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
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I'm Tami Sanders creator of Learning and Teaching with Preschoolers, a blog to help teachers create magical moments for the young.