51 Frugal Uses For Your Pocket Chart

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51 Frugal Uses For Your Pocket Chart

If you are anything like me, you try to find ways to re-purpose anything you can in your homeschool to maximize your dollar as well as reduce waste. Around here we call this frugal living, and just plain being wise with our finances. I bought our first pocket chart over 7 years ago and it has held up like new. No kidding. I have used it from preschool to now teaching middle school (our oldest enters into 8th grade this summer). I wanted to share with you a list of ways we have used our pocket charts through the years and I really think it will bless you. If you’ve been on the fence on whether you should spend the $$ on a pocket chart or two, I really think this list will help you decide.

These are the two pocket charts we currently own that I made this list based off of:

Scholastic’s Monthly Calendar Pocket Chart and the Daily Schedule Pocket Chart.

1. Tic tac toe

2. Menu Planner

3. Learning state capitals

4. Calendar for classroom and/or household

5. Teaching spelling words

6. Sight word chart for beginning readers

7. Teaching digraphs to beginning readers

8. Teaching blends to beginning readers

9. Great for a chore chart

10. Daily schedule

11. Skip counting

12. Learning the alphabet

13. Learning to count

14. Playing memory games

15. Use as a motivation chart

16. Scripture memorization

17. Multiplication facts

18. Division facts

19. Teaching days of the week

20. Teaching fractions

21. Equivalency charts

22. Scavenger hunt clue holder

23. Flash card holder

24. Weather chart

25. Teaching long and short vowels

26. Teaching dipthongs

27. Teaching homonyms

28. Teaching antonyms

29. Teaching synonyms

30. Teaching nouns

31. Teaching verbs

32. Teaching adjectives

33. Addition facts

34. Subtraction facts

35. Teaching patterns

36. Teaching colors

37. Teaching shapes

38. Teaching phonics

39. Teaching vowels vs. consonants

40. Learning a foreign language

41. Sentence structure

42. Story sequencing

43. Opposites vs. similiar

44. Teaching similies

45. Teaching music notes & symbols

46. Learning the Scientific Elements chart

47. Creative story telling

48. Algebraic equations

49. Basic measurements

50. Word scrambles

51. Teaching about money and place value

I honestly could go on and on and on… But I think you get the picture. I really think this is a great and very minimal investment into your homeschool. It is even great for those who are not homeschoolers as well to reinforce what your child(ren) may be learning at school. I hope this post will help someone who is wondering if a pocket chart is the right fit for their homeschool! Here’s to being frugal!

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  1. Tell me how you used the pocket chart to study the states and capitals. We are working on them right now. I don’t have a regular pocket chart, but we do have a large pocket calendar that we don’t really need as a calendar. It has 35 pockets.

  2. So many great uses! I have several pocket charts around and haven’t used them since leaving public school teaching ~ I’m going to have to whip them out and use them with my own kids!

  3. Just went by the Dollar Tree today, and was able to pick up a few pocket charts at a dollar a piece! They have 8 rows that are about 13.5″ long and 2″ tall. I don’t expect the dollar store charts to last as long as your Scholastic charts have, but I’m excited give this a go!

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