Friday, August 27, 2010
The Calendar Book
I am including these sheets for you as your free download this week, too! Other things we added were:
Shari Sloane's website, www.kidscount1234.com, has lots of calendar book pages that you can download free! But since the better clip art is usually copyrighted, she had to strip most of it off, so you may wish to add some of your own or eventually recreate your own papers with your own clip art. I personally started with her copies, and then gradually created my own as time went by. The ones that I have posted for you here today use only the artwork that I drew myself, so the copyright issue is not a problem for me.
Last year, I had such a “chatty” group that I knew that this activity would be quite a challenge. I also had a student teacher that was supposed to be taking over for the last six weeks of the year! I must admit that I just couldn’t visualize my student teacher managing this activity with this particularly challenging group of children. There were a few of them that really never mastered keeping their thoughts to themselves during whole group activities like this, so for the first time in YEARS, we did NOT do the calendar book! I just felt that it would be an exercise in frustration for all concerned. I also really didn’t have the volunteer help to keep the calendar book updated with fresh papers each month. So I opted for more activities that we could learn from that would still allow them to talk and move around a bit more, since this seemed to suit the learning style of my group last year. We also did more journaling and more science experiments, so it all turned out okay. I can’t wait to see what next year will bring! I am hoping (and praying!) for a group that loves to sing, learns well through singing, and with lots of supportive parents. What does your “dream class” look like? :) Enjoy what is left of your summer, (if there is any of it left!) and keep on hoping and praying for that “wonder” class!