Do you ever find that calendar is taking way too long?? 

I am and my students are using this time to goof around! 

I would love to hear how you conduct calendar or if you integrate it a different way.  I've been trying to find best practices on it and am not having any luck.  This weekwe are not doing calendar but starting in with our day right away.  We have gotten a lot more work done and I was able to add in another round of Daily 5!  I would love your input!

I tried to set up a linky party but with no success could you leave comments and links if you have any.  Thanks a lot!


  1. I'm going to anxiously wait to see what kind of help you get. We started off doing calendar every day. But it just takes sooo long! We do our daily work first. At the end of the day, I squeeze in as much as I can before the bell rings at the end of the day.

  2. Here is what I do:

    As an incentive, I started a Calendar Club


  3. I just posted about my calendar time this past Monday. I had an evaluation done on it. We spend almost an hour (sometimes hour and a half) depending on our day. I LOVE calendar because I have it chock full of skills. The kids learn so much. Click my link to see what I did.

    Kinder Kraziness: Calendar Time

  4. I split calendar time into two parts. We do part of it during morning work (about 10 minutes) and the other part during math (about 15 minutes). It works well for me!

  5. We are no longer even allowed to do Calendar in first grade. It's a new mandate from my principal this year. I thought I would miss it but I'm not too sad about it. I just "fix" the calendar every day before I leave. It's kind of sad but not really. I don't know! :)
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  6. I do calendar time every morning and I love it!. My student of the week uses our pointer and has the kids read the pattern that the calendar pieces make (this month it's turkey, leaf, pumpkin, pumpkin) and calls on another student to say what shape and number should come next. My "calendar person" puts up that piece and they say the date together. Then he/she point to the 100 pocket chart and together the class counts to whatever number day of school we've already put up, calls on a student, and puts up the next number. Then I do straws in a place value chart, show how to write the number in expanded form, and add another coin so we can count the number of days of school with money. I have my student "calendar person" also point to this weeks' high frequency words and the class reads together and we have a monthly poem we practice different ways each day. Oh yeah, we kick off the whole thing with a quick Good Morning Song. It only takes about 10 minutes. Hope this helps.


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