Thursday, August 6, 2009

A Good Idea That Only Cost a Dollar


Always a sucker for the dollar bins at Target, I picked up this dry erase board recently that has grade-school paper markings.  

It reminded me of a cute idea that Max's kindergarten teacher used.  Every day at the beginning of kindergarten, Max's class would gather on a rug and read a letter their teacher had written to them on a giant sheet of paper.  It was a simple letter, stating the date and a brief synopsis of what they were planning to do in class that day.  The class would work on reading it together--practicing memorized words and learning new ones.  Plus, it gave them an idea of what their day would entail.

I wrote Max a letter on the dry erase board and was surprised to see how much he enjoyed reading it.  It was like reuniting him with a familiar friend.  He thought it was funny to read "Miss Mom" at the bottom instead of his teacher's signature, "Miss Waters."  

I've tried to have a new letter for him every morning.  Except for the mornings when I forget.  On those mornings, I present him with another valuable, educational tool: Spongebob Squarepants reruns.

13 comments:

Soul-Fusion said...

you are such a fun mom. Although mentioning his kindergarten teacher reminds me how he told me she was a robot . . . due to her red eye in the picture he had with her :)

Melissa said...

I'm a complete sucker for the dollar bins at Target too. They have the coolest stuff.
Growing up my mom would have a dry erase board that she put up by the door to out to the garage and it always had a quote for the day. So it was the last thing we read before we left the house. She still has it even though no kids are left at home.

Mindi said...

but, really: isn't spongebob the gift that keeps on giving?

my girls think so.

now if i could JUST stick to the dollar bins at tarjaaaay, my man would be happy.

Kami said...

I love that! I wish I could find one like that at our dollar store.

Avery's kindergarten teacher did the same thing and I loved hearing all of their little voices reading it all together.

I love Spongebob.

Angie said...

I love that board. Just might get one for myself. Daily notes are a very nice thing to do.

Kristina P. said...

What a great idea! And I don't check those bins out enough!

Emily said...

No kidding, our Target doesn't have dollar bins. Sob! Can I come live with you?

Becky said...

What a cute idea! Love it!

Daily Gnome said...

So cute. You can get a lot of mileage out of those dollar bins.

MiaKatia said...

What a fantastic idea! Our dollar bin didn't have one either. Bummer. Such a fun momma you are.

shannon p. said...

I love your idea, I'm going to check out Target on Monday and see if I can get one.

Kellybee said...

I like this idea. I think I may use it in my classroom this year!

Omgirl said...

That was a dollar WELL spent.

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