This past week was the second week of school for us, so we’ve had plenty of opportunity to introduce our calendar to our newest Little People. We don’t use a typical calendar in our class – we use a calendar system that I that I call the Day to Day Calendar. I think that it has really made a difference in how we talk about our time in the classroom, and I feel that it is much more developmentally appropriate than a regular calendar.
Our calendar uses one 8.5″ x 11″ page per day, and Saturday and Sunday share a page. This set up gives us lots of room to add visuals for calendar routines and other information. At this point in the school year, we focus on two basic things: the weather and whether the day is a school day or a stay at home day. We do this by letting our Weather Helper choose the weather picture that fits the day, and the Calendar Helper decides whether the day is a School Day or a Stay at Home day and then adds that visual. (The pictures shown by the speech bubble on each school day on the calendar show who is the weather helper for the day.)
One of the special benefits of this calendar is that when the week is over, the pages go into a photo album that we call the Class Journal. This journal lives in our class library. Because we look at our pages again and and again this way, I try to add as many memory-provoking visuals as I can to it – special events, pictures of class activities, birthdays, etc. (The week shown below was the first week of school, so we had not added many extra visuals yet.)
I’ll be sharing more about the calendar as the year goes on, but if you are interested in more information, you can learn more here in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.