*Note: This is an older post. At some point, all the photos originally stored in my Google account were lost. Therefore, the photos originally posted here have disappeared.
A few of my little ones come all summer long but today was our first official day of preschool. Since I teach from my home, I don’t have the luxury of classroom space and walls for calendar displays but I came up with a solution. Many years ago, I sold a product called Home Interiors and Gifts. I found my 20 year old display board which had been sitting around in my basement for at least 12 of those years. I decided to put it to good use. I created my own “days of the week” cards, weather cards, number cards, color cards, and calendar date cards. This particular board works like a 3 inch thick bulletin board and is Velcro friendly so you can pin things to it or use Velcro. I used to demonstrate entire wall decor on this thing. It can even hold a shelf with heavy stuff on it. Rather than make my own calendar, I opted for something much faster and easier. I bought a large dry erase calendar board from Office Max. With a few Velcro Command Strips and one old Home Interiors and Gifts display pin (the only one I could find out of 12), I was able to hang the calendar on the display board. Then, when we’re done with calendar time, I pick it up and store it away until the next day.
I created the following calendar card printables for use on my calendar board. I used great transportation graphics from:
These “days of the week” calendar cards are available for you via instant download from my Etsy Shop.
I created a set of cute color cards for our circle time calendar activity. The set comes with 11 colors. Just print them out, cut them out, mount them to colored paper, laminate and learn!
I wanted to capture those first day images so I found this cute “My First Day” Printable from MPM School Supplies. I took a quick photo of each child in front of our calendar board, printed it out on regular printer paper, and then taped it onto this “My First Day” printable. Each child can also write his or her own name. Encourage the children to write their names with no help. You want this to display their first day skills. Then, at the end of the year, you can print out a similar printable from this same MPM School Supplies page. The end-of-year printable is titled “My Last Day of Preschool.” You will take the child’s photo and let them write their names again. You will probably see a big difference. They will have grown so much!
Some of us need a little extra practice with small motor skills. Holly Homer and Rachel Miller over on the Kids Activities Blog offer a great FREE printable packet for our little guys and gals. I used the printable from their Back to School Tracing Coloring Pages. The kids practice tracing on the dotted lines which is not only good for small motor skills but also great for practicing hand-eye coordination.