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

Mandy Gregory is a 2007 and 2012 Teacher of the Year. She has taught 4th, 3rd, and 2nd grade in both the general education and inclusion setting. She is the owner and creator of the Teaching Tips website (www.mandygregory.com) and has over 10 years of experience. She is married with two beautiful children.

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  1. Tara December 4, 2012 at 12:01 am

    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. kss425 December 4, 2012 at 12:14 am

    Great idea! And congrats!!!

  3. Karyn December 4, 2012 at 12:42 am

    Congrats Mandy!! πŸ™‚


  4. Christina Marie December 4, 2012 at 1:20 am

    Congrats Mandy!

    Christina πŸ™‚
    Check out my blog!
    Apples, Books, and Crayons

  5. Sara Soucy December 4, 2012 at 1:42 am

    Congrats Mandy! And such a great idea…I might borrow it πŸ˜‰

    Sara πŸ™‚
    Smiling In Second Grade

  6. Vanessa December 4, 2012 at 2:21 am

    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

  7. Amy Howbert December 4, 2012 at 3:00 am

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

    Amy Howbert
    Little Miss Organized

  8. Abby December 4, 2012 at 3:22 am

    Yay!! I need to see your face soon – pregnant or not, you can still eat cheese dip! πŸ™‚


  9. Suzy Q December 4, 2012 at 5:13 am

    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!)

  10. Elizabeth December 4, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Congrats!! So happy for you πŸ™‚

  11. nikki8 December 5, 2012 at 2:03 am

    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!

  12. Room 114 December 24, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    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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