Friday, 29 August 2014

Kindergarten Calendar Wall

It's that time of year when teachers are thinking about their new batch of students, what they loved about last year's program and where they want to make changes. This summer my professional reading was all about math. I wanted to revisit my calendar block to ensure that it is lively, purposeful and hands on as I want most of the activities to be math based. This year my class will spend most mornings outdoors so our class time must be very well planned.

This year I plan on beginning with just seven activities and then will make slight changes to the board each month. Calendar will follow our class meeting then open exploration time.

  1. 10 frame count with oversize pom pom
  2. Calendar with coloured number cards to create patterns
  3. Math Game
  4. Estimation Jar 
  5. Number Line (ongoing adding tape)
  6. Unifix Pattern
  7. ABC Game using Frieze
The next three will be added by the end of the first month.
  1. Guess My Number 
  2. News Clues Schedule
  3. Jolly Phonics
I don't have pictures because we are currently locked out of our room but will add them as soon as work resumes. 

Here are two links to very different calendar walls. The first, Renee at Share2learn shares how she changes her interactive wall each month, while the second teacher, Michele at New Adventures in First Grade does calendar binders with her students.

I like the simplicity of Renee's wall.  Look how easy it is to see the pattern, names of months and days of the week. When you visit her site she provides a month by month look at the changes to her calendar wall which reflect the ever-changing needs of her learners.

Sorry but I couldn't seem to capture a photo of Michele's calendar wall for you but the link above will take you there.

What do you do during your calendar block?


Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Tip Of The Week

Picture Schedule Cards

Printable daily picture schedule cards for preschool and kinder via

This week I have been working alongside our oldest daughter to set up her grade one classroom. These picture schedule cards are just what she needed to help her new Kiddos transition into grade one.

I found these wonderful picture schedule cards last year when I was looking to improve my schedule so that my youngest students could follow the schedule independently. I use a pocket chart like she recommends but my daughter laminated them and is using velcro buttons to keep her small calendar wall simple. Vanessa has created a large set of cards which should cover all of your schedule needs. They sell very inexpensively for 
$3.00. She also writes about how to use them and why they are a valuable tool in a primary classroom.

Here is the link in case you have been searching for resources for your primary classroom.


Sunday, 24 August 2014

Tip Of The Week

I have been super busy helping our daughter set up her new grade one classroom. When it came time to do the classroom library I went searching at all my favourite blogs for labels and discovered a terrific and free collection shared by Jonelle at A Place Called Kindergarten. They are very well done!!

 Here is the link...

Hope this saves you a little bit of time.

Friday, 27 June 2014

Moving Day!!!

I have accepted a new position teaching Kindergarten at Departure Bay Elementary School. While I am very sad to leave my colleagues and families at Cinnabar I am a firm believer in adventure and new experiences. My new school is piloting an eco-green curriculum that dovetails beautifully with my beliefs about play based environments.

Here is the school mission:

To become a school with an environmental focus that produces students who are environmentally literate by a using hands- on, interdisciplinary, place-based approach to provide students with meaningful and imaginative learning opportunities where students are constantly engaged in the natural world around our facility. 

Now you can see why I am so excited!!!! I am creating a second blog site to write about the nature kindergarten component. Be prepared to see lots of stories about outdoor play, outdoor learning and transforming school grounds.

Thanks for stopping by,