Classroom Calendar Makeover {Classroom Design Photos, Set Up Pictures & Ideas, Organization & Management}

 One of my classroom walls is a retractable wall that allegedly has the ability to open up to the neighboring classroom to create one giant space, but has always been treated as a permanent. It’s magnetic and for the past few years I’ve had my calendar on that wall and used number cutouts with donut magnets hot glued onto the back. This made changing them each month super easy and (since I love all things efficient) I knew I wanted to find an equally easy way to change the dates when I moved my calendar as part of my classroom makeover.

I found my answer with these handy little clips. They are perfect for displaying paper and because they are attached with a squishy adhesive of sorts the clips can be repositioned, removed, or reused. 

I bought a calendar poster at the teacher store and attached one clip to each day. To spruce it up I used party streamers to create ruffles around the perimeter. I sat with some of my students during a rainy indoor recess and they made the ruffles for me by scrunching up the streamers and stapling them at the bottom to hold the ruffle together. I then stapled them to the calendar and then attached ribbon to hide the staples and give it another pop of color to match my classroom color scheme.

Because my students access the calendar when working on their number of the day activities as well as when using the calendar task cards during our daily math workshop with guided math groups I needed to keep it in a spot that was visible from around the room. 

In addition to the traditional calendar, I also have a space to record the date written in words (September 3, 2014) as well as with slashes (9/3/14).

These calendar pieces are part of my aqua chevron color scheme packet. All of the new classroom theme packets as well as each of the color scheme mix and match packets have their own version of the calendar pieces as one of the 33 classroom essentials that are included in each bundle for less than .40 cents per product!! 

Each bundle also includes a chart for tracking the number of days you have been in school. I also plan to include that on my calendar board because understanding place value is a big part of our third grade math curriculum. It’s all set up an ready to go for the first day of school in September, which at the moment feels a long way down the road...unfortunately I know from experience that summer vacation will be over all too quickly.

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