Shoestring Parenting -Ideas From Miss Kay, Calendar Counting

I know I've said this before, but you don't have to buy expensive toys and equipment to teach and reinforce early childhood learning concepts. Miss Kay taught Kindergarten for many years and she sees teachable moments everywhere and in everything. Here is a great idea for reinforcing counting skills and for learning the days of the week by using an inexpensive calendar and some Popsicle sticks.

There are so many simple things parents of 4 and 5 year olds can do at home to reinforce the lessons being taught in school. How about buying one those very big desk calendars that you lay flat on a desk. Hang it on the wall or fridge. Everyday have your child mark off the day . Encourage him to read that number and all those before it. Show him how to find the name of the day and repeat the days of the week with him. Teach the meanings of before , after, yesterday, today , tomorrow, above, below, next, last, first. Etc.
Make a special pointer or wand and hang it next to the calendar. Use it for pointing as the numbers are read . See how many numbers can be recognized as you move the pointer around the calendar. A large box of popsicle sticks from the hobby store are so handy, also. Use them as counters as you talk about the numbers.
Encourage your child to play school with you, or to use their imagination playing with their friends, with their dolls or stuffed animals reviewing these concepts. Make it a game. Have fun!!!!!!

Seven Spunky Monkeys written by Jackie French Koller and illustrated by Lynn Munsinger is fun book to use to teach the days of the week. Visit Wondersome Storytime to see more counting books and activities.

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1 comment:

Janelle said...

You can get those giant calendars at Walgreens for $2.