Some of you might know that from the mid 1980’s until the early 2000’s, I worked as an elementary teacher / principal and university instructor. I’ve taught all grades 1-8 and at the undergraduate and graduate level.
This fall, my grandson Jacob started kindergarten. One of the fun things early elementary classes do every day is sit down in front of a calendar and talk about the days. It helps them learn how to count, recognize numbers, and learn about the months of the year. Teachers usually use a grid that allows them to lay out each month’s numbers and shift the numbers for the next month. Take a look at these two photos:
This gives you some idea of what I’m talking about.
Our Block of the Month calendar is roughly based on the same concept, and our calendar will have a changeable picture at the top, one for each month of the year.
If you have little ones living at home, or grandchildren who might also be learning their numbers, this might be a fun project for you, although you don’t have to have little kids to use the calendar. I will be giving the calendar and the January block to Jacob and Samantha for Christmas, then sending them the next month’s picture/block in time for each new month throughout 2010. I’d love to have you join with me!
Directions will begin this Thursday, October 1st:
October will get our numbers ready
November will get the background ready
December will get January’s block ready
January will get February’s block ready, and so forth.
Please let me know if you will be joining us in this fun project, and an address for a blog or site online where you can post your pictures each month.
It’s almost time~ I’m getting excited!