For those of you who have been here before, you might notice that I changed my blog background again. I promise, I am not going to be changing it on a regular basis, but this design is much more of what I wanted - and I did it all by myself! There's a few more tweaks to be made, but overall I like the effect :)
Anyways, on to calendar time! This summer I was told that a proper calendar has all of the dates on the calendar already displayed. The reasoning behind that is apparently because "kids will never see an incomplete calendar in real life". Now, personally, I like having an incomplete calendar. I think it enables kiddos to see that each day adds to the calendar. I have students come up to put up the next date and I make them choose from several different cards to see if they can figure out which number comes next in the sequence and identify that number.
I wasn't quoted any studies about this, so I'm not sure if research actually shows that having an incomplete calendar impedes learning or a complete classroom calendar promotes learning. So, I thought I would take the question to bloggy world and see what everyone else is doing/thinking. I am open to change, I just need some more opinions on this. One of the people who told me this was also the one telling me that I needed to teach positional words and geometric shapes at the same time - i.e. "The sphere is on top of the rectangular cube" rather than "The ball is on the table." I can't see how that approach is any better than teaching the skills separately, and I frankly think it would be confusing to a lot of my students. Eventually I'm sure we could integrate the skills, but to teach that way from day one just seems artificial to me and I can't see a benefit. So, two questions then:
When you put up a new month on your calendar do you put up all the dates or do you leave it blank and add a day at a time? Why?
Do you teach positional words and geometric shapes at the same time/same lesson or do you introduce each concept separately? Why?
BTW, here is my calendar, I love, love, love it! It was bought with Title I money and I was so thrilled to get it!