DIY Tri-Fold Board–creative uses in class & at home

29 Jul

I wrote yesterday about my bff Tri-fold Dry Erase Board. It truly is magical! You should definitely make one!! It LITERALLY took my husband less than 30 minutes to make mine! Amazing! As promised, here are some other ways that I’ve gotten creative with my Tri-fold Dry Erase Board…

In class–

Timeline cards–I first thought to write the titles of the 7 weekly timeline cards on my board. However, I really wanted my kiddos to see them. (I’m an Abecedarian tutor, so not all kiddos in my class can read.) I put 7 of these page protectors (size 5.5×8.5) across the middle of the board to hold the timeline cards in place. I LOVED this epiphany because I was fearful that, if taped, I would lose some in-transit to CC. Now, these little page protectors act like mama kangaroos protecting my timeline cards in their little pockets. 🙂 I, also, liked that the timeline cards stretched across my board visually dividing it in half. I could have 3 subjects on top and 3 on the bottom. 🙂 My type A brain loves the symmetry. 🙂 🙂 Again, with Abecedarians, I’m always looking for visual breaks or arrangement to aid them in memorizing.


Fine Arts–My other bff, blue painter’s tape, and I had fun creatively playing with the BACK of the board! You hadn’t thought of using the back had you?!?!? For the weeks with Tin Whistle, I made a musical staff on the back of my board. I used this to teach the notes of the musical scale and to also let them play/review with the notes to reinforce their learning.


New Grammar & Review Games–With the Latin packets that I made for the declensions last year, I made a grid on the back of my board to give my Abecedarians a visual of the Latin Noun Endings and its corresponding Noun Case. The possibilities of using this with New Grammar are endless. After all, you have the entire BACK of the board to play with! I’m thinking to make another grid to go along with this year’s pronouns, and I might make cards with my Abecedarians’ names to show our order for Presentations. I would tape those on the back as well. This also served as a great tool for review during our Review Games time. Oh yes we DID use it for our Nerf Gun Review Game!!!

At home–


I wouldn’t necessarily erase the New Grammar from week to week so that it would still be written on my board for use at home. This was especially helpful for the weeks that my sons were sick and stayed home from CC. Those occasions I went ahead to class and taught my rockin’ Abecedarians. After my sons’ illness subsided I was able to whip out my board at home to teach them the week’s New Grammar.

I also took advantage of using it for reviewing at home, as well. When I established the Latin Grid on the back of the board last year, I would have the boys remove the endings and put them in the correct box. That was a quick, easy way to review our Latin for the week.

AND…when we’re not doing CC, it just makes a wonderful gigantic dry erase board for my boys to draw on! Who doesn’t love a life size dry erase board?!?!? We even used it this summer at our church as a gigantic, life-size calendar for our summer events for kids. It’s so versatile, multi-purpose and inexpensive that I recommend this for any person to have for use at home or work!

Have any of you made the DIY Tri-fold Dry Erase Board?!?!? Would love to learn from you about creative ways that you’ve used this at home, work or in your CC class. Please comment and share below!


12 Responses to “DIY Tri-Fold Board–creative uses in class & at home”

  1. Melody Stroud July 29, 2013 at 4:12 pm #

    Okay, so, seriously, this is rockin’ my world, Suzanne. No lie. I made one today using hot pink duct tape, bc why not, right? 😉 And now I’m going to LOVE using all of your awesome ideas!! Thanks SO much for sharing!! 🙂

    • Suzanne Shares July 29, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

      YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i thought of you when i was posting this!!! i was going to email this to you today. i thought of you because i read you were tutoring this year–YAY!!! so pumped for you! this, seriously, is my BFF. it made tutoring soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much easier last year. AND…i love that you used hot pink duct tape. my husband bought all of the supplies for it, so of course, he bought BLACK. boo! mine is sooooo boring!!! 😦 😦 one of my other good friends is tutoring for the first time this year, and she also used hot pink! 🙂 🙂

    • Donna Seidman August 12, 2013 at 3:56 pm #

      Hot Pink – what a great idea!!! . I teach Challenge II, so I’ll have to come up with some duct tape ideas that fit our Art/Western Cultural History strand. Making 2 today!!!
      Thanks for the great ideas.

      • Suzanne Shares August 13, 2013 at 6:43 pm #

        So fun, Donna!!! I love the idea of making it Art & Western Civ-ish using duct tape!!! 🙂 🙂 hilarious! I pray that you guys have a great year!!!

  2. Megan September 9, 2013 at 11:59 pm #

    So, today I was a substitute for the first time and used my tri-fold board. Talk about time saver! For the back I used one side piece to post the scientific method, the other side piece to post examples of perspective for art, and in the center section I purchased square game piece magnets, adhesive magnetic sheets, and painter’s tape to make a tic-tac-toe board for review games (when a team answered correctly they got to place their magnetic X or O on the board—first team with three in a row wins). The kids had a blast! So glad you posted this helpful hint!

    • Suzanne Shares September 18, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

      awesome!!!!!!!!!!!! this is fabulous!! you are so creative! I’m glad that you found the tri-fold board useful! I honestly don’t know what I would do as a tutor without it! 🙂

  3. Julie Durfield September 11, 2013 at 12:17 am #

    love the board! Just started tutoring Foundations for the first time today, and this will help me tremendously!! What section of Lowe’s do they sell it in?

    • Suzanne Shares September 18, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

      Hmmmm…my husband got it for me. I would ask an employee where the shower board is, and they should be able to direct you to it easily. Hope it is helpful to you!

      • Julie Durfield September 19, 2013 at 11:43 am #

        Thanks! I did find it…I just told an employee I was looking for Tile Board that people cut and use for dry erase boards and she knew just what I was talking about. It was back near the lumber section in the paneling aisle. (They might also have something similar with shower and bath supplies). The piece I bought was 4′ x 8′ and has worked out beautifully. I made 2 trifold boards out of it and it was only about $13. Can’t beat that! Very glad to have it and will use it here at home as well!

      • Suzanne Shares September 19, 2013 at 10:19 pm #

        AWESOME!!! so glad you found it! 🙂 🙂 you are going to LOVE IT! It’s my FAVORITE!!! I can’t imagine tutoring without it, and it is such a blessing to have at home, too!


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