Teaching Time to Kids: How to Encourage Time & Sequencing Skills With a Calendar! by Mindy Hudon, M.S., CCC-SLP

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6 years ago

Teaching Time to Kids: How to Encourage Time & Sequencing Skills With a Calendar!

Many children struggle with grasping the concept of time because it’s so abstract.  A calendar is a great visual tool to help children learn about time and sequencing concepts such as: before, after, first, last, next, month, day, year, week, yesterday, today, tomorrow and until. You can ask and answer the following questions using a calendar as your guide:   

  • How many days “until” vacation?   
  • What day comes “before” Tuesday? 
  • What month comes “after” March? 
  • What is the "last" day of the month? 
  • Today is Friday. What day was it “yesterday?"  
  • What day will “tomorrow” be? 
  • Today is the “first” day of the month. 
  • What did we do “yesterday” at the beach?       
  • You can also point out something that happened “last week” or "two weeks ago” while pointing to that row on the calendar. 
  • Use pictures that you have taken from past events and paste them on your calendar as a visual reference.

You get the idea.  It’s a concrete way of helping kids “see” the passage of time.

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Donna John
Wish I knew this when my kids were learning time skills! Great tips! Mindy Hudon, M.S., CCC-SLP Ashlee Smith
Mindy Hudon, M.S., CCC-SLP
Time management is a difficult concept for children and can be frustrating to bothe children and parents. Visual tools will help!

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