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Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Calendar

I use two types of calendars: a monthly and a yearly. The monthly shows how days make up a week and those weeks make up a month. The yearly shows how months make up a year and generally follow the seasons. The yearly calendar is also a good way to offer an overview of the year in terms of holidays/special days. I design my calendars with both English and Spanish names for the days of the week and months to build a bilingual knowledge base.

Recommended Books:

  • A Child’s Calendar by John Updike
  • Jump Into January: A Journey Around the Year by Stella Blackstone
  • Day by Day a Week Goes Round by Carol Diggory Shields
  • Once Around The Sun: Poems by Bobbi Katz
  • The Story of May by Mordicai Gerstein
  • Tuesday by David Wiesner
  • Me Counting Time by Joan Sweeney
  • Sing a Song of Piglets: A Calendar in Verse by Eve Bunting
  • Red Sings From Treetops: A Year In Colors by Joyce Sidman
  • The Story of Clocks and Calendars by Betsy Maestro

Activities:

  • Reading a calendar worksheet
  • Days of the Week worksheet
  • Discuss the concept of time and ways we keep it (calendar, watch/clock, church bells, day and night, rooster’s crows, seasons, etc.)
  • Discuss similarities and differences between a solar calendar (such as the Gregorian calendar) and a lunar calendar (such as the Chinese or Hindu calendar)
  • Discuss origins of time keeping through ancient Astronomy

Related History:

History is divided into and represented by two main time periods in our calendar: the years before (Jesus) Christ was born and the years after his birth. The years before his birth are noted as B.C. (Before Christ) and the years after as A.D., an abbreviation for the Latin words Anno Domini meaning in the year of our Lord. This practice was founded on Christian views/beliefs. Since there are other religious views in the world, a more neutral practice was also adopted which uses the terms B.C.E. (Before Common Era) and (Common Era). Both practice forms are accepted and used. It just depends on one’s views.

Related Resources:

ABCya! has two calendar themed online games:

Starfall has ‘Make a Calendar‘ online game where kids are asked what day it is and it identifies it on the calendar. There is a second part to the game where kids are asked to click on the missing date to help them recognize dates and days of the week.

DLTK has a free printable custom calendars section offering a variety of themes that you can tailor for either monthly or yearly format.

Songs & Poems: Months & Days of the Week themed

Related Nursery Rhymes:

Spanish:

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