If you are homeschooling a kindergartener you are probably working hard to figure out ways to help them learn the days, and months of the year. It is also a great way to introduce them to the different seasons as well. You have probably seen the calendar, and weather pocket charts for sale at your local teachers supply store. These calendars can cost you about $25, or more. Making one yourself does not have to be very complicated, but can be as simple as you would like it. Below you will find a few ideas and suggestions on how you can make a calendar and weather pocket chart for yourself.
The first thing you will need is decide how you want your calendar to look. If you already have calendar that you have used before you may want to build your pocket chart around this. Start by hanging up your calendar on the wall, in the spot where you want it to go.
Next you will need several items that can work as the pockets to hold your month, and day cards. All you need is a long piece of construction paper that spans the length of your calendar. You can then get plastic clear book covers from your local office supply store. The small book covers that easily cover a pocket calendar work well. You can then cut the pocket calendar cover in half. Each side has a nice little pocket. You can then hang up the little pockets above the calendar using thumb tacks to secure them.
Next you will need to make your month cards. You can use simple index cards for this part. Using a marker you can write the name of each month on the cards. When you are all done you can place the cards in the holder. The same can be done for the days of the week. The days of the week can easily be typed up on the computer and cut out. You can glue the days of the week on to the index cards and cut them a bit smaller than the month itself. To give each month a different look, you can have your kids use crayons or coloring pencils to color in the cards. This way each month has its own unique color.
For the weather you can create little weather cards. You can use index cards and have your kids draw a picture of the sun, or a picture of clouds, or a picture with rain on it. They can be as creative as they would like to be with their pictures. Then each morning, you can go over the calendar with the kids.