I created this calendar notebook because I was having a
hard time finding a way to include my lower level students
during my morning meeting activities. As a result, I created
this notebook that has worked superbly well with my lower
level students by exposing them to material that is not only
academic, but helps to strengthen their fine motor skills.
We complete this notebook with the students on a daily basis
so the work becomes predictive and repetitive enough for
the student to be highly successful.
I like to assemble this calendar notebook in a 1 inch binder. I print out the cover sheet on regular paper and place it inside the clear pocket folder on the front of the binder. I print the additional calendar pages on cardstock for longer durability and hole punch them. I place them in the binder in the order I prefer.
1.) Print out page 4 on regular paper and place inside the clear plastic cover sheet in the front of the 1 inch binder.
2.) Print out pages 5, 6 and 7 on cardstock and laminate the full page. Place soft velcro, dots or strips, on the locations that state, 'place velcro here.' Hole punch the sheets (optional).
3.) Print out pages 8, 9, and 10 on cardstock and laminate. Cut out each of the individual parts and place hard velcro on the back of each moveable piece.
4.) Now, it is important to keep in mind that you will not be using all moveable pieces at once.For example, during each month you will only need access to the moveable piece with the name of that month. What I like to do is laminate a full page of either cardstock or construction paper and place strips of velcro on the page (at least 2 long strips). I will make one of these pages to hold all of the moveable month pieces, another for the days of the week, the numbers for days in school and year, and the pattern pieces. The reason I do this is because, when the student is ready, I present the laminated page with the similar moveable pieces to the student and now they will have a field of choices from which to chose from, instead of the teacher handing the student the correct piece(s) for that month/day. This will teach the student to discriminate from choices.