Getting organised and entertaining the girls with Wedge Whiteboards
Being a teacher, I use whiteboards every working day. They are an invaluable learning tool – especially when it is the pupils using them. We have individual whiteboards and pens for the pupils in all our classrooms. They are great for getting pupils to hold up answers during a quiz, planning out longer answers before committing to paper and I use them a lot with younger pupils for drawing diagram of apparatus. The whiteboard in our staff room is also really useful – jotting down items for our next meeting, and most importantly – the milk rota! The uses of whiteboards in school and at work are obvious. They can also be great at home too – as I have found with our Wedge Whiteboards.
Wedge Whiteboards are a company local to me, based just down the road from my former home in Stroud. Their magnetic, dry-wipe boards and accessories are all made in the UK. They have been selling to schools for over a decade. However, their products are becoming much popular in the home – and it’s not hard to see why!
The A3 Wedge
Their A3 Wedge is a really versatile magnetic whiteboard. We have a large blackboard in our kitchen for meal planning, reminders and shopping lists. However, as with any blackboard, we end up with chalk dust surrounding it. It’s far less messy using a whiteboard. Because the Wedge Whiteboards are also magnetic, these are useful for keeping important bits of paper on or displaying the girls latest artwork!
The A3 Wedge comes with two board rubber and four dry-wipe pens (of different colours). It is double sided and so the girls really enjoy sitting at the breakfast bar on either side of it, each drawing on their own space. It keeps them occupied whilst I am cooking in the kitchen. They enjoy playing “schools” with these too – Freyja is always the teacher. Although she says it’s because she wants to be a teacher, or she is helping Emily get ready for starting school, I think it is mainly because she enjoys bossing Emily around.
Although the board is robust and obviously a good quality product, it is also lightweight. This means it is very easy to move around the house and make use of its versatility. I used it with the girls to come up with some key ideas for what they wanted to do over the summer holidays. I also colour-coded the ideas according to cost so we could think about doing lots of cheap or free activities and the odd more expensive treat. We also used it for keeping score as we have played games. However, I soon discovered that it was best to abandon this idea and just claimed “a draw” each time rather than to provide written evidence for one girl beating the other.
The Wedge Jotter
Our favourite product has to be the Wedge Jotter. These are by far a more superior product that the whiteboards I use with my pupils at school. Just like their other products, it is also magnetic which means that you can use magnetic letters, numbers and shapes on the boards as well as writing on them. It is sturdy and durable as well as being lightweight. It has integrated flip out legs and anti-slip rubber feet which mean it can be angled on a desk in either portrait or landscape positions. The legs can be flipped back in again so the jotter is able to fold flat again for easy storage. There are also hanging points enabling the board to be wall mounted horizontally or vertically.
I can’t truly convey how much the girls love their Wedge Jotters. They use them every day. They are perfect for drawing on. The writing surface is 15% larger than an A4 sheet, and as they can wipe the board clean and reuse them, we are not going to get through the reams of paper that we usually do during the holidays. I also need not worry about the drawings that “disappear” into the recycling once they have gone to bed. Here is one of Emily’s pictures of me. Taken moments before she used the green pen to draw “bogies” on my nose….
Wedge Jotter for Learning
Freyja doesn’t seem to be able to manage more than a couple of days away from school without needing to “do some school work”. I have been using the magnetic letters alongside the Wedge Jotter to help practise letter formation. She has also enjoyed getting me to give her some maths practise with the magnetic numbers.
With Emily starting school in September, she has been keen to try and practise writing her name. Wedge Whiteboards produce both magnetic upper case and lower case letters. This means that she can use the correct letters when practising her writing.
Another brilliant feature of the Wedge Jotter is how portable it is. They can sit on the girls lap in the car. They can then draw, or make patterns with the magnetic shapes rather than ask us “are we there yet?” constantly.
We have also taken them into the garden too. The girls can enjoy drawing outside, without the paper getting blown around. I suspect that these will be really useful on our camping trip next week. We will be able to keep them entertained without having to take loads of “stuff” with us.
Since Freyja has learnt to write words, she has been writing us notes. I get sorry messages when she has been naughty and ones telling me how much she has missed me if I have been out for the evening. She has been using the Wedge Jotter to write notes too. Here’s one that she left outside her room.
“No Emily allowed in my bedroom for ever”. Not that Emily can read. Yet.
Disclaimer: We were sent these products for review purposes from Wedge Whiteboards, but as always all opinions are our own. We are really impressed with the quality and versatility of their products and thoroughly recommend them.