*Looking for a quick and easy way to review math skills? Try this set of FREE January 2021 problem of the day calendars! 3 versions for grades K-8.*

Are you excited for the new year? I am so ready to start fresh and jump in feet first. I absolutely LOVE January and the start of all things new (and it doesn’t hurt that it’s my birthday, too!). If you’re excited to try a **new daily math approach** this January, you’ve come to the right place. This set of **easy, low prep math calendars** is a great way to work on important math skills. Kids love the daily challenge, and you will love how easy and motivating they are! Read on to learn about the **January Problem of the Day Calendars**, and how to get a copy for your home or classroom.

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**January Problem of the Day Calendars:**

Not sure what these calendars are all about? This FREE download includes 2 **one page, black and white** calendars for the month of December. One for grades K-2 and one for grades 3-5.

Each day of the month includes a math problem, covering a huge variety of math skills.

The fun twist? Each day, **the solution is equal to the date**!

This means kids can know whether or not they’ve solved it correctly, and can make corrections if necessary.

This may also mean that some kids will try to write the answer *without actually solving the problem*. I’ve got some ways to help prevent that though!

**Ways to Use the Math Calendar:**

One way to use this is as a **simple, daily warm up**. This can be during morning time, as soon as kids come into class, or during your daily calendar time.

Allow kids to work out the solution independently and then discuss it as a group.

If you have kids who are likely to skip the math and just write the day’s date, require them to **write out their thinking** for how they solved it.

This would be an easy way to incorporate a daily **math journal time**.

Or you could simply use the daily problem as a class discussion starter and talk through different ways to solve it.

Once one child explains or shows how they can solve it, ask someone else to **solve it differently**.

Another really fun way to mix things up is to **cut the calendar into pieces** and have your kids **solve it like a puzzle**.

Print out **a blank calendar page**, and as they solve the problems **they can glue them onto the correct dates** on the calendar.

This will also **eliminate the temptation** to write the solution without actually doing the work.

**Topics Covered on the January Problem of the Day Calendars:**

**K-2 Problem of the Day Calendar:**

- Addition and subtraction
- Money
- Time
- Comparing numbers
- Word problems
- Place value
- Math vocabulary

**Buy the Complete K-2 Calendar Set HERE!**

**3-5 Problem of the Day Calendar:**

- Place value
- Addition and subtraction of 3-4 digit numbers
- Multiplication and division
- Long division (new)
- Adding fractions (like denominator)
- Elapsed time
- Word problems (1 and 2-step)
- Area and perimeter
- Math vocabulary

**Buy the Complete 3-5 Calendar Set HERE!**

**6-8 Problem of the Day Calendar:**

- 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

An additional challenge included on the middle school calendar (level 3) are “create your own” problems. Occasionally, rather than a given problem, **kids are asked to create a math problem with a given solution**.

**Buy the Complete 6-8 Calendar Set HERE!**

So I hope you and your kids love these calendars as much as I do, and **if you have any other fun or unique ways to incorporate them** into your daily school routine, please **share in the comments**!

**{Click HERE to go to my shop and grab the FREE January Problem of the Day Calendars!}**

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Kimberly says

Thank you so much–our little boy really has fun doing your calendars! 🙂

Carl says

Best math blog I have ever seen.