I love to use sticky notes. I have a lot of fun colors, sizes, and shapes. I use them for everything around the house — marking recipes in cookbooks, jotting down small shopping lists, making notes when I don’t want to write in books, etc. So it was only natural that I begin to use them in my homeschool in lots of fun and useful ways to help the kids and myself. I wanted to share with you the 7 creative ways I use them pretty much daily in our homeschool.
7 Ways to Use Sticky Notes in Your Homeschool
Vocabulary Words –
Instead of the kids stopping to ask me what a word means in the middle of a book or a lesson, they can jot it down on a sticky note left in the book and bring me their list when they are done. We then go over the words together. Writing the definition next to the word helps it “stick” in their memory even better.
Making Sentences –
Write some basic words on sticky notes, 1 word on each. Have your child form a sentence using them or you can also make a mixed up sentence and have your child correct it. You can use them to have your child identify parts of speech or diagram a sentence.
Classroom Jeopardy is loads of fun even if just one child is playing. Make as many columns as you like on a poster board using a sticky note at the top of each to write in the category. Then use sticky notes to cover each answer in each column. Write points on the outside of each sticky, pull them as your child answers each one. It’s a fun way to review in any subject!
Encouraging notes –
Leave sweet and encouraging notes on your child’s binder, in books, on the wall, desk, in the science center, next to their bowl of cereal, or anywhere else you can think of. Leave silly notes, quotes, jokes, or encouraging Bible verses too! My girls also love to do treasure hunts or scavenger hunts to find the notes or follow the clues to find a treasure.
Touch Practice –
Working on spelling words or a foreign language? Write the words on sticky notes, place it on the object and have your child go around collecting them, saying the word as they go. This type of kinesthetic activity is great for busy hands and minds. Touching helps reinforce it in their minds.
Story Starters –
Use a sticky note to get them started in creative writing or journal entries by putting a writing prompt on it and sticking it to the top of their paper or in the journal. Bright colors get their attention and can get the creative juices flowing!
Lesson Plans –
Even though I use a planner for myself, I use sticky notes in chapter books or workbooks to remind the girls what pages I want them to do. No more asking repeatedly, “What page are we on? How far do I read?”
Do you use sticky notes in your homeschool? What other creative ways do you use office supplies in your homeschool?