Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy New Year and White Board

Hope everyone has the happiest 2011!  It's been a wonderful and relaxing holiday season.  Sad to see it go.

Earlier in the year we put up a white board in our hallway that we wanted to have filled with quotes reminders, charts, etc that we wanted the children to see as they were passing by the area.  I attended a class last year that talked about having a board that had these types of things on it in an area that children will regularly see.  One of my friends has it in the bathroom, another one has it in their kitchen, and doesn't Bill Gates have something like this in his garage that he can look at when getting out of the car and walking into the house??  Or was that someone else?  Anyhow...
Since this hallway was the biggest place and an area they regularly passed by, we used it.  For our wall, we took two sheets of white board material  that we purchased at Lowe's or Home Depot (look in the molding area) and attached them to the wall.  To make them more decorative, we added molding and a shelf to it.  The shelf was narrow so we added the canvas pictures to the top of it.  The pictures are their school pictures or pictures from the year.  See here to know how to make your own.

Yesterday my husband had us all set goals for how many books we want to read in a year.  I know, mine was quite low compared to everyone else's but accomplishable at least for me.
 I love how he gathered all the children around to discuss their goal in the reading department.  We also have some quotes up there and a job chart.  More items will be added if needs this type of reminder.
I don't know if the older children were excited but those young ones sure seem to be.   (And yeah - the Capitols won!!)  What fun way to you remind yourself or your children of important goals, quotes, plans, etc?

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