8/22/12

Morning Board Layout

Yesterday I posted the DIY how-to of the board itself.  Today I thought I would give you the breakdown of our morning board layout.  It's not totally finished, I still have some tweaking to do.  But I really need to move on to some other projects I'm trying to squeeze in in the next few days before we start school, so this will have to do for now.


I spent a lot of time looking at other homeschoolers' morning boards and making lists of the things I would like to include on ours.  As I looked at the lists, I saw that there were 5 main "categories" I wanted to incorporate into our board:

  • Days in School 
  • Bible
  • Date/Days of the week 
  • Weather
  • Personal Info
So as I sketched out the layout, my Type A brain couldn't resist grouping each category into it's own sectioned off quadrant.  Here's a close-up look at them: 


1.  Days in School:



I used Mama Jenn's Days in School printable, and the 100 Days of School chart came from Carisa at 1+1+1=1.

I cut the Days in School page so I could use the header to label this section.  I tried to match the size and font (Century Gothic) to label the other quadrants as well.

I haphazardly cut a piece of orange paper to back the title just to see what it would look like.  I liked the idea of color coding each section, but I wasn't a fan of this shade of orange, so I didn't make a "nice" one.  That's one of those tweaks I'll work out later-- along with backing the other labels in their own color.  So my poor, deprived children will have to cope without a color-coded morning board.  It's gonna be rough, but I think they'll manage.


2.  Bible Verse:


As our Bible verse visual, I used Mama Jenn's copywork printable she created to complement the My Father's World Kindergarden curriculum.  I just cut off the writing line section for our board, but the boys will get their own full page to work on during the week.


3.  Date and Days of the week

Since the calendar is more or less the central focus of morning meeting time, I really wanted to include it on the board itself.  Calendars take up a lot of space though, so I needed a large board to make this work  (which is what led me to create this massive board in the first place).

All things non-printable came from TREND enterprises, except for the cloud poster board used as the background (that came from Staples).

Here's what we have:
Printables:

4. Weather


In the weather section of our board we have the Weather Chart and Graph from COAH and the thermometers (one for the inside temp and one the outside temp) from Homeschool Creations.  I cut the thermometers out of the thermometer printable so it would fit in this portion of the board and not look cluttered, but the original gives you a space to write the temperature as well.  We'll just write it on one of the bottom corners and then color the thermometer red up to the day's temp.  


5.  Personal Info

On the left is another part of the calendar time printables from COAH.  On the right is a little birthday page I made up.  It's hard to see, but under each of my kids' names it says "My Birthday is _______________" and "I will be _____ years old."  Talking about birthdays opens up a ton of calendar related learning opportunities.


And that's the basic layout.  Like I said, I still have a bit more work to do on it and will likely post an "in action" follow-up to this after we have used it for a a few weeks.  For a quick look at the morning boards I drew inspiration from, check out my Calendar/Morning Board Ideas board on Pinterest.


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