Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Printable Classroom & Homeschool Calendar

Hello, hello.  I'm a little bit more excited than I probably should be about this post today.  I think its because I've been meaning to do this for so long.

Remember this post?  Well, I wanted to offer a calendar with pieces for free but it just didn't exist anywhere.  So I had to come up with it on my own.

In many classrooms (especially in preschool, kindergarten and 1st grade), there are these great calendars.  They usually look something like this...


or some variation of that.  They are super helpful for learning how to count and also learning the days of the week and months of the year.  For some time now, it has bugged me that the only way to have a calendar like the ones used in classrooms is to purchase a big, expensive one.  They are too big to print and, quite honestly, too big for most homeschoolers.  So today, I'm happy to put this up for anyone who might need it.

Here is a calendar just like the big, expensive ones except it is free and small enough for you to print at home.  Your little student will still get the benefit and learning experience of putting the daily pieces on the calendar just like the bigger versions.  (It also coordinates with the Circle Time Worksheet.)

***Please note: By clicking the link, you will be taken to a low-resolution immediately printable document on google docs. For a high-resolution (better graphics) version, just click the black downward arrow in the upper lefthand corner.

The holiday pieces coordinate with the month of the year that they are in (so that might help you figure out that the bunch of flowers is for Mother's Day and the tie is for Father's Day.)  I've done my best to cover most major holidays, but I'm sure a few have escaped me so there are extra blank pieces.
Directions for making your own Velcro calendar are included on the download.  All you need is this printable and some Velcro dots (also called Velcro coins) which are available everywhere.  I picked up a set of 45 for under $3.  Once you've taken a few minutes to cut the pieces out and attach a little Velcro to them, you've got a calendar that can be used all year for many years to come.  Of course, you could also do any number of things other than velcro such as just putting it on a bulletin board and using push pins.
Also, on a side note, if you need a little more spice to your calendar, these pieces will also work with the free printable calendar set from imom
I will be posting soon with another printable for identifying the days of the week and months of the year that coordinates with this calendar.
See you then!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Coming soon...

Hello, hello!  I wanted to drop in with a quick note today.  I realize I've been gone for a good bit.  I've been busy with the munchkins, working on Christmas orders for the shop, sewing here and there on a new quilt, and working on some stuff for you.  I'll be posting some more calendar printables for your classroom or homeschool soon so be looking for those. 

In the meantime, I've got some very important business to attend to.  Specifically, there are some bunnies who have just left church and are headed to the market that need some attention. 

See you soon!

Friday, September 27, 2013

File Folder Games

I hope you've enjoyed the games I've posted this week.  There are many, many more to be found.  Just search pinterest or google for "file folder games" or "preschool file folder games".  If you'd like to find more for fall, search for "fall file folder games".  Enjoy!   

Thursday, September 26, 2013

December File Folder Game

It feels a little odd posting a Christmas game today, I'm not gonna lie.  But I know how far ahead teachers (and parents) have to plan.  So today's game is called Counting Christmas Trees

This game introduces the zero concept and goes up through 20.  You can limit it to the numbers 1 through 10 or use them all. 

You can find this one here

Uh... Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

November File Folder Game

Here is today's file folder game.  It's called Counting Turkeys.  It's perfect to use during November and the Thanksgiving season.  My little students loved, loved this one and so did my kids.  It is for Pre-K and Kindergarten.

You play the same way as the game from yesterday.  Ask the children to count the turkey's feathers and match it to the correct number.  You can also ask them to put the turkeys in order from 1 to 10 or point to a number and ask them to find the turkey that has that many feathers. 

You can find the Counting Turkeys file folder game here.
Each of these file folder games only needs the print out, a file folder, and a plastic baggie. You can add Velcro dots to make it more fun and keep track of the pieces.  (The Velcro dots are really what makes it fun.)

Enjoy!  I'll have another one for you tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

October File Folder Game

So what is a file folder game?  Well, in preschool world, file folder games are the funnest way to learn.  They are packed into a plain ol' file folder for easy storage.  I used them a bunch in the classroom, but I have also used them just as often at home both for homeschooling and for reinforcing topics while helping with homework from public school. 

The ones I'm posting this week are all going to deal with counting, identifying numbers, and matching the written number to the thing that represents it (a pile of 10 things being put next to the number 10).  All file folder games posted this week will be for Pre-K and Kindergarten. 

Today's game is called Counting Leaves

Kids count the piles of leaves and match them to the number.  You can also ask them to put the piles of leaves in order form 1 to 10, or point to a number and ask them to find the pile of leaves that has that many. 

You can find it for free here.
I'll be posting another one each day this week so check back tomorrow.

Monday, September 23, 2013

File Folder Games

Here's the game plan for this week.  Everyday, I'll be posting a new file folder game for fall.  (Free of course.)  Check back tomorrow for the first one.