Honestly, I have balked at calendar time in the past. Yes, we have hung up calendars and practiced the days of the week and months of the year, but that was it. No coins to count the days, no tally marks, no straws in containers. I just didn’t have the space to place all those manipulatives and I always had a toddler around pulling everything down. This year though, I decided I could handle making my kindergartener a calendar journal. Plus, I just happened to have purchased a new comb-binding machine that needed to be put to use! 😉
Being a busy mom, I chose to not reinvent the wheel. A big portion of our calendar book was created by Stacie from Motherhood on a Dime. This is the first page in our book and it is in a sheet protector. FYI– comb-binding machines do not like sheet protectors. Laminate the pages instead. I was out of lamination and wanted to get this project done! Each day we use a dry-erase crayon to answer the questions.
I also pulled some pages from 1+1+1=1’s calendar notebook. This page is also in a page protector so that my daughter can practice writing the days of the week. I also added it so that I remember to go over the songs.
The only thing I added to the mix were journaling pages for each month of the year. My goal is to have my daughter write about one special memory from that month. She might draw a picture (like above) or adhere a photograph from the month. I have the journal pages filed behind the monthly calendar pages.
Here are the journaling pages if you would like to add them to your notebook or writing center:
For more free printable calendar notebook pages, check out these fabulous sites: