Calendar Learning for Preschoolers

Here is our lesson plan for teaching preschoolers about the calendar. This method works very well for kinesthetic learners. We focused on the days of the week, months of the year, and calendar identification.

Learning the days of the week:

We made a calendar with a velcro box for each day of the week. Your little one can move the sun to the correct box everyday. Learning the order of the days will quickly follow (make sure to practice and recite the order daily). 

This is also a great way for homeschooling families to keep track of the days... they can quickly get jumbled!

Learning the months of the year:

Laminated cards with visual clues are a great way to get your preschooler started. We looked at each card, and then talked about the events from each month. On the back, the cards are labeled in order, so if your little one likes to arrange and sort they will quickly memorize the order of the months after daily playtime and practice.

Calendar identification:

Once your little one has mastered the days of the week and the months of the year, here is a fun game for them to practice. Get cheap (and fun-themed) calendars and stickers at the Dollar Tree. Quiz your preschooler by asking them to place a sticker on any day/month.... December 18 or March 14. This game was a big hit!

For additional learning fun, find the Leap Frog "Let's go to School" DVD. There is a catchy (and somewhat annoying) calendar song that our little one LOVES!

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Have fun and keep learning!