Embarrassing confession: I get giddy about stationary supplies. I *love* to laminate things. I like shopping for binder clips. I think that creating fun ways to learn is actually, um....fun! Basically, I'm a nerdy homeschool mom.
Lately, my kids and I start our day at our morningboard. A morningboard is a place to examine the date and weather and anything else you want to make sure your kids touch on each morning.
Our new morningboard has 4 parts:
1) The date. I printed all of the months and days of the week and numbers on some blank word strips from the dollar store. Each morning we find the correct date and pin it to the board. The kids can refer to this any time during the day when dating letters or artwork or if they just forget how many more days until Paws and Tales is on the radio.
2) Next, we pray. I've clipped pictures of the children we sponsor through Compassion and our church's missionaries in binder clips and hung the clips from push pins. We pray for one sponsored child and one missionary every morning for a week. At the end of the week we will write them letters! Then we will move their photo to the back of the stack and hang the stack back up so that we can pray for the next sponsored child and missionary.
3) The time. I'm discovering that the best way to get kids to really get time is to just come back to it over and over again. So we actually use this part of the board more than once a day. Several times a day I fill in the digital time and ask my kids to arrange it on the clock face, or vice versa. The clock is from this printable. We also have a countdown to my daughter's birthday going, and after her birthday we will start counting down to something else. I've laminated these things so that I can write on them with a dry erase pen and wipe it off.
4) The weather. My kids love running to the window in the morning to check the thermometer we have attached to the outside glass. We record the daily temperatures with a dry erase marker.
We also observe the conditions outside and record them. The weather cards are on magnets which stick to thumbtacks pressed into each blank space.
I laminated them too. Just because. See, I told you I'm a nerd.
Both weather charts are printables from Homeschool Creations.
All the extra pieces for the date hang from binder clips at the bottom of the board. The extra weather pieces and the dry erase marker are in a clear pencil case.
...which also hangs from binder clips on command hooks , Did I mention that I have a thing for stationary supplies?
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