As a second grade teacher, Tami has had many opportunities to change up her classroom calendar. Although it could get old having to switch it up each month, she takes this as her chance to add a fresh new look. Every classroom teacher has their own way of designing and using their calendar. Here are Tami’s personal DIY (Do It Yourself) Tips:
  •  Display the student’s birthdays all month long to make them feel special. You can buy these monthly cupcake and candle birthday reminders at any teacher store. Tami laminated the candles and uses a Visa Vis marker to write the child’s name and birth date. It washes right off and is ready for the next month.  
  • Make sure to make each month’s design relevant. As March is the beginning of Spring and Tami’s class is beginning their butterfly life cycle unit, she used butterflies for the calendar dates and die cut “March” out of an adorable piece of butterfly print scrapbook paper.
  • Highlight important dates for the students to remember. Add your own computer printed reminders (Dr. Seuss’ Birthday, Twin Dress Up Day) to the generic store-bought ones (The First Day of Spring, Class Field Trip, Parent / Teacher Conferences).
  • To keep with the Spring theme, Tami added these beautiful DIY flowers made out of paper and tulle. She used prints with lots of color to make each flower pop. 
 
 Here are some other examples of past calendars from Tami’s classroom: 
  • Tami likes to start off the year with the calendar matching the theme of her classroom. Funky animal print tissue paper flowers are a bit “wild” mixed with animal printed borders and dates.
  • Turn every day playing cards into fun calendar dates. Check out the rest of this year’s classroom theme on our post, A Royal Classroom
  •  Holidays are great inspiration for classroom calendars. Why not decorate your February calendar with vintage print hearts for Valentine’s Day? 
 
  • These butterflies were cut from different prints found in magazines. They gave this calendar a fresh, Spring feel.
  • Most importantly, change it up! If you get bored with your classroom calendar, so will the kids! They will get excited to see what you come up with next…

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