- Learn to measure time and perception of time
- Practice reading and math skills
- Foster communication skills and social skills
Birthdays, special events, and holidays mark the passing of time. From a young age, children learn about passing of time as it indicates the start and end of their daily school activities. Learning to read time and dates can be hard since minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years have different type of time measurements. A fun way for young children to develop a sense of time is using calendars as hands-on learning tools. My Calendar is an interactive wall calendar that children can use everyday to learn to measure time. Like many other similar calendars, parents and educators use these time records as visual aids to illustrate how time passes. My Calendar and similar calendar games teach key concepts such as the names of days of the week, names of the months, the seasons, and so much more through play. Making a fun activity out of developing temporal understanding.
Time related phrases, adverbs, and nouns such as now, soon, in a second, later, day, night, morning, and afternoon are used when discussing time. Calendar games and activities help children build their time vocabulary. As a child’s cognitive skills improve these concepts are easier to comprehend and added to their vocabulary. Also, children math skills are exercised as calendar are a good visual aid for number recognition, patterns, and sequencing. Calendar games and activities help children practice counting as they look at the days in a month or the seconds in a clock. Sharpening their math skills. Other cognitive skills fostered while playing time related games are logical thinking and spatial reasoning. These skills help later in math class to work on verbal problems and more complicated subject such as algebra.
Punctuality and time management are part of social norms that a young child learns as time and sense of time is taught. Scheduling the activities that need to be done in a calendar helps children build their social skills. Helping them remember future events and planned activities the child learns to schedule time in blocks to complete each task and manage their time wisely. Having fun planning their day. Also, calendar activities are good way to practice communication skills. Children can narrate the things they did in the day or what they are going to do the next day. Practicing their new vocabulary. It is a good ice breaker for conversation and share their feelings. My Calendar and similar calendars are fun way to go about the day acknowledging the time and date.