Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Back to School Basics: Calendar Giveaway and Freebies

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I switched alphabet and calendar days.
Sorry for any confusion this may bring!! 

Welcome back for Day 2 of Back to School Basics, a week long feature with giveaways, freebies, and linky parties!  Today I'm featuring products for Calendars!!!  I use the calendar to keep track of time for appointments such as parent conferences, meetings, birthdays, celebrations, and holidays!  For young learners, time beyond several weeks to a month is a hard concept to grasp.  So why do we focus on the calendar?  Calendar time can develop and foster math skills for primary concepts with repetition through instruction.

As a member of the leadership team for mathematics, I conducted math focus walks for our School Improvement Plan.  During my walk, I was able to see calendar routines, math focus walls, math word walls, benchmarks and essential questions posted.  This unique experience provided me with the inside on how different classrooms and different grade levels teach calendar routines.  

There are three sources in which I've stalked for years!  Mrs. Nelson provides a wonderful visual of what skills are taught and when she teaches them throughout the school year. Link here to view her scope and sequence!

My sweet Vegas friend, Shari Sloane of kidscount1234.com always does a wonderful job at teaching concepts with materials you can find in any classroom.  She provides her kiddos with concrete applications to math concepts and provides teachers with free reproducibles for Calendar Journals.  Don't you love free?!?

Mrs. Meacham is a hero of mine.  When I started teaching, I was glued to her website for personal support.  WARNING... you must allow at least 30 minutes to scan her website.  You'll need at least a week to read all her content. Topics include Calendar Smartboard, Calendar Wall, Calendar Binders, Calendar Folders, Calendar Journals, and Calendar Songs.  Ready to be amazed?  Link here!

As a looping primary teacher, I'm constantly looking for ways to engage students with new concepts as we grow together on our journey to second grade.  After searching through Teachers Pay Teachers, I found more than 3,500 files and more than 550 of those files are FREE! 

I'd like to feature a few paid products...

Kathleen Pedersen of Growing Kinders has one of the best products I've seen this year!  I scooped up these bad boys quick.  Aligned to common core, the golden words, her calendar routines are a perfect fit for any classroom.  Kathleen provides programmable pages to continue skills for kids or classes needing additional practice!  My heart flutters!!!

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Kim Adsit and Shari Sloane, two powerful presenters, teamed up to create The Student Calendar Book.  This 108 page file doesn't just include student pages but also includes directions, questions, and extension activities to align.

I may be a little biased here but I HEART this next product.  This summer I worked to revise my Year-round Calendar with Seasonal Prompts. I provided monthly headers and calendar date cards, but what makes this product stand out from other calendar units are the seasonal prompts.  Each month features 24 prompts to promote listening and speaking skills...COMMON CORE!  



Sample Prompts
I created this next file for K/1 classrooms.  I know the seasonal calendar prompts are a hit with my kiddos.  They were always so eager to see what the next prompt would say!  I want to tap into this excitement with my newest product.  I uploaded Calendar Fun with Prompts tonight and I'm so excited.  

My file includes three different sets of calendar cards: bird cages, dinosaurs, and zoo animals. I included three graphics for each theme. You can mix and match the graphics to create patterns. Also included are prompts for beginning reading, short vowels, long vowels, about me story starters, nursery rhymes/fairy tales, and beginning math. You'll find links to editable files embedded throughout the document to add names for birthdays, holidays, or even your own prompts! 






Sample Prompts
You will have an opportunity to win each of the above copies! The requirement for entry is to follow all stores and can be done by clicking the product images above!  One winner will be randomly selected on Saturday August 4th.  You are only permitted to leave one comment. All other comments will be deleted.  Please include an email!!!

Now for the freebies...

Deanna Jump has update this file for the 2012-2013 school year.  This is a free Monthly Planning Calendar. It includes inspirational quotes and a place to keep track of important dates.



Leslie from Kindergarten Works also has a 2012-2013 calendar.  Seeing similar products but how differently they can turn out show why we need an open marketplace like TpT around.  

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Jodi from Fun in First Grade created her calendar with Thistlegirl graphics.  I love these graphics.  You can find a free download located on her fabulous blog!

Erin from Eberhart's Explorers has a student calendar journal page that has been floating around pinterest for a hot minute.  I love the simplicity of this page!

For my Intermediate Teachers...

Stephanie from Teaching in Room 6 has a student calendar journal page that has also made its rounds on pinterest.  I'm so excited to feature a calendar post for big kids too!

Kacey from Doodle Bugs Teaching has offered monthly calendar freebies for the past year.  She has provided the latest in cute clipart and generous with timely post!  I'm linking her free label from her store.  This will include a few additional files other than calendars but we love free, right?!?

And Technology Lovers...

Denise from Sunny Days in Second Grade has themed activities which include days of the week, base ten blocks, skip counting, counting money, expanded form, patterning, time and estimating. File also includes new "math blast" pages with interactive practice and relevant links to online game sites. You can easily edit the file to meet the needs of your students. 

My sweet friend Rachelle from What a Teacher Wants has been pumping out freebies for years.  If you haven't already read her post and downloaded all her fantastic freebies, you'll want to link now!   Her title makes me think... Sid the Science Kid!

Do you have a Calendar "FREEBIE" product you'd like to feature?  You are welcome to join my linky party here but it must be a direct link to a post on your blog or a FREEBIE product in your store!  Please follow the rules, I hate having to remove links!!!

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74 comments:

meadowt said...

I follow all TPT stores!
Barbara
happyteachingfirst.blogspot.com
meadowt@msn.com

Miss Evans said...

I follow all TPT stores.

Jodi
Junebutterfly78@yahoo.com
www..kinderspot-Jodi.blogspot.com

Rachel said...

I follow all TPT Stores!

rmariemuniz@hotmail.com

robyn said...

Hi! I follow all of the TPT stores listed!
Thanks!
Robyn
robynsnewnest@gmail.com

Ali said...

I follow all the stores!! I love calendar time :)

Ali
alischepis(at)gmail.com

Stellaluna said...

I follow all the TPT stores!
Stellaluna114@gmail.com

Julie said...

I follow all the TpT stores!!
Julie
wiersjul@gmail.com

Mrs. McHaffie said...

I follow all blogs and all TPT stores!
Love this "back to school bash!" :)

Kelly
Beg, Borrow, Steal
kellymchaffie@hotmail.com

Erin said...

I follow all of the TPT stores.

Erin
andeair@hotmail.com

Mrs. Wathen said...

I follow all TpT stores!

Tammy
The Resourceful Apple
TheResourcefulApple@gmail.com

Carol Cobb said...

I follow all the TPT stores! I was really interested in this post because I have been trying to figure out how to align my calendar time with common core! Thanks!
-Carol
Mrs. Cobb's Kinder Sprouts
Come enter my poster printing giveaway!

Cindy said...

I follow all of these AWESOME stores!! :o)

Cindy
ccfirstteacher@gmail.com

Sarah Mackey said...

This is such fun week and what a great post. I follow all stores!!
sarahmackey2@yahoo.com
Sarah
Mackey'sClassroom

sheithold said...

I followed all of these wonderful stores!!

sheithold@dentphelps.k12.mo.us

Mrs. Lofgren said...

I follow all three TPT stores! :)

Jennifer
mrslofgren@cox.net

Colleen Bowns said...

I follow all of these TpT stores!! I really look forward to updating my calendar time and hope to win one of these products! :0)

cbowns11@gmail.com

Mrs. T. said...

I follow the stores. I am looking for some new ideas for calendar this year. These would be perfect!

Abby
aetuckner@gmail.com

Yvonnee said...

I follow all Blogs and TPT stores. Thanks so much!
kidzread/yvonnee

yvonneeyrg@gmail.com

prec0ci0us said...

I follow all TpT stores!

Christina Marie
prec0ci0us~at~bellsouth.net

Angie said...

I follow all of the TPT stores!

angiehblack@gmail.com

Megan said...

I follow all the TPT stores- thanks for highlighting great teachersand their work!!
mrjasperson@yahoo.com

Tonya said...

I follow all these stores. I used Kim's calendar last year and the kids loved it. I decided to add a ream of cardstock to my students' supply list. I was constantly adding hole reinforcers to regular paper - cardstock is more sturdy, less ripping.

tzinter@hotmail.com

Isabel Z said...

I follow all the TPT stores--lucky me!

Kshee23 said...

I follow all the TPT stores! What a great giveaway!

Kate
dancinqueenks23@aol.com

Gina said...

I follow all TPT stores.

ginaguccini@gmail.com

Crayons and Curls said...

These have been some of my favorite TpT stores! :) What a great post! Thank you! :)
Cheryl
crayonsandcurls(at)gmail(dot)com
Crayons and Curls

Ashlen Burns said...

What an awesome give away.. I am so excited! I follow all of your tpt stores and blogs!
-Ashlen

aburns24@knights.ucf.edu

mcoop1125 said...

I follow all of these TPT stores. Thanks for the chance to win!
Michelle
mcoop1125@gmail.com

Melissa Dinkler said...

I follow all of the TPT stores! Thank you for posting this!

melissadinkler@gmail.com

Heather said...

I follow the TPT stores.

Heather (heathernnance@yahoo.com)

Payton and Melissa said...

I am now following all their TPT stores. This is such a fun giveaway! Thanks for all the fun ideas!
mhenrie1@gmail.com

kristina said...

I follow all the stores as annabegins12.
kravenegas@yahoo.com

Celia Plotkin said...

I follow all the stores! Thanks again :) Love the ideas

Celia Plotkin

celia.plotking@me.com

Emily Foster said...

I am now following all the stores you shared above- and you were not kidding about needing time to go through Mrs. Meacham's site!! Thanks for opening my eyes to new resources and sites!!

Emily
emilyfoster3@gmail.com

MikesMom said...

I follow all the TPT stores.
jkmatuch@aol.com

Mrs.Cooper said...

I follow these TPT stores! :)

KeithiLen@gmail.com

Valeria said...

I follow these blogs & TPT stores and would love to win these amazing products! Thanks for all you do!
Valerie Demorest
valdemorest@gmail.com

laura said...

i follow all the blogs featured in this give-away.
laura
lhardin@lcisd.org

Cori Lyons said...

I follow these TPT stores. Thank you for the wonderful ideas.

lyons.cori@gmail.com

Sara said...

I follow all these fab TPT stores! :)

Sara
Miss V's Busy Bees

aclark said...

I follow all of these TPT stores!

Ashley
arclark2012@gmail.com

Lori said...

I follow all the TPT stores.
lraines78@gmail.com

Patti said...

I follow all the TpT stores although it keeps kicking me off your store for some reason!!!
Patti
pattib203@yahoo.com
Primary Pizzazz

Jason Berger said...

I followed all the stores! (I also adore Mrs. Meacham's site. Amazing resources!!

Jessica.berger@hotmail.com

blajcak said...

I follow all of the TPT stores!!
Great stuff!!

blajcak@ashland.k12.wi.us

SummerE said...

I am following all of the stores! :)

Summer Eaton
Eatons@btcs.org

SummerE said...

I am following all of the stores! :)

Summer Eaton
Eatons@btcs.org

Jessica said...

I follow all of the above stores! :)

Jess
JLewars27@gmail.com

Amelia said...

I follow all the featured stores. Thanks for the giveaway!

amelias.schaeffer@gmail.com

Lauren Augustine said...

Following all store! =) Thanks for these giveaways!!

Lauren
Miss Augustine's Kindergarten

augustinelm@gmail.com

KB said...

I follow all of these stores!!

Kendalll

Kendall.Braxton@gmail.com

Erica said...
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Erica said...

I follow all the TPT stores.

I love calendar time- it's my favorite part of the day!

My email is butler . erica at gmail dot com.

Kelly B aka Queen Bee! said...

I follow all of the TpT stores!

kellybrown28021@gmail.com

Charme' said...

I follow all the TPT stores and blogs! Thanks for sharing such great resources!
Charme'
charmemccabe@rocketmail.com

Cindy said...

I follow all the TPT stores. Thanks for putting all of this together. You are amazing.
Cindy
KindergartenLove.
Cindy
kindergartenlovesme

Mrs. Krivulka said...

I follow all the TPT stores

Melissa K
melissakrivulka@yahoo.com

sheithold said...

I followed all the TPT stores!

sheithold@dentphelps.k12.mo.us

Kathy said...

I follow all of the TpT stores.
Kathy
kswitzky@usd345.com

Katelyn Zmijewski said...

Thank you so much for doing this!! I followed all the TPT Stores!

~Katelyn
kmzmijewski@gmail.com

KinderTeacher said...

I follow all TpT stores.

Michelle
maskew35@comcast.net

Karyn said...

I follow all TpT stores.

œKaryn
A is for Apple B is for Blog
Kideducator@comcast.net

Kristin Young said...

I follow all stores! :)

littlemissglamourgoestok@gmail.com

Miss Whidden said...

Love this post!

Lacey

MissWhiddens2nds@gmail.com

Courtney said...

I follow all TPT stores...

AWESOME giveways.

Courtney
courtneyheath@live.com

Heather Deramus said...

I follow all of these!

Great giveaway!!!

hdderamus@gmail.com

Heather Deramus said...

I follow all of these!

Great giveaway!!!

hdderamus@gmail.com

Barbara said...

I follow all of the TpT stores!! Thanks for doing this for us!
Barbara

bellba@mygrande.net

Cori Lyons said...

I follow all stores. Thank you for all the hard work you did to pull these ideas together.

lyons.cori@gmail.com

primary giveaway

Kari Nelson said...

I follow ALL stores! Thanks!
nelk@richland.k12.wi.us

Lisa Cain said...

I follow all of the TPT stores

lisa.cain.sped.teacher@gmail.com

Lori said...

I follow all the stores!!
lorikimball1@aim.com
Lori

kcal88 said...

I follow all the stores...

Katrina
kcal88@gmail.com

Sandra said...

I follow them all!

Sandra
Sweet Times in First
sweettimesinfirst@gmail.com

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