Thursday, April 26, 2012

Calendar Notebooks - April 2012

We've been doing Calendar Notebooks for a few months now. Most of our pages come from the 1+1+1=1 blog, but some are from other sites, and some I made up on my own based on their needs. They have become part of our daily routine. Each of the kids' notebooks are tailor-made to their unique needs.They each have calendar pages in the front, but for instance, for Sarah, I write the numbers in highlighter for her to trace; Flossie has a number tracing sheet opposite of her calendar page so she can look at it if she needs a reminder on how to write some of her numbers; Freddie and Jem can write their own in print; Scout's pages are in cursive. The older kids have Days of the Week and Month of the Year pages. Sarah skips these for now. She has Animal ABC pages, Alphabet and Number pages, and Shapes and Color pages. Freddie and Flossie have a Today's Number Is page that they do in dry erase marker every day. Flossie also has Animal ABCs and Shapes and Colors. Freddie has Sight Word and Word Family pages. I just bumped Scout and Jem up from Today's number pages to their own  individualized Daily Math review pages. They all have Daily Drawing pages. You can see all of this below.  The whole thing takes about 15 to 20 minutes max. I have asked the kids if they are getting bored with daily calendars. Do they think they are valuable or just busy work? And they all unanimously said there is no way they want to stop doing them, so I guess they are a hit!

Animal ABCs (I should note, for pages like the alligator colors or the squares below, they only choose two to do each day, not the whole page)

Let's Draw Squares
Animal ABCs
Daily Drawing
Let's Draw Circles
Daily Drawing - Sight Words
Word Family
Jem's Daily Math Practice

USA Map (They color in one state each day)
Scout's Daily Math Practice

Freddie's Today's Number Is  and  Number Splitter
Flossie - Write Your Numbers - Tracing

Scout - Write Your Numbers - Cursive
Jem - Write Your Numbers - Print
Freddie writing numbers in his Calendar page using his Write Your Numbers page as a guide
I have added this video in a past blog but thought I should include it here too. Here is Flossie using her Number Splitter worksheet to help her do her Today's Number Is page. She is 4. (Sorry it's sideways. I can't figure out how to get it turned around!)

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