Hello, and welcome Early Childhood Educators and Elementary School Teachers! I’m Elaine Tan Comeau, creator of Easy Daysies and a primary school teacher myself by training.
I know that just about every classroom teacher shows their class the “shape of the day” at the front of the classroom. That’s our little secret for “event transition” – getting 20+ students from the classroom to the library to the gym and back without any meltdowns or constant questions of “what’s next?”.
I used to make my own hand-written, laminated, velcro cards. And just about every year these got ratty and fell apart and had to be remade by hand – that’s a day of summer lost!
That’s where the idea for a long-lasting, professional but fun and adaptive classroom schedule came from. At this time, I had created Easy Daysies magnetic schedules for kids at home, based on parent demand from the classroom. So why not take what I had learned and create a solution for back in the classroom?
Here was my wishlist based on my classroom experience and feedback from other teachers:
- Long lasting (don’t want to remake or re-order every year), and durable enough for small hands to help out
- Easy to understand for pre-readers and readers alike
- Can be re-organized easily on a daily basis, even by young student helpers
- Large enough to be seen at the back of the classroom
- Fits in a standard pocket chart
- Magnetic for use on whiteboards and chalkboards
- Colorful and fun
- Blanks for customization with a dry-erase marker
After a few tries, we got the whole wishlist implemented. Now there is a simple solution for teachers who have been making their own shape of the day cards! Instead of wasting your precious time gluing, laminating and velcro-ing every year, you can concentrate on planning for your students. And your students can help you lay out the shape of the day!