Monthly calendars are a great tool for teaching concepts such as seasons, holidays, and birthdays. Units can be taught, and time greatly expanded, through the use of Monthly Calendars.
Instruction Strategies Menu
- Communication Overview
- Time Concepts
- Using Calendars to Expand Concepts
- Calendars Support Social Interaction
- A Form of Literacy
- Concept Development & Experiential Learning
- Interaction and Bonding
- Factors to Consider
- Avoid Pitfalls
- Hand Under Hand
- Building Security
- Imitative Play Strategies
- Turn-taking Play Strategies
- Be a Good Playmate
- Use Interaction to Teach
- Additional Resources
- Experiencing Routines
- Literacy Related to Routines
- Turn-taking Games
- Level 1 Routines (Sharing the Work)
- Level 2 Routines (Participation with Support)
- Level 3 Routines (Independent)
Prerequisites to Using Monthly Calendars
Before beginning with a monthly calendar, the student should meet these prerequisites:
- Student understands and uses Weekly Calendars proficiently.
- Student should understand and be proficient in the use of days of week.
- Student has, or is developing, concepts relating to seasons, holidays, birthdays, and other special events.
Using Monthly Calendars
- When introducing a monthly calendar, schedule it to occur on the first day of a new month. (December is not a good month to begin a monthly calendar because of the extensive school vacation.)
- Number the days so that the student can begin working on the dates as a way to track time (e.g. Tuesday the 3rd).
- Learn the name of the current month.
- Post Monthly Calendars on the wall in left to right sequence as the year progresses. This makes it easy for the student to refer to past events.
- Highlight special events that happen throughout the year (i.e. birthdays, holidays, etc.).
- Track the seasons of the year and note how they are different from each other (including any special events that happen during that particular season).
Monthly Calendar Vocabulary
- Names of the months and seasons
- Names of holidays and other special events that happen monthly or annually
Video Example: Monthly Calendar
TVI Matt Schultz demonstrates the use of a Monthly Calendar with a student who is deafblind.