So, I came up with this very exciting 40 page "12 Months of the Year Activity Pack" that I have just added to my Learn and Grow Etsy Store.
Today I am going to share with you some ideas for teaching the months of the year, as well as share with you what comes in this exciting educational unit. Of course at the end I am going to give you a FREE download for my "12 Months of the Year Book" that my students' as well as my own little girls LOVED doing. I hope that you will enjoy making this book with your children or students.
Plus, at the end of the post I will share with you wonderful Children's books you can read to go along with this topic, as well as an exciting giveaway. So, keep reading! I promise, it will be worth reading through this some what lengthy post.
This is the first activity included in the packet, a "12 Months of the Year Picture Memory Game". These pictures were taken of my little girls and I playing the memory game together. Both my preschooler and my Kindergartner had so much fun playing this game, and we had a great discussion about what happens each month of the year. It is hard to see in the picture, but each card that goes along with this, "12 Month's of the Year File Folder Game", has a circle that contains a design that represents that particular month. File Folder games are great for introducing as well as reviewing skills learned. I printed off these "12 Months of the Year Tracers and Play-Doh Mats" for my students and made them into a book. They were so proud of how well they traced the months, and it was great fine motor practice. Another fun thing to do with the tracers is laminate them, and then using play-doh cover up each letter of the month. What a fun way to learn how to spell and say each month. These are pictures of Little Blonde and Little Red putting together the "12 Months of the Year 3-Part Puzzles". It is funny, they dumped all of the pieces on the floor, and had a race to see who could put the most puzzles together. Update: I added the month's names to each 3 part puzzle. That way when your child or student puts the puzzles together, they will spell out the month as well. I have included a "12 Months of the Year Song Chart" as well as "Birthday Activity" page in the packet. I love using the song "Sing Through the Year" by Twin Sisters, as well to teach the month of the years. It is a little bit slower pace, but my students have been practicing signing it all month, and most can tell you the months of the year. The unit includes a "12 Months of the Year Coloring Page" that is great for reviewing the months, as well as a page that gives you more ideas for using the resources included in this unit. Here are the "12 Months of the Year Titles" you will receive. I give you different ideas for using them, such as putting the title cards in order starting with January. For older kids you could also have them put the month titles in alphabetical order. Now for one of my favorite parts of the unit that I am sharing with you today. My "12 Months of the Year Book". This book is awesome and can be used for so many different ages. You as a teacher, mother, grandmother, father, uncle, etc. could even use it for yourself. CLICK HERE to download your copy of my "12 Months of the Year Book".
There are SO many DIFFERENT ways you can USE this BOOK such as:
You can write down a favorite memory for each page, you could illustrate something that happens each month of the year, you could glue a photo onto each page that was taken during that particular month, you could use it as a sticker book and put stickers on each page that go along with the holidays of the month, you could practice writing the months of the year on each page, you could list birthdays of your family members, or classmates on the corresponding month page, you could make a mini paper craft and glue it onto each page, etc.
Have fun creating memories!
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Don't forget to CLICK HERE to be taken to my other giveaway, where I am giving away 21 Preschool/Kindergarten Learning Materials. This giveaway ends on May 1st as well.