I get tons of e-mails asking me about calendar book. First, I want to clarify that this was NOT my original idea! My kindergarten friends introduced me to it a few years ago, and they learned about it from a Shari Sloane conference. I just adapt and tweak to meet my kiddos needs.
The first year I did calendar book, I was SCARED. I didn’t start until January. I thought the kiddos needed some time to mature and be able to sit longer be better listeners and so on. Don’t get me wrong, I still did calendar, but I wasn’t ready to put the books in the hands of my little babies!
My second year of calendar book, my friend convinced me to start right away at the beginning of the school year. I didn’t start at the very beginning….I gave it a week or 2 and started in September. VERY S….L…O…W…L…Y.
These are the binders that I use:
I get them at Sam’s club. I TRY to make them last 2 years, but some kids are harder on them than others. We always talk in the beginning about how important they are, and how they need to treat them nicely……you know the gig.
I also put in a pencil pouch.
In the pencil pouch are 2 crayons and a pencil. Keepin’ it simple!
This is what the kiddos have in their calendar notebooks:
1. September songs
2. Alphabet Chart
3.The September calendar page with dotted numbers to trace.
4. Number writing page (we wait a while to start this).
5. Patterning page
6. How many days in school page (with the first few numbers dotted)
7. Tooth tally chart
8. Birthday Chart
9. Zero the Hero Chart
*The last 4 stay in the calendar book year round.
As the children are able to, I add more pages that match the pages in my flipchart. (Here the bummer news: I can’t send you my calendar flipcharts because I use DJ Inkers clip art, and the images can’t be secured. We all know that is a big no-no with DJ Inkers!)
Phew – got all that? Really, it’s not that difficult to do – just takes a bit of courage! Kim Adsit and Shari Sloane have put together a really nice calendar packet that explains everything in detail…there are lots more activities for names, weather, songs, etc. It’s a gigantic pack and well worth the price! You can find at at Kim’s store on Teachers Pay Teachers.
So, here’s the good news! I’m sharing my calendar goodies with you to get you started! I promise you you’ll really enjoy it! The kids are so engaged and are practicing skills everyday. When you notice they need practice with a certain skill, just add it to their book…they get so excited about new pages!
This is why you need 2 crayons in your pencil pocket I always keep an “extra” basket nearby for pencils that break or if someone loses a crayon.
Just leave a note to tell me that you snagged ‘em