Rolling Calendar was developed in an early childhood classroom
by educator Susan Mock, who has a Masters in Early Childhood
Education, an American Montessori Society Diploma (Primary)
and thirty years of teaching in early childhood classrooms.
scrolling calendar was invented to meet the needs of children
ages 3 to 8 for a developmentally appropriate way to keep
track of the passage of time.
The Rolling Calendar:
time as a continuum. The roll of paper moves from the present
to the past; the future
is always blank.
that time is recordable in a sequential way.
the concept that time passes in equal successive intervals.
the pattern of the days of the week repeated week after
the children's awareness of the duration of 24 hours (when
done at same time each day).
as an aid to memory retrieval.
roll of four inch paper is scrolled between two vertical spindles
on a hardwood base (about three feet in length). It is designed
so that the spindles turn easily and the paper between them
stays flat; this can be divided into seven squares, using
a marker with the sliding guide and the preset marks.
day, a child removes the calendar from the secure wall bracket
and writes in the name of the day at the top, the date at
the bottom and in between any special events, weather or memorable
happenings. At the end of each week, the paper is rolled onto
the "past" spindle, exposing fresh paper from the
the end of a year, the calendar can be unrolled for an individual
or classroom diary. This makes a fascinating time line when
displayed on walls. A roll of paper lasts for fourteen months
when marked weekly as shown.
record temperatures using a graph format.
time line for units of study.
a record of thematic activities throughout the year.