Thursday, March 13, 2008

Calendar Time

Our regular calendar. I try to go over it daily for the benefit of I-5, our resident Kindergartner. He could tell you about onomatopoeia and where the Eiffel Tower is, but not what day of the week it is. I figured we needed to do something about that! For a while I was having grades 2 and K keep a calendar time notebook, but since we don't start school the same way each day, that wasn't easy to keep up with. Next to it is a What Is Today? chart where we record the day, date, weather and season.

The weather calendar! This one is fun because we record the daily weather and the temperature on it. We have a wireless weather station we check in on. Our outdoor weather station turned out to be a disappointement since it was not meant to stay outdoors. If we have to set up the equipment each time we go to record data, it is too cumbersome. So, if you know any benefactors out there willing to fund our weather station, let me know. Hmmm...I wonder if I could score a grant for a homeschool?!

What do you all do for calendar time? I have some other materials around for making the weather chart. I'd like to do a small unit on weather and learn about weather maps and how to predict the weather based on a few data points. Maybe next year...

2 comments:

Edwena said...

We just use a regular calendar that I take off the wall and toss in our vitamin basket that we take to the table. We just go over the months, days of week, year, and if today is... then tomorrow is... and yesterday was ...
Maybe a good idea for someone who doesn't have much room.

Kendra AU said...

We sing the "today is" song, which the kids love. It discusses the Date (month and number followed by the day of the week), as well as what yesterday was (day of week) and what tomorrow will be (day of week). Our calendar is small, no bigger then a sheet of paper, and it hangs under our world map. Because we make our calendar we also discuss birthdays (in family if there is one), or holiday, or whatever. We usually do this right after reading, which is our first subject of the day. Lots of fun. The boys think the song is the best. I also have them write out the date, which i write in a small notebook in highlighter and have them trace it. On the last day of the month they write it with no help from me.