Teaching Your Child The Days Of The Week

Knowing the names of the days of the week makes the abstract concept of time more concrete for young children. A week is not merely one long day. Instead, it is comprised of seven separate days, each with a morning, afternoon and evening. Since each day is independent, it is possible to go to work on some days but not others or have ballet class on some days but not others.

By learning the names of the days of the week, children can make reasonable predictions about what is going to happen on a particular day and avoid being constantly surprised.

An important part of learning about the days of the week is understanding the terms today, tomorrow, and yesterday. These terms allow children to discuss their activities (and understand when other people are discussing activities) by properly referencing what they did the day before or what they plan to do the following day.

The today, yesterday, tomorrow worksheet will introduce your child to the terms today, tomorrow and yesterday. First you will need to cut apart the word strip and the large rectangle. Then carefully cut along the dotted lines on the large rectangle to create slits for the word strip to be fed through. By gently sliding the strip of paper up one position each day, your child can see how a single day goes from being “tomorrow” to “today” to “yesterday” over the course of three days.

Kindergarten worksheets - Yesterday, today, tomorrow

Then, using the days of the week worksheets, you can help your child talk about the things he does on each day of the week. For each day, cut apart the 8 pictures at the side of the worksheet, and have your child paste the pictures that represent activities he does in the blank boxes on the page. In doing so, your child will create a personalized weekly schedule for himself.

Kindergarten worksheets - Days of the week

Keep these pages handy as the week progresses so your child can refer back to them. This will help him understand how certain things may happen every day, twice a week or only every Monday, for example.

Quick tips for learning the days of the week

Learning the names of the days of the week requires rote memorization. Since rote memorization is typically boring and arduous for children, the trick is finding fun activities that make learning easier.

My favorite way to teach the days of the week is through songs. The music and rhythm are appealing and playful and help children quickly memorize long strings of words.

To the tune of “Are You Sleeping, Are You Sleeping, Brother John?”

Every week has 7 days,
See how many you can say.
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday,
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.
Saturday - that’s 7 days!

To the tune of “The Addams Family” Theme Song

Days of the week, (clap, clap)
Days of the week, (clap, clap)
Days of the week,
Days of the week,
Days of the week. (clap, clap)

There’s Sunday and there’s Monday,
There’s Tuesday and there’s Wednesday,
There’s Thursday and there’s Friday,
And then there’s Saturday!

Days of the week, (clap, clap)
Days of the week, (clap, clap)
Days of the week,
Days of the week,
Days of the week. (clap, clap)

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