Here is our board.
I glued or double stick taped the pieces onto a thick presentation board (the kind with foam in between two pieces of poster board)
I took most of my ideas from some very wonderful sites.
Erica at Confessions of a Homeschooler and
I will try very hard to remember who I took what from and will note that along the way as I explain what we have. My board is kind of sorted into five vertical columns (can you see that). I am going to work my way down each column.
On the top left corner I have a calendar where we do pattern work. December was tree, snowflake, snowflake, tree.
I print these calendars off from:
I love that site for free calendars. :) They have so many to choose from. :)
From there we move down to our Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Chart. I took this idea from Confessions of a Homeschooler but tweaked it. We often do school on Saturday we added in Saturday and Sunday to our calendar and I combined a few other ideas to it as well. Here is Erica's Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow Chart.
Attached to the Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Chart is our weather of the day. I cut the cute weather symbols out and laminated them (I use contact paper, it's what I have). I got the symbols from 1+1+1=1 but I did reduce the size quite a bit to fit my chart. You can download them HERE she also has a video of their weather song which we do not use.
Under the weather for the day is our “Color of the Day” and our “Shape of the Day.” Both Mama Jenn and 1+1+1=1 show color of the day cards, you can access them HERE, HERE and HERE. I made my own in a frugal effort to save my precious and highly rationed printer ink. We sing the colors of the day to the tune of Bingo as 1+1+1=1 shows in her video. The shapes of the week I did not have the patience (or skill) to draw out. Those I printed from Mama Jenn's site. You can download the shapes HERE.
Below our chart is a pocket that holds the shape of the day cards. My pouch will show how on occasion I can be resourceful and how I benefit from being a bit of a pack rat. The pouches are a thick flexible clear plastic. It originally was a long slender sleeve that held a thick cardstock photo, tassel bookmark. I picked the bookmarks up at Michael's Craft Store in their $1 bins a few years ago. I never got pictures in the picture spot and then forgot that I had them. For this shape pouch I cut it to the right length and then opened up the side, cutting the front of the pouch down lower. The cards slide from the top down into the pouch.
On to the second column. The top shows our 10 blocks. These were card stock manipulatives that I took from a math workbook that was given to me. I covered the back with double stick tape and they are stuck onto the shiny side of some white freezer paper. Below that are our single one's blocks and yes I know they are larger than my ten blocks. I actually cut those 10 block rods in quarters so they would fit. I figure the concept of 10 square blocks = One 10 block rod still applies and so far the size difference has not caused any confusion. If it becomes an issue I will likely make a change. In the meantime I am teaching flexibility and that conceptual thinking. *wink*
Below the blue blocks is a small plastic pouch that holds our weather cards from: 1+1+1=1. You can download them HERE.
Below the weather cards are pouches that hold our color of the day and our family names. The family name spelling cards comes from 1+1+1=1. She has a cute video of how she uses them. My pouch is using those same plastic sleeves as mentioned before except I left them in their original state with the narrow side opening up for the cards to slide in. I did cut them shorter so that our cards stuck out. We sing to the BINGO tune and our lyrics are super simple (because I can't remember anything more than that right now).
*We have a brother who is 6 and Otto is his name-o*
*We have a brother who is 4 and Abram is his name-o*
(can you guess Gracie?)
*We have a sister who is 2 and Gracie is her name-o*
*We have a sister who is 2 and Gracie is her name-o*
*We have a mommy who teaches us and mommy is her name-o*
*We have a daddy who works real hard and daddy is his name-o*
*We all have the same last name and .........*
I am NOT in love with these lyrics especially for Hubby and me but they work for now. I also have cards spelling the adult 1st names and one for our last name.
The top section is attached with round clips. The bottom flip card shows our day of the year. Now our numbers are very low as we are only marking this board when we use it and we only use it a few times a week. So the bottom flip page shows what day of school it is (again, it is not really accurate) and then we write the numbers out in our hundred's, ten's and one's columns. I modified this from 1+1+1=1, you can find her download HERE.Mama Jenn uses money counting, you can access her form HERE. 1+1+1=1 also uses money and you can access her form HERE.
The next flip chart is for us to use the tens bars and ones blocks. This one I came up with on my own. Mama Jenn uses small circular stickers to do this. Click HERE. I want my kids to be familiar with 10's blocks. The curriculum we use does not do much work with this so I thought this was a great way to sneak it and place value into our day. Do you see that the bottom section always shows us the number for today for easy reference? Cool huh?
The last flip chart in this area is for us to show the tally marks for the day's number. Mama Jenn has a great page for this. I didn't use it because I thought I wanted us to make new tally marks each day and not just add ONE tally mark. I might re-think this though. You can look at her form HERE.
Below the flip chart is our weather chart where we fill in a new bar graph for each month. This would work better if we actually used our board more often. I got this chart from: Confessions of a Homeschooler, click HERE for her download.
Below our weather chart is our address and phone number that we are working on memorizing. I got this idea from: Confessions of a Homeschooler, click HERE for her download.
The FOURTH column at the top holds our paper money. I used paper money manipulatives from an old math workbook and put double stick tape onto the backs. Just like the blocks I have these stuck to the shiny side of a piece of freezer paper. Mama Jenn uses REAL MONEY for her board and HERE is a link to 1+1+1=1's printable.
Below that I have a 100's chart that we color in the day of the school year. I copied ours from our math book. These are easy to find for free on-line for well if you search "100's chart." 1+1+1=1 also has one HERE.
Below that is a clock. I have Otto, who is 6.5 but is half way through 2nd grade math, get up to look at a clock. He changes our clock to the same time and then we count by 5's to determine what time it is. I used a brad that is actually pushed all the way through the foam poster board.
The FIFTH column at the top holds another flip chart area with our Days of the Week and Months of the Year. Erica at Confessions of a Homeschooler lists these including the motions to the Months of the Years which is done to the Macerana. Mama Jenn has these for download HERE and HERE. Also 1+1+1=1 has very cute videos of them on her calendar post, HERE. I made my own chart forms for this and added in the numerical number with the months. We sing the days of the week to the Adam's Family Theme song. You can watch a video of this at 1+1+1=1.
Below that is yet another plastic pouch holding our markers. I did discover that dry erase markers do NOT erase from my contact paper lamination. We are using regular washable markers. They don't show up as nicely but they DO come off.
On the very bottom I have placed an alphabet strip. I use Handwriting Without Tears for my Handwriting Instruction Motivation and printed off this alphabet from HWT's website. You can access it HERE.
Does that help?
Does it make any sense?
What do you think?
Do you have a morning Group Time board? What do you do?
Please don't be shy and go visit the lovely ladies that I snagged so many of my ideas from. They were such a great help to me. Please go visit their sites and leave a nice message.
Also, I included a TON of links. If you find one that is not correct please let me know. I did not link directly to videos, you will need to go to the site I gave you the links to and click those yourself.