Calendar Activities for Children: Book of the Week GIVEAWAY

August 27, 2012

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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Old Bear by Kevin Henkes

Why we love this book:

Kevin Henkes’ dreamy pictures take us through the seasons with Old Bear. Old Bear falls asleep in winter and dreams his way through a pastel spring, a bright green summer, an autumn covered in shades of yellow and orange and brown, and finally a winter sparkly and blue.

Old Bear by Kevin Henkes: Book GIVEAWAY

“Old Bear slept and dreamed, dreamed and slept.” Until he woke up to a beautiful spring day and realized he was no longer dreaming!

This week we’re featuring Calendar Activities for Children and a FREE printable calendar. Old Bear and a trip through the seasons ties in perfectly with teaching the calendar and the months of the year.

Calendar Activities for Children

FREE Printable Calendar

Calendar Activities: FREE printable

In kindergarten classrooms all across America, every morning begins with Calendar Activities. Through these calendar activities, children learn the months of the year, days of the week, counting, patterning and place value. The list of calendar learning activities is almost endless. Because of the learning possibilities, some teachers devote an entire wall to the calendar. For the homeschool setting, an entire wall is a bit out of the question. As you know our philosophy is to keep life and learning simple. Here is my low maintenance version of Calendar Time. For those of you who would like to take Calendar to the next step or into the classroom, I’ve pinned ideas for you at pinterest.

Supplies:

  • FREE printable calendar
    • I have laminated this 11 x 17 Calendar so that I can erase it each month and use it over and over again.
  • Dry Erase Markers or Vis-a-Vis Markers

Calendar Activities: FREE printable calendar

Step 1: Read the Months of the Year

  • First, I point and read the months of the year.
  • I carefully model how to point under each word with one finger.
  • It is important to teach children NOT to point on top of the words, covering the letters.
  • Next, I let Miss Enigma point to each month and I help her read the words as necessary.
  • As the year progresses, she will be able to do this without assistance.
  • Last we identify the current month.

Calendar Activities: FREE printable calendar

Step 2: Read the Days of the Week

  • First, I point and read the days of the week.
  • I carefully model how to point under each word with one finger.
  • It is important to teach children NOT to point on top of the words, covering the letters.
  • Next, I let Miss Enigma point to each day and I help her read the words as necessary.
  • As the year progresses, she will be able to do this without assistance.
  • Last we identify Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow.
    • Yesterday was Tuesday.
    • Today is Wednesday.
    • Tomorrow will be Thursday.

Calendar Activities: FREE printable calendar

Step 3: Count the Days of the Month

  • First, I point and count the days.
  • I carefully model how to point under each number with one finger.
  • It is important to teach children NOT to point on top of the numbers.
  • Next, I let Miss Enigma point to each number and I help her count the numbers as necessary.
  • As the year progresses, she will be able to do this without assistance.

Calendar Activities: FREE printable calendar

Step 4: Add Today’s Date (number)

  • I model how to write the numbers on the calendar each day.
  • As the year progresses, Miss Enigma will write the correct number each day.
  • As the year progresses, we will start making patterns with the numbers (red, blue, red, blue . . .)

Calendar Activities: FREE printable calendar

Step 5: Add Today’s Month, Day, Year

  • I model how to write today’s Month, Day, Year.
  • I model how to read today’s date, pointing under each word and number.
  • Miss Enigma reads today’s date, pointing under each word and number.

Print this calendar FREE: Personal Calendar For Kids

Original Post: FREE Printable 2012 Calendar

  • MacGyver, age 9, also keeps a calendar.
  • MacGyver has graduated to using his calendar rather than learning the calendar.

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For those of you who would like to take Calendar to the next step or into the classroom, I’ve pinned ideas for you at pinterest. As for me, I plan to keep life and learning simple.

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More Seasons For Children:

Fall and Winter Scenes: Art by Children

W is for Winter: Early Literacy and Math for Preschoolers

Find Activities for Every Season

Seasons: FREE printable book

FREE printable reading book: Seasons

Old Bear by Kevin Henkes: Book GIVEAWAY

We’re GIVING AWAY one hardcover copy of  Old Bear by Kevin Henkes.

To enter this contest, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post.

What is your favorite month or season? Mine is definitely ending the summer at the beach! (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

The Rules:

One entry per person, please.

No entries after 8:00 pm Central Time, Thursday, August 30, 2012

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Friday, August 31, 2012. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!

 

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Jessica August 27, 2012 at 9:48 pm

I love spring!

Gidget August 28, 2012 at 7:27 am

I love the fall – when the heat of summer starts winding down, it is the perfect temperature for weenie roasts! And, the promise of rest lies ahead :-)

Tara H August 28, 2012 at 10:26 am

Fall is definitely my favorite season! Spring is a close second! :)

Lorie August 28, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Summer!

I’m so happy to have found your blog through Jackie at Ready. Set. Read!

Alison F August 28, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Fall or spring! There are many fun activities to do with the kids in each of these beautiful times of year:)

Colleen M August 28, 2012 at 9:30 pm

I would have to say Spring – when everything is blooming, growing, turning green, new life, etc.

Ellie August 30, 2012 at 4:39 am

My favorite season is early winter/late fall with the first snowfall and the crisp, falling temperatures. I like the cosy feeling it brings. But by late winter, I’m ready for a change!

Tiffany August 30, 2012 at 1:32 pm

I think fall? I like them all.

Robin August 30, 2012 at 8:18 pm

I like fall and all the colors that come with it.. and thats when the pumpkin patch comes to life…

Jeannine September 1, 2012 at 8:54 am

We are at the pumpkin patch every year!

Wendy Clark September 2, 2012 at 7:30 am

I think mine would have to be fall-cooler weather, beautiful trees…

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