Using the family/household calendar, your child will count the number of days until a special event. Your child will also begin to recognize that weeks and months are numbered sets of days.
Show your child the calendar and explain what month it is. Show your child the current day of the month. Use a small drawing, sticker, or symbol to mark the date of an interesting activity for that month (e.g., a family birthday, Valentine’s Day, Halloween, or trip to the zoo). Have your child place her finger on today’s date and then count the days until the anticipated event.
Next, encourage your child to try doing this on her own, using the same month but counting to another anticipated event. Have her count from the current day.
You can also do a countdown from the current day to an anticipated day by placing an X on each day as it passes. This helps children understand the passing of time. Children love to cross out days on a calendar and count how many days are left until a special event!