I made this calendar for Dylan back in Ohio to help him with his schedule and the days of the week. We didn't use it as religiously then as we've started to now. Now, the calendar is one of Dylan's favorite things to do (he asks to do it twice some days) and we integrate the songs he's learned at school to go with it.
The calendar is a big magnetic white board that I purchased at Target. I used electrical tape cut thin to rule off the calendar portion of the calender. Then, I scanned in the illustrations from some of Dylan's favorite books. I decided to use the Very Hungry Caterpillar as the basis for the days of the week, since he loves that book. I also scanned in the ABC's from the Eric Carle ABC book in order to make the month headers. I made my magnets too ways. I found some adhesive magnet paper, so I just printed out my magnets on regular paper and stuck them to the magnet paper. I went the opposite way too, where I printed on label paper and stuck that to magnet sheets. There isn't a preferable way, both ways worked equally well. I made magnets for the weather and for the seasons.
Every morning, Dylan comes in and we move the red box to the correct day (I say we, some mornings its me, but when one of his tutors is here they use it to start off his session). We change out the large day magnet and the date number. We talk about what Yesterday was and he writes it in the space for it. We also talk about Tomorrow and write that day in as well. He writes the number on today's square and then we sing the "Days of the Week" song that he sings at school (sung to the tune of the Adaam's Family song: "Days of the week, clap clap, days of the week, clap clap, days of the week, days of the week, days of the week, clap clap, there's Sunday and there's Monday, there's Tuesday and there's Wednesday, there's Thursday and there's Friday, and then there's Saturday, Days of the week, clap clap, days of the week, clap clap, days of the week, days of the week, days of the week.")
Usually, this is followed by the months (which are written on index cards). He likes to put them in order and sing the months song that they sing in school. I made season cards and holiday cards that we are starting to integrate into the months.