Sunday, January 17, 2010


It took me a couple tries to make a schedule for our week that I liked but it requires me to fill it in each week! I don't mind that part - I just found that I was writing so many of the same things over and over again and we were just going to the next page or chapter that I didn't need to write it down. So - because I got lazy and it wasn't written down I would forget to do it and we ended up where we were last year and that was just doing the basics - which is not what I wanted for our school year. I was so excited when I saw a schedule that was done here and I LOVED IT!!! When I read her post it was like I had written it and I just had to copy her idea!
So - here is what I did.....

I had an old whiteboard sitting in the garage that was not magnetic so I spraypainted it black all over. I was very pleased with how well the spray paint went on over top of the whiteboard - flawless!

after it dried, i used this fabulous glue I have and glued 3 different ribbons to make my 4 days slots. then i hung up the board where the kids and i could reach it!

after i cut, laminated and cut again my subject labels I put a velcro dot on the back of them and hung them up where i wanted them to go each day! I just wrote the days of the week on index cards and velcroed them up too!

The daily subjects are - Bible, Circle Time(verse, calendar and family prayer), Literature(poetry, paddle to the sea, just so stories that we alternate each day or couple of days) phonics, copywork, math & individual reading
Mon & Weds - history, language arts, artist study, composer & timeline
Tues & Thurs - science, spanish, language arts

I put the board in this corner of our school room. It is right next to my desk where all our books and supplies are also kept. The files on my desk are labeled by subject and each file has the books we will need or items we will use for that subject.

I am excited about the boys being able to see what is done and what is left to finish our day!
Now they won't have to keep asking what next? when will we be done?? how much longer??
I am also hoping this will start to initiate soem independence form them. If they can do their copywork they can take down their label and maybe they will do it on their own???

The labels I made are here if you want them!


  1. Julie - this is so smart! I love it!

  2. This looks great. I love it. I am sure it will work like a charm and make your life easier.

  3. What a great idea! I like the way this looks, especially the black background.

  4. I really like this idea! I even went to the other woman's blog and read how she did it, too. I have been struggling so much with getting things accomplished with the boys on a consistent basis. I made absolutely beautiful schedules with my older 2, years ago, but rarely kept to them. I think this system could be just the fit for my personality. It will give me routine and sturcture without being rigid and make me feel like I have failed before 9am! Thank you for sharing this. It may be our weekend project!

  5. So fantastic!!!! I wonder if it would work on a magnetic whiteboard? I totally copied YOUR idea for the magazine/book holders. I've been using them for about 3 months now and I love them.

    And where did you get that storage thing in the corner with the green sliding tubs? I want it.