When I first started “schooling” my oldest child, I wasn’t the most wise in my methods. I was printing off stuff like this.
This could be useful if you needed to occupy a dozen kids. But one?
My eyes are rolling so hard at my past self.
MOMtessori Life knows what’s up. Get a piece of paper. Draw a line. Boom. Done.
But wait! I’ve discovered another option that provides the same skill practice without sheets of paper mounding up.
And while dry erase boards are awesome and have their uses, there is another, even better, even cheaper option that you may not know about.
Report covers and sheet protectors.
Some report covers come with a sliding bar to close the edge, others have a locking tab if you want to get fancy. Taping two of the open sides while leaving one side open to slip pages into is my preferred option. Hellooooo, pretty washi tape! Page protectors on the other hand, only have one open end so they require no closure. But I’ve found that report covers are a bit sturdier.
How to use them?
Draw or write your to-be-traced stuff onto a sheet of paper, insert that sheet into the sleeve you’ve made, hand the kid a marker, and TADA! Let the no-waste tracing begin. If you’re not into tracing, you can insert a blank sheet, a lined handwriting sheet, a page of math problems, a game blank. Or leave one of the long sides open and slip one of these sleeves right onto a page inside of a workbook. It’s endless.
You can be even more less-waste by finding and upcycling plastic film sheets from other items you may have at home. Some recipe books come with splatter pages that would work. Maybe you bought a packaged toy item with a clear window film. Trim that baby out and use it for good! Clear vinyl would also work. You could even use an old picture frame and glass if you like to live dangerously.
Happy Wednesday, y’all!