All Elementary classrooms need a visual classroom schedule display. They are a powerful tool that helps with several different key areas ranging from classroom management to students’ emotional well-being. Learn about what visual classroom schedules are, why they are important, and how to make one for your classroom below!
What are Schedule Cards?
Schedule cards are printables that communicate the sequence of events taking place during the school day. They often have the content area or event on them in writing and represented with pictures. They should be displayed in a place in the classroom where student can easily see them. Oftentimes, teachers put them on the front white board or bulletin board.
What is a Visual Classroom Schedule?
A visual classroom schedule is a classroom display made up of schedule cards that communicates the sequence of events taking place during the school day.
Why is it Important to Post a Classroom Schedule?
A classroom schedule establishes routine and structure for your students. It represents the big picture. Having a visual schedule for children to reference will allow them to predict what will happen next which enables them to feel prepared and secure. Children are more likely to be engaged, attentive and able to learn when they know what to expect. A posted schedule also helps the teacher manage the time and keep the day progressing as planned.
How to Make a Visual Classroom Schedule Display
Below are the steps for making a visual classroom schedule display.
1. Download this Schedule Cards Set
Download my Schedule Cards from my Clutter-Free Classroom Teachers Pay Teachers store. They are available by themselves or as part of my classroom management bundle.
What’s Included in my Schedule Cards Resource?
This schedule cards resource includes the following resources:
- 76 Different schedule cards
- 76 Editable schedule card templates
- 6 Different “kids with clocks” analog clock time cards
- 30 Programmed digital time cards (hour, half hour, quarter hours)
- Blank digital time schedule cards
- Checkmark cards
- Mounting templates
Why Teachers Love These Schedule Cards
- A classroom schedule establishes routine and structure for your students.
- It represents the big picture.
- Having a visual schedule for children to reference will allow them to predict what will happen next which enables them to feel prepared and secure.
- Children are more likely to be engaged, attentive and able to learn when they know what to expect.
- A posted schedule also helps the teacher manage the time and keep the day progressing as planned.
- Schedule Cards provide structure. Students thrive on structure and routine and behavior issues decrease when children know what to expect.
- These schedule cards make it quick and easy for you to create a visual display outlining your day.
2. Select the Pages You Want to Use
This schedule cards resource is packed with options to choose from. Select which ones you feel work best for you and your students.
3. Customize the Schedule Cards Templates (Optional)
This resource includes editable templates that you can customize to fit your needs. This step is optional because this resource already includes 70+ schedule cards that have been created for you.
4. Print and Laminate the Resources
Print out the resources you selected. Consider printing them on card stock and laminating them so they are more durable and can be used year after year.
5. Post Your Visual Classroom Schedule
Now that all of your materials are prepped and ready, post your visual classroom schedule in a place where all of your students can see it. Teachers often put them on their front white board or bulletin board so they can easily reference them during morning meeting. No matter where you choose to post them, keep them in a consistent spot so students know where to find them.
When deciding how to post them, consider these two options. The first option is to use a pocket chart. It makes it very easy to switch the activities around. Hang it a bit lower than normal so that your students can be in charge of changing it up each afternoon. You can leave a bit of space to the left of each schedule card to place small colored cards that can be flipped over as we complete an activity. The second option is great if you have a whiteboard that is magnetic. Peel and stick magnets like these on the back of each card. This makes it so easy to move around the cards on the whiteboard.
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