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#1 of 6 Old 11-30-2005, 11:52 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Keeps catching my eye and I wondered what everyone thought - if you have one or not!

http://www.lakeshorelearning.com/IWC...1s%3A375ms%3A+
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It looks really cool! But at my house, 1/2 of the pieces would be lost by the 3rd week. Even if they weren't I wouldn't keep up with changing the day regularly, and dd would get all confused.

"Mommy... if today is Monday, July 47th, why is it snowing?"
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It looks really cool! But at my house, 1/2 of the pieces would be lost by the 3rd week. Even if they weren't I wouldn't keep up with changing the day regularly, and dd would get all confused.

"Mommy... if today is Monday, July 47th, why is it snowing?"


We had something similar but it was a magnet board. Sure enough, dd would run off with some, the dog ate a couple, and the boys used the rest to throw at each other. I think I only changed the days and weather regularly for about a week, then the kids lost interest.
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Yep, we had one for DS when he was younger and who knows where all the pieces are now.
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LOL. I figured as much - seems like a good thing, but I can see the loss happening instantly!
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I'd rather get some posterboard, velcro and markers and make my own. You could get it laminated or just remake the pieces if they get wet/dirty. (Laminate it before the velcro, though.) When I was teaching, I always preferred to be able to have things like that arranged the way I wanted, kwim?

Incidentally, I also think the whole "this is the date, but we're not going to show it on the calendar" thing is pretty advanced. I mean, calendars at all are pretty advanced, but at least with one that has all the days in a month (or, for little guys, just one week), you can do things like write down when some exciting thing will happen, then check off the days with your child and show them how the exciting thing is getting closer. Plus, I always liked to have cards with the numbers 1-31, with a picture on each card, so that as you put them on the calendar each day, it made a pattern that the kids could read and eventually predict (like "snowman, snowman, mitten, snowman, snowman, mitten"). That way, there's really a wide range of activities and concept levels, ranging from understanding the calendar (*very* high level) to "can you find a snowman?" (significantly younger-level skill).

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