I could NOT, NOT, NOT have made it through my first year as a Classical Conversations tutor last year without my Tri-fold Dry Erase Board. What is a Tri-fold Dry Erase Board? It’s a Science Project Board made out of dry erase board material. It is truly amazing; I love this board. I love it so much I just had to share him with you. :)
As a tutor for Classical Conversations, they provide us with 3 days of training (which I’m SO THANKFUL FOR!) Last year during our tutor training, we were encouraged to use a board in class to display each week’s New Grammar. Several of the tutors in my training mentioned that they wrote the New Grammar on their boards the morning of their CC day after arriving on campus. Now, in a perfect world, that sounded dreamy–walking into my classroom, writing all of the new grammar on my board, and peacefully beginning our CC day. However, since I don’t live in a perfect world and would have 3 boys running around my classroom on the morning of our CC day, I decided that writing out the New Grammar right then and there would be…disastrous. :) I had to figure out another option.
My next brainstorm was to bring my dry erase board back and forth each week to CC. I would write the New Grammar on my dry erase board before leaving my house (did I mention that my dry erase board was mounted on my school room wall?), drive to our CC campus and have my CC board all set and ready to go. That sounded doable, right??!!? Well, the more I thought about that option the more I realized it wouldn’t work. I had visions of my board bee-bopping around in the back of my van en route to my CC Campus, and huge chunks of the New Grammar being erased off in transit.
Drum roll, please (and cue the “Hallelujah Chorus”). Well, this is where my Tri-fold Dry Erase board enters my life. One of the other tutors in our community shared this link with us. It contained instructions for creating your own Tri-fold Dry Erase Board. After reading over the blog post, it sounded like the Tri-fold Dry Erase Board was the answer to all of my problems! First, all of the supplies could be purchased inexpensively at Lowe’s. There would be some sawing required because Lowe’s can do that for you for FREE! Second, the only “construction” required was done with duct tape. (Don’t you love that!?!?) Finally, the board’s design allows the two sides to fold inward leaving the writing on the board completely covered. Wahoo! Problem solved–I could now write the New Grammar on my board before leaving my house (no dry erase board removal from wall required. Whew!), have no worries that the words would be erased en route to our CC campus, and no last minute writing on the board in my CC Classroom as my 3
silly monkeys sons run like wild men sit calmly waiting for our CC day to begin.
(Just a side note, I bought and used Marker Board, which is 3 feet x 4 feet, at Lowe’s rather than the Shower Board mentioned in the instructions. The Marker Board substituted with no problems. This is the SKU tag that is still on the back of my board to give you an idea of which board I bought.)
If you’re a CC tutor, CC parent, homeschooling family or dry erase board enthusiast, I highly recommend making this Tri-fold Dry Erase Board. It does not disappoint. Stop by tomorrow as I highlight some of the other creative ways I use this in my CC classroom and at home.