My Calendar Routine Video Tour

I have blogged about my calendar routine several times in the past.  I just ABSOLUTELY love it!  All of my students are able to participate at their own level of independence.


Here is a quick video tour of how I set up my calendar routine.






I choose to do my Calendar routine as a whole class right before the kids go to lunch.  Following our second round of work centers, students check their schedules and get ready for Calendar time!  It is a good way to bring the whole group back together after rotations.  At this time I have two of my staff members take their lunch so I'm only left with one staff member to assist.  I use this time to promote independence so I have my aide stay back and only assist on an as needed basis. (Or with bathroom emergencies!)

In the front of my room I have a LARGE calendar set-up on my white board.  The calendar is all laminated and interactive to keep my student's engaged.  All of these pages up on my bulletin board are the individual pages from my Interactive Calendar Books that are for sale in TpT.  I just mounted them on black construction paper to make them "pop" on my whiteboard.  While utilizing this calendar bulletin board to drive the calendar routine, my students all participate in their own way through individualized calendar materials.  We go through each step together in a strict routine.  I also incorporate TONS of music from various CD's I have collected and songs I have downloaded from iTunes!  Yes, I have spent MY momney on countless weather songs.. LOL!


 Here are all of the variations I use during my calendar routine!



I use Calendar Books for most of my students.  These books I created are printed, laminated, binded and velcro'd.  During the calendar routine, student's follow along with the rest of the class.  The calendar books mirror the calendar bulletin board in the front of my classroom.  As we cover each page in front of the class, students attach the correct velcro icon to their own book and read the page, "Today is ___" etc.  I use Big Mac switches for my non verbal student's so that they are able to participate as well.  In the books I have the following pages:
Yesterday was
Today is
Tomorrow is
The month is
The date is
The weather is
The season is

For each page of the Calendar Book, I create a poster of all the visual answers to provide prompting for the students that need it.  Here are the pictures of the posters we use to complete the calendar bulletin board.  Once we answer it as a class, I simply pass out the calendar piece to each student.  Students read each page to me as I pass them out!

For the date's page of the calendar book, I use a star icon to have the student's mark today's date.  I found it to be much easier to manage one icon per date page rather than passing out ton's of little numbers! I also created simple birthday, holiday and no school icons that can be attached to the date page of the calendar books!

Here are the individual pages of the Calendar Books for you to see!



2.  Calendar File Folders

I created a new Calendar File Folder for my students who are not yet able to write to participate along with my calendar routine.  I am LOVING this activity!  The kids are loving it and their participation rate has sky rocketed! 

Students simply find the right icon to fill in each sentence frame.
Yesterday was
Today is
Tomorrow will be
The month is
The date is
The weather is
The season is


I created a Calendar Board to match the Calendar Books that many of my student's use during Calendar time.  This calendar board is used for two of my student's who become overwhelmed by the calendar books.  These students are not yet holding a pencil on their own so they are not ready for a worksheet.  I like implementing the calendar board because it is sturdy, and this students are able to participate without being dependent on an adult for help.  Students simply follow along the calendar routine and point to the days of the week/month/date/weather when I ask them.  There are no velco pieces to the calendar board so it is super easy to introduce!


I created a Calendar worksheet for beginners.  This double sided worksheet is great for students who are able to independently hold a pencil and circle/find objects on their own.  This is a stepping stone to being able to work on the Daily Calendar Worksheet (fill in the blank.)

 

Like the worksheet above, this is for students who are independently holding a pencil and able to attend to a worksheet with minimal prompting.  This worksheet has fill in the blank sentence frames with a word bank to assist.  This worksheet matches the calendar books and bulletin board in the front of the room as well.




Interested in setting up a Calendar routine in your classroom?  Check out my Bundle below!






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