Calendar Notebook Updates for 2017 and 2018 (FREEBIE!)

Here is ANOTHER update to my free yearly calendar book files for “Write the Date,” plus links to the rest of my calendar book free downloads as well!  I’ve just uploaded the files for 2017 and 2018. (Keep reading!) A Calendar Book is a notebook with a blank calendar in it that children update each day as the teacher fills in the class calendar on the wall, and often has a variety of other pages to update daily, too!

Calendar Book Freebies from HeidiSongs
 

If you are unfamiliar with Calendar Books, in addition to the basic calendar, the other pages in the notebook to update usually include anything that the teacher may put on the bulletin board next to the classroom calendar, such as a weather graph, a tally mark page, a hundred’s chart that a child gradually fills in with one number per day and so on.  Calendar books seem to be done most frequently in first and second grade, but are often done in full day Kindergarten classes, too.  (There is generally not enough time to do this in a half day K program!

 

Mrs Butkus Calendar Book Ideas  
This is a picture of my Teacher Calendar Book. I filled in mine as an example to the children in addition to updating the large one on the wall.
 

My own Kindergarten class did Calendar Books several years ago.  It is a great way to cover lots of skills at a time!  However, the class has to have a pretty good attention span if you expect to have them fill in a lot of different types of pages, because it can take a while to get it all done!  The last time I tried it, the class in question was simply too restless to accomplish it without a lot of work on my part to keep them focused, so I came to the conclusion that that particular group of students were simply not developmentally ready for it.  It was just too much paperwork for them; they needed more hands-on activities instead.

 

 

 

 

 

In any case, I have updated and reposted my “Write the Date” Calendar Book pages each year, although not nearly quickly enough to suit some of my followers that begin school in July or early August!  And I’m sorry about that!  I tend to be totally focused on the I Teach K! Conference in Las Vegas in July, and then I don’t get back into the “school mode” until closer to August.  And so here are my calendar book updates for this year!  You should be able to download them directly from the Slideshare site or on our site right here: 2017 and 2018.

 

 

Here is a link to download the other free Calendar Book pages that I created that you see above.  You can also read more about how I implemented the Calendar Book on this post here or here on this post.

An Introduction to Calendar Books
 

Click here to read my post on how to implement Calendar Books!
 

Also, you will find a whole variety of calendar book activities by Shari Sloane and Kim Adsit!  Just take a look at the preview and you’ll see what a beautiful set it is!  Plus, she explains exactly how she implemented the calendar book.  You can find them here on Shari Sloane’s TPT store!  (Pss!  There’s a sale on TPT now, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, so if you check it out right NOW you can get a great discount!)

 

Calendar Notebook Resources from Shari Sloane & Kim Adsit
 

 

 

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About Heidi Butkus

Heidi Butkus has been teaching in California public schools since 1985. She has somehow managed to stay in Kindergarten all of those years, with the exception of five years in first grade, and also taught a parent participation preschool for a short while! Combining a strong knowledge of brain research with practical experience, Heidi has created a wealth of fun and engaging teaching techniques that work well with diverse populations. She has presented at conferences nationwide, and is the owner and founder of HeidiSongs.com. Heidi has also created fourteen original CD's and DVD's for teaching beginning reading and math skills, three musical plays designed especially for young performers, and has written some picture books and many other teaching resources. Heidi's multimedia workshops are filled with fun and motivational educational activities that have been classroom tested and revised for effectiveness with all types of learners.
    • Hi, Barbara!
      No, I don’t! It could be next spring, 2016. It’s taking a while because we are trying to release a fully animated version FIRST, rather than a “regular” version first, and then work on an animated version, as we have done in the past.
      The songs that are easiest to animate are finished (or at least, the foundation of them has been laid.) But there are a few “doozies” that are just going to be more complicated to express in animation, unfortunately, and those are the ones that are slowing us down. Plus, we are simultaneously working on getting the Sing and Spell collection animated as well.
      So sorry for the delay! I really need it in my first/second grade class, too!
      Heidi

  1. Will you be updating your Write the Date pages for 2018. Thank you! I so appreciate you doing this. It is very helpful. Calendar time is a favorite part of our day.

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