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To have a separate room or not for homeschool…seems to be a hot topic in some circles. We have divided a room into part my craft room and the other is for homeschool. We do some things in there and the kids are at their desks and other things we do on the floor, the couch or outside if we feel like it. 🙂 Either way, I wanted a big 4×8 white board and they were $300 at a few online places even with the free shipping, so what is a thrifty gal to do..we already have a small board (1 side white board, other side chalk in easel format) but I wanted something bigger. I heard folks talk about making a board out of tile board, what in tarnation is that I asked, so I did what I always do when I really don’t have the mental capacity to figure something out, I called my dad. You have to understand my dad is retired and spends his time soaking up information on all kinds of topics, yet he doesn’t talk much until you hit on a topic that he likes and then you are in big trouble…we tease him that he is either constipated or has diarrhea in the chatting department…gross but true. 😉

Anyhoo, he walks around Lowe’s on a weekly basis so I figured that he had more free time on his hands than myself and he likes missions. He found the stuff and it is sometimes called tile, sometimes panel, sometimes showerboard but here is a pic of the tag at Lowe’s..

what to buy

You also need to buy a piece of plywood, I figured everyone knew what that looked like. It is imperative to get some of this stuff…for the crafty, think of a hot glue gun in cold form. 🙂

liquid nails

Bring your goodies home and hand camera to a little girl on a stool so she can take pics of all the action. First step, screw the plywood to your wall (of course, after you have found the studs). There’s a stud in the picture, he’s only 3 though… 😀

putting up board

Next, make sure you have a few extra hands

takes a few people

Once the board is securely screwed to your wall, apply the adhesive (technical term for glue)

glue art

While I was busy making squiggly lines, my dad pre-drilled the board – very important. Keep your holes near the edge and 3 on each side is good, here is one close-up

pre-drill

Then put the board up and yes the walls are white and the board is white, I am checking your eye sight. 🙂 I think we will frame the board with trim but that isn’t too high on the priority list right now. That’s mom holding up the board.

putting it up

Voila, your own white board for less than $25 buckaroos (we already had screws). If you are concerned with ghosting, I have checked a few sites (amazing how many people make these things) and it seems that nail polish, ammonia and water, and Mr. Clean’s magic erasers work wonders.

You are hereby charged to go forth and make white boards because the $275 saved can be used for much important stuff like fabric, trim…oh, this is about homeschooling, I meant books, educational supplies, etc. 😉

I want to share some goodies that I have found in my travels that may help others and like I said earlier, I would do the social network/bookmark thing but I am just not there yet, so click on the links below. 🙂

Amy at Are we there yet? has a delightful idea of making a blog for her kids. I think this is just great and will have to implement this in a few years. 🙂

The Learning Umbrella has a wonderful idea about School in a Box. Well worth a try, possibly modified, to fit your family’s needs.

Scribbit has a fun box top maze that will have you scavenging for boxes during trash day. 🙂

Enjoy and if you have some goodies, feel free to share in the comments!

Now this was a new one for me, but I think it is a cute idea, so I will give it a whirl. 🙂 Amber at Homeschooling Diva tagged/tipped me for this one and I hope I don’t flub it.

The concept is to heap praise and/or blogging tips on 3 unsuspecting folks on the first of the month. Being that it is quickly approaching midnight on the East coast, I best make it snappy.

1) Redheaded Daughter – My west coast friend that has a very sweet spirit, a love for things beautiful and simple and I must say the most adorable little redheaded daughter. I like your desire to create beauty and to become a domestic diva. 🙂

2) Skip to My Lou – An incredible craft talent with a generous heart for family and friends. I love reading your blog and you inspire me to further explore my creativity.

3) Mother Crone’s Homeschool – You encourage me in my homeschooling journey by your desire to give your children the best and to follow their lead and the zest in which you delve into their suggestions and plot the course. You look for and respect their feedback and as a family you guys sound like you have a blast. I am thankful to have found your blog and to glean from your wisdom.

Being that this is my first time doing this, please do not feel that you have to blogtip others unless you want to being that we all could use some encouragement and you never know how your words might bless others. Keep blogging!

P.S. Lest any of you get confused, I separate my homeschooling blog (this one) from my other one – Southern Girl Musings. 😀

Our Scripture

He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers. ~Psalm 1:3

Something to think about…

"I never teach my pupils: I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn." ~ Albert Einstein
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