An easy way to add a little extra counting into your daily calendar activities is to count the letters in the current month or day of the week. It’s also a great way to start building the understanding that words are made up of multiple letters – some words have more letters (Wednesday), some words have less (June).
Just before putting your day-of-the-week card into your “Today is _____.” sentence, take a moment to count the letters. If you are using a laminated chart and a whiteboard marker, count the letters after writing the word on the chart. (I wouldn’t recommend counting as you write, as saying a number while writing a letter might be a little confusing to your child. 🙂 ). Or, you could look at the current month card displayed on your calendar and count the letters in the word.
“We know that today is Tuesday, but before we put it in our sentence, let’s count the letters in the word Tuesday. I’ll point to each letter as we count it. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. There are 7 letters in the word Tuesday. Let’s say the letters – T-U-E-S-D-A-Y. Great job! Now, let’s put it in our sentence.”
With enough repetition, your preschooler might start to realize that some days of the week have the same number of letters in them. Or that some of the months end in the same three letters. Now that’s a brain in action! 🙂