Let’s talk about Calendar Time!
We know when we start the year, our students come in with a variety of skills and prior experience. Some students start kindergarten with a year of “school” already under their belt. They hit the ground running. While others start the year a bit overwhelmed. I love seeing all of my students progress, but it is especially exciting to see my little newbies take off.
So, for this reason, I like to reinforce skills over and over. Perhaps when you introduced a skill in October, a few of your friends were not ready for it, but by mid-November it is right in their lane.
Keeping calendar journals that spirally review ELA and Math skills are a great way to introduce AND reinforce skills.
I have been asked how we do our calendar and what skills we cover. It is a VERY quick part of our day. It takes a total of 5-6 minutes each morning. This is a recording of my class from last year. 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.)
A little video action!
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!
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.
There are a variety of skills we cover. We start the year with some easier skills but the complexity of the skills increase as they year progresses. Here is an example of a September page.
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.
You can find these units HERE.
That is how we do calendar time in Kindergarten!