Calendar Connections ~ Geology

My wonderful friend Shannon is still working with me to create the Calendar Connections cards. She is a fellow inner city missionary with me and also a homeschooler {and former school teacher}.

We chose Geology for our next theme! Since we have 12 different sets, we are no longer releasing new themes every month, but whenever Shannon finds time to make us a new set!  They may not come out as fast as last year, but they are still coming!

Calendar Connections Geology

The facts are written at a 3-6th grade level but you will be able to water them down for younger kids. It’s a great way to involve your entire family in exploring a particular theme.

NOTE: these do NOT print front to back, only the premium design does, which will come out for sale next week sometime.  These are the original cards, which we still offer for free. You can see an example of the bundled set here

The cards fit my particular pocket chart calendar.image

but you could use a poster foam board and velcro to easily create your own set up. You could also use a standard pocket chart.

I am now creating smaller sets to go along with the small pocket charts found in the Target $1 section. Be sure to visit this post for a tutorial of how to sew your $1 pocket chart into a calendar!Calendar Connections Small Geology

There is also a new sheet included to be used in a Calendar Notebook if you are using those too!

I printed my numbers on cardstock and laminated them before cutting them apart.

You can download these for FREE here!

You can use most of our Calendar Connections cards for any month! We now have 13 sets to choose from, and we will still be adding more too!

Calendar Connections Set 1

We are taking suggestions for upcoming themes.  Leave suggestions in the comments! 

Summer Olympics 2012 ~ Calendar Connections

For our July Calendar Connections cards, I made a simple special edition set in honor of the Summer Olympics.  Since these will only be used once by all of us, I decided to save time and make them front side only and only the standard size.

I used Wikipedia for most of my information, and will be using it to explore any special Olympics interests with my kiddos as we work through these and learn about the 26 sports of the 2012 games!!

The cards are a simple walk through of a few basic facts about the Olympic Games, and then each of the 26 sports in alphabetical order.  There is a special Opening Ceremonies card for July 27th, and a special Bible verse card for the 31st.

Calendar Connections Olympics 2012

The cards fit my particular pocket chart calendar, I ordered mine from Oriental Trading but they now have the same one on Amazon!


but you could use a poster foam board and velcro to easily create your own set up.

You can download these for FREE here!

You can use most of our Calendar Connections cards for any month! Calendar-Connections-Set-15

{this post randomly re-published itself!  It was a post from this date last year and showed up today without me planning it!  I was going to pull it, but there are already comments on it, so I don’t want anyone to not be able to find it if it is new to them.  I have no clue why it republished itself!}
Recently God gave me another crazy idea that I was able to put together in a few hours!!!  I was brainstorming our current calendar and thinking of making some cute themed calendar numbers when it occurred to me they could be SO much more than just cute.  I could teach my kiddos 1 simple {but important} fact each day based around a certain theme.  I decided on an Independence Day/America theme for July and got to work brainstorming 31 symbols and facts.  I will admit the last few were a stretch but I finally got 31!
I am horrible at remembering historical facts and I do not want my kids to be like me so I hope to use this method to teach facts in an easy and simple way.  Obviously these can be used over each year and many facts will also be eventually taught in their school lessons.  I thought this would be a great way to introduce and reinforce at the same time {for Mommy too}.  Even Ladybug will begin to soak up concepts simply by sitting with us.
This first set was created with PacMan in mind, knowing that for Krash and Ladybug-anything they soak up is just a bonus.  I have big dreams of bringing this whole idea to a bigger level and am working with a friend behind the scenes on the idea!  I hope to have more to share with you soon!
Below you can see what the cards themselves look like, on the left are the cards you would use for the numbers on your calendar and on the right are the concept cards that go with each card.  I made them to fit my particular pocket chart calendar but you could use a poster foam board and velcro to easily create your own set up.  You could also use a standard pocket chart.  They seem like they would fit in this calendar on Amazon but I am not certain.
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I put mine in our calendar to show you how they look, and I plan to share more about how it goes with my kiddos when we begin.  I have several ideas of games to play and fun ways to make it more than just calendar numbers too!IMG_7277

I printed my numbers on cardstock and laminated them before cutting them apart.  I have the concept cards whole right now, but I think I will cut them.  I am still deciding what will work best.  I will share what we end up deciding!

Let’s Explore Bugs Bundle

The Let’s Explore Bugs Bundle is for sale in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop!  The basic Calendar Connections cards will stay FREE, the premium design will bundled with the eBook for sale, for just $1.50! 

Let's Explore Bugs Button

The premium calendar cards print front to back and have a more unique design featuring a title on the front of the card.

Bugs Calendar Cards

Bugs Calendar Cards


The bundle also includes a page with the direct link to the Let’s Explore Bugs eBook…so it will open separate from the calendar cards. Let's Explore Bugs eBook


The pages of the eBook look like this…Entomology

Learn how to put eBooks onto your iPad or other device here!

I am grateful to Shannon for partnering with me on this project!  We both thank you for your support through any purchases you make of these bundles we are putting together!  I am planning to slowly convert all past sets and any new sets to the bundle format.

Purchase your Let’s Explore Bugs Bundle here!

Let’s Explore Bugs eBook

I have a new Subscriber Freebie for you! 

Bugs eBook Cover

Our new Let’s Explore Bugs eBook will be available to blog subscribers for FREE through June 15, 2012!

Our Let’s Explore ebooks take the awesome Calendar Connections themes that Shannon has developed, and turns them into full size files to be used as eBooks.  You can read them on your computer, your iPad, or any device that supports PDF files.  Yes, you can even print them full size!  Remember, I have a tutorial for using these on your iPad here {the format is the same as the Easy Readers}. We both have iPads so that what we will be using them on.  Each eBook page has a number, which correlates with the order in the Bugs Calendar Connections cards.

Calendar Connections Bugs 300  Let's Explore Bugs1

BUT, you don’t have to use this eBook with the CC cards, it can stand alone as a simple way to learn about a particular topic.  The series is created with 3rd-6th graders in mind, but it isn’t limited to those grades.  It is a great way to explore a topic across grade levels within your homeschool!

The Let’s Explore Bugs eBook will only be offered for free with a special link at the bottom of the daily 1+1+1=1 email or RSS feed every day through June 15, 2012.  It won’t be anywhere else right now!  Eventually the set will be for sale, so get it for free now while you can!

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