July 8, 2016

Grab Your Free School Year Calendar!

When I was teaching, I searched everywhere to find the perfect calendar for my students, but I just couldn't find one that worked. I wanted 8 1/2 x 11 monthly portrait-style pages that would fit in a 3-ring binder, and I also wanted large blocks for writing in the dates and events.

Eventually I gave up the search and decided to make my own. To create more space for writing on the weekdays, I made skinny blocks on the weekends. It turned out to be exactly what I needed! When I started my Teaching Resources website, I decided to share it with other teachers and it was a hit with them, too!

The School Year Calendar starts with July of the current year and ends with June of the following year. Each year I update the calendar with the correct dates as well as new clipart and fonts to give it a fresh look. The calendar pages are in color, but if you prefer black and white copies, just change your printer settings to the B&W mode.

Sign up here to download your free copy of my 2017-2018 School Year Calendar!

Calendar Use Suggestions
After I began using these calendar pages with my students, I realized that they also make great planning tools for creating a thematic unit or planning with others teachers. Throughout the year, I discovered more and more ways to use this calendar until it became almost indispensable! Here's a list that might help spark some of your own ideas:
  • Instructional Planning 
  • Personal Meeting Planner 
  • Literature Circle Schedules
  • Attendance Graphing
  • Project Planning and Organization
  • Homework Planner 
  • Classroom Event Calendar

Editable School Year Calendar
The free calendar shown above is a PDF file which means you can't type on it or change it in any way. You can print the pages and write on them, but that's about it. For years teachers have been asking me to create an editable version of my calendar, and I finally created a PowerPoint version that you can customize and make your own. You can add or remove clipart, change the fonts, type in the calendar blocks, resize the calendar, etc. My Editable School Year Calendar pack isn't free, but it's a bargain if you want to be able to make changes to the pages before you print them.

Have you used my School Year Calendar before? If so, how do you use the calendar pages? Please share some ideas in a comment below. I hope you find the School Year Calendar to be helpful. Visit LauraCandler.com for more teaching resources to help you get organized for the coming school year!


  1. Love your calendar! I usually make my own, but now I don't have too. Thanks!

  2. This is fantastic! I will be using this as a desk calendar! Thanks for making these cool freebies Laura!

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  4. Thank you! I love them. I have been looking for one that doesn't have holiday pictures.

  5. Thank you for the super school year calendars!


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