Teaching children about the days of the week can be fun, but it is also a challenging task. Most kids have difficulty grasping the concept of time and days. Caregivers must be patient in this lesson and repetitive in their teaching.
Here are some fun ways to teach the days of the week:
- Use this “Days of the Week” song, which is sung to the tune of the “Addams Family” theme song. While you are singing, use a calendar and show children how the words of the song and days on the calendar go in order.
- Write out the days of the week on a white piece of paper. Gather seven markers and a calendar. Color the word “Monday” and the entire column of Mondays on the calendar the same color. Repeat this for each day. This activity helps highlight the day that your child is learning and also shows the spelling of each day.
- Using lined paper, write out the names of each day of the week. Cut the names out and paste them in order on another piece of paper or tape them to the wall. Practice putting the days in order.
- Make your own calendar. Start by printing out a blank calendar on your computer. Have your child color a photo to go with the month. Older children can create a 12-month calendar.
- Sing this song “Seven Days of the Week (I Never Go to Work)” by They Might Be Giants.
- Create your family story using the days of the week. Take seven sheets of paper and write a day (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, etc.) on the top of each sheet. On Sunday’s page, draw or write the things that your family does on Sunday. You can also cut out photos to glue in your book. Continue this process for each day of the week. Have fun making and reading your book.
- Count down to big events by using a calendar. For instance, if grandpa will come to visit on Saturday, show your child that you have three days until he arrives and count out the days. You can also write down things you will do each day or draw photos to help your children realize when the big day will come. Explain that on Thursday, we will go to story hour at the library and eat dinner. On Friday, we will watch a movie and eat popcorn. When we wake up on Saturday, grandpa will come!
- Use a calendar to talk about today, tomorrow and yesterday. Children can see on the calendar that yesterday you went to swimming lessons, today you visit the dentist, and tomorrow you will play with a friend.
- Create a week caterpillar. Start with eight 3-inch circles cut out of paper. The first circle will be the caterpillar’s head. Write the month and dates on this circle and also draw a face. Next, glue together the other seven circles to represent each day of the week. Write out the day of the week on each circle.
- Discuss which holidays happen in a month. Use a calendar to show the current month. For instance, in March spring arrives. There is also St. Patrick’s Day. Show your child which days have a holiday or special event. Consider coloring these days a special color or drawing a picture to represent the holiday on your calendar.
Remember that repetition is key when teaching the days of the week. Fun activities will help children really understand the concept. It can be tricky and maybe even frustrating at first, but using these simple techniques will help your child understand the days of the week.
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