Because Halloween was on a Tuesday this year, after our Halloween unit was over we still had three days left in the week that we could devote to a unit of my choice. My first thought was to do a fun art unit, but as our year has progressed, I have noticed that there is a gaping hole in Aria’s knowledge of days of the week and months of the year. There aren’t a great many activities out there for teaching days and months, so I knew a week would probably be too long to spend solely focused on a days and months unit. However, a short unit would be great groundwork that we could follow up with daily songs and filling out our own calendar board.
One of the best activities I found for the week was a great Montessori seasons and months puzzle. I spent the time laminating it, as the product costs a little bit of money, so hopefully we will be able to reuse it each year. Not only did it teach the months of the year, but also which season each month belongs to. I also found some excellent notebooking pages for writing practice of the names of each day and month. While Aria did get tired of this activity quickly, it was excellent literacy practice and something that can be used over and over again. The best activity of the week was definitely playing songs for the days and the months of the year. Aria’s preference was the days of the week song set to the Adam’s Family theme song. We played them over and over again and the kids joyfully danced along.
When it came time to having Aria color the months of the year, I adapted to her desire to be outside and paint and we spent about an hour painting each page in the backyard. For some reason, Aria is extremely against coloring with markers and colored pencils right now, but she will focus heavily on painting. Perhaps it is because she loves color mixing, or maybe she just loves that medium the most, but I try and give her as much freedom to do art in the way she prefers if it will get her to focus.
At the end of our three-day unit, I wouldn’t say that Aria yet knows her days of the week and months of the year. But she does know there are seven days in a week and 12 months in a year, and I firmly believe we have set a strong enough groundwork that if I am consistent in reminding Aria of her days and months, by the end of the year she should know most of them. Might be worth it for you to fit this unit in during a short week for your homeschooling family too!
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Jessica and Ana
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