Friday, November 11, 2011

Journaling with a Calendar Pocket Chart !!

When I first saw this idea posted on The Math Learning Center blog (see photo #6), I couldn't believe I'd never thought of it before. It's so simple yet so awesome...

I've always had kids journal. Always used a calendar grid pocket chart (5"x5" pockets). But never put them together. So now I'm having kids record things that happen during the day to put on our wall calendar pocket chart. We try to either write at the end of the day or write in the morning about the previous day.

At the end of the month, I'm collecting the cards, holes punched on one corner, to make into a "book of the month," gathered on a ring. It will be tremendously fun for us to look back and see what we did each month.

This does mean that my calendar patterns have to go in front of our journal squares. Either that, or I need to hang a separate calendar. This month we're using turkey handprints for our calendar pattern and they fit nicely in front of the journal squares.


  1. That's a very useful idea. I have a strange situation in that we departmentalized 4th grade. I teach math. However, this would be very helpful for my groups to at least think about what they learned.

  2. Oh, you are right...this is a wonderful idea! It would be lovely to look back over them at the end of the year and to store each year's in a shoebox. Thank you for sharing this with us!


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