I have been asked how we do our calendar and what skills we cover. It is a VERY quick part of our day. I decided to video tape today’s session… It takes a total of 5-6 minutes each morning. It did not occur to me to tape it until we had already started, so you missed about the first minute of the lesson(sorry, in my next life I will be better.)
Here is how it works. My “Leader of the Day” leads the class with the calendar activities. His/Her calendar is displayed under the document camera (iPad) so the whole class can follow along.
DISCLAIMER: I am hyper-aware of my voice and the language I used during this filming. I noticed that I say, “Good job!” WAY! TOO! MUCH!
I need to work on this and I would love your suggestions.
You will notice also that this is a real interactive time of our day. Although you can’t hear them all, I promise you, they are all active in the process. They are completing their page at the same time. I am moving this whole time. I am weaving my way between students and supporting students along the way.
There are a variety of skills we cover.
Here are just a few of the page options we are using this month.
Calendar at the beginning of the year
We sincerely LOVE the “Mystery Number.” My helper secretly selects a number between 1-30 and writes in on a little scrap of paper off screen. Then the students make guesses. The helper responds with, “My number is more than or less than ___” until we narrow it down.
Calendar towards the end of the year
As the year continues, we kick the skills up a notch.
You can find these units HERE.
Have a wonderful weekend!