Magnetic Calendar Activity Center

The Magnetic Calendar Activity Center (Lakeshore Learning) will help children develop calendar concepts. Depending on the child’s age, developmental level, and/or grade, the child can learn the following concepts:

  • count days
  • days of week
  • sequence days of week
  • today is, yesterday was, tomorrow will be
  • months of year
  • sequence months of year
  • seasons
  • weather
  • holidays and special days
  • year


Materials

The Magnetic Calendar Activity Center contains 106 pieces (1 board, 7 days, 12 months, 4 seasons, 10 holidays, 15 celebration days, 4 birthdays, 2 celebration, 2 no school, and 2 magnet frames).

The calendar grid is colorful and sturdy. The magnets with the bold blue numerals are the year magnets. The magnets with the white numerals mark the date.

The Magnetic Calendar Activity Center can be mounted to a wall, displayed on an easel, or stand freely on table.


Days of the Week

The Magnetic Calendar Activity Center contains an individual magnet for each day of the week.

In addition to “today,” children can also learn “yesterday” and “tomorrow.”


Months of the Year

The Magnetic Calendar Activity Center contains an individual magnet for each month of the year.

Children will learn about current month as well as sequencing months from January to December.


Seasons and Weather

The Magnetic Calendar Activity Center contains one magnet for each of the four seasons. Children will be encouraged to use their senses (see: leaves growing, leaves falling, snow; feel: cold, warm, hot) to understand weather as well as the different seasons.

The magnet frames will help children understand and keep track of the weather. Children will be able to respond to, “Today’s weather is ___” and “Outside it feels ___.”

Use the Outside it feels magnet frame to mark one of the illustrations below.

Use the Today’s weather is magnet frame to mark one of the illustrations below.


Holidays, Celebrations, and Special Days

Holiday = Labor Day

Celebration = Yum Kippur

Special Day = Birthday


Holidays

The Magnetic Calendar Activity Center contains an individual magnet for each holiday. The 10 holidays are:

  1. Christmas
  2. Columbus Day
  3. Independence Day
  4. Labor Day
  5. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  6. Memorial Day
  7. New Year’s Day
  8. Presidents’ Day
  9. Thanksgiving
  10. Veteran’s Day


Celebrations and Special Days

The Magnetic Calendar Activity Center contains 15 different celebration magnets and three special days. The 15 celebration days are:

  1. 100th Day!
  2. Chinese New Year
  3. Cinco de Mayo
  4. Earth Day
  5. Easter
  6. Father’s Day
  7. Halloween
  8. Hanukkah
  9. Kwanzaa
  10. Mother’s Day
  11. Passover
  12. Ramadan
  13. St. Patrick’s Day
  14. Valentine’s Day
  15. Yom Kippur

Children will also discuss special days, including birthdays, celebrations, and no school days.


My experience using the Magnetic Calendar Activity Center

I have used the Magnetic Calendar Activity Center activity in a variety of ways. I have worked with mostly older preschool children. The Magnetic Calendar Activity Center activity can be easily adapted to meet the needs of each child.


Additional Activities

“Before” and “After”

  • “Which day comes before Wednesday?” Child should respond, “Tuesday.”
  • “Which day comes after Friday?” Child should respond, “Saturday.”
  • “Which month comes before April?” Child should respond, “March.”
  • “Which month comes after September?” Child should respond, “October.”

Most children also demonstrated improvement in other areas, including but not limited to:

  • not calling out
  • identifying peer names
  • responding when name is called
  • waiting turn
  • taking turns
  • sharing
  • isolating index finger to point
  • joint attention
  • improved attention span
  • eye-hand coordination
  • remaining sitting for several minutes

Suggestions

  • Sing songs related to days of the week, months of the year, seasons, holidays, and celebrations.
  • The number magnets used to mark the date can be placed on calendar all at once or one day at a time.
  • Count calendar days on a daily basis to reinforce rote counting and number recognition.
  • Consider one-to-one correspondence as children count the days.
  • Encourage children to figure out combination of numbers for year (2018).
  • Ask one child to respond to, “Yesterday was ___.” Then ask another child to respond to, “Today is ___.” Finally, ask another child to respond to, “Tomorrow will be ___.”
  • Place two days on board (i.e., Monday and Thursday) and encourage child to find the correct day in response to, “Today is ___.” Same procedure is possible in response to, “Yesterday was ___” and “Tomorrow will be ___.”
  • Word recognition – identifying days and months in print.
  • Emphasize weekdays and weekends.

Summary

The Magnetic Calendar Activity Center will help children develop calendar concepts. Children will be able to learn the following concepts:

  • count days
  • days of week
  • sequence days of week
  • today is, yesterday was, tomorrow will be
  • months of year
  • sequence months of year
  • seasons
  • weather
  • holidays and special days
  • year

Additional Information

Where to buy

https://www.lakeshorelearning.com/products/math/multiskill-math-products/magnetic-calendar-activity-center/p/AA479