Last year I wrote about changing the focus of calendar time. The goal was to have the kids actually using the calendar. You can read about that change here.
Using the year-round calendar was a major success in my room. The kids used it daily and we referenced it often. It was common to see a kid counting how many days until the next big event, using the calendar to discuss past events and referencing the calendar in their journal writing. Since they had access to the entire year of dates they were able to use the calendar like adults us it, which is my goal.
If you want to give it a try I have the 2014-2015 file available for download below. As you can see in the picture above I simply cut sticky notes in strips and used those strips to add dates to the calendar on the side. The main reason for not writing directly on the calendar is so the words can be written larger and seen easier.
These calendars go from Aug 2014- July 2015. I display that as one full year.
2014-2015 Word Document
2014-2015 PDF Document
The first app we have been using is Skitch! Each morning I Google “Sochi Medal Count” and this chart is displayed. I have been taking a screenshot of the graph and editing out the totals on the far right for each country. Then we use Skitch to circle who has the most medal of each type and to find out the total medal count for each country on the chart. The kids are very excited about adding three digits together and I love how each day it gets a little more difficult as more and more medals are won. The other thing I like about using this chart is the countries are ordered by the number of gold medals not by the total. This has led to a lot of discussion and understanding of how data can be displayed and used. Learn more about this app here
Today we were asked on Twitter what was our favorite sport. So we used the apps Haiku Deck and Educreations to create the graph above. Using Haiku Deck is a simple way to create a quick and polished looking graph. Once we had the graph made I took a screen shot on the iPad and imported that image into Explain Everything to add the pictures. Obviously the pictures are not crucial but for Kindergarten they really help the kids understand graphs. Once the images were added in Explain Everything we saved the image to our camera roll and tweeted it to our friends! Info on the apps below.
Graphing with Haiku deck details
Explain Everything How To Video
Find them HERE
Web games for counting, patterns, sorting, matching and number ID!
This year I moved from the typical Kindergarten calendar to a year-long calendar (see the full calendar below.) You will notice in the picture below that I still have the typical calendar on my board but we are not really using it any more. Instead we are adding important dates to the year-long calendar like the image above. I did not want to overwhelm the kids so I started by only adding the important dates to the months of September and October. Now that we have been using the calendar for a few weeks we will begin to add the birthdays for every child as well as important dates in our school year. I am not exactly sure how this will all work but I know I want the kids to see and use the calendar as a complete year and not just month to month. Today one of the kids asked about the last day of school and it was a perfect time to add that date to our calendar. I feel the really were able to grasp the concept of how long it will be until that date. I have already noticed kids pointing out their birthday month or counting how many days in school on their own. The calendar is a tool and they need more than one month showing to really use the tool like we want them to use it. Below you will find the link to download calendar I printed. I found them online and edited them some to make the boxes bigger and to add the abbreviations for the days of the week.
I will post an update once we have used the calendar for a while. Anyone already doing this I would love to hear suggestions or experiences. Thanks!
Monthly Calendar 2013
Monthly Calendar 2014