Homeschooling: How I Taught My Children About the Calendar

My children learned about the days of the week and the months of the year by making calendars. We also took note of the day every morning. On Monday, I told them that today is Monday and yesterday was Sunday and tomorrow is Tuesday. It may take a while before your child fully understands and remembers the days and what yesterday and tomorrow mean. Talking about it each day [briefly!] will help them a great deal.

holly's feb 1997 calendarOnce they have a general understanding of what a month is and when they are old enough (can count to , at least, 31), have them create a calendar using a blank calendar template or draw the template. The page anchors for the templates are linked at the bottom of this page.

I drew the template for the calendar pictured here. Older children could draw the templates; it would be good practice for them to figure out the spacing of the lines.

The calendar pictured here was made by my daughter [first grade]. It features Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Sally.

While they are doing this, have them make two consecutive [or three] months in one sitting to show them that where a month ends, the following month begins on the next day. That seems like a no-brainer, but show it to them anyway or see if they can grasp this on their own.

Placing the Lesson on the Homeschool Planner

planner noting calendar assignment This is a photograph showing where I noted the calendar assignment, or perhaps the completion of the assignment. I placed it in the language arts category. Noticed how I crossed over blocks. The rows that I wrote "made a calendar page" over are Grammar, Reading and Writing. This lesson would also fall into Art.

Notice how not neat I am. This planner image is from my 2nd year of homeschooling.

Printable Blank Calendars

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teaching # of days in monthsTeaching How Many Days for Each of the Months

Two methods to help children remember how many days are in each of the months. Also has a printable of the poem, Thirty days hath September.


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color sonicColor Sonic

This exercise would be for children 10 or older, however, if a younger child wants to color this drawing, that is fine too.

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