Thursday, August 6, 2015

New School Year Calendar Freebie

I am only one week out from my new kinders arriving! I cannot wait to meet them. I have some amazing things planned for the new year and am excited to get the year rolling. Until they arrive though, I am up to my eyeballs in prep work and reorganizing/revamping my classroom. I am sure that most of you are in the same boat as me! So, I am going to keep this short and sweet.

Today I am giving you a calendar freebie. This is a great tool to help student practice number writing, numeration, and calendar skills. In this freebie I have included a fully traceable 2015-2016 calendar, a trace and fill version, and a blank version. In my classroom I use a combination of the three. Depending on my student's skill levels, I have them use the full trace or the trace and fill at the start of the school year. As the year progresses, I use the trace & fill and then the blank version as we approach the end of the school year. I also have the students trace numbers in different colors if we are practicing a specific skill. For example, I might have them trace all numbers ending with 5 in red. Of if I have advanced students, I have them practice odd and even numbers by alternating the color that they trace in. Lastly, I provide them with mini stickers to denote special days. I do add the stickers with them in small groups or else everyday would be a special day! During this time I talk to them about specific holidays and traditions. It also gives them an opportunity to share what those days mean to them, how they might celebrate, or honor special people on special days  This is one of their favorite parts! I typically have them work on the calendar page during math workstations, on the first school day of the month. Once the year is rolling, I will take some pictures so that you can see the calendar in action. Enjoy!

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