We’ve been doing lots of calendar activities this school year, learning about the date, days of the week, months of the year and all sorts of holidays. Here’s our wall calendar:
We sing two songs each time we do the calendar, one for the days of the week and one for the months of the year.
Days of the Week Song (to the tune of The Adams Family)
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
For learning months of the year, we watch this video and sing along:
I also made a simple file folder game for months of the year, using these free printable month names from 1+1+1=1, and laminated them along with the numbers one through twelve. The month names and numbers are secured with velcro dots so the the kids can remove them, mix them up and then put them back in the folder in the correct order. When not being played with, we hang the file folder next to the calendar so we always have the list of months for easy reference.
Today is Thursday, November 3rd, 2011.
Yesterday was Wednesday.
Tomorrow is Friday.
What the weather is for the day.
Here’s a little secret: We don’t do calendar every day. More like once or twice a week. When we are counting down to something really special, like a holiday or a birthday, my daughter is very motivated to do the calendar daily, but sometimes, she just isn’t interested and I don’t push it. We do sing the days of the week and months of the year songs each time we do the calendar, as well as other times, too, she will just spontaneously start singing it. Even Love Bug sings little bits and pieces while he’s playing.
Monthly, we change the wall calendar together and discuss all the special events that will happen: birthdays, holidays, travel, etc. I also read aloud a monthly poem from John Updike’s A Child’s Calendar. This is a beautiful little book that I came across by accident. It has a poem and a illustration for each month of the year, describing what happens that month, mostly about nature and sometimes about holidays. The book received a Caldecott Honor Award.
I have her make a separate calendar to practice writing numbers. At first, I started with having her trace all the numbers, then we moved to having her trace the first few and then write the rest on her own. She draws a picture of something that happens during the specific month and we staple picture and calendar to a large piece of construction paper and hang it over her desk.
With each new month, we also say the little rhyme to figure out how many days that month has: Thirty days hath September, April, June and November. All the rest have 31, except for February, 28, on Leap Year, 29.”
Another calendar resource that we like is Starfall.com. This has a calendar feature that updates daily. Kids can review the day of the week, day of the month, etc. each day and also design and print out monthly calendars.
If you have some favorite resources or methods for teaching calendar information to your kiddos, I’d love to know what they are. Please share in the comments section.