I am part of a homeschool co-op group and I love my role as a substitute tutor.
Our homeschool group, Classical Conversations, meets once a week and we cover a bunch of material together, practice giving speeches in front of others, and do a art/science project together.
Each and every week I get a surprise and have a new and different class of bright eyed kiddos excited to learn. I love the variety!
However, with 6 kids underfoot in the morning getting an unknown classroom set-up efficiently is a bit of a nightmare. A co-tutor and myself were moaning about the difficulties (the way you teach, you need a white board) and talked about how a transportable tri-fold board is and how it would make all the difference.
If only they came in “white boards”, we could prep at home and set-up is as easy as unfolding the board and putting a smile on my face! I happened to have some extra shower board lying around from a project (Thank you Lowes!!) and decided to see what we could come up with.
This is great and our tri-fold white board has been cherished by many of the tutors in our home-school group.
What you need to make your dry erase board:
1 – shower board from Lowes. It comes in 4×8 ft sheets. I have them cut the board while we are there. Each full-size shower boards make two tri-fold dry erase boards.
2 – a roll of duct tape.
3 – a pencil.
The assistance staff at Lowes were very helpful and cut my shower board for me at no additional cost. I needed the following segments cut down from the board:
- 2 – 2ft x 3 ft, this is the center of the board
- 4 – 1ft x 3 ft, these are the wings
To start I taped all the outside edges. You want the tape to go around the edges of the board to create a “frame” of sorts. Try to lay the tape down as evenly as possible and push out the air bubbles as you go.
After you have the edges taped, you will need the pencil. I laid the pencil between the main section and the wing to create the gap between the segments of the board.
The “wings” need to be evenly spaced with enough gap in the tape for a “flex” enabling the board to bend. Tape both the front and the back of the bend – and you are done!
This project took me about 15 minuets to do after getting home with my pre-cut segments. Another perk, this whole project cost under 15$ to make. The shower board cost 12$ and the knock-off brand of duct tape was 2$. That is under 8$ per board!
These are great resources for a school-room.
What are your favorite homeschooling materials?
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