Teaching the Days of the Week can be Fun

Learning the days of the week doesn’t have to be a repetitive grind for young children. Here are some examples of engaging ways to help children remember the names and order of each day.

Movement

To use movement when learning the days of the week, the teacher can use a rhyme that includes movement words.

An example of a movement rhyme is:

“M for Monday, turn around, T for Tuesday, touch the ground, W for Wednesday, jump so high, T for Thursday, touch the sky, F for Friday, say hooray! S for Saturday, time to play, S for Sunday, clap your hands, It’s time to start all over again!”

Model the movements and rhyme for your students, do it with them, and then let them do it independently.

Music

Incorporate technology and music into your unit by viewing a music video and having students sing along. One place to find videos appropriate for use with students is School Tube. There are various music genres to choose a song from. Some may use the tune of a well known nursery rhyme or show tune, while others like “Days of the Week Rap Back – Jack Hartmann Song” use a unique rhythm. This particular video includes the use of clapping.

Here is a song that incorporates snapping and singing to the tune of the “Addams Family” theme song.

Days of the Week! (snap, snap)
Days of the Week! (snap, snap)
Days of the Week! Days of the Week! Days of the Week! Days of the Week!(snap, snap)
There’s Sunday and there’s Monday,
There’s Tuesday and there’s Wednesday,
There’s Thursday and there’s Friday,
And then there’s Saturday!
Days of the Week! (snap, snap)
Days of the Week! (snap, snap)
Days of the Week! Days of the Week! Days of the Week! Days of the Week!(snap, snap)

You can also sing a silly song with your students like “Seven Days of the Week” by They Might be Giants. There is a video hosted on You Tube: http://youtu.be/geTSBFb_GR4. Beware, this has been known to make children giggle.

Art

One way to include art in a unit is to integrate it with another subject like reading. To learn the days of the week you can create flap books. The teacher can pre-cut strips of paper about 2 inches thick and long enough to fold and write a short sentence in. Students will write the days of the week on the cover. Inside, the students will write one thing they do at school on that day. For example, “We go to the Library.” in the Thursday book. In the Saturday and Sunday flap books, students can choose something that they do with their family. The teacher will help students write out the sentences or it can become homework for adults in the home to help with. Students can decorate and illustrate the books. They can be kept in student book bags for use during choice time.

Calendar

Many younger grades and preschools have a circle time in the morning when teachers and students add the date, state the day, discuss the weather, and make any announcements of activities or events for the day. Students can take turns being calendar helpers. Older students may create and keep their own calendars. Teachers can use a blank calendar template and have students fill in the days and dates. Some teachers may want students to use seven different colors and have each Monday be the same color. Students can write in special notes and decorate their calendars.