Let's talk about the MELISSA AND DOUG - MY DAILY CALENDAR: Why I love it and how I use it.

Teaching a preschooler about the calendar isn't the most exciting thing.  Preschool should be fun!  A fun education or an education that is geared towards what your child is interested in will help keep them motivated for the long haul!

To teach my preschoolers about the calendar, I use:
I started the year using everything I listed above, except the My Daily Calendar.  Incorporating the My Daily Calendar made calendar time a lot more fun!

This is what my wall looks like:

This is how I use the 4 together:

At the beginning of the month, we pull out a new, blank calendar.  We look at the Months poster to help us figure out what month is next.  Any time I use the Months or Days posters, we always sing it rather than say it.

We write in the days and count the number of days in the month.  Then we draw pictures for important days that month.

At the beginning of each week we draw pictures for every day we are doing something.  Not filling out the entire calendar and working one week at a time, allows your child to walk up to the calendar, know what week it is and see what is coming up and what already passed.  

I like to draw pictures because most preschoolers can't read.  Again, this helps them read what is happening and allows them to participate.  

For the rest of the week, the My Daily Calendar is the main focus.
 
Here is an example of what we do:

Do you remember what the month is?
Let's look at the (blank) calendar, it says December.
Now let's look over here (MDC), does this say December?
What is the first letter of this word?
D!  D says Du.  Du-Du-December!

Do you remember what the season December is in?
See how there is a snowflake next to this word?
Do you think it is Fall, Spring, Summer or Winter?
Winter!
It is Winter in December!

Now let's look at the day. 
What day is it?  
*Point to calendar so child can read the number.  
It's the 13th!
*Point to MDC.
Does this say 13?
No.  
Can you make it say 13?
*Child moves magnets around on their own.

*Looking at the (blank) calendar and putting your finger on the 13th.
If we scroll all the way up, what day of the week is it?
What letter does it start with?
S.
Two days of the week start with the letter S so, let's look at the second letter.
Su.
Let's sound them out.  Sssuuu...
Sunday!
*Move the Sunday magnet to the correct position.
Let's look at the days of the week poster.
*Point to Sunday.
If today is Sunday, tomorrow is, Monday.
And, if today is Sunday, yesterday was Saturday.
*The poster gives children a bigger, more colorful visual of the days of the week.  The MDC has all of the magnets but because they aren't all together or in order, it's not possible to use that as a guide.

Today is Sunday, December 13th, 2023!
*You can use this section for the month or the week.
Are there any holidays this week?
Your birthday is this week!!

How are you feeling today?
Happy?
What face is the happy face?
Why are you happy today?

*This section can be for the day, the week, or the month.
Do you know what kinds of activities we are going to do this month?
We are going to have a couple play dates, do a couple special activities, and go on vacation!

Look out the window. 
What do you see?
The sun and some clouds.  
Just because it is December and it's winter, it doesn't mean that it has to be snowing.

Now let's go outside.  
What does it feel like?
It's super cold!  
Isn't it crazy that the sun is out and it looks warm outside, but it is actually really cold outside?

Remember I said we are going to do a couple special activities this month?  Well, we are going to do one today... 

Let your kids talk as much as they want.
You don't need to rush through this.  Let your child's imagination run wild!



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