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.
First is practice writing his name, in his best handwriting, once a month.
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.
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.
Under the next tab is the weather section. Notice the lack of snow, I didn’t even bother to put it on the page. :)
After the daily weather pages is a summary page.
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.
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!
Tally mark for each day.
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.
I’ve printed these back-to-back.
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: I've added more calendar notebook pages here, including calendars for 2013, a temperature page for Fahrenheit, and a Write the Date! page formatted for Amercian dates.