Now the hard part... how to describe it. It is the calendar pack that brings all of the pieces together for your classroom. I know it did for mine. Did you read our post re.spon.si.bil.it.y?
This is a great place to start understanding why I put together the pieces in the way that I did, but the short version is I needed calendar pieces that translated outside the bulletin board borders. I like things to have continuity for my young, developing readers and keeping things to look the same has played a huge role in the success of things running smoother in our classroom.
So I need our calendar headers
to match our months of the year,
to match our weather graph,
to match our daily folder monthly calendars,
to match our Common Core standards-based book logs,
and anything else that might help keep me more organized!
And what's more - I need to be able to change pieces on my calendar to match what's happening each month. That's something we all do, right? But I want this reflected in the calendars that my students have so that they finally stop asking, "Is our field trip tomorrow?" when it's still three weeks out. I want them to have exactly the same pictures on their calendars. But, I've never come across a calendar set in the store that also came with a matching set of clipart to create my student (and helpful to parent) calendars. Have you?
My parents love that my kinders use these calendars almost like planners and can "read" them long before they can read them and know what's happening in the classroom and what is to come. Kinders love to know what to expect, routines and this one piece of the pack has been such a benefit to me and my kinders. Now, I will tell you that it takes a bit of time (and modeled practice) to learn how to find the right day (matching to our class calendar) to color in their behavior, but it quickly becomes routine.
So, how huge? With 165 pages of printed material to use year after year and 104 pieces of clipart to create your student calendars to match your class one, huge seems like a good thing.
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