Calendar Notebook

Update: Check the end of this post for links to updated calendars for 2014/15.  :)

I’ve always loved the idea of the calendar notebook over at Mama Jenn’s.  Skeeterbug quickly outgrew our calendar wall, and our younger two weren’t ready for it yet.  There were certain things I wanted him to practice so I finally got around to creating our own calendar notebook at the end of last year.  This year I added a bit to it and it seems to be working well.  I bound it with binder dividers inside to make it easier to find each section.  Skeeterbug starts each school day by completing his calendar notebook.  Actually, we don’t do it every school day.  If we have a morning appointment (swim lessons, etc.) and don’t do any school work before we go, he usually doesn’t complete his calendar notebook for the day.  For example, on the days we have playgroup in the morning, when we get home we go straight to reading and projects and don’t do any table work for the day.
 

Our Aussie Homeschool - Free Calendar Notebook with Blank & Traceable Calendars & Daily Math Practice!          
First is practice writing his name, in his best handwriting, once a month.

Our Aussie Homeschool - Free Calendar Notebook with Blank & Traceable Calendars & Daily Math Practice!

Next is the calendar.  I opted to print calendar pages with the date in them so that he can trace the numbers to practice his handwriting, since it could use some (ahem) improvement.

Our Aussie Homeschool - Free Calendar Notebook with Blank & Traceable Calendars & Daily Math Practice!

Next up is practice for spelling the days of the week, ordinal numbers, and different date formats.  Aussies choose to write their dates dd/mm/yyyy.  Because they can.  (At least, that’s the only reason as far as I can see!)  I’m trying to teach my kids to do it this way.  I don’t think it will ever come naturally to me, but maybe it will to my kids.

Our Aussie Homeschool - Free Calendar Notebook with Blank & Traceable Calendars & Daily Math Practice!

Under the next tab is the weather section.  Notice the lack of snow, I didn’t even bother to put it on the page.  :)

Our Aussie Homeschool - Free Calendar Notebook with Blank & Traceable Calendars & Daily Math Practice!

After the daily weather pages is a summary page.

Our Aussie Homeschool - Free Calendar Notebook with Blank & Traceable Calendars & Daily Math Practice!

Practice with line graphing, recording the temperature each day and drawing a line in between.  It will be interesting to go back and see these through the year.

Our Aussie Homeschool - Free Calendar Notebook with Blank & Traceable Calendars & Daily Math Practice!

How many days of school?  Not a completely accurate count since he doesn’t complete his notebook every day we do school, but it’s fun to keep track of.  And to celebrate 100 days when we get there!

Our Aussie Homeschool - Free Calendar Notebook with Blank & Traceable Calendars & Daily Math Practice!

Tally mark for each day.

Our Aussie Homeschool - Free Calendar Notebook with Blank & Traceable Calendars & Daily Math Practice!

And finally, daily math practice.  I was inspired by The Teacher Wife’s Everyday Learning book, and by Aussie Pumpkin Patch’s Math Journal.  You’ll see elements from both of these on my daily math practice page.  Looking at this, I’ve realised I need to have him change how he does the place value section to show quantity with symbols rather than digits.  I’ve been thinking of adding a place value page similar to Mama Jenn’s, where she uses the plastic sleeve and her kids add stickers each day.  I’ll probably wait and do that once Jitterbug is ready for a calendar notebook of his own.

Our Aussie Homeschool - Free Calendar Notebook with Blank & Traceable Calendars & Daily Math Practice!

  I’ve printed these back-to-back.

Our Aussie Homeschool - Free Calendar Notebook with Blank & Traceable Calendars & Daily Math Practice!

I’ll have Skeeterbug keep doing these until he doesn’t have to ask me how to spell the day of the week, or if his number sentence is right, or if the number of coins he is using is right, etc.  Since Aussies don’t use 1c coins he has to round up, and he often forgets when he needs to add another coin.

These pages are available for download here, and also listed on my Printables page.  I originally designed some of these in portrait format and decided to switch to landscape, so you’ll see different formats for some pages.  The calendar pages are available blank or with numbers to trace.  I did add snow to the weather pages, so there are pages both with snow and without.  I’ve also left the date off some of the pages so you can use them in future years.  Thanks to Mama Jenn for the inspiration.  Enjoy!

ETA: Need an American version?  A temperature page for Fahrenheit and a Write the Date! page formatted for Amercian dates can be found here.  Calendars for 2014 and 2015 are also available, as well as a more colourful version!

108 comments:

  1. This is awesome! I think my daughter would like this. Thanks for sharing :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. LOVE these! Found on Pintrest. Thanks for posting your printables.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I love these and want to make booklets for may special education kids to have next year. Any chance we could get you to make the calendars for January through May of 2013? I would love to keep the same format. Great work!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh, I just started a blog too. It's only been a few days but there might be something fun for your kids on there. empoweredbythem.blogspot.com

      Delete
    2. Hi Karen, I do need to make the calendars for next year at some point, I will post them when I do. Thanks for the link to your blog, you have some great printables there!

      Delete
    3. Love the blog, I would be very interested in some printables for 2013 also. I have a son with ASD and would love to have these to work with him at home. You've really done a great job, thanks for sharing!

      Delete
  4. YOU ARE AMAZING! And incredibly generous! Thank you for sharing these! My first graders will LOVE a change up in our calendar routine!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm glad you will be able to use these!

      Delete
  5. YAY! Saw you on pinterest! Thanks so much for sharing! Less work for me ;)

    ReplyDelete
  6. I LOVE this and plan to use it with my 7 yr old, even though that might sound a bit old. I think she'll like it. We will need to adjust the "What Is The Temperature?" page because we live in Virginia (USA) and it gets a LOT hotter than 42 (I'm assuming Aussies use Celcius?). Thanks a ton!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Meghan, we do use Celsius, 42 is about 107 F. (It does get that hot here, but rarely.) I use this calendar notebook with my 7yo who is grade 2, I think it is good for grades 1 & 2 and maybe a modified version for Prep (kindergarten). Next year for grade 3 I'll probably change up the daily math practice page to add the date and just have him do that.

      Delete
    2. Anonymous20 July, 2012

      hello i saw that the calendar printable are free how can i print if i don't see the download. Please help me i need and like it

      Delete
    3. Here is the link to all of the calendar notebook downloads...

      https://www.box.com/s/06aa4e47fdda38da4268

      Delete
  7. I came here from Pinterest, too. THANK YOU for sharing this for free. Love it!! Great job!!

    ReplyDelete
  8. I absolutely LOVE these!!!Thank you so much. I'm looking forward to the 2013 calendars too so I can make a class set for the incoming Kinders (fall 2012). Thank you , thank you, thank you!!!
    lpalacios@pasadenaisd.org
    Pasadena, Texas

    ReplyDelete
  9. I LOVE this, will definately be doing it this fall :)

    ReplyDelete
  10. This looks great! I think I'm going to try this with my son. I did have some questions about the math page. Do you just pick a number at random for the number of the day? And in the less than/greater than box do they write a number that's less than or greater than the number of the day? What's the difference between a number sentence and expanded form? Thanks for sharing this with us.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Rachel, the number of the day is the same as what day of school we are on. So on the 36th day of school the number is 36. That's how we do it, but you could pick random numbers. 36 is less than 37, so 37 would go in the less than box, 35 would go in the greater than box because 36 is greater than 35. Actually, any number greater than or less than would work, but my son always chooses just one more and one less. Expanded form is tens + ones, so 30 + 6 for 36. Number sentence would be anything adding up to the number, so 20+16, 33+3, etc. You could require just one number sentence each day or several. Hope this helps!

      Delete
  11. LOVE your resources! I am thinking of making these for my students. Re: the math pages, how many of each math page do you include in the book? I'm thinking of laminating those two pages, and having the students use dry erase markers, otherwise that's a lot of copying and my admin. is tight with the paper : )

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Burkie, I print them two to a page and double-sided, so I can get four on each piece of paper. I put enough in our notebook for 100 days, so that would be 25 pieces of paper. Since I'm only doing it for one kid it's not so bad. I love the idea of laminating and using a dry-erase marker. That way you could also print it full-size. It also would make it a little harder for them, they can't just look at what they did the day before!

      Delete
  12. Are you familiar with the Drop in the Buckets series? They have additional concepts you could add to your child's book : )

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hadn't seen those before. They do have some additional concepts, and my son is getting bored with ours so I may have to change it up soon. Thanks!

      Delete
  13. These are fantastic! Thanks for sharing! Can't wait to put our notebook together.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm glad you'll be able to use it!

      Delete
  14. Kara Kramer24 May, 2012

    Hi there,

    I'm really interested in your daily math practice page. Is there a way that I could get a printable of that one page. You showed the two sites you got ideas from, but I don't know how to combine them myself. Thank you so much, this would be great for my son.

    Kara

    ReplyDelete
  15. Hi Kara, the math practice page is in my calendar notebook download available here:

    https://www.box.com/s/5fc2dd902cd4f0ea7c6f

    The math practice pages are page 39 (landscape) and page 40 (portrait). There are two to each page. I print mine on both sides so that I end up with four to a page. I'm glad you'll be able to use these!

    ReplyDelete
  16. I the layout and all the information included in your book! I will be using this next fall with my first grade homeschooler. I love Saxon Math because of the repitition, but I think this may be better!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Great Holly, I hope these will work well for your family!

      Delete
  17. I would love something like this for my pre-K day care children. Any ideas?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Laura, I guess it really depends on their writing skills. Pre-K'ers might have difficulty with the lines on the name page (if they are anything like mine he thinks as long as he gets all the letters somewhere on the page he's got it done!) You could do the monthly calendar pages with the pre-printed numbers, they could trace the number or colour in the box each day. The daily weather page they could colour in a box each day. The 100 days of school page you could have them do with a sticker for each day, and the tally marks page might be doable as well. Do you have a calendar board? Mama Jenn has some great printables for a calendar board here:

      http://www.mamajennblogs.com/2011/05/our-new-calendar-board.html

      You've also made me realise that I've got some calendar board items I could share also, I'll have to do that at some point. I don't have a calendar notebook for my 4yo, I haven't decided yet if I'll make one for him when he starts Prep (Kindergarten) or if I'll wait until Grade 1.

      Delete
  18. Thank you so much for the Math Notebook pages. I am definitely going to use them in my 3rd Grade classroom come August.
    Thank you again,
    Darleen
    Third Grade Love

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Great Darleen, I'm sure your third graders will be thrilled! ;)

      Delete
  19. Found you on pinterest and LOVE this. Thanks for sharing! ~Lisa @ HappyinDoleValley :)

    ReplyDelete
  20. I want to let you know that I am using this (a slightly modified version, incorporating some of the things you linked to) for my son (first grade) this coming school year.

    Thank you for a fantastic idea!!!

    ReplyDelete
  21. I love this idea. But my kids are so much older. Are there any similar ideas for kids 9-12?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Colleen, someone above mentioned the Drops in the Bucket series...they have daily math practice sheets for up through about 5th grade. Here's the link, you can see samples on their site (scroll down for math, their reading series is at the top):

      http://www.frog.com/catalog/merchant.mv?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=FPC&Category_Code=DB

      I haven't personally used these but the samples are full of great ideas.

      Delete
  22. I love the organization of this.
    Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  23. I'm going to be looking into doing calendar this year, and I love all of your graphs. Such a great set up. Thank you so much for creating this! :)

    Amanda
    Reaching for the TOP!

    ReplyDelete
  24. Thank you so much! I'm inspired for September with my new students!

    ReplyDelete
  25. I love this! I just pinned it so I won't forget it. My son is going to start this next week. Thank you for the printables...you made this way to easy!

    ReplyDelete
  26. What a great idea to start this year. My kids will really enjoy it. Thank you so much for sharing!

    Becky
    Practips.com

    ReplyDelete
  27. I found ou on Pinterest. I LOVE the math journals and already planning on using them for next year! Thank you!!!

    ReplyDelete
  28. Anonymous04 July, 2012

    Love It!!!

    ReplyDelete
  29. Anonymous07 July, 2012

    Hi I really like this idea. For some reason I can only find the graph weather data page, calendars, and writing the date. I wasn't able to find the weather color sheet, tally sheet, or the activity you have students do for the number in the end. Could you please tell me if there is this anywhere on your site. My email is jenerator97@yahoo.com.
    Thanks,
    Jennifer

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Jennifer, here is the direct link to the calendar notebook...

      https://www.box.com/s/5fc2dd902cd4f0ea7c6f

      Delete
  30. This is wonderful - thank you so much!! I've just printed off our calendar pages, and am excited to use them as part of our school day. (I appreciate that you added American pages as well, thanks for thinking about us!!)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Jen, I'm American so couldn't help but think of y'all! ;)

      Delete
  31. What a wonderful idea!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

    ReplyDelete
  32. I LOVE this! I am so excited to use this this year! Thank you so much for sharing the printables. You even formatted them in vertical and horizontal layouts, and included weather pages with snow! You are fabulous!!! Thanks again!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Crizzle! When I was originally creating these I couldn't decide if I wanted vertical or horizontal so I made both! Ultimately I went with horizontal as you can see from the pictures.

      Delete
  33. Anonymous20 July, 2012

    Thank you for these ideas.

    ReplyDelete
  34. thank you soooo much for the free printables, just what we needed!

    ReplyDelete
  35. These are wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing. My kids have outgrown their daily calendar too, but can still benefit from something like this.

    ReplyDelete
  36. Thank you so much for sharing this! I teach special education and you just saved me lots of time and work to create something similar. There are a few things I will need to add/change, but I love the way you integrated all of those math skills into something they practice every day.

    ReplyDelete
  37. Thank you so much!! I absolutely love all of your printables!! I am homeschooling my five year old and using the same material to home school my cousin who has down syndrome. Thank you. This is going to be so beneficial!

    ReplyDelete
  38. All I can say is thank you! I've already started printing some of this out...I'm starting 1st grade at home with my son in September! So thank you again!!! :)

    ReplyDelete
  39. Hi! Thanks for these great pages!!! I'm adding some of yours to one's I have already printed from Mama Jenn's site! So happy you made these available for download!

    ReplyDelete
  40. These are great! I'm starting a calendar time in my class this year and this will be a big help to start going.
    Beth
    Thinking of Teaching

    ReplyDelete
  41. Thank you for this! I just one together for my daughter for Kindergarten this year. Off to get it bound at Staples :)

    ReplyDelete
  42. Thank you for these ideas and printables. I am new to homeschooling and have been organizing myself. So, I would love to print the Math Practice sheet but have looked on your blog and cannot find it. Do you mind telling me how to print it if it is available?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Bev, here is the direct link to all the calendar notebook printables:

      https://www.box.com/s/06aa4e47fdda38da4268

      Delete
  43. this is beautiful! i mean, really, thank you so much for this! it's going to help so much! and thank you for making it free. sincerely!!!!

    God bless!

    ReplyDelete
  44. Thanks so much for sharing! This is really going to come in handy!

    ReplyDelete
  45. Hi - I came here from Pintrest. Your Calendar Notebook is awesome. My boys are in the local school system here in Switzerland so I am always looking for worksheets to let them practice their English. I think they will actually LIKE this one! Thanks

    ReplyDelete
  46. Thanks SOOOO much for sharing the printables of this. I am using it in the US and I was wondering what you do for the number sentences box? I have come up with my own idea but wanted to see what others are using this for. Thanks for help or ideas. :) carol

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. For number sentences we do an addition or subtraction equation. You could use multiplication or division if your child is able. You might require a certain number of them, say three number sentences for your number of the day. So if your number is 14 a number sentence might be...10+4=14, 7+7=14, 20-6=14, or 7x2=14. Hope that helps, Carol!

      Delete
  47. Found you on Pintrest, thanks for posting and sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  48. Found this via Pinterest and had to thank you *SO* much for sharing your calendar notebook resources! Wow! Such great material! Can't wait to use it with my kiddos!

    ReplyDelete
  49. Phenomenal! Found this on Pinterest - thank you so much for the download! Saved me tons of time! :) Can't wait to print and use with my 1st grade class!

    ReplyDelete
  50. Hi Sheryll, Great ideas, thanks! I'll be looking to do something similar with my girls this year. We Aussies (and Kiwi's) write our date that way because we were settled as a Commonwealth same as many other countries around the world. Apparently the Chinese write theirs starting with the year, then month, then day. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Lisa

    ReplyDelete
  51. Love this, thank you. I mentioned and linked this post in my blog tonight.
    We are ready for Tuesday now!

    ReplyDelete
  52. I found this via Pinterest. I can't thank you enough. I struggle some days with getting anything done with my 6 year old daughter. She gets VERY distracted very easily. We started yesterday with the calendar and she's very excited. It will be easy to take with us too if we are going somewhere.

    ReplyDelete
  53. I love this. This is a great idea. We were doing something similar in what we called a "Weather Journal," but you have added so much MORE! It's fabulous.

    I have some quick questions on the math sheets. How do you do expanded format for simple numbers like 7? Also, we got to less than and greater than and I couldn't remember. Is it just one less than the day? And do you ever pick a random number like 234, or is it always the number of the day?

    I really do love this idea, and thank you so incredibly much for sharing.

    Hugs,
    Melinda

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Melinda, to answer your questions...For the expanded number you wouldn't expand 7, just start at over ten, so 10 and 1 for eleven. It's to help with place value. The greater/less than we used the number we were on for how many days of school. So if it is the 61st day of school we used 61. My son would always use one more and one less for his numbers (so, 60 and 62 in this example), but he could have picked any number that was greater or less than. I thought it was funny he always did that. Later we started using random numbers (like 234!) to make it more fun, but for the first few months we didn't. Hope that helps!

      Delete
  54. This is such a blessing! I can't believe it's free! Thank you so much for your generosity!

    ReplyDelete
  55. I just found your site through Pinterest and LOVE this calendar book! I am very excited to use your ideas. Thank you so much for sharing!

    I saw that Drops in a Bucket was mentioned above - I have used this program many years and really like it. I love how you incorporated some of the same concepts into your calendar book as well, which makes the calendar information so much more meaningful. Using this and Drops in a Bucket together would make your son unstoppable! :)

    ReplyDelete
  56. I love this! I would love to use this, but I teach all in Spanish. Would it be possible to get a PDF or Word version of this so I could translate?!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hola Sarahi! The download is a pdf, so have a look and hopefully that will work for you!

      Delete
  57. thanks will be using this in my class thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  58. Wow, this is awesome.
    I think I'll make a German version for my children.
    Thank you so much for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  59. I used this calendar this year with my students and it was great! Could you send me the template you use for the actual calendar pages so that I can make them for 2014 or could you make some with 2014?

    Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Lisa, I'm hoping you found these by now...here is the link!

      http://www.ouraussiehomeschool.com/2013/06/calendars-for-2014.html

      Delete
  60. What an exciting way to teach our young kids about the days in a year and get organized. One of the best idea to implement at our tuition center and one of our website for 2nd grade math.

    Thanks for the great resource.

    ReplyDelete
  61. Could you also send me the template so I can edit for 2014 or will you be creating one? Looks great! Im planning on using this with the life skills class.
    If you can send it please let me know and Ill forward you my email.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Lauren, hopefully you found these by now, here is the link...

      http://www.ouraussiehomeschool.com/2013/06/calendars-for-2014.html

      Delete
  62. I've absolutely loved reading your blog over the years. We started using this calendar notebook (US version) and I just re-did the math sheet a bit and thought I should let you know.
    You can find it over on my facebook homeschooling page -
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Braddock-School-Rooms/433635353345013

    My son was born in Oz, in Portland, Victoria 10 years ago. We came back to the states when he was 2.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Dawn, it looks great! You've added a lot to make it useable for older students.

      Delete
  63. You Are Awesome! I love this! Implementing this year!

    ReplyDelete
  64. Anonymous24 June, 2013

    These are AWESOME! Great work! I can't wait to use it this school year!

    ReplyDelete
  65. Love it! Thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  66. Thank you so much for sharing! Awesome Job! Aside from the calendars how many of the temperature and weather logs do you print? My girls are required to attend 180 days of school and when I added enough of the pages to represent this the print job was just too expensive.

    Thank you.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sorry for the late reply, I print one temperature and weather page for each month of the school year. So a max of twelve, you may need less if you don't plan to school during every month of the year.

      Delete
  67. Anonymous20 July, 2013

    Love It!! Will be doing this for my Morning Work this year! Hardcopies made; now all I have to do is put it together.

    Thanks for Sharing,Sheryll :-)

    ReplyDelete
  68. Do you have the Calendar Notebook for 2013-2014? If so, could you please share? I love your notebook!! Thank you!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Shirley, hopefully you found these by now but here is the link...

      http://www.ouraussiehomeschool.com/2013/06/calendars-for-2014.html

      Delete
  69. Sheryll, thank you so much for sharing these printables and ideas with us all! I really appreciate it!

    ReplyDelete
  70. Will you be doing an updated set for 2014? :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi, hopefully you found these by now!

      http://www.ouraussiehomeschool.com/2013/06/calendars-for-2014.html

      Delete
  71. This is fantastic. Could you change the calander to this year or explain to us simpletons how to fo it?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi, the calendars for 2014 are here:

      http://www.ouraussiehomeschool.com/2013/06/calendars-for-2014.html

      Delete
  72. Wow! This is a great resource. Thank you for sharing so freely.

    ReplyDelete
  73. Awesome - thank you for updating :)

    ReplyDelete
  74. anyone have a link for a "What is the temperature" section but done in fahrenheit?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hope you found this already, but here's the link anyway!

      http://www.ouraussiehomeschool.com/2012/04/more-calendar-notebook-pages.html

      Delete
  75. I'm a french teacher who had found your work on the internet and this idea is just great ! I will use this book in my class from september ! Thanks !

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Great Delphine, I hope these work for you!

      Delete

Thank you for commenting! Cheers!

template by beautiful dawn designs and customised like crazy by me :)
Copyright © 2011-2014 Sheryll @ Our Aussie Homeschool - All Rights Reserved