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Friday, November 6, 2009

Counting Down November







My crafty mother made our family a Countdown Calendar for the month of November. A few dowel rods, felt, and creativity went a long way. I've been scouting out fun treats for the pockets for my girls and for my husband. It's amazing how exciting a Hershey's Kiss can be! (And the girls get excited, too. *wink*)

Skills: Counting (forward and backward), number recognition, days of the week, ordinal positions, calendar skills, and patience *smile*.
If you don't have time or the energy to sew (or in my case, the talent), pocket charts are available at teacher supply stores (like TAPS).
Materials: felt (lots), thread, dowel rods, ribbon, and any kind of fall decorations or embellishments she could find.

**Another fun thing to do with the calendar is for each number day, put that number of items in the pocket. For example, on November 1st, put one Reese's Cup. On November 2nd, two Dum-Dums. November 20th, twenty M&Ms. On the eighth, an 8-pack of crayons. November 25th, a quarter (for older children). My 2 year old put her quarter in her piggie bank right away.

4 comments:

Kyle, Amanda, and Tobias said...

That is amazing! Wow, can I borrow your mom? LOL! I love this idea, I might have to borrow it for next year, I think it'd be a great way to do an advent calendar too.

Raegan said...

We have one for December, too. I have always loved advent calendars! I'll post pics of the December one, too, as soon as I drag it out. :)

Kyle, Amanda, and Tobias said...

Yay, that'll give me more ideas for how to do mine. My husband absolutely loves advent calendars, I never heard of them until I was an adult because my parents aren't religious. I think it's a neat tradition though, it'll be fun to do one for the first time with Tobias.

Ben & Jenny said...

Wow! I'm trying to convince my mom to do one for us;)

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