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Our Calendar and Morning Board Routine (and FREE Printables)

Calendar Board Printables from Homeschool Creations


 

Over the past four+ years there is one thing that has been a constant part of our morning routine – our calendar board. Each of our kids has participated in learning from it, and it has been a fun way to add a bit of math, Bible, and other subjects into a start of our day. Our youngest is in first grade and we’ll likely be using it next year with him as well for continued practice.

Our Current Calendar and Morning Board

The current setup for our calendar and morning board hasn’t changed much over the last two years, but I recently realized that there are a large number of you that have never seen it before!

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The calendar and morning board is essentially the size of a large posterboard. We used a piece of foam board to make it super sturdy and then used a mix of activities and things we wanted to include in our routine. On the board above you can see the following printables (linked below) – I’ve listed them from top to bottom by column (items with an * are included in the calendar printable pack):

  • Prayer cards for our Compassion children. Each week we put a different card at the front. These are half sheets of paper that I made with pictures of the children we sponsor through Compassion (and there is also a card for a missionary friend in the mix).
  • Skip Counting Charts - we have charts from 1 to 12 that we rotate through and practice. The originals are 8.5” x 11”, so I printed them off 2 to a page to make them smaller.
  • Make the Date * – we use plastic coins to make the date with money. For example, if it is the 24th of the month we could use 2 dimes and four pennies to make the date.
  • What Time is It? * There is a mini Judy clock velcroed on to this part. Kaleb sets the clock to the correct time and then writes the time in digitally.
  • Days in School * – Each day we add another number to our days in school and learn how to break a number down and identify number words (match to Math U See program colors)
  • ABC Bible Verse Cards – These flashcard-sized ABC Bible verse cards have a verse for every letter of the alphabet and are in constant review.
  • We Choose Virtues cards – The teacher cards from the We Choose Virtues character program slide into half of a page protector (5 1/2” x 8 1/2”). We review one character trait and the ‘catch phrase’ each week.
  • Today’s Temperature * – a little help to track and compare the indoor and outdoor temperature and learn how to use a thermometer
  • The Weather Outside * – a weekly weather tracker
  • Today’s Date (hanging from the bottom) – from Mama Jenn

Below you can download all of the calendar and morning board printables that I’ve created and use them to put together your own calendar board. The printables are available for free!

DOWNLOAD the Calendar Board Printables HERE

How to Make a Calendar Board

If you’d like to make your own calendar and morning board, you might want to grab the following supplies:

Assembly and Storage:

I purchased a piece of foam board from Target/Walmart and used adhesive hooks to hang the board on the wall (and a pencil to poke holes through the board – grins). After laminating most of my pieces, I used double-sided tape to adhere the main pieces to the board. I also cut several sheet protectors in half to slide in other pieces (like the skip counting charts) that were not laminated.

There isn’t a set way to put the board together – I just decided what pieces we wanted on our board and then rearranged them on the board before adhering anything.

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Velcro was my friend. Every coin and number card has a velcro dot attached to it in some way. Keep in mind that all of those little squares and coins need to be stored somehow. I laminated several pieces of cardstock and then attached the extra pieces to the cards for storage and keep them in a small bin from Ikea. We can easily find the pieces we need and return any unused pieces to the cards.

Follow up with the Daily Calendar Notebook

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After we go through our calendar board, our youngest (first grade) works on his daily calendar notebook. It’s just another way that we continue to work on various math, science, and handwriting concepts each day. From working on a monthly calendar, tallying the days in school, and graphing the weather, there’s lots to work on. You see a bit more of the Daily Calendar Notebook printables (including a video) here.
 
 
We also have a pocket chart that we use as our daily calendar and practice for patterning, learning the days of the week, counting, etc… Learn more about the yearly pocket chart calendar cards here.
 

Past Calendar and Morning Boards

As I mentioned before, our calendar and morning board has looked different and traveled around the house with us. Here’s a peek at another way it has been set up:

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Take a peek at this calendar set up here

A Few Other Moms with Calendar and Morning Boards

You may also be interested in visiting these moms to see how they set up their calendar and morning board time:

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How 2 Sticker Dots Helped Our Reading Lessons

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In hindsight it seems so simple, but two tiny sticker dots have been a HUGE help to our reading lessons with our youngest (age 7). There are days when he gets overwhelmed when he sees his reading assignment for the day.

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The reading fluency sheets from the All About Reading program are absolutely wonderful, but Kaleb’s hesitancy comes at having to read “all those words” (as he puts it). While there really isn’t a lot to read on the sheets, looking at two 8.5” x 11” pages can seem like a lot since they aren’t in typical story format like the hard cover readers from the program.

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Usually we break up a reading lesson to complete over a few days, but that initial shock can wreak havoc on a little boy’s emotions (smiles). This past month we’ve been using some tiny little Mark-it Dots to show the stop/start point in his reading assignments and I cannot tell you the WORLD of difference that it has made.

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The Mark-it Dots (found on Amazon) are reusable and lightly sticky, so you can put one dot at the starting point of the reading assignment and one at the end to show a definite end. Once the reading assignment is completed, the stickers can be peeled off and re-applied to the next day’s assignment.

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We have the 1/4” Mark-it dots  (there are larger 3/4” dots too) that come in a pack with rainbow colors. We use a green dot for our start point and a red dot for our ending point, and it has worked so very well!

 

Does your child ever get overwhelmed reading? What tips have you found that help ease the anxiety?

Interested in learning more about All About Reading – click here!

All About Reading Activity Bundle

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Pocket Chart Calendar Card Set :: Subscriber Freebie

I have a little something special to share with my subscribers today! Each month I have been sharing a new set of monthly pocket chart calendar cards with you all (and I will still be doing that), but if you don’t want to wait for the rest of the cards and would like a few extra bonuses, read on!

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The Yearly Pocket Chart Calendar Set includes 12 months of themed calendar headers and 3 sets of number cards for each month that can be used to work on pattern sequences with children: an ABC pattern, ABAB pattern, AABB pattern and other patterns you can make up together. The full Pocket Chart Calendar Card Set includes:

  • 12 monthly headers – in English and Spanish
  • days of the week cards – in English and Spanish
  • 3 sets of patterned number cards for each month – 36 number sets in all!
  • yearly date headers – from 2014 through 2021
  • a few bonus special occasion calendar cards

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Our Calendar Pocket Chart

Pocket chart calendar We use this pocket chart and have had it for over fifteen years! Print the cards onto cardstock, laminate, and use in your pocket chart to keep track of special days that are coming up in your school year.  

Pocket Chart Holiday and Special Occasion Calendar Cards

Pocket chart holiday and special occasion cards

 

There’s a little something extra you can purchase to go along with the pocket chart calendar printables too – holiday and special occasion cards! These cards can be included in your calendar to share special days that are coming up in your home or classroom.

The set of 36 cards includes: 100th Day of School, Birthdays, Arbor Day, Christmas, Columbus Day, Constitution Day, Earth Day, Easter, Election Day, Father’s Day, Field Trip, First Day of… (School, Spring, Summer, Fall, & Winter), Flag Day, Fourth of July, Groundhog Day, Halloween, Labor Day, Last Day of School, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Mother’s Day, New Years Day, Palm Sunday, Picture Day, President’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Thanksgiving, Vacation, Valentine’s Day, and Veteran’s Day.

Buy the Holiday and Special Occasion Cards for $1.00

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If you would rather not subscribe to this site, you can purchase the Yearly Pocket Chart Calendar Cards for $2.00 (click here to add to your cart) or grab the Yearly Pocket Chart Calendar Card Bundle {includes a set of the Holiday and Special Occasion cards) for just $2.50 (click here to add the bundle to your cart).

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The BEST Homeschool Spelling Curriculum

The best homeschool spelling curriculum - and why we like it so much from homeschoolcreations.net

 

Six years ago our family started using a homeschool spelling curriculum that literally changed the way I looked at curriculum overall.  All About Spelling helped me realize that I COULD teach a subject with confidence, and there were programs available that would reach a variety of learning styles while still keeping life simple for me as a mom and teacher.

Our kids are at different spelling levels now, ranging from Level 1 up to 6, and All About Spelling has been a fabulous addition to our homeschool curriculum. (I have to admit that I am a bit sentimental over the fact that our youngest is just about finished with the first level – and I honestly don’t want to give it up!) Each of our children has used the program a bit differently than other siblings, but that is the true beauty of All About Spelling – you can adapt it to fit your family! We are all hooked on the program and look forward to spelling time together each week.

A Quick Look at the Spelling Curriculum

All About Spelling teaches phonograms, spelling rules and patterns, word segmenting, syllables, and so much more.  It is an easy step-by-step spelling curriculum with multisensory lessons that focuses on spelling mastery. The program is based on Orton-Gillingham methods combined with the latest research.

Ten Reasons to Love All About Spelling

Each of our children has used the program a bit differently than the others, but that is the true beauty of All About Spelling.

  1. The lessons are amazingly easy to follow.  Step-by-step lightly scripted plans are given for each lesson in the level being worked on, letting the teacher know what materials are needed. Each lesson also includes ‘teacher tips’ to explain various concepts and rules.
  2. Lessons can be customized to your child’s specific needs. When we first started, we went through the early lessons rather quickly. Now we pace the lessons based on a rate that is comfortable for each child, making sure concepts have been mastered.
  3. Each lesson includes opportunity for review. Lessons Each include a way to review the steps and rules that have been taught in previous lessons, along with reinforcement for the rules that were learned during that lesson.
  4. The materials are hands-on and geared toward a variety of learning styles. Whether your child is a hands-on, auditory, or visual learner – or anything combined – there is something in the program to help! One of our favorite parts of All About Spelling are the magnetic letter tiles used spell out the words and sounds that are being practiced. Each level also includes flashcards for review. This hands-on aspect has really helped the learning with two of our children. (Not sure about your child’s learning style – check out this post for a little help.)
  5. The focus is on spelling strategies, not on spelling list memorization. Rather than handing your child a list to memorize and practice, All About Spelling focuses on the rules behind spelling. If there are any exceptions to the rule, they are covered as well (the English language can be tricky, and even I’ve learned a thing or two over the years!).
  6. Concepts are taught one at a time and introduced at appropriate levels. Let’s face it – it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the different rules and phonograms. In All About Spelling, a concept is taught, practiced, and then continually reviewed in upcoming lessons to make sure that mastery is achieved.
  7. The lessons are short and effective. Each lesson takes between 15-20 minutes to complete, but the objectives are clearly stated and there isn’t any prep time required. (No excuses for not working on spelling now!)
  8. It is a complete curriculum from preschool to high school. There are seven levels in the program. It’s a one-stop spelling curriculum, and I LOVE that! Our oldest is currently 7th grade and working on level 6, but
  9. The program is non-consumable. For our family of four, this is a huge help! Both the teacher’s manual and student materials can be re-used with younger children because NONE of it is consumable! That adds up to a huge savings when the cost is spread out between children – AND it can be sold when the level is finished.
  10. The company has a fabulous guarantee and support. There have been times that I’ve had questions over the years, and the office support has been a HUGE help to me. In addition, All About Learning Press offers a wonderful guarantee – you have a FULL YEAR to try out the All About Spelling program. If it doesn’t work for you, just return the materials at any time within one year and they will give you a full refund. (That’s how much they believe in their program).

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  • Spelling Materials (Teacher’s Manual and Student Packet): Each level of All About Spelling comes with a materials packet that includes flashcards,  a progress chart, a completion certificate, and other tools to help you teach. The program also uses letter tiles that can be used in all seven levels. The letter tiles are not included in the material pack of each level (so that you wouldn’t have six sets). If you are teaching more than one student at a time, you can order additional materials packets.  
  • Spelling Interactive Kit: The basic or deluxe interactive kit is used through all seven levels of All About Spelling – and you only need to purchase one (even if you are teaching multiple children). Kit components can be purchased separately – I personally recommend buying a few extra review boxes and divider cards to store all of the cards for the seven levels. Don’t miss their FREE phonogram sounds app either!

There is nothing that I haven’t been pleased about with this curriculum – seriously! If you are interested in learning more about how to teach using All About Spelling, know that they a 100% learning satisfaction guarantee. This is definitely a program that we recommend – and also that you check out their homeschool reading programs!

Not sure where to begin? Find out if your child is ready to begin spelling or determine what level to start with by visiting the All About Spelling site.

 

Start your All About Spelling journey now!

 

 

New to Homeschooling?

If you are new to homeschooling and aren’t sure where to begin in choosing homeschool curriculum, please don’t let this post overwhelm you! Here are a few posts that you might find helpful as you discover what is best for your family. Be sure to check out the entire Homeschool Basics series for answers to more frequently asked homeschool questions.


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This All About Spelling Review was written based on our personal use of the program over the past six years.

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February Pocket Chart Calendar Pieces

Hopefully, February will be a bit warmer than the month of January has been for us! If anything you can warm up your laminator and get ready to print and laminate the February pocket chart calendar pieces. {Psst —> Here are some cheaper laminating pouches we use and LOVE!}

February pocket chart calendar pieces from Homeschool Creations

 

Use the different colored number cards to try different pattern sequences: an ABC pattern, ABAB pattern, AABB pattern and other patterns you can make up together. Here’s an example of different patterns using the cards from September.

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The set includes a calendar header for the month of February as well.

February pocket chart calendar header from Homeschool Creations

——> Download the February Calendar Pieces HERE <——

 

Additional Calendar Helps

Here are a few additional printables and helps for you all, including the pocket chart that we use, laminating tips, and additional printables you may like:

Stay tuned!! Each month I’ll be offering a *new* set to download. Keep up with the newest posts and subscribe by RSS or e-mail to be the first to know of other free printables!

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Maestro Classics features stories set to classical music for children and families. Award winning musicians and storytellers will entertain and captivate their audience, while teaching children about classical music. Don’t miss the free curriculum guides to go with the Maestro Classics CDs!
 

The 2014 Real Refreshment Retreats from Apologia are open for registration! Join other homeschool moms in Atlanta from February 21-22, or Baltimore from March 7-8. These events are specifically designed to recharge your spiritual batteries! Registration includes the Friday evening Kick-off, general sessions and a Saturday lunch. Register here.

 

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