Each year I post free printable calendars and 2020 is no different. I like these calendars because of their simple design, and notes space. They have so many uses in the classroom, and I detail many of the ways I’ve used them, below These printable calendars are perfect to give to students to track individual needs in the classroom. They’re also great for sending out to families detailing special events and activities for the month. The editable pdf version allows you to customize each of the calendars digitally before printing. Just edit and print! Here are some of my favorite ways to use calendars in the classroom along with links to the 2020 calendars.
I’m always looking for student-centered and affordable Christmas presents for parents. One of my favorite ways of using these printable calendars is as a parent gift from students. The gift version of the file includes bubbled letters for the month so students can fill it in as they see fit. Students also decorate the cover, and the back of each month for hanging. I love how affordable this parent gift is- I print on white cardstock, and bind using the machine at school. These are also easy to add to the classroom throughout the weeks leading up to Christmas. As students have a few minutes, they can work on decorating their calendars. To access the 2020 Calendar Gifts, sign up for my newsletter using the form below. After signing up, you’ll receive an email with instructions and the password for accessing my Freebie Library. Be sure to check your promotions and spam tabs on Gmail if you can’t find it. If you’re looking for other ideas for Christmas Gifts for parents from students, be sure to check out my Art Inspired Christmas Parent Gifts and December in our Classroom posts.
Reading logs can result in mixed feelings. I’ve found, for many of my students, they need some sort of piece of accountability for their independent reading. This form allows me to have students record their reading in a quick and easy way, and they just leave the calendar in their daily binder. Because we do AR, students record their scores on their AR quizzes and then they can keep track of their AR goal. I’ve also used it to have students track how many pages of their book they have read.
PARENT COMMUNICATION TOOL
If you have a lot of events at your school, or have a different focus each week, these calendars would be helpful to give parents a look at what’s coming up. These are great for preschools who often have different themed dates throughout the year. They also are good for parents to see when tests are coming up, or special projects, field trips, and guest speakers. The editable pdf version is perfect for this- just update the calendar in Adobe Reader and print it and send home. To download the editable pdf version, be sure to sign up for my newsletter below. Then, access my Freebie Library for the quick and easy download! Then, open with Adobe Reader, edit as you need, then print and send home!
INTERVENTION & PROGRESS MONITORING
It can be difficult to track classroom interventions, especially when they’re fluid groups that are squeezed in during other times. I’m often pulling quick groups for 5-10 minute small group lessons on specific skills and it can be difficult to record which students received the intervention on specific days. Because these are during morning work and independent reading times, I don’t always have a set frequency for meeting the intervention. I use these calendars to record the students’ name, what we worked on and for how long, and any necessary progress monitoring data based on that group work. I just keep each student’s calendar nearby in a binder and then I have it available for recording our official interventions and have the data available for RtI.
These printable calendars are perfect for goal tracking as they’re open ended and students can record any goal you agree upon. You can use them for a set goal for all, or to have individualized goals for students to track on their own. Student goal setting can build motivation and investment, and these calendars are easy to use fora variety of classroom goals with students.
You can download the my 2020 Printable Calendars here. To access the 2020 Calendar Gifts and the 2020 Editable Calendars sign up for my newsletter below. Once you’ve signed up, access my Freebie Library (instructions are in the email) for the quick download.