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  1. Anne–

    Thank you SO much for this 🙂 How are you getting things on your Kindle? Did I miss that ?


  2. HalleluYAH!!!! I could finally watch it 🙂 Thank you for putting this together. It was extremely helpful. Now I can put all the numerous sheets I printed out into the notebook. Looove the Kindle idea to save paper and ink. I was thinking that could get very expensive.

  3. Have you used Evernote? You can make check boxes in digital format, check them off, and file them away for super easy digital record keeping. I think that format would work really well for a digital homeschool notebook.

  4. The close captioning is not great! Do you have this in written format? I would really appreciate it. I know it takes more of your time.

    • Yes, Jerri! I spoke from a script! 🙂 I just uploaded it up above, as a “text-only” version. Please don’t hesitate to ask for anything else you need, too. (((hugs)))

  5. Anne, you nearly ’bout bring tears to my eyes with the wealth of information you share and put together for us! “Thank you!” just doesn’t seem enough…but it will have to suffice, I reckon. I’m not an organized person by nature and it’s somewhat difficult for me. But, I truly feel I’ll be ok…once I grasp all your saying. 😉 I’m taking the next few days to absorb and keep going over your information…taking off for Shabbat (tomorrow), of course. Again, my gratitude to you, your husband and your children for all the work you ALL have put in! Shalom!

  6. Thank you for this wonderful information, Anne! I am still trying to grasp all of this and truly appreciate you taking the time to share with us. If I may ask, where did you get that beautiful covered white board? That is so neat that it is incognito like that! I would love to know where I can order one, as we live in a smaller home and keeping our home and school separate would be ideal. Thanks again!

    • Hi, Jackie,

      This is Anne’s husband, Kraig. I made the white board and cover. For the whiteboard I used Melamine board I purchased from one of the box home improvement stores (Loews). It is about $10 for a 4×8 sheet. I had it cut for me into a 3’9″‘x3’9″ sheet. I also purchased a piece of 3/8″ or 1/2″ plywood and had it cut into a 4’x4′ square. Finally I purchased 4 simple black hinges that cost about $1.50 a piece and 2 magnetic stops like you use for cabinets to use to hold the doors.

      I had some 2″x4″s lying around and cut them to fit the 4×4 square of plywood: 2@ 4′ and 2@ 3’9″. The front doors are made from old pallets I found in a dumpster, brought home and paid one of my boys $3 to take them apart and pull the nails. (Side Note: If I had a grinding wheel tool I probably would have just cut the nails because I like the look of the nail heads in the wood. But that is just me.) I laid the boards out so that they fit the 4 ft in length and were fairly straight as the pallets I used were pretty beat up. Then I cut the boards to the size of 2’. I used four other boards cut to 4′ in length to make the side pieces of the doors. I tried a technique for stain that uses apple cider vinegar soaked in steel wool to create a stain. I also brewed some strong tea and used both to stain the wood (Side Note: Do this before hand as it can take a few days for the chemical reaction to work. Also use non-coated steel wool as some is coated to try and stop it from rusting as easy. I made this mistake and had to go get more steel wool).

      I laid out the door slats and then placed the vertical boards on and used 1″ wood screws to screw them together (Side Note: If you had a brad-nailer you could probably use it and make this project much faster). I then laid my plywood down and and placed my 2x4s down and squared them up using the board. Clamp them if you can so that they won’t move. Then, screw the longer sides into the shorter sides (Side Note: I made the longer sides the 2 sides of the board. I would probably switch this and make them the top and bottom next time). Feel free to glue boards with wood glue if you have it. Next I put the 2×4 square down and placed the plywood on top and screwed it into the 2x4s using 1 1/4″ wood screws (Side Note: You can buy these for like a $1/1.50 at Walmart if you don’t have them. Lay out the doors on the back to get a dry fit. Mark out using a pencil where you want your hinges on the frame and the doors using the hinges as a template. You will need to take a chisel and chisel out the wood till the hinges lay flat with the wood (like on any interior door in your house). Pre-drill the holes for the hinges into the 2x4s and the doors. Sand everything down to the smoothness you want (I didn’t do too much as I wanted it to be a little more rustic).

      Now you can stain the exterior of the frame, the inside of the 2x4s, the doors inside and out and the back of the inside (if you want). Mount your whiteboard or melamine board inside the box. Mount the hinges on the frame and then on the doors.

      It is heavy…so find the studs in your walls and use 4 3 inch wood screws to mount it to the wall where you want it. For ours, I didn’t use anything on the back of the melamine board as it fit pretty snug inside the box and then I drilled holes where the studs would go along the back. Then I screwed the screws through the whiteboard, the plywood back through the wall and into the studs. Once you do this, the board will not go anywhere…I promise! (Side Note: Make sure to put some folded up card board or a shim underneath on the bottom while you screw it in. This makes the bottom stick out a little and allows the doors to stay open.) Once you have it set on the wall, place the magnetic stops on and mount them.

      For the picture on the front, I made a picture in Photoshop (you could probably do it in Word or MSPaint, etc.) and used a projector to project it onto the doors. I then used chalk to outline everything. I then used your $1 bottle of craft paint to paint inside the chalk with a $.50 foam brush. Once it is dry you can use a damp towel to wipe off the chalk. Anne liked the look of the chalk lines so I took some white craft paint and went over the chalk so that it was permanent. To do this it took me a good afternoon (most of a day off) to make. It took another couple of hours to paint on the design. If you have any other questions feel free to ask. Many blessings!

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