Calendar Math

Discussion in 'Kindergarten' started by luv2garden, Aug 22, 2010.

  1. luv2garden

    luv2garden Rookie

    Apr 20, 2008
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    Aug 22, 2010

    Hi Friends,

    I need your help! Last week we met our new math resource teacher, and she dropped a big bomb! Well, at least myself and the other 7 kindergarten teachers I teach with thought so...

    In talking about our new math adoption, she went on to tell us that calendar math should last a maximum of 10 minutes! Wow! She has never taught primary, so I feel like it would be difficult for her to understand how tough that would be (especially in the beginning of the year.

    This is what my calendar time typically looks like:

    1. We figure out which pattern comes next on the calendar (I use blank, colored shapes).
    2. The kids figure out which number comes next and add the patterned piece up on the calendar.
    3. The kids say the whole date: Today is Monday, August 23, 2010.
    4. We read the months of the year and the days of the week,
    5. We add a straw into our hundreds chart, and add that number into our "how many days have we been on school" chart.
    6. We add up a tally mark.
    7. Attendance (adding boys and girls and which is greater than or less than)
    8. Counting to 100 (by 1's, 5's or 10's using the 10's frame)
    9. Weather
    10. Tooth tally and birthdays (not every day)
    11. We also do math related songs!

    I don't think I forgot anything...
  3. Aliceacc

    Aliceacc Multitudinous

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    Aug 22, 2010

    Yet another reason that anyone in an admiinstrative position should have a varied background in all the areas they're supervising!!!!

    Sorry, I have no clue.

    Did anyone at the meeting bring up your concerns? Is it possible that she's simply unaware of all that has to be taught?
  4. MissCeliaB

    MissCeliaB Aficionado

    Jul 27, 2009
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    Aug 22, 2010

    When I taught kindergarten, we did all that stuff for calendar, too. We also did today, yesterday, and tomorrow. It was three questions on the end of year test (that determined promotion) but only one lesson in our math book that covered it, and it didn't ask a single question like the one one the test. So, starting day one, we showed it to them on the calendar like it would be on the test.

    Our weather included our monthly weather graph and dressing for the weather.

    We also did our tens frame flashcards during calendar time.

    So many important GLEs that weren't covered in any of our textbooks that we were required to follow! Our calendar time was 30 minutes, and we still didn't always get everything in!
  5. DrivingPigeon

    DrivingPigeon Phenom

    Jul 13, 2008
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    Aug 22, 2010

    I keep my calendar time (which includes Daily News) to 10-15 minutes. I don't know how K teachers can have a 30+ minute calendar time...I would go crazy, and I'm sure the kids would, too!

    Here's what I do (the leader of the day picks names):
    -Calendar helper: Moves the "today" card on the calendar to the current date, tells me yesterday, today, tomorrow, and fills this information in on the Daily News. We also count up to the current day on the calendar, and then count backwards. We sing a days of the week song, and macarena months. (5 minutes)
    -Weather helper: Chooses 2 things to describe the weather and puts them in the pocket chart. I color in the weather graph, and I call on 3 helpers to tell me information about the graph. We fill this information into the Daily News. (2 minutes)
    -Days in School helper: Adds a straw to the base-10 pocket chart, flips over the next number in the 100 grid pocket chart. If we turn over a blue number we skip count by 5's or 10's. (2 minutes)
    -Pattern helper: Tells us what comes next in our linking chain pattern. (1 minute)
    -Then the leader gets to share some news with the class, and we write it in the Daily News. (3 minutes)
    -We sing the "Top to Bottom" song and read through the Daily News. If there is time, we count the number of words, sentences, find letters, etc. (2 minutes)
  6. roseteacher12

    roseteacher12 Habitué

    Nov 21, 2008
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    Aug 22, 2010

    my calendar time usually lasts at least 30 minutes but I also incorporate movement songs (days of the week, months, a math song, a reading song and sometimes a "just for fun" song) the songs are interspersed throughout so the kids are not just sitting on the carpet the whole 30-40 minutes.

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