Monday, March 11, 2013

Family Weekly Calendars: They're About Time

You see these three people here? I love them all. They are my life. 
Atley is apparently not thrilled about being grabbed and prodded by her brother, but adorably chubby-cheeked still the same.
See that handsome little boy with the blue and red stripey polo? I really love him. And he? He really really loves church. He had to stay home from church about 3 weeks ago because he was recovering from being sick and I suspected he might still be contagious. Apparently, he didn't like missing out on church because he has made sure ever since that day to tell me every morning, "Church!" And every evening before bed, "Church!" And about 15 times each day, in the car, at home, and anywhere else we might just happen to be, "Church!" "Church!" "Church!"

I really love church, too. And I'm thrilled my little boy loves to go to church. I also think its important to appreciate each day for whatever treasure it might hold - don't you? :) I'm hoping to foster an appreciation of the now, as well as a better understanding of time with this weekly family calendar I made for Lincoln. (Of course, it is also for Atley once she gets old enough to care what day of the week the garbage truck comes, or whether or not we will be celebrating a birthday, holiday, or blowing bubbles in the back yard.)
Our laminated family weekly activities calendar.
The star is moved each day to indicate which day of the week it is. The calendar has space for 3 activities each day. Every morning when Lincoln wakes up, I bring him to the calendar and we look to see what we will be doing that day. If he brings up stuff we won't be doing that day, like going to church for example, I simply say, "Nope! Not until Sunday at the end of this week! But today we will work in the garden, bake a cake for daddy's birthday, and have family home evening!"
Other activities, holidays, and things we might do with a day.
We've only had it for about a week, but so far this whole weekly calendar thing has been awesome. Not only is it helping Lincoln focus and appreciate each day and its activities better, it also has been an excellent tool to keep me accountable to Lincoln. It forces me to choose and keep my word about (at least) one specific activity I will actively do with him, every. single. day. Whether it be something small like playing with his blocks together, or something bigger and more time-consuming, like going to the Zoo or Children's museum.
Like the ghetto Ziploc bag on my fridge? :) Yep, that's how I roll.
I'm sharing this: #1 Because my Granny Shanks told me she wanted to see pictures of it. #2 Just in case you have a child who really likes to go to church and won't stop talking about it, too. :) Feel free to send me an email if you would like the general template I used.

Do you have a family calendar to help your children understand days of the weeks and schedules, too? How did you teach the concept of time to your little ones?

13 comments:

  1. I LOVE it! I will totally have to start doing this with my girls. We've been talking about days of the week and which days we do different things. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I'm glad this will be helpful to you and your cute little family! :)

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    2. Hope your baby boy comes soon too p.s.

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    3. Ha. Thanks Jami. I really hope so too. I'm really starting to get discouraged. Anyways, mentioned this idea to Josh tonight and he was really excited about, but I had a question - did you velcro or magnets for the activities? And is it hanging on your fridge with magnets? Or how did you put it all together? Just curious. Thanks.

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    4. Katelyn - I just printed up thetable of the days of the week, and laminated it onto a pieceof scrapbook paper. Then I printed all the little pictures, cut the. out and laminated them too. Finally, I got a big roll of sticky magnetic tape from Michael's and went to town! It is all magnet, but velcro would also work! It's up to you! :) Have fun making it! And enjoy your beautiful fast-approaching birthing time!! :)

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  2. I love this idea, both for teaching kids and keeping me organized about providing a variety of activities. I would love the template. I probably won't make it for at least a few more months, when Allie starts to understand a little more, but if you wouldn't mind emailing it, that would be great.

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  3. Love your calendar. I made one, as well, and searched and searched for inspiration at the time to no avail. Funny to find yours after mine is finished. I sewed clear vinyl pockets onto a fabric that I embroidered the names of the week onto. I'm still working on a method to show which day today is. I was thinking snaps, but magnets is sounding a lot easier. Thanks for the inspiration!!

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    1. I'm glad this could be of help! Your calendar sounds so nice - vinyl pockts, and embroidery! That's pretty impressive! The magnets are pretty easy. Velcro circles could also work well. I think it would have cost a bit more, but I kind of wish I would have gone with the little velcro circle stickers myself. Oh well. Still does the job. Thanks for stopping by and commenting! :)

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  4. Okay, Jami, don't laugh, but I am finally making my own! 1.5 years later... Thanks for the idea!

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  5. I know this is an old post, but I found it through pinterest. Would you mind sharing your template with me? danieliza at gmail dot com

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    1. Most were just Word clip art images, and a handful more were small pictures I clipped from magazines.

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  7. Hi - this might be far fetched, but I am looking to make a calendar just like the one you made. I am sure you put a lot of effort into it and very much like the images you used. Would you by any chance be able to share the print outs with me? Very much appreciated, if not its also okay. I like that you shared your ideas and its a great inspiration. Best wishes Carina - sturmmy a gmail.com

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