't really need, but I went ahead and added it because Alexa (who is almost 2) is a part of our board time so those are more for her, as an introduction and practice.
Verse of the week
I made a mini book for Treyton a while back filled with all of his memory verses, the ones he already learned as well as the verses I wanted him to learn in the near future. Several times a week we go through the book and he recites his verses to me.
State of the Week
I printed out a copy of the same map we use for our geography pages (again so there is no transitional barriers) I laminated it (as part of the poster) and Treyton colors in the state we are covering that week with a dry erase marker.
I have been struggling to find a system to even introduce sight words to Treyton so I have also added a section to our board to cover sight words. (I made the poster the same as the others) I am introducing sight words in the same order that ETC does to go along with our phonics program. I simply printed off the sight words onto cardstock and cut them out, I attach these as well with plastic tack.
Days of the Week & 12 Months
These came directly out of our daily binder.
Days of the Week - I made the days of the week pieces to correlate with our date pieces - I ran out of room on our board so after laminating the pieces I punched holes in them and attached key rings to them so I could flip them. (If you click on the link you will be able to download the days of the week chart)
12 Months I printed from Hubbards Cupboard
The Calendars I printed off from ABC Teach we are now filling in the calendar at the beginning of each month and marking off the days as we go. Treyton enjoys this because he can see our schedule and any upcoming activities he is excited for. He will ask to mark off the days even on the days we don't do school.
We are using the same process we used before to fill out the date each day - they are baseball sleeves which I made the pieces for, printed on cardstock and cut out. I have now trimmed down the baseball sleeves to fit appropriately on the board. To download any of these for yourself please click the links below.
Days of the Week Cards
Calendar Term Cards
Weather & Temperature
Homeschool Creations. I printed the actual weather chart on purple cardstock just to give it a little color. And the pieces are on white cardstock - all of it laminated. The thermometer is also laminated so that we can color in the temperatures everyday.
Lastly, I printed our last name on cardstock with some fun ink colors - we sing the spelling of our last name to the tune of twinkle, twinkle, little star everyday to learn it.
Calendar Links & Resourcse
So there you have it, I have loved not only using this board but putting it together was actually fun too.
If you are interested in making your own calendar/daily board check out these other sites:
Homeschool Creations and part 2
My Family My Forever