Making a Calendar with Preschoolers: Part Two

Last week, Kim Vij from The Educators Spin On It shared Fun Ways to Teach Your Kids About Calendars on the Playtime Press. Our readers loved the post so much that we asked Kim to share a few additional ideas on how to continue the learning and fun with calendars!

12 Things to Do with a Calendar at Home with KidsUsing her Print Your Own Calendar set, Kim shared these additional Calendar Activity ideas.

12 Calendar Activity Ideas:

  • Place numbers onto calendar in numerical order or use Number Stickers
  • Place days of the week in order
  • Sequence Days of the Week Cards
  • Sequence Months of the Year Cards
  • Sing Days of the Week and Month of the year Songs
  • Create a pattern by printing Calendar pieces on different colors of paper and alternating
  • Create a Pattern by using themed stickers on Calendar number pieces
  • Use Popsicle Sticks to count the Number of the Day to learn about Tally Marks
  • Use small items to count on the number of the day Beads, cubes, Blocks, Lids, anything!
  • Group Number of the day into tens and ones  with linkable cubes  or sticks
  • Create number sentences using the current date’s number
  • Discuss which day was yesterday, today and tomorrow

Calendar Math

Using a calendar at home has many benefits to your child including providing a system for structure and consistency.  It can encourage your child to start to thinking about upcoming events throughout the year and to think of others as we celebrate special days together with loved ones.  Calendars can encourage your child to start looking for patterns too as you begin to alternate pieces to create pattern on your calendar.  Here are a few more tips for Discovering Patterns with Kids.   Start with just a simple calendar and let your child take the lead and see how quickly they will learn the vocabulary and Calendar concepts.

headshot 250 by 250Kim Vij is the co-author of The Educators’ Spin On It. As an early childhood teacher and a mom of three, she’s learned many tips and tricks of parenting and teaching along the way in the past 20 years. She shares her “Educator’s Spin” on parenting issues, how to make play time educational and learning playful.  You can find Kim on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Google +

 

 

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