Renee Goularte's Kindergarten Classroom Tour



Here is the calendar wall, where most of our math work takes place. We start the day here every day, reviewing the pattern, counting the days with straws, linker cubes, and tallies, singing the months and the days of the week, and graphing the weather. Above the calendar is our birthday graph which stays on this wall all year.


Everything isn't introduced right away so the calendar area is simpler at the beginning of the year. You can tell it's October here because the ABB pattern for the days is done with Halloween colors.


The calendar area changes through the year as students create more advanced patterns and work with higher numbers.

When school starts in August, we start with an AB pattern for the days.

This September calendar shows an ABC pattern for the days. A few items have been added to the wall: a writing board for the numbers shown by straws, a weather graph, and a related counting activity.

By October, we have a few patterns made with linker cubes (we add one cube a day to make sticks of ten), and we've made a few bundles of ten straws.

By December, the strip of numbers showing how many days we've been in school has grown and we've added some shapes to the wall.


The January calendar shows an AAAB pattern and the beginning of our hundred chart that shows one hundred acts of kindness.

By February, we have added counting money to the calendar area and students are learning more about equations. This calendar shows an ABCC pattern.

All calendar work is done by students and the whole class participates in counting and reading the patterns.

Every day we

1. extend the pattern on the days
2. read the pattern aloud
3. sing the days of the weeks and months of the year
4. add a straw, bundle straws into ten bundles if necessary, and count the straws
5. write the numbers represented by straws
6. write the number of school days on the strip and on the chalkboard
7. add a tally to the tally sheet and count the tallies
8. add a linker cube to the pattern sticks (each one is ten cubes long)
9. adjust the "yesterday, today, and tomorrow" sentences
10. check the weather and color one unit on the weather graph
11. add a penny to the money count
12. do a simple equation







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