For some of our children, time does not look or feel the same as we see it. My children are continue to ask me when Monday will come, or Friday, or even Saturday. It’s wonderful that they are asking those questions because it gives me an idea that they are actually curious about it!
I have this book at home, the picture above it is the book, and read it to my kids, or I have them read it now. It gives them an opportunity to learn about time when it comes to days. This offers them one opportunity to learn about time.
In our home, we do not stop in just reading about time, we practice it every moment we get. Go outside and have them look at the position of the sun in the sky. When it is morning, where is the sun? When it is noon time, where is the sun? When it is evening, where is the sun? What can we see at night, the moon or the sun?
How many days are there in a week? How many hours are in the day? What is a day? What is a night? How many weeks or days are in a month? How many months in a year? What is a year? How many seasons are in a year?
For the moon, when it is this time of the month, how does the moon look? What part of the month is it a new moon? What time of the month is it a full moon? How many days does it take for the moon to go from a new moon to a full moon? How many full moons are there in a year?
Truthfully, if my kids are asked these questions right now, they may not be able to answer all of them, but we continue to talk about these things. I do not sit down with my kids and ask all of these questions at once, but I ask them when the time is right. 🙂
Where is this in the Schedule of Activities in 18 mos-3 years of age?
1. Saturday- Go see it outside and explore it
Where is this in the Schedule of Activities in 3-5 years of age?
1. Monday- Sequence (Time)
Something to Think About:
Talking about time, observing about time, reading about time, and experiencing time are all wonderful opportunities for you and your children. This is very mathematical and yet another way to have your children feel comfortable and able to learn mathematics!
Remember, this type of lesson is something that can be done when you walk with your kids, drive your kids from place to place, or when it is time to go to sleep. Even make up a story about the days of the week, or different times of the month and year. Be creative and also find something that is connected to your culture or family. 🙂 This will help your child understand that time and math are not unreachable ideas, but right there in front of them/around them.