Calendar for Kids: Seasonal Cycle
Teach the Cycle of the Seasons with this Easy-to-Make, Easy-to-Understand Kids' Calendar!
As soon as a birthday passes, the questions start: When is my birthday? How long is that? When is Christmas? How long is that? A countdown calendar is good to show how many days are left, but it doesn't help kids with the concept of one season following another, and a year repeating itself over and over in a seasonal cycle. This simple, easy-to-make calendar for kids teaches the seasonal concept painlessly and thoroughly. Use it in conjunction with your countdown calendars, and your preschool child will soon have mastered the concept of the four seasons!
Calendar for Kids
Follow these simple steps and you'll have a useful kids' calendar to teach the cycle of the seasons!
Cut the edge off of one plate.
Two paper plates: all you need.
Kids Calendar Tip!
The two plates can be the same size and shape, or different. At least one should be plain on the edge; the plain one should be the UNCUT plate. It works well to have a heavy duty plate for the bottom (uncut) and a lightweight plate for the center (cut).
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Quarter the cut plate with thick lines.
Teaching the Four Seasons - First Discovery Look-It-Up Board Book Series
With die-cut pictorial tabs along the right-hand margin, children can point to the picture of an animal or object of interest to them, then turn to that spread and find out interesting facts through easy-to-understand captions and stunning, photo-realistic paintings.
Write 3 months in each section, in spokes from the center.
Near the edge, write holidays, birthdays, and other important dates next to their correct month.
Kids Calendar Tip!
If you write more than one event in a month, be sure to write them in the correct direction. The plate can spin either way, and you can write the months in either direction, so don't write the months going one direction and the individual dates going the other!
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Find the center of the uncut plate and poke a hole with a brad or pencil.
Connect the cut plate and the uncut plate with a brad.
Learning About Seasons with Children's Literature - by Marjorie A. Bryant, Marjorie Keiper, & Anne Petit
Taking a thematic approach to learning that employs seeing, hearing, reading, and writing, these books outline three four-week, cross-curricular units that develop the competencies children need to become fluent, independent readers and writers. While each unit focuses primarily on language-phonic skills, structural analysis, punctuation, capitalization, poetry, and comprehension-they also include math, science, social studies, music, art. The series includes three titles that cover fall, spring, and winter, which can be used independently or together throughout the school year. ~ from product description
Make sure the hole is big enough that the cut plate will spin freely.
On the edge of the uncut plate, mark a large arrow TODAY. Mark 3, 6, and 9 months around the edge.
Seasonal Calendar for Kids!
Children will love being able to see what comes next on their very own kids' calendar!
You now have a seasonal calendar. Again, this is not a countdown calendar, but one to help young children with the concept of the cycle of the seasons and the length of a year.
You could modify this idea to make a one-month calendar or even a one-week calendar, to show events that repeat from month to month or from week to week, again to assist the young child visually with the concept of the cycle of the week, month, and year.
You could also make a larger version from poster board, and have room to add every day of the year around the edge of the inner circle. Of course there's not room to write every day on a paper plate, but that is not necessary for grasping the concept of the cycle of the seasons.
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