We haven’t officially started kindergarten since Adrian is still in preschool, but he loves keeping track of his own calendar. So, this is my rough draft of our Kindergarten calendar notebook. I will add more pages and stuff when we get more into official kinder material. I used a calendar I got in the mail from Highlights Kids magazine and a few printouts from 1+1+1=1 and Our Aussie Homeschool.
On the inside cover of the notebook, I laminated and glued the year part of the Highlights Kids calendar, so he can keep track of the entire year. The first page is where he writes his name every few months so we can see how well his penmanship is coming along. As you can see, it needs a little work. lol
I made photo copies of the Highlights calendar Hidden Picture Puzzles for every month since Adrian thoroughly enjoys finding the objects. The monthly calendar is just printed off of Google Calendar, and I write in specific things we do every week that he looks forward to, the red dots on every other day are the days that he gets to feed the puffer fish. Can’t argue with the calendar!
I laminated this page. Everyday he traces the correct day of the week (at first I would just have him copy the word on a separate piece of paper, but he would get extremely frustrated, so we are using tracing for now). Both him and August think it’s hilarious that Wednesday isn’t spelled as it sounds, during calendar time they both walk around laughing “wed-nes-day!”. I personally believe that having him trace (and later write them on his own) words is a much better way of learning penmanship than to trace the letter A over and over on worksheets.
Then we have our weather chart, which we are obviously way behind on.. This helps him learn graphing, keeping track of things, and he can look back on it at the end of the month and we can discuss what the average weather was for April.
I put the colors page in there to help him recognize the spelling of color words and practice writing. I laminated this one as well and I wasn’t intending on introducing it yet, but when he noticed it in his notebook, he wanted to trace all of them. He thinks it’s funny that “white” is blank.
These letter and number tracing pages may not even be used because I don’t dig the boring, repetitive tracing of the same letter/number. Adrian can already recognize all letters and numbers up to 100+, so I think we will practice writing numbers by doing actual math problems and having him write than answers.