Annie teaches the calendar with word displays
Below is a picture of the calendar that Annie uses to teach her children calendar concepts. The names of the months are posted in word displays around the calendar and the days of the week are posted on top of the calendar. There are also word displays indicating “today,” “yesterday,” and “tomorrow.”
Annie teaches the months by pointing to the name of each month as it is recited aloud, for example, “January (point), February (point), March (point)…,”etc. She also teaches the days of the week in the same way, by simply pointing at each day of the week and reciting its name. The concepts of “today,” “yesterday,” and “tomorrow” are taught by writing in the corresponding days of the week.
The Alternative Lesson Plan
Many children have learned well with this lesson. But for those continuing to struggle, the alternative lesson plan is as follows:
- Teach calendar concepts in meaningful and concrete ways that are more appropriate for young children.
Children that have difficulty with abstract concepts, higher-order thinking, and written words may struggle with this lesson. These children need more concrete and meaningful presentations of calendar concepts.