This summer, I ran across this post about making a calendar notebook over at Mama Jenn’s and this post from Mrs. Meacham’s Classroom Snapshots. I loved the idea, because I don’t have a calendar area set-up in our schoolroom. I just don’t really want to give up the wall space to put up a calendar area! I decided this would work perfectly for a morning calendar time.
Now this is a little more school-ish than we normally do, but I noticed there were a few things my girls needed to work on concerning the months, dates, etc. We’ll probably just do this for a while and reevaluate in a few months. If they’ve mastered what I think they need, then we’ll move on and use the binders for something else!
Here’s a quick tour through our calendar binders at this point:
First, the girls fill in the day on the calendar. They also add a color to form a pattern. My youngest is doing a two-color pattern. My middle and oldest are doing three and four-color patterns…although one of them has already lost some of the original crayons she started out with!
The months of the year and days of the week come next. We sing The Months of the Year song and The Days of the Week Song. We also review our phone number and address. We just sing the number over and over to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. Also, I like to make up a silly story with our address in it….like “Once upon a time, there was a little girl who lived at _______________(insert address here). She loved to…”
Next, we add another day to our 100 Days of School chart. I usually draw the number in outline form and let my youngest daughter trace it.
We add a tally mark for each day.
We mark the weather for the day.
This math & calendar combo sheet is slipped into a plastic page protector, so it can be reused over and over. My five-year-old and eight-year-old work on this one. The four-year-old…not so much. It includes a place to write the date, write the expanded notation for today’s number (which is just whatever number we’ve written on our 100′s chart), write what comes before and after, draw a domino from the game box and turn it into a math fact, write the time I show them on a clock, and lay out coins to make the day’s number.
This is a little more time-intensive page, so it doesn’t always get finished. It depends on how much time we have….
The place value chart is made using sports card protectors (which I also use in my coupon binder). I put a sheet of colored paper behind it, so it is less distracting. I just cut down index cards and wrote the numbers on them to use for place value.
A few other sheets I’ve made, but we haven’t started yet:
- “Fix the Sentence” sheet (I’ll write a sentence with a few mistakes, and my oldest will find and correct them.)
- Today’s Date (A sheet to practice writing the date – definitely not something we would do every day.)
- Today’s Word (The younger girls will be working on a 3-4 letter sight word once or twice per week. This page is also in a page protector. I write the word. They say the letters. Then, they’ll trace it on the paper, in the air, or some other multi-sensory way. Next, they write it with dry erase colors. Finally, they use letter tiles to make the word.)
I’m also working with my oldest daughter on becoming more independent in her work, so I made up a few different sheets for her to use during our morning, too.
First, there is a weekly calendar. She can add the dates and write in her assignments.
- Goal sheet (I don’t think it’s ever too early to set some goals!)
- Book log
- “My Great Ideas” sheet (She has lots of them, and I want to encourage her to write them down, so she can remember them!)
If you would like to use one (or more) of these sheets, feel free to do so. You can download the printable calendar binder sheets here! Please link back or pin this post if you choose to share the idea with friends.
There are 26 printable pages included in the pack. Just print what you need!
- 2012-2013 Calendar with dates for tracing (12 pages)
- Fix the Sentence
- Number of the Day Math and Calendar page
- 100 Days of School
- Today’s Date
- Days of School Tally
- Weather Graph
- Word of the Day Form
- Place Value Words
- Phone and Address Sheet
- Months and Days of the Week Sheet
- Weekly Calendar
- Goal Sheet
- Idea List
- Reading List