"How Many More Days Until...?"

I am sure your students have already started the count down, "How many more days until Christmas?"  I can't blame them, but mine is like, "How many more days until I get a break?!"  It is only Monday and I am ticking off the days until I can sleep in.  Or sleep in as much as possible with a two year old.  There is a BIIIIGGG difference between 5:45 am and 7:45 am in book!!

Today we started our count down chains (cute and fluffy time filler) and I forgot to take a picture.  Whoops.  I will get around to it!

However, THIS is a time management strategy I have meaning to get around to all year.  And finally did this month.  Better than nothing, right?  I can't take credit for it. I saw it in a college's room 2 years ago and loved the idea.  Although December is a great time to start, it would be useful ANY time of year.

I took a laminated, blank calendar from the school supply store and hung it up over the pencil sharper where it would get lots of views.  Above the calender I hung sticky clips and the hung all the months to the right on sticky clips. This makes it super easy to change out the months.

Using a dry erase marker I filled in the dates and any important events.  Obviously December is very full :)!

Now kids can look at the calendar and plan ahead for things like library day and bringing money for the Holiday Shop. Maybe.  I hope.

And I mentioned my big announcement last week.  It really is only a big announcement to my family and I, but we are expecting our own sweet bundle of joy at the end of June.  I have been too sick and tired to blog much, but  I will try to get better.  I am pretty useless when I am pregnant (I am not a glower, more like a, well you don't want to know that!) but I am hoping to find myself again in the upcoming weeks.  Then I can go back to the things I enjoy like cooking a real dinner instead of mac n' cheese, and playing with my blog :).

I am linking up my simple made it over at 4th Grade Frolics



  1. This is a great idea Mandy:) Would love it if you linked up to Monday Made It. You might want to read about my Countdown to Christmas survival kit for teachers..lol:)

    4th Grade Frolics

  2. Congrats Mandy!! :-)


  3. Congrats Mandy! And such a great idea...I might borrow it ;)

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

  4. Congratulations!
    I also do this to my calendar and I feel like it helps my kindergarteners use the calendar so easily and in a motivating way. Today they all walked in and crowded around the calendar to see the birthdays and events coming up... it was awesome!
    Kindergarten Schmindergarten

  5. Many congrats to you!! A little bundle of joy!! Hope you feel better!

    Amy Howbert
    Little Miss Organized

  6. Yay!! I need to see your face soon - pregnant or not, you can still eat cheese dip! :)


  7. COngratulations! And you say mac n cheese and blogging like it is a bad thing...

    (Your post reminds me I should display the months like you have...in our final math unit the second graders have to write them in order and I am always surprised how terribly we do!)

  8. Yay! I guessed right! Congrats. I've been using your Christmas unit. I put up the Grinch's in the hallway bulletin board and I am getting all kinds of praise. People love them!

  9. Your calendar is such a great idea! I teach third grade, and this would be perfect for them. They always like to know what's going on.

    Congratulations on your new little one!



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