Today I want to tell you about a way to encourage independent study habits. This idea came from our love of interactive notebooks and cork boards. Both are great for visual learners. We created an interactive cork board. My daughter and I covered the board with fabric, created pockets, added labels, and elements she wanted to use on a day to day basic. It has worked really well to encourage her to study on her own. She can visually see everything she is learning for that week. She will unpin the pockets, work with the task cards inside recording the answers in her notebook. Best of all she does this independently. The next day we discuss what she was studying.
This is our interactive cork board. It hangs near our computer desk.
Interactive Cork Board Elements
My Word Cards: Words we are reviewing and learning are kept in two different colored sets a week She has to read them without help.
Draw this: We keep clip art printed half pages for her to color and draw.
Health, Math, and Language Arts: have an expanded accordion with Velcro that stores sticky notes. These are used to write questions or topics that she may want to research or ask about. Its a way of communicating between us if I not able to answer her questions or prefer her to look them up.
Tutor Time: This section is for play time with her little brother. She plays school with him and wanted to create school work for him, all of these task cards are blank and she makes them up as they play. I sneak in some work for him sometimes.
Journal Prompts:She can create her own journal entry or choose one in the pocket. I include picture prompts in this pocket too.
My word cards: She uses this pocket again for word work in her writing journal
Library books: She has her own library card so she is responsible for reminding me when they are due.
Health/Recipes: Spot for keeping recipe finds, she types them up and adds them to her cooking scrapbook.
Punch Cards: These are for her to reward her little brother for the great job he did while they played school.
The Hanging Flip Flop: This moves from day to day. My daughter will pick one pocket to add to her morning work so it will be hanging on different pins.
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