Children usually think of time as either something that is done in a second, or something that is forever and usually there is nothing in between, at least it is like that with my kids. So talking about a new year might be a great way to offer them a sense of time in terms of seconds, minutes, days, months, and a year.
Before you recycle last year’s calendar, spread out all the months onto the floor. You might need pieces of paper and something to write with. Decide what calendar year you are going to show them: a solar calendar year; a lunar calendar year; a religious calendar year; or a school year. Name the months of the year together as well. Explain to them what month you are beginning and ending with before you start and why.
Have the kids think about their birthday. What month does is his/her birthday? Write this down and place it on that calendar month, or have them practice their writing or drawing if they are ready. Did your family celebrate any festivals or holidays? Write them down or draw pictures and place those on the calendar month. Anniversaries? First day of school? Last day of school? Vacations? Trips to see family? Did family come over to visit you? Document those by having the child(ren) write down a memory, story, or draw pictures.
What about the seasons? Together, talk about what months are in Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. Were there any significant weather events that happened? A big snow fall? Monsoons? After this, have the kids step back and see what last year looked like.
Where is this on the Schedule of Activities for 3 to 5 years of age?
1. Tuesdays for Measurement (Time)
2. Monday for Sequence (Time)
3. Friday for Reading under “Write or Say Own Story”
Something to Think About:
By placing down the months on the floor, it gives your children a way to visualize time and to think back of all the things that happened that year. It is also a great way to do something as a family, especially if the weather does not permit us to go outside.
Children at this age are at a wonderful part of life when time seems infinite. To help them see and feel time, give them a visual that will help them grasp the concept of a year, a month, and a season. It gives them a sense to see things in sequence in terms of what usually happens first in the calendar year. More importantly, if gives all of you a chance to learn math, draw pictures, write stories and memories, and spend time together, which I really appreciate in our home….with every chance we can get. 🙂