I love our morning meeting and calendar time but this year I’m going to do things a bit differently. I’m going to add in the use of a calendar notebook.
We’ll start by filling in the date on our monthly calendar. This is a great place to practice not only the days of the week but also to incorporate counting by asking questions like “How many days until Thursday?” or “How many days is it until the end of the month?” We’re also going to use this page to work on patterning. We’ll color in the pictures in an AB pattern throughout the month. Each month we’ll focus on and color in a different pattern.
We’ll also practice writing the date and writing a sentence or two about something we’re going to do that day. I’m going to keep this page in a page protector and use a dry erase marker so we can easily change it from day to day. For the clock on this page, I may ask him to show the actual time when we’re doing the binder or sometimes I may ask him to show a different time.
We’re going to be keeping track of how many days we’ve been in school by coloring in this chart, as well as by making tally marks for each day. This chart provides another opportunity for working with numbers. You can ask how many it is until another number, one more/one less, ten more/ten less, or circle even or odd numbers.
Each day we’ll record the weather and analyze our graph throughout the month.
Each day we’ll also focus on a different number, beginning with two-digit numbers and then working our way to examining three-digit numbers.
This year we’re going to focus on learning skip counting by 2, 5 and 10 during our calendar time.
I also think this is going to be the the time that I’ll incorporate some journal writing.
Another thing that I’m going to use in our calendar notebooks are these cute songs about each month from Growing Kinders. These are a fun way to teach kids how to spell each month and can be downloaded free from that website.
To download the calendar notebook printables I created, click here and then you can save it to your computer. Please make sure you have the most up-to-date version of Adobe Reader to view and print the file.