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Teaching Months of the Year

Songs and activities to help your child learn

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As your preschooler becomes more aware of the world around her, she can start to get a basic understanding of time and how it passes. The months of the year, while somewhat difficult to get her head around in terms of time, are fairly easy to memorize (as there are only 12 of them!). Through a host of songs, activities, and simple memorization you can teach your preschooler the months of the year. As the year goes on, and the months are emphasized, your preschooler will start to better understand how they work and how everything falls into place.

Try a Calendar
Even if your preschooler isn't reading, she can still start to understand how a calendar functions (and eventually recognize the names of the months). Flip through the pages, pointing out the names of the different months. Talk about how there are 12 months in an entire year and how a year starts in January and ends in December and then starts over again. Point out favorite days and holidays in each month (paying special attention to your little one's birthday!). If you can, consider printing out or making your own calendar with your preschooler. Let her decorate each page as you talk about the name of the month and the important days that fall during it.

Use the Seasons
Your preschooler is probably starting to become aware of seasons, whether it's because they notice a change in the weather (depending upon where you live), or, the different activities that take place. When teaching the months of the year, talk about the four seasons and how they fall in the same months every year. To help further the connection, break out your photo albums (or your smartphone!) and show your preschooler pictures of your friends and family in action during the various months, calling attention to the particular season and the month in which it falls.

Be Vocal
By simply telling your preschooler what month it is every so often, she'll pick up on it and start to learn. If you are reviewing the days of the week with your little one, be sure to mention the month as well. Definitely go over the months each time you turn the calendar page. Say something like, "Today is February 1 -- it's a new month! During February we celebrate Valentine's Day and Presidents' Day, pointing out those days on the calendar and explaining what happens on those holidays. If there are any other special days during the month, be sure to mention those too.

Months of the Year Songs
While understanding the concept behind the months of the year are important, so is memorizing the names of the months. Singing a song that names each month and repeats it is a great way to reinforce the lesson. Try some of these songs:

  1. (sung to the tune of "Ten Little Indians")
    January, February, March, and April,
    May, June, July, August, and September,
    October, November, and December,
    These are the months of the year.

  2. (sung to the tune of "Oh My Darling, Clementine!")
    There are 12 months, there are 12 months,
    There are 12 months in the year.
    There are 12 months, there are 12 months,
    There are 12 months in the year.
    January, February, March and April
    May, June and July,
    August, September,
    October, November,
    after December, start again!

  3. (to the Tune of "Three Blind Mice")
    January, February, March,
    April, May, June,
    July, August, September,
    October, November, December.
    These are the twelve months of the year.
    Now sing them together so we can all hear.
    How many months are there in a year?
    Twelve months in a year.

  4. (to the tune of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic")
    January, February
    March, April, May
    June, July and August
    Septembers on its way.
    October and November and Decembers at the end,
    Then we start all over again (repeat)

Related: Once your child has mastered learning the months of the year, try teaching the days of the week.

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