In preparation for starting to homeschool, we made a school calendar. It is one of my favorite things in the house now!
We live in a fun 60+ year-old ranch. Although we love our house, we don’t have any “extra” rooms. Our school room is right in the middle of our living room. I am so excited to be homeschooling, but I couldn’t give up my need to have a fun decor in this central room. I decided to make a wood calendar rather than one of the laminated poster calendars found in most elementary schools.
My brother gave me this sign that he created out of an old wood pallet to start as my base.
What a huge help it was to have the wood part done! I decided to have the boys help me create the calendar, as it had lots of teaching opportunities.
We started by taping off the days of the week. If it looks funny to you, it took me a while to realize it did to me too. Yesssss, it was by accident that I gave eight days to our weeks. OOps! Hopefully, that is not telling of the kind of teacher I am going to be. 🙂 Sooo, we adopted that extra column into something cool.
I spray painted it a light blue to give the background a little color. The boys helped spruce it up…
I gave them about 7 or 8 bottles of bluish paints and let them squirt and drizzle the paint all over the calendar.
They LOVED it!
We are all working on growing some patience, and it was a hard lesson for me to model here for them. I wanted to rip all that tape off just a few hours later. It took over a day to dry enough for the tape to be removed, and even then it still had “gooey” parts.
We decided the “lines” to the “columns” needed to stand out a little bit more, so Caleb stained them for us.
I than tapped/screwed little hooks into each box for our number tags to hang on. I liked this better than doing a velcro or tape system.
I might have gotten a few blisters while twisting and tightening those screws. I moved the project inside and had another little helper.
We then found clip art pictures on the computer for some of our weather/season tags. The boys helped pick out the pictures. We did a lot of printing/cutting and number prep. We were than ready to laminate! I do have a laminater! Best $20 we have spent in a while! I may or may not be going crazy laminating everything these days!!
The boys might be equally as obsessed as me. They come up with things daily we could laminate!
Do you remember my Creative Spot? It has now been taken over by schooling tools.
I am that homeschool mom who does the calendar with days of the week and months of the year songs. We even say the pledge. I am having a blast!
You see our “extra” column came in handy! We post a bible verse for the month there, and we recite it during calendar time. The boys pretty much have it memorized on week one! The two brown tags are for writing things they are thankful for. We talk about it everyday, but I will occasionally switch out writing them. You see what my sweet Jeremiah came up with (all on his own too). I don’t know if I will be able to erase that comment to write another.
We had some days that looked like both rain and sun this week :).
I know we have only completed our first week, but the calendar is my favorite activity so far!!
Thank you so much for checking out my Calendar! I will eventually get back into a routine, after adjusting home from our trip and figuring out homeschooling, to get these Friday Project Spotlight posts actually posted on Friday!
I hope you all have a wonderful and relaxing weekend!!
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Liz @ Quirky Vistas says
I see why it’s one of your favorites now. The blues look so cool together, esp. with the stained lines. It’s obvious the kids had fun learning to put something like that together. Hands on learning is the best. Looks like you’ll be a great teacher!
I really like this!!!! So cute – and I love how the kids were involved in making it!!
I love it!
Neaten Your Nest says
This turned out wonderful. How great to have a project that is filled with creativity, learning and includes the kids. Seems like a good start to the schools year. I think I need a laminater….. 🙂