This is a monthly calendar for young kids who are learning the basics of a calendar. The interface is colorful but clean. There's sufficient place to write, draw pictures and paste stickers.
Print out just the month we are in. Pin it on a board or use magnets. Keep a sheet in every child's folder.
1. Ask children to write down today’s date in the correct weekday column. Read aloud the day of the week and the month.
2. If a child is waiting for something – say her birthday – write down all the dates in that calendar month. Ask her to cross out each day that has passed while reading the number, day of the week and the month, at the end of the day. Count how many days till her birthday – point out that the number of days reduces.
3. If the children don’t write yet but like to cut and paste, cut the numbers on the last page of the file and paste them in the correct column. Read aloud the day of the week and the month.
4. At the end of the month ask the children to read the number on the top right – 31 or 30 (or 28 or 29!). Ask whether you should move to the next month or there’s still a day to go!
Make the activity interesting.
– Use colour pens, stickers for events specific to the month, stars instead of crosses to mark days that have passed.
– Add seasons if you like.
– Add the day’s weather – draw a sun for a sunny day, rain drops for a rainy day or a snowman for a cold day.
Let children take the lead.