Telling Time: The Calendar
To teach the names of the days of the week in order.
To introduce the names of the months of the year.
To teach the relationship between days, weeks, months and years.

Discuss how a calendar can help you remember important dates. As you page through a calendar saying the name of each month, children stand if their birthday is in that month. For each month ask each child who is standing the date of his or her birthday and circle that date on the calendar. ask questions about your findings.

Discuss today's date and find it on the calendar.
When is your birthday? Does anyone in class have a birthday this month?
How many birthdays in January?
How many birthdays on Friday in April?
How many kids have birthday on same date in May?
How many have birthday in same week in June.
What is the first month, last month what comes after March and so on.
What is your favorite holiday? In what month does it occur?

1. Discuss the calendar's days of the week an months of the year. Note any special dates in each month. Have each student make an illustrated monthly calendar. Calendar Template

2. Have students make a days of the week train or months of the year. Students draw and cut out railroad cars. Each car is then labeled with a day of the week. Students take turns putting the cars in order. Days of the Week Wordhunt - Months of the Year Wordhunt

3. Construct a class calendar. Assign each student a number from 1-31, depending on the number of days in the month. Give each student a 6 inch square of paper. The student is responsible for decorating his/her day of the month. Display the calendar on a large bulletin board.

4. Play Calendar Cards. Prepare a deck of twelve matching games cards. On one card write the name of a month, on the matching card draw a simple picture related to that month; e.g. Feb. Valentine. The game is played by dealing out all the cards. Players put aside cards that match. They take turns drawing a card from the other players' hands. The first one to match all his/her cards is the winner.

5. Share the poem with students. Transfer it to a large poster, add illustrations for each month and have students read chorally. Calendar Activity

 The Months

January brings the snow,
Makes our feet and fingers glow.

February brings the raain,
Thaws the frozen pond again.

March brings breezes loud and shrill,
Stirs the dancing daffodil.

April brings the primrose sweet,
Scatters daisies at our feet.

May brings the primrose sweet,
Scatters daisies at our feet.

May brings flocks of pretty lambs,
Skipping by their fleecy dams.

June beings tulips, lilies, roses,
Fills the children's hands with posies.

Hot July brings cooling showers,
Apricots and gillyflowers.

August brings the sheaves of corn,
Then the Harvest home is borne.

Warm September brings the fruit,
Sportsmen then begin to shoot.

Fresh October brings the pheasant,
Then to gather nuts is pleasant.

Dull November brings the blast,
Then the leaves are whirling fast.

Chill December brings the sleet,
Blazing fire, and Christmas treat.

Sara Coleridge
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