Calendar Concepts

One big goal and objective for preschoolers before they attend kindergarten is to have an idea of marking time.  This can be a difficult concept to grasp, especially now when everyday seems the same!  The following are few ideas to help teach your child “Calendar Concepts”.

  1. Start by pulling out a printed or electronic calendar.  Talk about what day it is.  For example, “Today is Monday, April 20, 2020.  Note one day is one rotation of the Earth.  Day and Night.
  2. Then move on to days of the week.  Sing a “Days of the Week” song.  Some of our favorites include, “Seven Days in A Week”, “Addams Family Days of the Week”, and “Happy Days” from the television show.
  3. Read a book about the days of the week.  Two of our favorites are “Cookie’s Week” and “Today is Monday” by Eric Carle.
  4. Pick out something special about each day to help distinguish one day from the next.  For today’s times, you may say, “Sunday-Watch Church, Monday-Play a Game, Tuesday-Taco Tuesday, Wednesday-Take a walk, Thursday-Watch a movie, Friday-Have a dance party, Saturday-make pancakes.
  5. Try to emphasize that there are seven days in a week.
  6. Now, try to explain that about four weeks make up a month.
  7. Talk about the twelve months.  Point out holidays in each month.  Have your child work on learning their birthday.
  8. Talk about how twelve months make a year.  A year is when Earth travels one time around the sun.
  9. Have a New Year’s Countdown and talk how each year, month, week and day we have fresh starts to make the most of the time God has given us here.