Preparing calendar was not easy task for me.
First, the layout I had in my mind didn't fit in my "school area". (That's how Eaton named his area where we have lessons).
Second, the apple calendar I ordered on Amazon came with a surprise. That was totally different calendar than the one I ordered.
Third: I couldn't decide which calendar to use. I bought another paper calendar in my local store after my failure with Amazon. But, still I wasn't totally satisfied. I waited for something to happen. Eaton wasn't ready either so there was no rush with that. In my local Office Max store I found magnetic calendar. I just looked at this and had this feeling of being RIGHT! That's it! I bought it and I'm really happy with it and I think Eaton likes it too because he always go toward that colorful place.
At 34/35 months I see that Eaton is ready to work with the calendar. He listens questions about dates, follows my direction etc..
This is the final look of our calendar/dates/seasons area
I decided to keep that area limited to the calendar and seasons only. The reason is that it is a LOT to teach just from this simple calendar and a seasonal chart. I didn't want to overwelm the look with other topics like:shapes, money etc..
This is how I orginized that area.
Calendar: Like I mentioned it is magnetic board that came with a pen only. Yellow squares with numbers came with the paper calendar. I laminated squares and put magnetic circles on the back. This way Eaton can pick up one square and see the message underneath (if there is one). The paper calendar came with many squares that mark different holidays so I'm glad I don't have to create that :-)
To mark specific day we have another magnetic circle I borrowed from my husband's board.
As I mentioned I didn't have enough space in my "school area", so I came up with the simple solution. I attached some parts of the calendar to the "shoe rack" shelf on top of it. It works pretty awesome so far.
This corner is a "seasonal corner" with a chart that came with a paper calendar. I put some books about seasons for display. Currently, I teach Eaton some things about each season, so I change books on display a lot. I have quite a few purchased from thrift stores, each for 25 cents.
Shelf underneath I use to storage some stuff related to calendar: worksheets, books, matching cards etc..
This is another look of season chart.
Some of the books we read: Curious George is still on our shelf, Eaton loves to spin the seasonal wheel in it.
Here is the sample list of what you can teach the baby using calendar:
1) days of the week:names
2) months of the year
3) before/after; what month is after..ex: February
4) how many days do we have in a week
5) how many months do we have in a year
6) month of your birthday
7) months of your family members birthday
8) what year is now
9) what year is next
10) what year was before 2011
11) in what year you were born
12) today is, tomorrow will be, yesterday was
13) practicing saying the whole date: Today is November 10, 2011
14) how many seasons do we have in a year
15) before/ after; what season is before winter, what season is after summer
16) what months are in each season
17) types of weather: sunny, cloudy, partly cloudy, rainy, snowy etc..18) how many days do we have in specific month+poem/song about that
I'm sure there is more to add to this simple list. This is just what came to my mind writing that post.
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