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Work on coin identification, counting money, and patterns with these colorful calendar pieces for elementary students in first and second grade.

Work on coin identification, counting money, and patterns with these colorful calendar pieces for elementary students in first and second grade.

 

Life has been crazy lately with a vacation, wedding, and then trying to get back into our regular routine. One of those is routines is a daily calendar time.

I love calendar time! It is a time for me to quickly review math concepts and build number sense in my kiddos.

Both my boys love it too and enjoy predicting what the new date will show.

So what can we learn using these calendar pieces? These pieces will help your students with coin identification, counting money, and patterns.

Patterns

The calendar pieces all have patterns. My preschooler has been working on patterns, so using colors I created an AB pattern. Each day I ask him what the next color will be, and he is doing great with being able to tell me.

My kindergartener, who is doing the first-grade math, needed a little bit of a harder one. He is really into “skip counting” right now I decided to change the color of the numbers on the multiples of three. He has had a blast figuring out which number would be blue next.

Coin Identification

Since my oldest will be focusing on coins this month, these pieces work on coin identification.

Once again, you will see a pattern on which coins will be used. This one is a little harder and caused my oldest to have to really think about what the new day will hold, especially when we are trying to figure out Monday without the help of Saturday and Sunday.

The coin pattern is heads quarter, nickel, dime, dime and then tails quarter, nickel, dime, dime. I wanted the kiddos to recognize the coins, but I also wanted to reinforce their value.

Counting Money

Each day we add the value of the coin to the previous total. For example, the first day is a quarter. I wrote $0.25 on the plastic part of the calendar. The next day was a nickel, so we wrote $0.30 on the calendar.

After a few days, I had them predict what the total would be at the end of the month. Trust me when I say we needed to revise our predictions halfway through the month. As we’ve been getting closer to the end of the month, they have once again revised their predictions!

I hope these pieces are as helpful to you as they have been for us.

You’ve Got This,

Rachel

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