Calendar Skills: Using a Monthly Calendar with Young Children

Using a monthly calendar at home is always something I’ve done, even before having kids. But I never realized what a great learning tool a monthly calendar can be for even the youngest of children. Calendars provide a great opportunity for learning all kinds of math skills, time management skills, and even help children prepare for upcoming events.

*This post was originally published on December 28, 2013 and has been updated for 2016.

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2016 Wall Calendars for Kids: How calendars help children with math skills, time management skills, and even help children prepare for upcoming events. (preschool, kindergarten, and elementary)

When Lucy was just barely two years old, I noticed how interested she was in watching me fill out my monthly calendar. She would ask what I was writing and often I would see her pointing to the numbers on my calendar and trying to count. And I thought what a great opportunity it would be for Lucy to have her own calendar!

Remember each child is different. Since Lucy had been interested in calendars at age 2 and loved having her own, I bought Theo one at age 2. He ended up having no interest in having his own wall calendar (except for ripping the pages- LOL). He’s much more interested this time around at age 3!   

Using a Monthly Calendar with Young Children

Purchasing a wall calendar for Lucy at such a young age was one of the best purchases I’ve made!

  • Even though she wasn’t yet reading or writing, we’d still sit together at the beginning of each month to fill out her calendar. We’d write in her weekly events like story time at the library or farmers market nights. She’d watch me writing the words (and I’d model sounding them out as I wrote). Then she’d help me decided on a picture we could draw to represent the event, like carrots for the farmers market or a little book for story time.
  • We’d use a highlighter to outline Saturdays and Sundays so she knew which days Daddy was home from work.
  • At the beginning of each week we’d look at her calendar and talk about the upcoming events. I think it can be very comforting for kids to know what to expect. They can ask you questions and mentally prepare for upcoming activities.
  • At the end of each day, Lucy would cross out the day on the calendar with a big ‘x’. This was such  great visual for her to see how the days and months went by!

I still buy Lucy her own monthly wall calendar at the start of each year. She’s more independent with it now! I love helping her fill in her calendar each month and providing her with the opportunity to learn how to plan and manage her days.

Choosing a Monthly Calendar

As I was searching on Amazon for our calendars this year, I thought I’d share with you some of our favorites. (This post contains affiliate links.)

One of our favorite wall calendars for kids is this Elsa Beskow Calendar. It has beautiful illustrations from some of her children’s books like Children of the Forest and The Curious Fish. This was actually Lucy’s first calendar, and she would get so excited to see what each new illustration would be as the months changed. (One thing to keep in mind with this calendar is that its weeks end with Sundays instead of start with Sundays. This actually provided a great learning opportunity for Lucy as we’d compare her calendar to mine.)

elsa beskow calendar 2016

 

 

Even More Calendars

2016 Lego Mixels Calendar

mixes calendar 2016

Crayola Color Your Own Calendar

crayola color your own calendar

The Wimpy Kid 2016 Calendar

wimpy kid calendar

Minions Wall Calendar

minions calendar

 

Disney Frozen Wall Calendar

disney frozen wall calendar 2016

The Kid’s Awesome Activity Wall Calendar

Kids Awesome Activity Calendar 2016

Little Golden Books Calendar

little golden books calendar

 There’s really so many options out there! You can pretty much find a wall calendar for any interest your child has.

Calendars for Adults

Now don’t leave yourself out. January is a great time to get yourself organized too.  Each January I buy myself a new wall calendar. Last year I had this Audubon Songbirds & Other Backyard Birds Calendar which was just gorgeous! I’m thinking I’ll be getting it again this year.

audubon songbirds calendar

 

I know a lot of people also recommend Mom’s Family Calendar. You may want to check that one out too.

mom's family calendar

 

For weekly planning, I love my Sarah Pinto Weekly Calendar. It’s great for someone like me that loves clean looking pages.

sarah pinto 2016

 

And being a crossword lover, I always get my The New York Times Crossword Puzzles 2016 Day to Day Calendar. I can only usually get through Tuesdays on my own (the days get progressively harder), but luckily the answers to each puzzle are on the back to help me along!

new york times crossword calendar

 

One other thing I’d love to share with you is this Magnetic My First Learning Calendar Lucy received as a gift a few years ago. It’s been such a fun resource for her to have hanging in her room. Besides using it to keep track of seasons and weather, Lucy loves using it to play school!

My First Learning Calendar

Be sure to check out are our free monthly learning calendar printables. They are great for kids ready to start writing numbers and for practicing more advanced calendar skills. 

 

2016 Wall Calendars for Kids: How calendars help children with math skills, time management skills, and even help children prepare for upcoming events. (preschool, kindergarten, and elementary)

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Comments

  1. You know I’ve never thought to let the children have calendars – thank you for the inspiration

  2. I never thought of putting a calendar in his room. It’s happening now! Thank you!

  3. We gave calendars a try once, but I gave up on it too easily. Thinking about giving it another try now. (And I love the Sandra Boynton Mom Family Calendar!)

  4. Love this idea! We have started using a calendar with my 2.5 year old, and he loves having his own calendar! I write about it at http://aztoid.blogspot.com/2014/02/calendar-fun.html

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