{Math} Calendar Companion, An Edited {K} download, and a Meet-up

First things first.  I uploaded the WRONG version of my Kindergarten “What is My Child Learning?!” printable.  Dang.  Thanks for catching that, ladies!  Click on the pic to download the edited copy.  {Sorry about that!}
What is My Child Learning in Kindergarten
Next up, for the Dallas friends that said y’all were interested in a little end of summer/back to school type lunch, please email me at thefirstgradeparade@gmail.com.  I will be sending you details this coming week!!  Can’t wait!
Now for the good stuff. I get lots of emails about math and how it all goes down in my classroom.  I know I’m probably the odd man out, but I LOVE teaching math.  After 9 years of teaching, I think I’ve *finally* got a system that I absolutely LOVE and it makes teaching math so much fun!  Considering I absolutely used to DETEST the subject, I’d say that my admission of geekiness says a lot!  I’ll be posting a lot of details about my math block and tub stuff in the next few days, so check back incase you’re interested. 
One of my favorite things about teaching math is calendar time.  Say what?!  I know, I know.  The time of the day when the Earth stands still.  It can really D-R-A-G on, for sure.  However, I actually enjoy it…especially at the beginning of the year.  Right after morning announcements, we move right into our daily calendar routine.  After that, we start our “Number of the Day”.  I combined the best of both worlds for a more organized way to spend our time.  Say hello to my Calendar Companion
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Graphics courtesy of Scrappin' Doodles

The Calendar Companion is organized to supplement your daily calendar routine. 
Each of my kids’ have a math journal {spiral notebook} and a math notebook.  The math notebook houses all the calendar companion printables and the math journal…
it looks a little something like this…
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Each of my firsties get a binder…one that’s big enough to hold papers and their spiral notebooks {journals}.  Each binder needs 3 clear sheet protectors {you can get for super cheapie at Wal Mart} and 4 dividers {also super cheapie at Wal Mart.  I assemble my kids binders with quick reference sheets in the clear sheet protectors and those go in the front of the binder. Here are just a couple…
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Right after those 3 pages, I set up all the dividers…Number of the Day, Math Talk, Weather Graphs, and fill-in Calendars.  Journals are placed at the back of the binder. 
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I love, love, LOVE Number of the Day!  It covers everything we go over during our calendar routine.  At the beginning of the year, we start out doing it together and by the end of the year, they’re all working independently!  It’s awesome to have an entire school year’s worth of work to see how much the kids progress and how much their thinking changes and grows.  I LOVE IT!!!!  The Number of the Day is a printable that contains space to write the Date & digital date; yesterday was/today is/tomorrow will be;  number word, tallies, pattern, even/odd, time {analog & digital}, money, place value, expanded notation, greater than/less than, and number sentences.  {Although I know that our firsties aren’t expected to correctly spell and write the days of the week, there’s NO reason they shouldn’t be able to…especially when it’s plastered all over our rooms!  And it’s awesome to see how much they retain when they’re constantly writing the date & days on a daily basis.  I also think they should absolutely be able to spell the number words…most of them, anyway…so that’s always been a little focus point for my kids as well. }
The binder also includes a little framework for word problems.  Sometimes the kids just work better when the format is organized! 
There’s a section for “Math Talk” which is really just math vocab.  I like for my kids to write the word and then show a visual representation of it to make a connection between the word & the meaning.  They keep these words in their binders throughout the year and use it as a reference if needed.
We also work on weather graphs every month.  I have weather watchers/meteorologists who peek out our window and give us a daily weather report.  We chart the weather on a class graph and then the kids fill it in on their own graphs as well.  At the end of the month, we complete a monthly weather report indicating the number of days that were sunny/rainy/cloudy/snowy/sleety.  The kids also get to make observations on patterns in our graph.
No calendar time is complete without a calendar, so each binder gets 12 fill-in calendars, one for each month of the year.  At the beginning of every month, we fill in the calendar and then talk about the number of days in the month.  They ALWAYS use their calendars for reference.  These really came in handy when I got my SmartBoard!!  Since I do our calendar routine on the SmartBoard, I don’t have one in the classroom…so the kids would always refer to their own when they needed it.  LOVE!!!
I can’t say enough about our math notebooks…I just LOVE them!  I love that the framework is so organized and really keeps the kids on task instead of aimlessly doodling in their journals {which is what I found a lot of my sweet babies doing from time to time}.  They still use their math journals, but not for number of the day anymore. 
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Graphics courtesy of Scrappin' Doodles

If you’re interested in starting a math notebook in your classroom, you can check out my Calendar Companion on TpT!  The first 3 comments will get a copy mailed directly to your inbox :)  Just make sure to leave your email address, too!!

59 comments:

  1. Love, love this notebook! I'd love to implement it into my morning routine this year! :)

    ~Erin
    euhlaender@yahoo.com

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  2. This looks AMAZING! I LOVE everything you do... and I'd really love to get my hands on this! :o) My email is jackie.newell@hotmail.com. Crossing my fingers... Thanks!!

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  3. Am I first?! Yay! Looks fabulous, as always!

    amanda.nickerson84@gmail.com

    Amanda
    http://www.oneextradegree.blogspot.com

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  4. shoot! I'm too late! I'm soo bummed I had been one of your people emailing about this stuff! Looks great girlie!!!

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  5. Bummer! I was beat. I just wanted to say this is just what I was looking for. Thanks Cara.

    Ariela Gutierrez
    arielagutierrez@gmail.com

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  6. As always, a little too late! Love all your stuff....so I'm off to buy it :)

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  7. It looks great! I'm going to have to change my calendar routine!! :)

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  8. Too bad I'm so slow! LOVE the math binder idea. You're so organized!!

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  9. Wow! I'm LOVING this calendar. I just purchased it and cannot wait to make all my kids one. I feel more 'math organized' just by looking at it! LOL :) Thanks SOOO much! :) :)

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  10. Shucks! I probably would've been one of the first 3 commenters if I wasn't so busy reading/drooling over your awesome post - hahaha! I'm starting calendar binders this year and I've been collecting lots of ideas. Wish me luck!

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  11. Darn you, Cara Carroll, with your bad-for-you recipes and your irresistible printables...
    Sigh, that TPT wishlisht just got longer...
    Mandy
    mandytaylor@live.com
    firstgradetothecore

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  12. Looks wonderful! I tried to print some of your back to school printables and they are all black? Am I doing something wrong?
    Thanks,
    Caroline

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  13. This is awesome! As a first year teacher this is a great idea!! I love reading blogs to gain so much knowledge!!
    Thanks,
    Ana
    anasarea.blogspot.com

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  14. How is everyone so fast?!?!?! Grrr!!! :) Love it!!!!
    eden_capps@scps.k12.fl.us

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  15. I love the organization. We do some of the same things but it feels scattered compared to yours. Adding to my wishlist...

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  16. Too bad... My kids would have LOVED this. Thanks for the great ideas!

    Mary
    Adventures in Kindergarten

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  17. Love how you incorporate writing and math into calendar. Passive listening is never a good thing!! Thanks, Cara!

    First Grade Factory

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  18. Thanks so much for sharing! I'm trying to figure out a calendar routine and I'm loving this idea. I can't wait to see what else you share about teaching math.

    Natalie
    www.natkatinthehat.blogspot.com

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  19. Cara, just wanted to share with you:
    I was at Mardel today and heard a woman talking her theme for this year being Hollywood. I asked her if she already had a lot of ideas for it and she said she did because she had been looking at blogs. I said, Oh, you must have heard of The First Grade Parade! And she said yes, she had.

    You're famous, girl!

    Thanks for all the hard work and inspiration you give to the rest of us. :)

    Adventures in Teaching

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  20. Cara,
    Your math binder looks great! I dropped it into my cart on TPT. Dang I wish I lived close to Dallas! It would be so fun to meet up with people that I feel like I know... South Dakota is just a little too far away! Liz

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  21. Girl you are SPOT ON! I am loving this idea and basically you got all the good!
    -Rachelle
    whattheteacherwants.blogpsot.com

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  22. LOVE IT!! Is there any way to get your calendar routine you do on Smart Board? I also do my calendar on SB and would love to have that too so they work together! :) Also wondering if you were doing a TPT Back to School unit? Hoping so!!! THANKS FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK!

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  23. This is amazing! I cannot wait to use it in my classroom! You are the best. I can't thank you enough for everything you do. Your students are so lucky to have you (and so are we).

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  24. I've been collecting calendar binder ideas this summer too! My question is... about how long would you say your daily calendar time lasts? Also, where do your kiddos store their binders?
    Thanks so much!
    Karen :o)
    Mrs. Stamp's Kindergarten

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  25. This is fabulous! I use a math notebook for my calendar time, but it isn't as perfectly organized as yours. Thanks for sharing!

    firstthingsfirst-smay.blogspot.com

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  26. This is fabulous! Question: I saw was reading your October 4th post about Morning Meeting for ideas and I was just wondering: Do you do all the activities in the binder on the board as well?? Like, do the kids follow along in their binders while you and chosen students work on the board? Just wondering so I get a whole picture while I attempt to implement this! :)

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  27. Can you make your smartboard calendar presentation available? I would like something to match up with these printables to do these notebooks. Ive seen math "folders" but I like how super-organized these are :) My email is christykeith84@yahoo.com

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  28. Love this post!! I have been thinking all about calendar this year. Thanks for sharing your ideas!! :)

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  29. This is awesome! How long do you allow for your calendar time? I love your blog! Thanks for the great ideas.

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  30. Is there anyway you can post the what kindergarten printable as a word doc? I love it, however, I need to add Daily 5 to it. Thanks so much :)

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  31. OMG! I love this! I've been using Shari Sloane's Math Calender Books for the past three years, however, it's more aimed towards K and since I moved to 1st last year I've been on the hunt for something with a little more depth! Love it! Going to purchase now! :)

    Kelly
    Beg, Borrow, Steal
    www.mchaffiek.blogspot.com

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  32. So excited about this routine. I'm not such a fan of calendar or teaching math (not fond of our math program). Can you share your SMART board calendar information! I follow you faithfully and I'm sure I would LOVE your set-up. If it is already on TPT, please direct me in the right direction!

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  33. I love teaching math too! It's my favorite subject to teach and I never thought it would be!

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  34. This is wonderful! I can't wait to start this next year. Our district is going away from scripted programs. We all received MTI training and use that and the standards for teaching math. I love it that way.

    I've heard of teachers using the smart board for calendar. What do you put on your smart board? Is there any way we could see it? Do you still have some calendar stuff on a bulletin board somewhere?

    Thanks! :)

    Janae
    First Grade Fun

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  35. Hi Cara!! Thanks for all of your hard work...

    I would love to purchase your Calendar companion .. Is there a canadian version (for example the coins that you use, icons for November etc...)

    Thanks for all of your hard work....

    Wish I was in Dallas so I could meet you!!! Montreal is too far away!!

    Leslie

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  36. I just bought your calendar companion. It looks awesome!!

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  37. This may be my first TPT purchase!

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  38. I love this and am going to purchase now!! I have a few questions...do you first do the calendar routine whole group and then students get their binders and fill it all in? How long does the process last? Do you then teach your Math curriculum at another time in the day? Also where do students store binders? Sorry for the many questions!! Thanks so much for sharing with us!!
    ~Becky

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  39. Such a cute idea! I love it! I can't wait to use it in my classroom! Is it possible to get a copy of your word problems also? Thanks!

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  40. One more question, what do you use the spiral notebooks for? I know you mentioned math journals but what exactly do you have the kids do with them?

    jme_lo@yahoo.com

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  41. Thanks for telling us about your calendar program. I just bought it. I have been teaching 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades and am unsure how to teach 1st grade. Your blog has been so helpful to me as I prepare to teach first graders. I'm nervous about it, but this is a great help. I, too, would be interested in how you use the Smartboard. I'm also being transferred to a different school. I'm coming from a school with very little technologies to one with everything. I will have a Smartboard and I've never even seen one.

    I'm new to blogging. I have been reading them for about two months and now have one. I'm hoping I will learn how to use that and be able to share some things. Too bad I live to far away to meet you. Oregon is a long way from Texas.

    Diane
    The Teacher's Jungle
    http://theteachersjungle.blogspot.com

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  42. I will definitely be buying this! You are AWESOME!

    ❀Jodi
    Fun In First

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  43. can't wait til payday so i can get this!! it's great!!!

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  44. A little late on commenting but I am about to start my first year of teaching and am so excited! I did my internship in first and loved it but got assigned to 2nd grade and am super excited! I know you taught 2nd grade as well and do you think the math notebook would work well for them as well or do you think they are old enough that it would be simple?? Maybe it would be good for the beginning of the year then I expand it somehow?? THoughts??

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  45. I saw at the end you noted where you got your graphics and fonts from...What about the borders!!??? i love the little scribbly doodly ones..

    Where are they from?

    Thanks!

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  47. I have spiral journals for my kiddos but do you have the binders on your supply list or do you provide them?


    I'm just having a difficult time finding big enough binders at a reasonable price for my 20+ students.

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  48. Holy cow..I check your blog all of the time..you have such great ideas..I am implementing math tubs this year ...and I love this calendar companion..can't wait to use this..thanks!!!!!!!!
    Kara

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  49. This is awesome!! I love calendar time too since it is a great way to get ALL those skills in each day! I have been needing a way to get the whole group engaged and this is perfect!! Thanks for the great ideas!!

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  50. I LOVE the notebook! I just started printing out pages to begin getting things ready for the school year and I can't wait to try it out in my classroom. Thank you so much!
    Freedom in First

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  51. Just bought it and LOVE it!! Can't wait to implement this!! Thanks so much for sharing!

    WILD About First Grade!

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  52. Just curious, what do you use the math journal for?

    WILD About First Grade!

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  53. I like your organization for the binder. I tried many things last year in K and couldn't find a happy medium. Did you have any trouble with the pages falling out of the binder? (or the students ripping them out?)
    Thanks!
    Learning in 2nd Grade

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  54. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!! I am always trying to find ways to make Calendar time more interesting for my students. Since it gets to be repetitive as the year goes some of my students get bored and easily distracted by each other!! What a great way to use this and to keep them busy! This may be my first purchase!! Thanks for sharing!!
    Cindy :)
    cindy_lynn12@hotmail.com

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  55. Love this idea! Do you have a smartboard version of it? Thanks for sharing all this wonderful information!
    mythreesons92@hotmail.com

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  56. I was also looking for your smartboard version of calendar. I have already purchased your notebook but I am new to first grade so I am spending a lot of time making the bulletin boards for calendar math and would LOVE a smart board version.
    Thanks,
    Shannin
    ilovekkm@gmail.com

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  57. I would love a little more detail on how exactly you use this. I'm moving down to 1st from 4th...haven't taught 1st in 10 years. But I'm wondering if you fill it out as you go over the skills, I picture that taking a really long time at the beginning of the year but maybe I'm thinking wrong about it?

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