Say Goodbye To Boring Calendar Time...Hello Mimio / Calendar Notebooks!
This year I said goodbye to boring calendar time in my room. I trashed my wall calendar and said goodbye to the days of students gathered around me during traditional calendar time wiggling and struggling to pay attention.
Now my calendar time is fun, interactive, full of songs/movement and is technology based! I created an interactive mimio/smartboard file for each calendar month and students use their own calendar folders (which change throughout the year as skills progress) to follow along, sing, and help ME with calendar time. All students are engaged and eager to participate! No more wiggles! I LOVE IT!
The calendar notebook is a folder with brads that holds clear page protectors. I fill the page protectors with pages that match each mimio page. So whatever the students see in their calendar folder is projected up on my whiteboard! One of my students thinks we are playing a video game each day... :) Each mimio page is interactive and as I write on the mimio, students use whiteboard markers to write on their own calendar pages. The whiteboard marker can then be erased from the student pages and are used again each day! We sing songs, play games, practice letter sounds, sight words, counting, number recognition, number formation, practice labeling sets, tens frame activities, patterning, recording data, coin names, addition, graphing...and so much more. What a great way to start the day! It's amazing! Calendar folder pages and matching monthly mimio files will be posted soon! :)
Ok, so here it is...a sample of a calendar folder page along with song suggestions/activities to use in your classroom.