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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!

Calendar Board and printables from Homeschool Creations-1

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. (Find these here.)
  • 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

Calendar Notebook Binder
 
 
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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Comments

  1. Jennifer@Milk & Honey Mommy says:

    Jolanthe,
    Thank you for again posting your routine. I am working on my son’s morning board area, which is currently a blank wall. That isn’t too much inspiration for starting the day. He needs absolutely everything you currently use, so I will be recreating much of what you use with Kaleb. I just needed some direction.

  2. Kelly @Raising Samuels says:

    What a wonderful resource! This is my first year homeschooling and my oldest will be in Kindergarten level next year so this is perfect for that. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Julia Cosgrove says:

    Thanks so much!

  4. Dear Jolanthe, I would like to thank you so much for sharing your stuffs freely. My 5 year old was able to learn how to read date, thermometer, count, etc thanks to your calendar printables. EVen though I couldn’t set up the whole calendar board like you (we had to move and my youngest wouldn’t leave it still) but he was able to do calendar notebook daily (pretty much), which allowed him learn to count numbers, write date, tell weather etc and we had 100 day celebration too when he finished filling up his 100 day chart! :) Thank you SOOOO much!

  5. Alyson says:

    What did you attach the jump rings to the poster with at the bottom?

  6. Brandee says:

    Hi. I have a 3rd and 5th grader. Should we just use the calendar board? Or should we use both? Or should we just use the daily calendar notebooks? Would love your opinion.

  7. Do you use the 5/8″ Velcro dots? I see that is the size your link goes to. Is there any other size you use that would be beneficial to get in addition to the ones you use on your morning board? I know you have an affiliate link to Amazon but are the ones at feinersupply.com the same thing?

    • For the morning board, we do use the larger velcro dots. The ones at Feiner are the same, but you will get a LOT of them (and likely not need them for years to come). A friend and I split the cost of the rolls and we still have them!

  8. Holly Bell says:

    Thank you so much for this great resource! We are gearing up for our 2nd year of homeschooling. I’ve put together the Calendar Notebook and am now working on the Calendar morning board. We are so excited to utilize this!

  9. Tasha Hale says:

    Hi, I downloaded the printables for the calendar (thank you so much!!), but the pack was missing the “Make the Date” page. Is there I way I could get a PDF of that? I know it would be really simple to make, but I’m trying to steal a couple of moments to print (rather than create) while my one year-old destroys the house and my 5 year-old screams at her 3 year-old brother. :} Any help would be appreciated! Thank you for your blog post!!

  10. Kimberly says:

    I love this. I had printed this pack out for my oldest kids. I laminated most of the pages and put them all in a three ring binder, instead of a bulletin board. It works SO well.
    Now it’s time to start my youngest on these ideas and so I am back to print out a few of the pages we need new for her! THANK YOU!!

  11. Bethany Brown says:

    I know it is several years later :) , but where can I find the printable of the day, month, date and year that you have hanging on the rings? Particularly, the year…I have it going up through 2016, but it’s 2017 now and I don’t have that year for my calendar board…Thank you!!!!

  12. Stacy Ziegler says:

    Jolanthe,

    I love the calendar board. We started our first day of homeschooling my 3 and 5 year old. It didn’t go as well as I imagined it. They were running around and playing with each other. How do I get them to participate?

    • Stacy,

      Start of simple. With little ones it can be hard to keep their attention, so we always ease into everything. Try adding one thing a day with the calendar board and let them participate as much as possible. There’s always a learning curve for kids (and moms). :)

      Hope you have a great year!

      Jolanthe

  13. Prasheela says:

    Thanks for sharing, Thank you so much for this great idea! More helpful.We are gearing up for our 3rd year of homeschooling. We are so excited to this! Love it…….

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