It’s been about a year since I posted my It’s Calendar Time daily calendar activities.
My kiddos were SO successful with math this year – even my lowest babies. I was absolutely astonished EVERY day when they could add/subtract in their head and could make number combos to a certain number like it was nobody’s business! Every day they knocked my socks off!
I always get a little stressed thinking about the beginning of the year, because there is always a learning curve in Kindergarten! But, I know that I wouldn’t change a thing with Calendar Time!
I started off the year with my Calendar Wall looking like this:
I had all the pieces of the calendar up and ready to go. But, I’ve been doing my calendar on my Promethean board for 4 years. So, I made the switch and had to do calendar on my board!
So, my Calendar wall turned into this:
I kept my calendar and date up and that was it :)
The children each have their own 1/2” white binder that I purchase from Sam’s. I slip the monthly song in the front and any chants that we are doing on the back cover. My binders usually last about 2 years.
Unfortunately this year was the end of that two year cycle. I’ve been contemplating using the poly 3 prong folders for my calendar book. I would love to hear if anyone has experience with those…are they sturdy enough to use in their laps?
All of my calendar songs are available on my blog, but I’m working on a packet that will have them all available in one spot with different styles of the poem PLUS fun craftivities to do with each song! Stay tuned!
At the very beginning of the year, there isn’t much in the binders…
We keep a pencil and some crayons in a pencil pocket. This year I MIGHT try the ol’ duck tape baggie pencil pocket. Any experience on how those hold up??
and then our calendar pages…
As the year progresses the skills get more difficult. However, if I need to spend more time on a particular skill, I can do that daily page for another month, or just a few more weeks/days into the month. The monthly headers are programmable so you can vary the month if you need to.
This is how the pages look on my IWB. I used the import PDF option on my software to import the pages and rearrange as necessary. I link directly to the weather channel, songs, and so on to make a pretty smooth transition. It usually takes about 20 minutes to get through the whole calendar. (Ask your school’s tech person to help you import to your IWB!)
Often I will have the children come up and complete the daily page. They LOVE being the teacher, and I LOVE being SO proud just sitting back and watching them do their thing!
This calendar pack was truly a labor of love! I spent many, many hours on it – arranging, re-arranging and trying to fit SO many skills. This calendar goes above and beyond the kindergarten common core! I realize that patterns and coins aren’t specifically on the care, but patterns help children to develop a strong sense of number, and learning to identify and count coins is FUN! Why not give them a jump start! Since Calendar time is a guided time, the children that are ready will jump on board, and you will be able to scaffold the kids that aren’t quite ready.
If you want to check out my calendar book, just click below!
If you’re interested in the components for your wall, you can find them in this pack:
or, together as a bundle:
Have you used my calendar set? I would love to hear your results!!