I love the beginning of the year. There’s so much to be excited about with this fresh start-starting new routines, trying new things, with the whole year ahead of us. If you’re excited to gear up for a great year and make the most of your math time with your kiddos, definitely grab these **January 2018 Math Problem of the Day Calendars**! This is such an easy way to add a little math fun to your day.

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**Materials Needed for the Math Calendars:**

- Printable calendar (get it at the end of this post)
- Math journal to explain work (optional)

So what’s different about these daily math calendars? While they are simple, black and white calendars with a new math problem for every day of the month, there’s a fun twist:

**Each day the solution to the problem is equal to the date!**

This means the calendar is **self checking**, because if kids get an answer different from the date they know they did something wrong.

**How to Use the Problem of the Day Calendars:**

This could make it a fun addition to your daily calendar time if you teach younger ones.

But this can also mean that older kids simply write the solution *without actually doing any math*.

If you combine the daily math problem with a math journal, you can give a variety of prompts to extend their thinking and learning to help resist this temptation.

For example, ask them to **draw a picture** of how they solved it. Or ask them to explain how they solved it and then **write a problem of their own** with that solution.

Another idea is to **cut the calendar up like a puzzle** and then have kids solve all the problems at once and **glue them into a blank calendar**.

Included in this download for January are 3 different calendars. Though I have labeled them as grades K-2, grades 3-5 and grades 6-8 here, they are **simply labeled levels 1, 2 and 3** in the download.

That way if you need to use a lower level for **differentiation in a single classroom**, your kids won’t be put off by something that says Kindergarten, for instance.

So what math topics are actually covered on the calendars? I’m so glad you asked! ðŸ˜‰

**Topics Included on the K-2 Math Calendar:**

- Place value
- Addition and subtraction
- Sequences and skip counting
- Time
- Money (U.S.)
- Word problems

**Topics Included on the 3-5 Math Calendar:**

- Place value
- Addition and subtraction with 3-4 digit numbers
- Multiplication and division
- Basic operations with fractions
- Elapsed time
- Area and perimeter
- Word problems
- Math Vocabulary

**Topics Included on the 6-8 Math Calendar:**

*NEW* This middle school math calendar is **brand new**! I hope you enjoy it!

- Multiplication and division
- Operations with fractions and decimals
- Exponent properties
- Order of operations
- Solving linear equations
- Area and perimeter
- Surface area and volume
- Math vocabulary
- Word problems

***Please note**: This set of calendars have built in “write your own problem” challenges. So approximately once a week, kids are asked to “create your own amazing problem with a solution of ___.”

I have had so much fun putting these calendars together and I hope it adds to fun daily review to your math routine!

Want a simple and quick math review for everyday of the year? This set of January calendars is part of my complete collection of math calendars for 2018. These are available by grade, or **bundled together for a 50% savings and updated for 2020**!

**Learn more about each of these by clicking the links below:**

>>Learn more about the 2018 K-2 Math Problem of the Day Calendars here

>>Learn more about the 2018 3-5 Math Problem of the Day Calendars here

>>Learn more about the 2018 6-8 Math Problem of the Day Calendars here

**And of course, you can grab the January 2018 Math Calendars by clicking the link below. Enjoy!**

**{Click HERE to go to my shop to get the January 2018 Problem of the Day Calendars!}**

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