Friday, March 2, 2012

Days of the Week

Book Suggestions:

Days of the Week by Jilly Attwood
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Cookie's Week by Cindy Ward
Today is Monday by Eric Carle
Always in Trouble by Corinne Demas

Activities:

Calendar:
Materials: a calendar (or paper to write the days of the week on)
Description: Show your toddler a calendar and talk about the days of the week. Say them and count the days of the week each day. Talk about what day it is today, yesterday and tomorrow.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to become familiar with the days of the week, teach your tot to count to 7, teach your tot language development, teach your tot life skills, teach your tot to develop pre-math skills, teach your tot to understand how to read a calendar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar:
Materials: construction paper, glue, markers, scissors
Description: Prior to doing this activity draw and cut out 1 apple, 2 pears, 3 plums, 4 strawberries, 5 oranges, chocolate cake, ice cream, pickle, cheese, salami, lollipop, pie, sausage, cupcake, watermelon, and one leaf. (You could also find and print these pictures from clip art or cut them out from magazines). On the top of a piece of paper write all 7 days of the week. Read (and re-read) The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle to your toddler. Ask them questions about the book and see if they can retell any parts of the story. Next, with your help and by looking at the book, help your toddler find the foods that the caterpillar eats on each day of the week. Glue the foods under the correct days of the week.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot pre-reading skills, teach your tot retelling skills, teach your tot language development, teach your tot to become familiar with the days of the week, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot memory skills

Talk About Your Day:
Description: At the end of each day talk to your toddler about what they did that day. Remind them of what day of the week it is and see if they can recall events that took place throughout the day. If you wanted to enhance this activity, you could even take pictures of different activities throughout the day and show them to your toddler (on the computer or you could print them daily). You could even write the day of the week at the top of a piece of paper and glue all the pictures from that day onto the paper. At the end of the week you would have 7 papers filled with pictures of your daily events.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot the days of the week, teach your tot language development, teach your tot memory skills, teach your tot pre-reading skills, teach your tot retelling skills

Food Everyday:
Materials: paper, crayons or markers
Description: Throughout the week, you and your toddler can keep track of different foods that you ate throughout the week. This can be fun to compare and contrast and talk about likes and dislikes at the end of the week. During breakfast (or any meal...but keep it consistent throughout the week) have your toddler draw or take a picture of what they ate (it is ok, if your little ones picture doesn't look anything like their breakfast). Write the name of the food or foods under the picture and write the day of the week at the top of the paper. Hang it somewhere for your toddler to see it throughout the week. Continue to do this everyday and hang all the pictures next to each other. At the end of the week, say all the days of the week with your toddler and recall what they ate on each day. Talk about what foods they like best and least. Compare and contrast all the different meals (which ones were hot, which ones were cold, which ones were hard, which ones were soft etc.)
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to compare and contrast, teach your tot to understand like and dislike, teach your tot the days of the week, language development, teach your tot artistic skills, teach your tot retelling skills, teach your tot to recall details

Pick out clothes:
Materials: index card, paper clip, coat hanger, clothes
Description: In the beginning of the week, you and your toddler can pick out their clothes for each day. Let your toddler help you decide what they want to wear on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday etc. Take out the outfit; put it on a coat hanger and paper clip an index card to it that says the day of the week. Hang all 7 outfits in a line and say all the days of the week with your toddler as you point to each outfit. Everyday when they get dressed review the days of the week.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot the days of the week, teach your tot to make choices, teach your tot life skills

Weather:
Materials: construction paper, crayons, glue, scissors
Description: Create a "chart" with the days of the week on the top. Cut out several suns, clouds, rain clouds, lightning. Each day, talk about what the weather is like and have your toddler glue the correct shape under that day of the week.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot language development, teach your tot the days of the week, teach your tot different kinds of weather, teach your tot to develop science skills

Chores:
Materials: construction paper, clip art of drawings, scissors, glue, markers
Description: In the beginning of the week, sit down with your toddler and discuss some chores that they could do to help out with around the house (help unload the dishwasher, put clothes in the dirty hamper, clean a room etc.). Draw or print a picture of these chores and glue one chore under each day of the week. Write the chores/task under each picture. Show your toddler the chart and say the days of the week with them. Throughout each day, refer to the "chore chart" and have your toddler complete their chore for the day. When they finish they can cross off that day. You could reward them for doing their chore (that is up to you and your toddler).
Skills Targeted: teach your tot the days of the week, teach your tot life skills, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot to be helpful, teach your tot responsibility

Today Is...:
Materials: construction paper, markers, tape
Description: Cut strips of construction paper and write one day of the week on each strip of paper. On Sunday, tape the sign that says Sunday somewhere that your child can easily see it. Say with your toddler...
"Today is Sunday, Today is Sunday, Today is Sunday. Yay....Sunday" You can do this several times a day. Continue to change the say throughout the week and say the chant with your little one.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot the days of the week, teach your tot pre-reading skills

Songs and Finger plays:

The Weather:
Sung to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb

To-day is Mon-Day,
Mon-day, Mon-Day.
To-day is Mon-Day
It is Sunny outside (say the type of weather that is actually is at your house in place of the word sunny).

Sing this song daily, changing the day of the week and the type of weather.

Days:
Sung to the tune of Bingo

There are 7 days in a week,
And today is Sunday.
S-u-n-d-a-y
S-u-n-d-a-y
S-u-n-d-a-y
Today is Sunday.

Continue this song for all 7 days of the week.

What's for Breakfast:
Sung to the tune of Are You Sleeping:

Today is Sunday
Today is Sunday
What are you eating?
What are you eating?
I am eating pancakes (sing whatever it is you are eating)
I am eating pancakes (sing whatever it is you are eating).
Sunday's pancakes
Sunday's pancakes.

Recipes and Snack Ideas:

Description: Read The Very Hungry Caterpillar to your toddler and do the above activity that goes along with this book. Throughout the week, refer to the chart that you and your toddler made and prepare each day’s snack for your toddler. For example of Tuesday have pears for your toddler during snack time. (On Sunday you and your toddler could make leaf shape cookies)

1 comment:

Shonda said...

Such fun and creative ideas! Keep em coming. I am visiting your blog to get lots of activities to do with my kids.

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