Build a Back to School Bulletin Board
Congratulations! It’s back to school for your fourth grader, and you both are in for a great year. You can expect new reading books, new math work, and exciting new studies in science and social studies. And of course, some more growing up along the way! But schoolwork can get disorganized pretty quickly, too, when a kid this age is handling so many different subjects.
Teachers understand the issue, and they’ll do their best to keep things as organized as possible for their students and their families. But you can be a big help at home too, by helping your child set up an organized area to hold all of her important papers, forms and anything else she might need. This will be a great place to house all of those important materials, including those loose memos, like field trip permission forms, which always seem to build up. Even if chaos seems to take over at first, take heart: the pay off that comes with organization is always worth the effort. Kids do better, adults yell less, and nobody misses field trips!
Around this time of year, you can find lots of organization products at most stores. But with this homemade bulletin board project you can make your own organization tool at little or no cost right at home.
What You Need:
- Hang-up bulletin board that fits near your child’s desk, approximately 24x32” (or so)
- 1 yard of plain fabric in a design your child really likes (a good suggestion is cotton broadcloth, but you can also use flannel. (Beware heavy canvas, however, which is too thick)
- 6 yards of ½” wide grosgrain ribbon in a coordinating color
- Staple gun
- Package of flat-head thumbtacks in a coordinating color
- Masking Tape
- Felt, cut to the same size as the bulletin board, in a coordinating color