Thursday, October 20, 2016

A Great Resource: The 2017 Hanen Calendar

Recently, I had the opportunity to preview Hanen’s 2017 Calendar: Building Language and Literacy Through Powerful Conversations.  Wow!  What an opportunity it was! 

The calendar is a great addition to any home or classroom that supports young children with social and communication needs. As stated on the inside cover of the calendar, “quantity of words matter, but the quality of the interaction matters more!”   When we are in the middle of a busy day, this concept can unfortunately be forgotten as we rush to get the students to the next activity, cook supper for our family, or prepare for the next day.

As parents and educators, we can become overwhelmed with daily to dos, shoulds, coulds, and have tos!  The Hanen Calendar is a great way to keep perspective about what really matters, the conversations we have with our students and children.

Each month, the calendar provides strategies for making the most of conversations during daily activities, play time, book reading, and on the go.  

Not only does the calendar provide practical strategies for daily life but it also divides ideas up into to two stages of development: those who are learning to talk, and those who are talking to learn. 

I am so excited to hang the calendar in our class library center this year to help my staff and I stay accountable for quality conversations with all of our students both those who are learning to talk and those who are talking to learn in the literacy center and beyond! 

To purchase a calendar of your own click here! 

When you are over at the Hanen site check out all their other amazing literacy and communication products and be sure to like them on Facebook for updates, training opportunities and so much more!

Until next time best wishes, 


  1. A very good thing that this was being shared and was being implemented in some places especially that it would be a great benefit for those kids to first learn about those skills.


  2. It's so true , young children preschool education are fascinated by everything and I love that curiosity!

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