When your students participate in morning calendar activities, they learn the names and order of the days of the week and the months of the year. Add activities to your usual classroom calendar routine that are designed to squeeze every bit of learning from the daily event. Seize the counting, reading and time-awareness activities contained in your kindergarten classroom calendar and present them to your class in a manner that encourages participation.
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Counting to 100 Days
Teach your class to count by tens up to 100. Buy a package of 100 or more coloured drinking straws to mark each school day. During your normal morning calendar time, choose a student to pluck a straw from the package and place it in a plastic cup. Count the straws accumulating in the cup with your class daily. When the number of straws in the cup reaches 10, bundle the 10 straws with a rubber band and move the bundle to a larger cup or box. Whenever a new set of 10 straws is bundled, count the bundles with your students. Continue placing straws in the cup and bundling them in groups of 10 until your class has reached 100 days of school. Have a "100 days of school" celebration to commemorate the day.
Calendar Rhyme Activitiy
No matter what size or type of calendar you use in your classroom as your main teaching tool, keep a full, 12-month calendar handy to illustrate all of the months of the year. Pull the calendar out to aid in teaching a rhyme about the number of days each month contains. The Enchanted Learning website has a version of the rhyme, "Thirty Days Hath September." As you teach the rhyme, point out the months named in it and show your class the different number of days in the months. "Thirty Days Hath September" also mentions leap year, so you have the opportunity to explain the extra February day while teaching the rhyme.
Calendar Questions Activity
Choose a helper each day to answer a series of questions about the calendar. Give the student a pointer to use to gesture at the numbers or words on the calendar in response to your questions. Find kindergartner-pleasing pointers in various shapes and colours at teacher supply stores. Ask your calendar helper to point to today's, tomorrow's and yesterday's dates. Tell your helper to point to the name of the day of the week and to spell it out. Include the entire class in counting down the days of the month that have passed leading up to today's date as the helper points to each number. Let the helper choose random numbers to mark with the pointer as the rest of the class identifies the number's name.
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