Learn About the Calendar With Free Resources
The start of a new year is an excellent time to teach your children about the calendar. Fortunately, there are many free resources available online for learning about the calendar. Below you’ll find materials for learning the days of the week, months of the year, and how to use a calendar. For older children and teens, there are also videos about the history of the calendar.
Coloring Calendar – This calendar, created by Kindergarten Worksheets and Games, begins in January 2021 and runs through December 2022. The month, year, and dates are traceable. Each month also has a picture to color.
Bulletin Board Calendar Pack – You can use this printable pack from Free Homeschool Deals to create a large teaching calendar on a bulletin board or poster board. The set includes month of the year cards, number cards 1-31, and title cards such as “Today is,” “Tomorrow is,” and “This month is.”
Calendar & Morning Board Printable – This set from Homeschool Creations includes everything you need to create a calendar poster board. It includes printables for recording the date, school day, weather, time, and more.
Weather Tracking – At Superstar Worksheets, you’ll find several calendars and charts to use for tracking each day’s weather.
Days of the Week
The Seven Days of the Week Song – Your children can sing along with this video from The Learning Station to learn the days of the week.
Days of the Week Handwriting – Children can practice writing the days of the week in cursive or print with these tracing worksheets from Superstar Worksheets.
Days of the Week Worksheets – Worksheet Fun offers several worksheets for learning the days of the week in order and their spellings.
Days of the Week Flashcards – These colorful flashcards at Flashcards for Kindergarten can help children learn to read the days of the week and put them in order.
Months of the Year
Months of the Year Song – Your children can sing along with this video from The Learning Station to learn the months of the year.
Months of the Year Handwriting – Children can practice writing the months of the year in cursive or print with these tracing worksheets from Superstar Worksheets.
Months of the Year Worksheets – Worksheet Fun offers several worksheets for learning the months of the year in order and their spellings.
Months of the Year Flashcards – These colorful flashcards at Flashcards for Kindergarten can help children learn to read the months of the year and put them in order.
The History of the Calendar
While your younger children are learning calendar basics, your older children and teenagers may enjoy learning about the calendar’s history with some of these videos on YouTube. Please be aware that these videos may not be appropriate for younger children or all families. The videos mention Roman gods, Germanic gods, astrological signs, and the menstrual cycle, all in relation to the format of calendars and how the days and months got their names.
- A Short History of the Modern Calendar
- Where Do the Calendar Months Get Their Names?
- Where Did The Days Of The Week Get Their Names?
- Why Are There 7 Days in a Week?
Free Printable Planners & Calendars
Calendars aren’t just for kids! If you’re a parent or teacher looking for free planners and calendars for yourself, you can find those here. There are many different formats to choose from. You’ll even find ones that include lesson planning pages, attendance trackers, reading logs, field trip logs, and journaling pages.
Note: This post was originally published on December 24, 2020 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
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