I originally posted this in January but I accidentally deleted this post when I was trying to edit it...I tried to undo it but the steps involved were way over my head so I thought it would be easier to just redo the post. So if you already saw this don't think that I forgot I posted it, I am redoing it. Who knows I might even say something better this time:)
This year I decided to change the way I keep track of how many days we have been in school. I got this idea from Debbie Diller. Each day we added one post-it to the wall. Obviously, as we started a new row we changed the color to make it easier to see the different groups of ten. When we got to one hundred I stopped adding post-its and used the straws in the cups to help us count on. When we had completed our hundred chart I was able to play a game that the children loved. Before the kids came in I would take off a few numbers and when they arrived they would have to tell me which numbers were missing and how they figured it out. They loved this!
Here is a picture of what the whole calendar area looked like. There is a little more on the whiteboard next to the calendar board. I have some calendar numbers mixed up on there and come coins that we were reviewing.
Our main focus during calendar time is math (not days of the week, months, birthdays,etc.) so we not only use the post-its to count the days we also use the straws in the cups for place value and this year I started using ten frames with bingo dabbers.
This was the 100th day of school so all of the straws are in the hundreds cup. I have a blank ten frame up for the next day and the ten frames that have been filled in are on a ring so each day we can count by tens and then add the ones to see how many days we have been in school. I also have a monthly cut out (you can see it in the second picture it is the large snowflake next to the hundred chart of post-its) where we make tally marks for each day. There are so many different ways to count the days and I want my students to understand that you can use different methods to get the same answer. I think certain kids click with certain methods too.
Last year our district moved away from the typical calendar time because they felt that many of the things that we did during that time were not in the new common core standards. At first this was hard for me because I am so used to doing calendar time. I decided that I was not going to get rid of it entirely. I did take out some of the things that I did before like, singing the days of the week, months, birthdays, the pattern on the calendar and yesterday, today, tomorrow. I do think that the children learn a lot from calendar time but I understand their concerns so I changed it a little. The students love this time of the day!