8.22.2011

calendar wall

Oh my goodness... I survived the first day of school!
It was so good to see them again. I missed those little guys.
(I wonder what I have to do to take them to third grade, too...)

Since I looped with my class, there was a moment when I felt like I never had a summer.
My day was crazier than I expected. It was like a great big reunion--they were all so happy to see their friends. It was definitely not a typical first day of school.  I had keep reminding myself that they are kids and they were just really happy to be in school again.

Needless to say, I'm exhausted! No gym for me.

Anyways, here are a few pics of my calendar wall. I put a lot of thought into this bulletin board and it took me a lonnnng time to finally put it together. I really wanted to make this space meaningful, because I think calendar time is really important. 


I created the money anchor charts in the picture above. Click here to download.
I bought the season pictures from Amazon for like $2.50 {I cut them apart}. Click here to check them out.
I bought the Hundreds, Tens, Ones, pocket chart here.
I also bought the hundreds chart from Amazon. Click here to check it out.

This is our circle time area. You can't see it, but I have a green rug for my students to sit on.


I created this date flip-chart from a free download at Mama Jenn
I love it and I love the idea of having all the pieces on a ring. 
I got really sick of laying out pieces (that would get always lost) the night before.


I think this clock is so fun! I saw it in Lory Evans' classroom and I had to make my own.
(BTW, Lory teaches in the same district as me. I took a math class from her and that woman is pretty much amazing! You really should check out her blog.)

Oh and I am always telling my students that they can do hard things! 
It makes me giddy to hear them tell each other the same thing.
I plan on changing the messages throughout the year, depending on what my students need.
Next message will be: Always Do Your Personal BEST!


What do you do for calendar time?

25 comments:

  1. I love your board! I'm looking to change my board this year. It needs a makeover. I'm a first grade teacher thinking about moving up to 2nd grade next year. I'm looking forward to your posts. I hope this year is great for you!
    Sarah
    http://mrstfirstgrade.blogspot.com/

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  2. I love the date flip book! Thanks for sharing the pics! :)

    http://thesilverlininginteaching.blogspot.com/

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  3. It's beautiful. I bet your kids are dying for calendar time just to look at this pretty wall+!

    Laura
    http://laura-armstrong-martinez.blogspot.com/

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  4. Love it! The clock is too cute. So glad I stumbled upon your blog! Thanks for sharing!

    http://queenof214.blogspot.com/

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  5. Adorable! I'm setting up my classroom this week, can't wit to show you my calendar wall!

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  6. This is great! I've been struggling with what to do with my calendar wall, and I see so much inspiration here! I can't wait to use this!

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  7. I love your "Mrs. Erickson Always Says..." idea! I'm going to have to steal that! We were recently given Every Day Counts calendar to do. I'm getting my feet wet in it right now and will go full speed ahead when they install my Smartboard. (I teach K, 1, and 2 math, so I can't really put up 3 different calendar walls!!)

    Ms. Preppy's Adventures in Primary and Polka Dots

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  8. Thank you for the Everyday Learning book and the number cheat sheet. They are awesome! Perfect timing too. We just started number words to 100 yesterday and I was thinking I needed to make up a cheat sheet today because some of the kids were struggling with it and there your's was!! Yeah! Thanks so much!!

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  9. I LOVE your calendar and am sure that the children will too! I can get into my classroom next week and you have inspired me to start with my calendar board. Did you make the weather children pics? I love them too.

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  10. Love, love, love it! My calendar definitely needs some tweaks, thanks for the inspiration!

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  11. I love your calendar board. I have pics of mine on my blog too. I found the mama jean flip things last week and will be adding those as well. So convienent...love your blog!
    ~~ Vicky
    http://www.buzzingalonginfirstgrade.blogspot.com
    http://www.vickymoore2.com

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  12. I love that clock! I think I'm going tohave to try and see if I can make it. How many inches is it in diameter? I really like your calendar and it is so bright and cheery.

    Diane
    http://theteachersjungle.blogspot.com

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  13. @Diane: I don't have exact dimensions, but I made it as big as the poster board would allow! Hope that helps! :)

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  14. I love your calendar wall! So organized and useful for learning :)

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  15. How come your calendar looks SO DANG GOOD!!?!?!? I just posted about my calendar and then I looked at yours and I just love it.
    -Rachelle
    whattheteacherwants.blogspot.com

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  16. Glad I found your blog! Love your ideas!

    I'm also a newlywed, and in school to be a teacher! Hoping to teach 1st or 2nd grade!

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  18. darn...you are one of my top ten too! A well deserved double winner!
    Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits

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    First Grade Blue SKies

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  22. What are the two white rectangles next to the calendar? I see one says "how much". How do you use them?

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thanks for the love ♥

 
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