Post-it Notes Homeschool Board

Post-it Notes Board

So, have you noticed I’ve been writing about homeschool A LOT lately?

I’m all in, shu-gah! 🙂

I feel like I live and breathe homeschool.

I feel like I’ve got menu planning and cooking under control. Cleaning, too.

Homeschool is our newest adventure and I’m always searching for the best I can buy/give to my daughter.

This is my latest homeschool creation.

I have lots (aka too many) decorative paper pads from Michael’s stores. And I have a laminator and lots of Post-it notes.

Last Friday, I decided to put up 1 Post-it note per subject with a specific activity written on it. I grouped them all together on a wall. SG was in charge of choosing which subject we did until she pulled all of the Post-it’s off of the wall.

It was a hit!

SG loved it because she was “in charge.” I want her to feel some control over her schooling.

It also gives me a glimpse into which subjects she likes best because she chooses those first.

The verdict?

DEAR time and writing are always chosen last because they are her “least favorite.”

DEAR is Drop Everything And Read. She chooses her books, her location, her stuffed animals and I set the timer for 15 minutes. Sometimes 20. She never wants to do it, but here’s the kicker- once she’s set up she loves it! She reads happily in a cozy little spot of her choosing.

DEAR Time

This board was so easy to make. I cut down a 12×12 sturdy decorative piece of paper from one of my paper pads. I used my Scotch laminator to laminate it. I use a magnet to hold it on the fridge. I put my Post-it notes on the board. As we do each Post-it note lesson, I put the note on my lesson planner.

At the end of each lesson, every few lessons and sometimes at the end of the school day, I stop and review the Post-it notes and write in my lesson planner what SG learned that day. (another state requirement)

So there ya have it. My Post-it Notes Homeschool Board. Made from materials on hand. Yay!

Random thought:  This could easily be made into a menu planning board.  Write out meal ideas for the week and pull them off as you make them.  Or a goals and inspiration board.  Or… a honey do list!  I may have to find some manly decorative paper and make the Huzz one!!!  Wouldn’t he just LOVE that… haha!  If I used my smaller Post-it Notes, I could squeeze in more notes for that honey do list.  🙂

Post-it Notes Board 2

The smaller Post-it Notes are perfect if you have more tasks to fit on the board.

Can you think of any other uses for a board like this?  I feel like the possibilities are endless.

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Pinterest Win: I Made My Own Magnetic Menu Board!

I’ve mentioned a few times that I’m a pinning fool. I also LOVE to menu plan.

I’ve menu planned a week at a time and used this to keep me on track:

Weekly Menu Board

And maybe a year later I tried menu planning this way:

Menu Planning My Way

Then I menu planned around meats I stockpiled in my freezer and typed up my menus and shared my menus on this blog:

Menu Planning Around Meats in the Freezer

Menu Planning Around Meats in the Freezer

16 Dairy & Egg Free Dinners  Typed on Cardstock and Held up with a Magnet

16 Dairy & Egg Free Dinners Typed on Cardstock and Held up with a Magnet

Then sometime early this year I came across this on Pinterest. It is from I Heart Organizing. She was highlighting a project from the blog The Homes I Have Made. A magnetic menu board!

Seriously, y’all, I think I might have drooled when I clinked on the link and saw the menu board. Obviously, I’ve tried LOTS of ways to organize my menu planning. All have been good, but I kept trying new ways. But this… this was a thing of beauty!

Luckily, I had some budgeted spending money and went straight to Staples and Target. Here’s what I needed for my board:

Magnetic Calendar

Magnetic Printing Paper

Menu Board Supplies

Menu Board Supplies

I couldn’t believe the magnetic board was on clearance at Target. That was a major score!

I think it cost around $22 for both the board and paper.

You can visit any of the above linked blogs to see how they made their magnetic menu planning boards.

The first step was compiling all of our favorite recipes.  See the pic below of the clipboard to see my list of our favorite recipes.

I used “Pages” with my MacBook and played around with rectangular shapes. I printed rectangles, cut them out, held them in a menu board square, adjusted the rectangle size and tried again until I had the right size.

I picked colors that I liked. I typed in our favorite recipes in white letters. Then I printed that bad boy and held my breath. My cheap little ink jet printer did awesome! It took the sheet through completely one time before printing it. It did that both times. But then it printed it beautifully the second go round.

I have to admit… when the magnetic sheet came out I was as giddy as a child. I think I even danced my way to our bedroom to show the Huzz. Even he loved the magnets. Our little printer made us proud.

Anyway, the Huzz cut out the magnets for me. (I have tendonitis that flares with excessive scissor use. For real!)

Then, I lovingly placed each one according to my written menu plan.

And then I just stared at it in awe. I can’t believe I made this, y’all! I. am. not. crafty.

I do sit down and write out our menu plan. I photocopy our big calendar and then with a pencil, plan our meals. I plan a month at a time. I do it slowly- not all at once. When I have time, I sit down and grab my clipboard. I keep the photocopied next month’s calendar on my clipboard with a pencil attached. I grab my iPad, my list of favorite recipes, get on Pinterest for new recipes and plan away.

My Favorite Recipes List.  I add new favorites & use this to help me menu plan.

My Favorite Recipes List. I add new favorites & use this to help me menu plan.

My photocopied calendar.  I write in recipes on here when I have time.  Blurred out for my own privacy.  :)

My photocopied calendar. I write in recipes on here when I have time. Blurred out for my own privacy. 🙂

Yesterday, I had almost the entire month of June planned on paper. However, I was just stumped for a few dinners. I took the magnets down from May, organized them according to color, and placed what was planned on the board. The best part? The blanks in my menu plan were easily filled with the remaining magnets. Y’all… I just picked up magnets and finished my menu planning that way. Easy peasy!

Here’s some pics of the printed magnetic sheets:

I printed 2 sheets.  I added some blanks to handwrite new favorite recipes.

I printed 2 sheets. I added some blanks to handwrite new favorite recipes.

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Another Close Up

Another Close Up

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Last Close Up

Last Close Up

I found this in the Dollar Spot at Target.  It's perfect storage for my extra magnets.

I found this in the Dollar Spot at Target. It’s perfect storage for my extra magnets.

My magnets not in use live in this container.

My magnets not in use live in this container.

Menu Board Display

Our Menu for June.

Our Menu for June.

Do you think you’ll make a magnetic menu board? I’m so glad I tried and succeeded!

Pinspiration Sources:
I Heart Organizing
The Homes I Have Made