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Before we start schoolwork each morning, we spend a little bit of time working on our calendar and
morning board. Every now and then things have changed around on the board, but the main goal is to
add in a few hands-on learning activities each day for the kids.
All those extra weather tags, numbers, words and
coins needed to be stored in a central place. I have
them inside some plastic envelopes that are about 6”
x 6” in size {they are actually envelopes from some
of my Close to My Heart scrapbooking supplies}. I
cut pieces of cardstock to 6" x 6" in size, laminated
them, and attached the pieces to the cards using
velcro to keep them in order. The plastic envelopes
are stored in a small bin I picked up at Ikea that is
designated to hold our calendar stuff. There are
some dry erase markers and paper towels also in the
box {to wipe off and write on}. The bin just slides
onto one of our nearby shelves.
What Time is It? ~ To help our kids work on both analog and
digital time, we added this piece to our calendar board. We
attached a
mini Judy clock to the board using velco dots {kids
can take it off easily}. They set the hands on the clock to the
correct time and then use the smaller velcroed numbers to create
the digital time and add AM or PM. You can also write the time in
digital format below the mini clock using a dry erase marker.
{
Note: this is an updated file}.


Days in School ~ Each day we fill in how many days we’ve
been in school. Underneath the number, we break the number
down by ones, tens and hundreds. We then use number words to
create the number, again by ones, tens, and hundreds. The
numbers and words are all color coded {i.e. any number to go in
the ones spot is green, tens are red and hundreds are blue}.
Pieces all attach with
velcro dots.  If you use Math U See, you can
use the
Math U See version of the Days in School printable that
has red for the 100’s, blue for the 10’s and green for the one’s
places. {
Note: this is an updated file}.
You can also see our our calendar and
morning board layout from last year. There
are some other moms who have made some
other great resources and have ideas for
different  calendar and morning board
printables. You can visit their sites to see the
creative ideas that they have here:

~  
Carisa @ 1+1+1=1…Calender page

~  Michelle @ Delightful Learning

~ Mama Jenn’s Calendar Board

~ Confessions of a Homeschooler
Additional Helps
Character Qualities ~ We are using the program We Choose
Virtues
, which has some wonderful teacher cards {5 1/2" x 8
1/2" that I slid into half of a page protector. We can quickly
review the character trait we are studying, the 'catch phrase' for
that trait, and the go-along Bible verse.

Today's Temperature ~ The temperature tracking printable
has two thermometers on it where we mark the indoor and the
outdoor temperature each day. We use a dry erase marker to
draw the ‘mercury’ in each thermometer. Once the kids fill in the
mercury, they write the temperatures in either Fahrenheit or
Celsius. {
Note: This is an updated file}.

Weekly Weather Graph ~ Each school day we track the
weather outside.  The pieces all have velcro dots on them and
after we look out the window to see the weather, we pick the
correct weather card to put in that day of the week slot.
People We Pray For ~ I used 4x6 photo sleeves to slide in
space on your board, you can
sponsor a child too!}. We also made
a card for one of the missionaries that we support. Each morning
the kids take turn praying for both of them {love this part of the
board!}.

Skip Counting Charts ~ To help make multiplication a little
more fun, we have our
skip counting charts on the board to
review each day. Each number chart has a fun rhyme to go along
with the skip counting and shows an example of how the skipping
works. Charts are from 1 up to 12 to help learn multiplication
tables. These are typically 8 1/2" x 11" printables, but I printed
two of them to a sheet so they printed out 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" instead.
I slid the charts into half of a sheet protector that is glued on the
board with double-sided tape. {13 thru 15 added without rhymes}.

Make the Date ~ One of our kids favorite parts of the day
{because it involves money - even fake money makes them
happy}! The printable is from
Carisa at 1+1+1=1. We use coins to
count up to the date number {i.e. the 22nd would be two dimes
and two pennies}. We use some
play money with velcro dots
attached to the back, so that the kids learn to identify the coins.
If you would prefer to track the temperature for a week
so that you can compare the temperatures that week,
then the
Weekly Temperature Tracking Printable is a
great tool to add to your Calendar Board.
Supplies needed:


Putting the board together:

I purchased a piece of foam board from
Target/Walmart and used
adhesive hooks
to hang the board on the wall. After
laminating most of my pieces, I used
double-sided tape to adhere the pieces to
the board. I also cut several sheet
protectors in half to slide in other pieces
that were not laminated.
Today's Date ~ Hanging right underneath our main
board we added the day of the week on
jump rings.
This is a printable I
downloaded from Mama Jenn {why
redo all the work?}. They hang on
adhesive hooks and
each day the kids can change the date by flipping the
cards to the correct day, month, number and year.