I recently posted this picture on my Instagram feed (mommaparrott) & on my personal FB page of my new Calendar corner in our playroom. As some of you know, I used to teach Elementary school & became a SAHM when we moved to England. I miss the classroom all the time & just haven’t put into practice what I’ve been taught to do & what I really LOVE doing – TEACHING! So, I found my old teaching stuff in some boxes, yanked it out & put it up!
My oldest will be 4 in a few months & my 2nd is just over 2.5yrs, so they are at a great age to start this stuff. My 2nd may have a bit of a hard time bc he just can’t sit still to save his life, but my oldest for SURE loves it. So here’s just an example of what I did this morning.
I showed Cohen our new calendar, the numbers for the dates & the weather wheel. I told him that we would play school in the morning and sing about what month we are in & what day of the week it is. (you can find these types of songs on google i’m sure, i just made one up when i used to teach PreK) I then told him the month, had him repeat it & did the same with the day of the week and the actual date. We then went over to the window to look at the weather and I had him find the weather picture that matched what it was outside & he was able to put all of them on there w/sticky tack.
That’s really all we did today. It was seriously about 5 minutes long & a few hours later I asked Cohen what month it was and he said, “Sunday.” So, I’m pretty sure we made some progress. ha ha. I plan on introducing a letter of the week/month and maybe a number too. Right now I just want to get this routine going and then add in more as we go.
The hundreds chart with the straws on the wall is going to be our countdown for family that is visiting. Right now I only have a photo of my Dad so I need to print one of my Mom since they’ll be coming in March (YEAH!!) This will help Cohen since he gets very excited about visitors & is always asking when they’ll be coming. At least now he’ll have a visual.
This seems really simple, but you’ll really be amazed at how much your kiddos will start grasping in a short amount of time. If you want you can also add in some extra songs, stories or even silly songs & dances. Fun, educational & time with your kiddos! Win-Win-Win
Here’s a break down if you don’t want to scroll through my paragraphs:
- Introduce calendar & explain what it is.
- Say the month & have child repeat.
- Say the date & day of the week and have child repeat.
- Have child put the number of the date on the calendar.
- Sing days of the week song / months of the year.
- Look outside & check the weather.
- Have child put corresponding picture on chart. (you could also put the weather picture on the calendar for that day)
- Most of all – make it FUN! If you try to make it too structured they’ll hate it and not want to participate, so the sillier you are the BETTER! 🙂
- Read a book that correlates with the month.
- Sing alphabet song & do a letter of the week/month.
- Do a number of the week / month.
- Sing / dance to songs that correlate with the month.