It’s taken me a little longer than expected, but I’ve finally finished the 2019 linear calendar. If you haven’t tried one in your Montessori-inspired home or classroom yet, you totally should! It’s a great way to introduce time to children as it allows them to visualize an entire year. They can see for themselves when important events, holidays, or weekly tasks are occurring, and the sense of pride and dignity they receive from this independence is amazing!
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When I made the partial linear calendar last fall I honestly never anticipated it would be so popular with my preschooler. I figured she’d like it, sure, but there’s honestly not been a single day that goes by that she doesn’t update it on her own. She routinely refers back to it to count down the days until a holiday or birthday, and she loves to check for when the next full moon is occurring. Needless to say, I’m pretty excited that now she’ll get the benefit of a full linear calendar — one that stretches 10 feet long!
We opted to place it in the same hallway as before. It’s located adjacent to their bedroom, bathroom, and schoolroom and right off the kitchen and living room. Because the hallway has a few angles, the calendar ended up being split a couple times and I had considered moving it to an alternate location, but it worked so well here last year that we’re going to keep it as is.
We use a simple clothespin to keep track of the day. Miniature gold stars indicate family members’ birthdays. I opt to laminate the calendar simply to add a bit of extra protection. Like last year, we’ll also use seasonal stickers to mark upcoming holidays and special events that are important to us as a family.
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In addition to a couple of the ideas I listed in this post about fun activities to incorporate alongside a linear calendar, we’ll be starting a weather tree this year. It allows children to record each day’s predominant weather pattern based on a pre-determined color coded system. Paired alongside this wooden weather chart, we’ve decided to track the following categories: sunny, cloudy, windy, rainy, stormy, and snowy. At the end of each month, we’ll create a bar graph and pie chart with our preschooler to consolidate the data. I’ll be honest, I always had trouble reading scientific graphs and charts while in school, so I’m constantly looking for fun ways to make sure my kids have early exposure to deciphering them.
And because of my daughter’s enthusiasm about calendar-related work and her love for drawing and painting, I also purchased A Year in Art: The Activity Book by Christiane Wiedemann. Each day a famous artwork is featured alongside a simple, observation-related activity. Since the book is also set up in a linear fashion, it can easily be used year after year and the activities can then be expanded upon as my children grow older, hopefully sparking an interest for further independent research and discovery into one of the many topics the book covers.
I hope to add Sing a Song of Seasons: A Nature Poem for Each Day of the Year to our homeschooling routine at some point this year as well. I think it would also be a wonderful addition alongside a linear calendar and would be incredibly easy to implement at breakfast or lunch every day.
So, are you ready to try out a linear calendar in your home? It’s super easy!
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