Sunday, September 4, 2016

Free School Calendar

Happy Labor Day weekend!  Enjoy the break before heading back to class on Tuesday!  

Ever since 2013, I've been posting a free school calendar for teachers (and anyone else) to download on this blog.  I'm THRILLED to be able to offer it once again for this school year.

The calendar prints with black ink to save on printing costsThere's a change to the theme which has adorable owls that are having fun through the months of the year.  The engaging owls were created by the talented Laura Strickland at Whimsy Clips.  You may scroll to the end of the post to grab the freebie or read more.

This calendar is intended for those living in the Northern Hemisphere.  If you live in the tropics or subtropics, it might not be relevant to students to see a snow theme for January!  Sunday is displayed as the first day of the week and Saturday is is the last day of the week on this calendar set

Here are a five of my recommendations for using calendars with young children:

1.  There should be no abbreviations on the calendar for the days of the week and the months of the year.  Maybe you're teaching abbreviations to first graders but they might not be ready to apply that skill when you begin to teach calendar concepts.  There are some calendars that are not even displaying the correct abbreviated forms.  They might show an "S" for Sunday, an "M" for Monday and so forth.  Oh, and that "S"?  Well, they get to see it again for Saturday!  

2.  Each numeral gets its own space on the calendar.  Avoid having two numerals share the same space.  The months of any given year consist of full weeks and partial weeks.  Some printable calendar charts are designed with five horizontal rows which will accommodate a total of five full/partial weeks.  When a month with six full/partial weeks takes place, the final numerals within the month are positioned in the previous week's space.  An adult brain can compensate for this flaw in the calendar's design.  We know that the two numbers in the shared space represent two dates within the same month.  First graders don't get that.   When I created a display calendar shown here, I made five rows on the calendar.  That works most of the time but not when there are six full/partial weeks within a month.

3.  Make your calendar authentic.  Don't use calendars that omit Saturdays and Sundays when teaching calendar skills.  Calendars should represent the full week instead of just the days the students come to school.  This holds true for the homework calendars that students take home as well. 

Realistic calendars display all the numerals within a given month.  I'm not sure how the custom of adding a numeral for each new day within a month began in the early grades but maybe it's time to shift our way of thinking.  When we schedule haircuts or plan a visit to see the dentist, we view our calendars and set a date.  Unless we're using something like a perpetual calendar, or an Advent calendar, we don't change or add a new numeral to our calendars for each day of the month.  All the numerals are present . . . every day of the month. Yet, in our classrooms the only day that the students are viewing the completed calendar is on the last day of the month when we add the final number to our chart.  I've been asking myself this question:  "Is adding a number to a calendar chart a calendar skill?"

4.  Avoid calendars that include numerals for the next month.  Someone got the idea that they didn't like the blank spaces at the end of the month on a calendar.  So, they decided to use the blank spaces to add the first few days in the proceeding month.  Nice feature . . . for an adult brain.

5.  Use calendars that are visually engagingChildren love seeing images of animals personified or pictures of children involved in different activities.  Use attractive calendars with adorable graphics. 

A young child's calendar should to be designed with a young child's brain in mind.  Anything abstract should be eliminated whenever practical to do so. 

Want to see what the calendar looks like before downloading?  Check out my "OWL" Year Long calendar!

This free 2016/2017 children's calendar includes a printable calendar page for every month of the year.  It is designed for young children to use as they learn basic calendar concepts such as the days of the week and the months of the year.  Each date within a month has its own space with a numeral clearly printed inside the space.  Cute owls are involved in fun seasonal or holiday activities for each month of the year making it an engaging collection for children to practice calendar skills.
September 2017 Calendar
This free 2016/2017 children's calendar includes a printable calendar page for every month of the year.  It is designed for young children to use as they learn basic calendar concepts such as the days of the week and the months of the year.  Each date within a month has its own space with a numeral clearly printed inside the space.  Cute owls are involved in fun seasonal or holiday activities for each month of the year making it an engaging collection for children to practice calendar skills.
October 2017 Calendar
This free 2016/2017 children's calendar includes a printable calendar page for every month of the year.  It is designed for young children to use as they learn basic calendar concepts such as the days of the week and the months of the year.  Each date within a month has its own space with a numeral clearly printed inside the space.  Cute owls are involved in fun seasonal or holiday activities for each month of the year making it an engaging collection for children to practice calendar skills.
November 2017 Calendar
This free 2016/2017 children's calendar includes a printable calendar page for every month of the year.  It is designed for young children to use as they learn basic calendar concepts such as the days of the week and the months of the year.  Each date within a month has its own space with a numeral clearly printed inside the space.  Cute owls are involved in fun seasonal or holiday activities for each month of the year making it an engaging collection for children to practice calendar skills.
December 2017 Calendar
This free 2016/2017 children's calendar includes a printable calendar page for every month of the year.  It is designed for young children to use as they learn basic calendar concepts such as the days of the week and the months of the year.  Each date within a month has its own space with a numeral clearly printed inside the space.  Cute owls are involved in fun seasonal or holiday activities for each month of the year making it an engaging collection for children to practice calendar skills.
Alternate December 2017 Calendar
This free 2016/2017 children's calendar includes a printable calendar page for every month of the year.  It is designed for young children to use as they learn basic calendar concepts such as the days of the week and the months of the year.  Each date within a month has its own space with a numeral clearly printed inside the space.  Cute owls are involved in fun seasonal or holiday activities for each month of the year making it an engaging collection for children to practice calendar skills.
January 2017 Calendar
This free 2016/2017 children's calendar includes a printable calendar page for every month of the year.  It is designed for young children to use as they learn basic calendar concepts such as the days of the week and the months of the year.  Each date within a month has its own space with a numeral clearly printed inside the space.  Cute owls are involved in fun seasonal or holiday activities for each month of the year making it an engaging collection for children to practice calendar skills.
February 2017 Calendar
This free 2016/2017 children's calendar includes a printable calendar page for every month of the year.  It is designed for young children to use as they learn basic calendar concepts such as the days of the week and the months of the year.  Each date within a month has its own space with a numeral clearly printed inside the space.  Cute owls are involved in fun seasonal or holiday activities for each month of the year making it an engaging collection for children to practice calendar skills.
March 2017 Calendar
This free 2016/2017 children's calendar includes a printable calendar page for every month of the year.  It is designed for young children to use as they learn basic calendar concepts such as the days of the week and the months of the year.  Each date within a month has its own space with a numeral clearly printed inside the space.  Cute owls are involved in fun seasonal or holiday activities for each month of the year making it an engaging collection for children to practice calendar skills.
April 2017 Calendar
This free 2016/2017 children's calendar includes a printable calendar page for every month of the year.  It is designed for young children to use as they learn basic calendar concepts such as the days of the week and the months of the year.  Each date within a month has its own space with a numeral clearly printed inside the space.  Cute owls are involved in fun seasonal or holiday activities for each month of the year making it an engaging collection for children to practice calendar skills.
May 2017 Calendar
This free 2016/2017 children's calendar includes a printable calendar page for every month of the year.  It is designed for young children to use as they learn basic calendar concepts such as the days of the week and the months of the year.  Each date within a month has its own space with a numeral clearly printed inside the space.  Cute owls are involved in fun seasonal or holiday activities for each month of the year making it an engaging collection for children to practice calendar skills.
June 2017 Calendar
This free 2016/2017 children's calendar includes a printable calendar page for every month of the year.  It is designed for young children to use as they learn basic calendar concepts such as the days of the week and the months of the year.  Each date within a month has its own space with a numeral clearly printed inside the space.  Cute owls are involved in fun seasonal or holiday activities for each month of the year making it an engaging collection for children to practice calendar skills.
July 2017 Calendar
This free 2016/2017 children's calendar includes a printable calendar page for every month of the year.  It is designed for young children to use as they learn basic calendar concepts such as the days of the week and the months of the year.  Each date within a month has its own space with a numeral clearly printed inside the space.  Cute owls are involved in fun seasonal or holiday activities for each month of the year making it an engaging collection for children to practice calendar skills.
August 2017 Calendar - Summer Theme
This free 2016/2017 children's calendar includes a printable calendar page for every month of the year.  It is designed for young children to use as they learn basic calendar concepts such as the days of the week and the months of the year.  Each date within a month has its own space with a numeral clearly printed inside the space.  Cute owls are involved in fun seasonal or holiday activities for each month of the year making it an engaging collection for children to practice calendar skills.
August 2017 Calendar - School Theme
Click on the image shown below to get the calendar:

This free 2016/2017 children's calendar includes a printable calendar page for every month of the year.  It is designed for young children to use as they learn basic calendar concepts such as the days of the week and the months of the year.  Each date within a month has its own space with a numeral clearly printed inside the space.  Cute owls are involved in fun seasonal or holiday activities for each month of the year making it an engaging collection for children to practice calendar skills.





  

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