Create a Student Office

I am sure by this point in your learning and resource investigation that you have come across the mini-office or table-board. Quite simply put, this is an answer to the blackboard or flip-charts for the at-home learner.

I chose a tri-fold project board.  I purchased this from the Wal-mart for only a few dollars.  You could very easily scale this down.  I would suggest using file folders (lap-book style) or cutting the project board into three sections.

Why?  You could design a display that would be suitable for specific subject content.

We did not get “glitzy” with our display.  The primary purpose for our creation was to have on-hand reminders and references for seat work.  I wanted to provide a means of isolation from the household chaos too.  My “little fish” sits behind the display board.

I kept things very simple.  I used glue and cardstock of a variety of colors.  I printed using color.  I use envelopes of varying sizes to hold items as well.

You could easily laminate and decorate in any way you see fit.  How it looks was not as important to me so much as how usable that it would be.

The resources below provide you with a variety of looks and printables in order to design your own.


Creating a Circle Time Board

ABC TeachMini Office Lapbook

Practical Pages’ Mini Offices



Lapbook Lessons Printables and Resources

Mini Office on Squiddo

What should you include? 

Clip art for teachers is a great way to find sites like Clipart ETC, and some more ideas …


  • Divisions of a whole
  • Steps to division or multiplication
  • Multiplication chart
  • Geometric shapes and their names
  • Number line
  • Types of Triangles
  • Types of Angles
  • Pockets for fact flashcards
  • Place value
  • Measurement conversion
  • Skip counting lists
  • Coins – Counting money
  • Clock – Telling time
  • Roman or Ordinal Numbers
  • Math symbols
  • Order of operation
Language Arts

  • Sight words
  • Vowels
  • Genres of literature
  • Parts of speech
  • The writing process
  • Basics of an outline
  • Sentence diagramming
  • Rules for punctuation
  • Manuscript alphabet
  • Cursive alphabet
  • Proofing and editing techniques
  • List of prepositions
  • List of conjunctions
  • List of interjections
  • List of helping verbs
  • Lists of introductory, concluding, comparing, etc. phrases

  • Compass
  • Maps
  • Postal Abbreviations
  • Books of the bible
  • Dinosaurs
  • Presidents of the US
  • Continents
  • Oceans
  • Wars
  • Preamble to the Constitution
  • Three branches of government

  • Periodic Table of Elements
  • Types of rocks
  • Diagrams of earth, flower, etc.
  • Water cycle
  • Planets
  • Human anatomy – parts of the body, body systems, etc.
  • Divisions of life
  • Phases of the moon
 Circle Time

  • Seasons
  • Months of the year
  • Clock
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Calendar
  • Handwriting letters
  • Days of the week
  • 13 Colonies

  • Books of the Bible
  • Bible verses
  • Musical notes
  • Types of musical instruments
  • Types of music
  • Art periods in history
  • Famous composers and artists
  • Music staff

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