Calendar Songs

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  1. kinderny

    kinderny New Member

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    Does anyone have any tips on how to make the morning calendar routine more exciting? I am currently using the Dr. Jean days of the week and macarana months songs but am so bored with them and my routine in general... Any ideas on how to make it more exciting for the kids and myself???
     
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  3. punchinello

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    My calendar routine is boring, too. We are counting down to Halloween, using an orange and black paper chain. That makes it fun for the kids. I guess then we'll count down to Thanksgiving...

    We do the yesterday, today, tomorrow thing. Days of the week is sung to the Adams Family theme song.

    One thing I know that would make it more fun is to use the Power Teaching method, "Teach, Okay". It's going to take a lot of practice, though. But it would get them more active and involved.
     
  4. AFWifeNGermany

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    With my calendar I use:
    Color Songs (Frog Street Press)
    Dr Jean (Months, Who Let the Letters Out, Vowel Cheer)
    Greg and Steve (Good Morning, Number Rock, ABC Rock)

    and my favorite...

    Intelli Tunes Math Concepts I and II by Ron Brown

    I went to an in service for the Everyday Counts system of Calendar. I was also super bored with my calendar routine. The CD covers all sorts of math topics. Currently we are use the Shape Train, Counting by 10s, Counting by 5s, and Zero the Hero. He has songs for counting by 1s, 2s, 3s, even and odd, fractions, money, place value, doubles addition, and so much more. I love it!

    I mix up the songs everyday so they don't get bored of one CD or the other.

    HTH!
     
  5. treysmom

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    Do you do the calendar journals? I do these after we do the actual calendar activities. Also, is Math Their Way still out there? I use all of that.
     
  6. kinderny

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    Thanks

    Thanks for the advice, what is a calendar journal?
     
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    I'm also interested in the calendar journal.

    This is what we do:
    1. identify today's number
    2. count the days so far in the month
    3. say this months pattern (aabb, pumpkin pumpkin candy candy)
    4. day the days of the week
    5. sing the months of the year (don't know who it is, it's on a CD that was burned for me)
    6. sing either Who Let the Letter's Out or The Whole Alphbet is in My Mouth (student helper of the day picks the song)
    7. Sight Word Baseball- say and spell the sight words we've learned so far. Helper of the day uses a pointer to point to the words while the kids pretend to dribble a ball and then "shoots" when they say the word again. So, for see, they would go, s-e-e spells see ("shoots" ball). Later, I will have them do this with a baseball bat.
    8. Stick collection. Add stick to ones, tens, or hundreds house.
    9. Count how many days we've been in school.
    10. Count by 10s, then 5s. Later 2s.
    11. Flash card quickly the sight words
    12. If time, I flash card the numbers.
    13. Daily message writing. This is when I do my writing mini-lesson. Right now, I'm just teaching them how to sound out using a "rubber band", spacing, first letter being a capital, rest being lower case unless it's a name. I also just started modeling how to use our Check It poster (checking for spaces, capitalization, punctuation, and re-reading the story.)
    14. kids come up and circle certain words or letters in our story. Helper of the day picks another student to illustrate the story while we continue with our reading program. They have five minutes to illustrate.
     
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    Calendar books: Go to Shari Sloane-kidscount 1-not sure of the exact site name, but if you google Shari Sloane, you will probably get there.and scroll down to Calendar Books. This is an awsom site with lots of great ideas. There are other sites that have calendar book ideas/pages, but this will get you started!
     
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    where can you get the cd's? the teacher store never has them!
     
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    How are you teaching sounding out wit ha rubber band? It sounds interesting!
     
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    LaurenNJ-
    You can either give students a rubber band ( some may not know that if you pull on it, it will stretch), or you can pretend to have one in your hand. The way we do it we pretend to have a rubber band, and "stretch out words." Whatever sounds students hear, they write them down for each word. They're doing really well this year! :)
     
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    My kids pretend to hold a rubber band and as we slowly "stretch" our rubber band out, we say a word slowly, trying to identify each sound in the word.
     
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    We sing these two:

    To the tune of Oh My Darling chorus(Clementine):

    Sunday, Monday
    Tuesday, Wednesday,
    Thursday, Friday, Saturday,
    There are seven days, there are seven days,
    There are seven days in a week.

    To the tune of Frere Jacques:
    Today is Monday, today is Monday,
    All day long, All day long,
    Yesterday was Sunday,
    Tomorrow will be Tuesday,
    Now we're done, Oh what fun!
     
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    I like this one. I'll have to borrow it. :)
     
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    I like Jack Hartman. I use Dr. Jean too, but she's so annoying. My kids do like her ok. We do the Letter Aerobics. I have a song called Alligators All Around that we really like too. I don't know the singer off the top of my head.
     

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