I was pleasantly surprised at how easy and inexpensive it was to create my own whiteboard. It was a one stop shop at Home Depot, they carried all three items I needed.
- 1 Shower board
- 1 roll of Scotch decorative duct tape
- 1 package of 3m velcro hanging strips
A 4×8 whiteboard can cost upwards of $300. My whiteboard was about $25!
Here’s the secret, go to Home Depot and ask for a shower board, I can not tell you where in the store it is, this is not a place I frequent. **Tip** Decide before hand how big you want your board, I went with 4×6. The boards come in 4x8s, but they can cut them down to a specified measurement. I kept the cut off part and gave it to my husband for him to use as an “idea” board for when he is coming up with new designs.
I also picked up a roll of decorative 3M tape.
Use this as a boarder for the whiteboard.
Be creative with your work space! In my case, I worked in the dining room.
Hang board with 3m velcro strips. They won’t damage the walls when you are ready to rearrange or move.
This board has been great and we use it everyday all throughout the day.
To accomodate our homeschooling needs, I spent a few days revamping our playroom into a schoolroom. This room now houses our curriculum, computers, and mediums to work out our day. It took a while to go through the kids toys and get rid of stuff they don’t play with. Luckily, they are old enough that they are willing to let go of a little of their childhood. I actually had a harder time releasing some of the things they loved playing with when they were little. Growing up is hard on us mamas, am I right?
During the process of filtering and reorganizing.
It took many attempts, changing the layout before I decided on how I wanted this room to sit. I wanted a space for my daughter, my son, me, a book shelf, and for my sewing shelf.
This bookshelf is holding the Sonlight curriculum and some supplies. To the left is my work area.
Pictured is my desk, William’s desk/area, and my sewing shelf.
Against the window is Briana’s desk and on the wall to the left is our whiteboard which measures 6×4.
This room is pretty small, but it meets our needs perfectly. In a few days, I plan on sharing an easy tutorial for making the white board that cost less than $25! When creating spaces, I like to remember what The Nester always says, “it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.”
Today we started our new homeschooling curriculum, Sonlight. A friend of mine introduced me to Sonlight and I fell in love with it immediately. It’s a very well put together resource, meaning I don’t have to do any planning. Sonlight is very user friendly, all I need to do is check my teacher handbook and calendar and it tells me exactly what we are doing for the day. Another thing I like about Sonlight, is that it is very big on reading, I mean look at all those books in the kit pictured! My son loves to read, so this is going to be great for him right off. With this curriculum we are studying American History, Language Arts, and Bible. Also, we have incorporated into our day Singapore Math, Math Teaching Textbooks, Spelling to Read and Write, and learning to write with cursive handwriting. I am gaining a whole new appreciation for homeschooling, I admit, in the beginning, I was nervous and pretty much dreaded the thought of homeschooling. Now, I find myself excited to start our day and eager to dive into our materials. To help with our transition, I recently transformed our playroom into a school room. I will post about that later with a few pictures.