I spent a lot of time mulling over just how our homeschool calendar should be, most of which involved planning how I could avoid having to cut wood. Using paper and a cork board was always in the back of my mind, but I wanted something with wood, something that would express the nature of our "wild" schooling. In the end, I went with using the materials I had on hand, and letting it be imperfect so I could make progress and actually get it done. I'm super happy to share the results.
This was a simple process that I'll walk you through:
1. Cut the wood to size. Ours is small. This is a 12" x 16" board (give or take).
2. Prepare, stain, or paint the wood to your preferred color.
3. Measure out the calendar grid. I used a ruler, making seven days, a spot for the year, month, season, weather, moon phase and left a spot for creating an image that will represent the month or season.
4. Paint your grid. I used a gold paint pen. Once the grid was prepared, we added a nail for every place we'd need a number, season, weather, etc.
5. Write your days of the week with something like a sharpee (this is a mom-only task in our house).
6. Prepare your numbers. This will involve writing your numbers and adding any kind of color that you choose. I wrote the numbers with a permanent marker, and then traced over them with a beeswax crayon for a little depth. Next we drilled small holes to fit over the nail and then I added glitter spray.
7. Don't forget your holiday, weather, and moon phase pieces. For September, we have a spot for the Autumnal Equinox.
8. Last is the month, year, and seasons. I used torn kraft paper for this. I did a double glued layer for a little more stability and then used a hole punch for the holes.
And now you're done!
A few things to consider adding would be a spot for yesterday, today, and tomorrow, pockets to hold the extra numbers, months, etc. or a place for emotions and each kiddo to pick how they are feeling that day. In the end, I am happy that we have a calendar that will last beyond our elementary years and become a perpetual calendar for our family that matches our décor and expresses a little of who we are.