Calendar time has always been a part of the preschool classroom. But we have been hearing a lot of debate on it lately if it is really a developmentally appropriate activity for preschool.
As I began to dig a little deeper into my own calendar time, I discovered that I need to make some changes so that it was more meaningful to the children, but there were a few things that I wanted to keep too. See what I did in the video below.
I liked how calendar time provide a way for children to count and recognize numbers.
I also like how it gives us an opportunity to have meaningful conversations about what might happened at home or what we might be doing at school in the future.
Children always enjoy talking about things that have happened or will happen.
The event and holiday cards give us the opportunity to talk about things that will happen and also give us the opportunity to discuss what we did at a special event.
With the birthday cards we can find out who is having a birthday and how many of our friends will be celebrating their birthday in the same month.
Days at Home or No School cards give children the opportunity to count how many days they will be at home each month. They will also discover the pattern of having two days off each week.
Children always like talking about the weather and how it makes them feel. The weather cards are a great way for children to document the weekly or monthly weather patterns.
Children will be able to graph out the monthly weather to see which type of weather happened the most.
This calendar packet will help make calendar time meaningful for preschool children. It has been designed to help you have meaningful conversations around the calendar. You will be able to ask children questions based on events that will occur or that have occurred. Giving children, the tools needed to help them understand past, present and future events. Also with this calendar, you will also be able to collect data about the weather and document the findings.
Meaningful Calendar Time for Preschool
Spruce up your classroom this year with the Target Dollar Spot.
I don't know one educator that can walk past that corner without putting something in their cart.
Here are my top 5 Target Dollar Spot Classroom Hacks.
I am short on space in my group meeting area. I needed to find a way to hang my ABC picture cards so that we could have them up as we sing and move to our new ABC Song and then move it so that we could use the smart board too.
We used the clothes pin line and strung it across the smart board. We used hooks at the side of the board so that we could unhook the line out of the way when we need to use the smart board.
I'm not a big fan of putting tape on my carpets to make roads for the block center. The race track tape is perfect for the children to make their own roads with the block. I placed the tape on blocks and modge podged it on so that the children couldn't pull it off.
No special reason, just thought it would brighten up the book nook.
When I saw these I knew that they would work perfectly for my See-Find and Write cards that are located in my writing center.
We will be using these for our morning work time. Match and clip activity.
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This year as a state funded program we are going through the QRIS (Quality Rating and Improvement System) and with the QRIS comes ECER’s the Environment rating tool.
We have always completed an annual self-evaluation of the ECER’s tools, but with the QRIS they keep you accountable for it. You know that they will be randomly coming into the classroom to conduct their own ECER’s and they will find enough stuff on their own without giving them the ones that you already know about.
So, now let’s talk turkey.
Our self-evaluation of ECER’s where due in December before leaving for winter break.
Here is what I discovered about my own ECER’s.
So, if you follow me on Instagram you saw that on December 21, we packed and moved furniture in our classrooms for the annual deep cleaning too.
On January 3rd, we are due back in our classroom with kids as we put our classrooms back together.
You’re asking yourself right now how are you going to do that?
It means I must have a master plan.
I need to have a master plan to move furniture, meet ECERS and have my classroom up and running in as sort of time as possible.
I do all of this with a classroom design map. This map allows me to move and change things around and move it again until I come up with the perfect arrangement. This will also ensure that I have correct any of my problem areas that I discovered during my ECER’s review.
By doing this in advance I will be able to put my room back together in a short amount of time and with little frustration to me, my staff and most of all the children.
Here is what it looks like.
I start out with my base floor plan. I sketch out on my classroom design map all elements that will never change.
I make and cut out area signs for all learning centers that I would like to have in my classroom environment.
I do most of my moving around during this part of my planning. Thinking about what I found out about my areas conflicting with one another and making sure that I have the right combinations of centers next to each other.
I make and cut out pieces of all tables, shelves and area rugs.
Now I can add all the furniture to each center. This will show me if areas are too tight with furniture. Not leaving enough room for children to play and interact with the materials.
Take a close look and ask myself these questions.
Now that I have everything mapped out I’m ready to take a picture of the map so that I can send it to my staff. This will give them the opportunity to provide feedback before we even step foot into the classroom.
Now we are ready for the big move on January 3rd.
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If you are looking for a way to keep up with your classroom design and ECERS. Then look no further, this classroom design workbook will help you keep up with all your ideas and needed materials to meet ECER’s and any other environment rating tool.
I'm Tami Sanders creator of Learning and Teaching with Preschoolers, a blog to help teachers create magical moments for the young.
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