Any time is a good time to get your child his own calendar - especially
you are looking for one
sold after the beginning of the calendar year when stores
are selling them at 50%
off the original price.
Spend some time going through the calendar with your child. Depending
on his knowledge of whatís
in the calendar, this is a good time to go over
calendar terms such as the
names of the days of the week, the months of the
year, the seasons, and such
concepts as yesterday, today, tomorrow, next
week, next month, etc.
If you have a centralized place where you keep such information as the
birthdays of people in your
family, anniversaries, school vacations, family trips,
and other events, help your
child get these dates noted on his own calendar.
Children often have invitations
to lots of their friendsí and classmatesí parties.
These go on their calendar,
Your writing will be neater and more presentable, but your child will have
a greater ownership of the
calendar as his tool if the writing on it is his. And if
there are days that he deems
as important, let him be the judge of those. After
all, itís his calendar.
Lead your child to ability in using his calendar by guiding him through
using it, instead of giving
the answers outright. If he wants to know how much
more time it will be until
a certain event, use what I call sharing your thinking out
loud. For example, if he
asks how long it is until Halloween, you would go
through the calendar with
him and your comments may be something like this:
ďItís now the middle of
January, so until the end of the month is half a month.
Then thereís February, so
thatís one and a half; then March, so thatís two and a
half,Ē etc. You continue
until you show that Halloween is nine and a half months
In so doing, your child gets counting skills, calendar awareness, and gets
handle on the passage of
This column has been incorporated into Teach Your Children Well: A Teacherís Advice