It has taken me awhile to really figure out what I want to do during calendar time. I know that it’s important and it’s a skill that I want my kids to master. I have tried countless binders, folders, pages…etc. Nothing has really worked for me until now. I am not undoing binders and then copying 30 pages each month just having to put together folders again.
The days of that are OVER!
All you need to make this happen is a folder, page protector, expo marker (and some sort of eraser…really you could just use tissue) and ONE calendar page.
That’s right folks…one page.
I’m sharing this now for you before I have it up for sale because it really has just been such a huge change for me that I have loved. My kids also love getting to use expo markers…so that’s a plus.
Sometimes, I feel like calendar can be overdone. I only have 60 minutes to get everything in that I want to get in during my math block. 20 of those minutes are always BUILD so by the time I do calendar, math journals, a lesson and practice…it can become crunch time quickly!
We do our calendar songs, I pull this up on the smartboard and we complete it together. I really like Heidi Songs calendar songs or you can use Jack Hartman or Harry Kindergarten. I have a calendar helper go around and ask the date, yesterday, today and tomorrow. We talk about the month (they trace it everyday but you don’t have to do that if you don’t want), days in school and weather.
Done and done.
We erase at the end and they have a fresh one ready to go for the following day.
I feel like we get what we need in calendar without being rushed. Out of any year this has been the most efficient ways I have ever spent calendar time. It’s important to me for kids to have a task during calendar time. The paper flipping re-stuffing pages each month just wasn’t working for me anymore. Once I have all of the pages done…you really could put the months you need in one folder and not have to worry about it again.
Like I said before, I want to share this before I have it on sale for the rest of the year and I would love your feedback! I plan on adding something small each month while keeping it simple and to the point. Click here or the pictures of the calendar to snag it for free and try it for yourself.
Another K teacher told me about these fantastic erasers that fit perfectly in toolboxes and they are extremely inexpensive. I used a sharpie and put their name on one and told them they get one for the entire year. If they lose it or ruin it, then they have to use a kleenex. You get 30 of them for $15 and the quality of them is definitely worth it. I will be purchasing these every year!
Hope this helps you as much as it has already been helping me! Be on the lookout for the rest of the year in this calendar unit. I’m hoping to be done soon!