Sunday, December 28, 2008

Calendar Binders

Make a calendar binder for your child to learn about the calendar. Use the routine here, or one of your own to go along with the binder.
Items to put in binder:
1. Monthly Calendar. Print out a calendar page for each month. Have your child write the correct number each day. Practice counting the days of the month each day.
Blank 2008 - 2009 Calendars (for those children who can write their numbers)
Dotted 2008 - 2009 Calendars (for those who are practicing writing numbers)
2. Place Value Chart. Add a 9-pocket sports card (or business card) insert from Wal-Mart or office supply store. They can be found in the 3-ring binder supply section. (see picture above for example) Use 3X5 index cards cut in half to write ones, tens, and hundreds and place in top row. The second row is where your child counts the number of days as they pass. One sticker is added to the “ones” card for each day. Once a card has 10 stickers, it is moved to the “tens” column. On the 100th day, the 10 cards in the tens column packet get bundled together with a paper clip and are moved to the “hundreds” column. The Third row is where the child places the number cards for each day. (Your child will need three #1 cards, and two cards for the numbers 0,2,3,4,5,6,7,8, and 9.
3. Monthly tally sheets. Place a blank sheet of paper for each month in the binder for a monthly tally mark page. Your child will add a tally mark for each day of the month. Circle groups of five. Practice counting by fives.
4. Monthly weather graph page. Print out one weather graph page per month. Your child will determine what the weather is for the day and graph it. Ask math-related questions about the graph such as "Which one has the most?" - "Which one has the least?" - "How many more ___ than ___?"
5. Tooth Loss Tally Chart. Print out one tooth chart page for the entire year. Your child will keep track of lost teeth by keeping a tally.

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