May 03, 2023
8 Best Chalkboards
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Don't even think about starting another lesson without one.
Between the constant temper tantrums, snack requests, and having to learn certain subjects all over again (was math always this hard!?), homeschooling has been a total nightmare for most parents over the past few months. While we're all dying to send them off to school in the fall, strapped with heavy book-filled backpacks and a lunchboxes by their side, some experts say that we may not be through with remote learning just yet. So while you brace yourself for another semester, consider stocking up on some school essentials that'll make the learning experience easier.
Buying a chalkboard is a great place to start, since it allows you to create the feel of a traditional classroom in your own home. Whether you choose to use it for writing out notes and assignments, helping your kids understand a difficult concept, or simply setting up a schedule for maximum productivity, chalkboards serve as a great tool for adding more structure to your set-up. Check out our favorites — from classic wall-mounted options to dry erase combos to more permanent picks — that'll get your kids on board with learning from the kitchen table instead of the classroom.
This classic wooden chalkboard will instantly upgrade your homeschool set-up. The 17-by-23-inch frame can be wall-mounted with included hardware. Use liquid chalk markers for higher contrast and more precise lines, or stick to classic white or colored chalk.
Why purchase a green chalkboard instead of black? Green tends to be less jarring on the eyes, which makes it better for those who feel fatigued after long hours of teaching or learning. Plus, once the chalk is erased, residue isn't quite as visible on a lighter background, making it easier to read new notes.
This mountable green option comes with a movable chalk tray, so you can keep track of smaller stray pieces. It also comes in multiple sizes and is available in black if you'd rather stick to a more classic color.
This chalkboard's cafe-style A-frame design and colorful frame makes it ideal for multiple uses. Use it solely for educational purposes, or get crafty with daily menus, motivational quotes, and fun drawings. When not in use, its hinged top folds flat for compact and safe keeping.
If your child is a visual learner, erasing lessons after each assignment may not be super helpful to their understanding of the subject in the long run.
This massive 60-by-40-inch chalkboard is big enough to designate some space for important notes and reminders, while still offering plenty of room for teaching new subjects.
It also comes in a big, but not too big, 48-by-36-inch option if you want a more affordable pick.
This two-in-one teaching essential features a green-backed chalkboard on one side, and a dry erase board on the other. Designate both sides to different subjects, or keep one for teaching and the other for monitoring good behavior and chores.
The height of its U-shaped frame is completely adjustable, so you can use it standing or sitting. The board flips around a full 360 degrees so you can easily switch between subjects.
If traditional chalkboards are leaving your back feeling achey from all of the bending, this freestanding option is ideal for sitting at the kitchen table beside your students. When you do feel like stretching your legs, its scrolled legs can be adjusted or removed if you want to mount the chalkboard on the wall.
Your kids won't believe it when you tell them that they can draw on the walls! This genius chalkboard paint allows you to transform any available wall space into a writable, erasable surface.
While this weekend project is a little more labor intensive than some of the other options on our list, it'll make your homeschooling space feel way more official, and it'll be a hit with the kids long after they're back in the classroom.
If you like the idea of chalkboard paint, but don't want to permanently alter a wall, this adhesive-backed contact paper is the ultimate no-damage alternative. It applies easily, and involves little to no dry time, so you can start using it almost right away — especially since it comes with everything you need to get started, including five pieces of colored chalk and an eraser cloth.
Zarah Kavarana is the contributing editor at BestProducts.com, where she spends her days hunting for shareworthy home, tech, fashion, beauty, and lifestyle finds, and resisting the urge to add them all to her cart. A Boston University journalism grad with a penchant for red wine, her hidden talents include poaching an egg and applying winged eyeliner on the subway.
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