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When Katie, from a Listmaker's Life, was teaching second grade one of the math standards required students to write the names of the months in order and sort them by season.
Although many of our children are younger than second grade, it is not too early start working on calendar skills. In fact, in almost all preschool, Kindergarten, and 1st grade classrooms a portion of the day is spent on developing calendar skills.
Often calendar time includes:
Naming the days of the week
Naming the months of the year
Looking for patterns
Grouping days by 10's
Identifying the names of days and months
Kelly's Kindergarten has helped you out by providing free printable calendar date pieces and provides links to other sources of free calendar materials. Scroll down past the weekly graph for the links.
Mrs. Meacham's Classroom Snapshots provides many ways to calendars, see her calendar wall with instructions for a step by step calendar lesson done whole class. Her students follow along and add to their own calendar binders, calendar file, or calendar notebook.
For more kindergarten calendar activity descriptions see Mrs. MacDowell's website, scroll down past the morning message portion of the page, but don't forget to read that too. She has some great ideas.
If you would like to incorporate graphing into your daily calendar lists of graphing ideas can be found here and here. A list of celebrations throughout the year to add to your calendar can be found here.
Instructor Web provides several lesson plans to teach calendar skills to students at several levels.
Recycle your old planners and/or calendars for an educational purpose. Cut the month labels off each page.
1. Work with your child to identify the names for each month.
2. Order the month titles from January to December
3. Sort the months into the seasons.
You can use old calendar pages with these activities.
Learn NC gives instructions for playing a calendar review game called BANG!
Creative Memories Jumbo Great Length Calendar Stickers
Mary Engelbreit Months of the Year Laminated Labels
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