Calendar Connections ~ Explorers

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}. She has 4 kiddos ages 1, 6, 12, and 14. She wrote the facts for this set and I created the final file, it was a total team effort! In order to help support their missionary family, all books linked in the file and in the Amazon widgets are linked to her account. If you make a purchase through those links you will be supporting their family!!!

We chose an Explorer theme for October ~ just to switch things up a bit.

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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.  This particular theme may be a bit harder to water down, but you’ll have to be the judge based on your kiddos!  Without any cute animal pictures, the younger crowd may have a harder time connecting to the exciting facts.

On the first card, Shannon challenges the kids to find places on a map or atlas as they learn about each discovery.  Slide4I think this is an awesome idea and will make this unit not only a lesson on Explorers but also a great geography lesson. 


The cards fit my particular pocket chart calendar {which is currently IN STOCK and on SALE at Oriental Trading}, item # IN-62/2017…

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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.


I am now creating smaller sets to go along with the small pocket charts found currently in the Target $1 section. Here is what they look like…

Calendar Connections Small Explorers

Be sure to visit this post for a tutorial of how to sew your $1 pocket chart into a calendar! I also uploaded the mini version for Rainforest, you can see everything available on the main Calendar Connections webpage.


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 are slowly building up what we hope will be a wide variety of themes to choose from!

OCean Life Calendar Connections  Rain Forest Calendar Connections web

Calendar Connections ~ September ~ Rain Forest Theme

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}. She has 4 kiddos ages 1, 6, 12, and 14. She wrote the facts for this set and I created the final file, it was a total team effort! In order to help support their missionary family, all rain forest books linked in the file and in the Amazon widgets are linked to her account. If you make a purchase through those links you will be supporting their family!!!

We chose an Rain Forest theme for September. 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.

Rain Forest Calendar Connections web

The cards fit my particular pocket chart calendar {which is currently IN STOCK and on SALE at Oriental Trading}, item # IN-62/2017…

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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.

Rain Forest Calendar Connections

I am creating smaller sets to go along with the small pocket charts found currently in the Target $1 section, so hang tight-I will have those soon hopefully. In the meantime be sure to visit this post for a tutorial of how to sew your $1 pocket chart into a calendar! I plan to go back and make the small set for ocean also, so if you haven’t started using these, you can use them for any month, they are not created for a specific month, even though we are releasing them this way. You can use any set, anytime!

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

You can download these for FREE here!

Ocean Life ~ August ~ Calendar Connections Cards

I have been brainstorming with my good friend Shannon since the idea of Calendar Connections came to me.  We have decided to move forward as a team.  She is a fellow inner city missionary with me and also a homeschooler {and former school teacher}.  She has 4 kiddos ages 1, 6, 12, and 14.  She wrote the facts for this set and I created the final file, it was a total team effort!  In order to help support their missionary family, all ocean life books linked in the file and in the Amazon widgets are linked to her account.  If you make a purchase through those links you will be supporting their family!!!

We chose an Ocean theme for August.  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.

 

OCean Life Calendar Connections

 

The cards fit my particular pocket chart calendar {which is currently out of stock on Oriental Trading}, item # IN-62/2017…

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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. 

Ocean Calendar Card Facts

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

 

You can download these for FREE here!


Did anyone else use the July Calendar Cards?  We did and they were a HUGE success {still are as we are finishing up}!  We played tons of review games and used little fruit snacks {and M&Ms one day…they were THRILLED} that I tossed them when they could answer my quiz questions.  I am absolutely amazed with the knowledge Krash has soaked up. 

4th of July Calendar Connections Cards

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!
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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!