Count the Months and Days of the Week

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This is one of 31 calendar-related activities I’m posting for my 31 Days writing challenge.
Click here to see the other activities I’ve posted!

If you’ve introduced the songs about the months of the year and the days of the week, then I’m guessing that your preschooler has probably been singing them both nonstop. You’re welcome. 🙂

So now that your preschooler is a pro at naming them, let’s get to counting them!

Choose one of the categories to count (months or days). Lay out the cards for that category, in order. Count the cards together with your preschooler, then state the total again in a full sentence.

IMG_1961Example dialog:
“Let’s see how many days there are in a week. I’m going to lay the cards out on the floor so we can see them all at once. Here’s Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Let’s count them together. 1… 2… 3… 4… 5… 6… 7. Great job! There are seven days in a week.”

If you are just starting this skill with your preschooler, I recommend focusing on the months or the days and not switching back and forth between the two. This way they can have time to master one without getting the two confused. It’s not necessary to do this activity every day, once a week is enough to begin building the skill. Once your preschooler seems to have a grasp on one – “Mommy! There are 7 days in a week!” – then move on to the other! 🙂

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