9 Creative Ways to use Sticky Notes in your Homeschool
I love to use sticky notes! They have so many uses in the home, office, and educational settings and, with all the colors and sizes available, it’s super easy to use sticky notes for pretty much every project. When I’m meal planning, I’ll use a sticky note to mark my place in a cookbook. When I’m blogging, I’ll use a sticky note to jot down ideas and (shhh) passwords that, without a sticky note, I’d inevitably forget. It just makes sense that, when it comes to homeschooling, I’ve found a bunch of ways to use sticky notes, too!
Whether you’re looking to add some organization to your homeschool days, interested in some new-to-you educational ideas, or just looking to add some spots of color to your space, I’m excited to share with you these 9 creative ways that I use sticky notes in our homeschool!
9 Creative Ways to Use Sticky Notes in your Homeschool
- Marking Pages
- When you’re done using a workbook or book for the day, use a sticky note to mark the page (I like to use these mini Post-it notes for marking pages). I do this with my boys and it has saved us a ton of time because, when we’re ready to use that workbook or book again, we’re not spending time flipping through the pages. We just open the book or workbook to the correct spot right away.
- Fact Families
- As much as flash cards have been helpful in helping my boys learn their math facts (we’re especially fans of the Think Tank Scholar sets because they include FULL sets of math facts), my kids also enjoy using sticky notes to practice their fact families. Just write out the numbers and the signs your kids are working on and you’ve got yourself a reasonably priced, hands-on way for the kids to learn and manipulate fact families themselves.
- Letter Work
- Use sticky notes to help the kids learn their letters! It can be as simple as identifying letters of the alphabet or matching uppercase to lowercase letters or you could use them to practice spelling new words!
- Review Games
- When I was in elementary school, let me tell you – nothing would get the class excited to review info for an upcoming assessment like a review game (like Jeopardy!). Just make columns for each subject area (use a dry-erase board or piece of poster board), write the answers going down the column, and use sticky notes to cover up the answers. It’ll be fun!
- It’s not unusual for kids (and even adults) to struggle while reading sizeable amounts of text. If your child has trouble keeping their place while reading, have them “underline” the current line of text with a sticky note. The straight edge will help them to keep their place and the sticky note will also help to cover up the upcoming (possibly overwhelming) text. (Note: if you’re looking for some free & cheap ways to get books for the kids, I have some awesome suggestions!)
- Put all those colorful sticky notes to good use by working patterning! Start at pattern out for the kids and have them finish it with the correct sticky notes. Take it up a notch and use shaped sticky notes in addition to, or instead of, all the different colored square notes.
- Lesson Planning
- I hate lesson planning. There, I said it. It’s overwhelming to me and just not fun at all. Using sticky notes makes it more fun. Assign each subject/activity a different color and then get to planning! Since they’re sticky, it’ll be easy to reorganize your schedule later on if need be, too!
- Notes of Encouragement
- Even though we can’t always send little notes in our kids lunchboxes like so many other parents do, that doesn’t mean we can’t leave notes of encouragement for our kiddos! Write them down and stick them on the bathroom mirror, the refrigerator, their desk, etc. so they’re always reminded of how awesome and loved they are!
- Quite possibly my favorite way to use sticky notes, I’m all about celebrations and looking forward to exciting events. If you have a fun field trip or even a family vacation coming up, use sticky notes to count down the days until the big event!
How do you use sticky notes while homeschooling? Or in your home? What other office supplies do you use in your homeschool? For even more items that we use in our homeschool, check out our Homeschool Supply Checklist! If you’re a working, homeschooling parent like I am, check out these ways to use sticky notes for your home & business!
Until next time, stay safe and enjoy quality time with your family,