Friday, March 10, 2006

If you want the teachers to think your kindergartener is a genius, teach them the days of the week before they get there

That last post reminded me of the fun I used to have with this one.

All the kids learn the days of the week, especially if they are Barney watchers. If you know the song, I'm sure you are singing it right now -- "Sunday Monday, Tuesday Wednesday, Thursday Friii-day, Sat-ur-daay, Sunday Monday, Tuesday Wednesday, Thursday Friday, Saturday." (I'm like Cartman with the "Come Sail Away" song (quote #14)-- once I hear that Barney song I have to sing the whole thing . )

So if you ask your little one the days of the week, they will usually tell you, "Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, ..."

But your kid doesn't really know the days of the week. The fun and entertaining part happens when ask them to break it down.

"Today is Friday. What day is tomorrow?"

They will pause, consider for a moment -- then they will pick a day, any day but Friday, and shout it out with confidence, "Tuesday!".

"Good guess, but tomorrow is Saturday. Let's sing the song."

You can keep quizzing them and going over the song for quite some time (days, weeks, months) before they really start getting it. It's fun, because if they are anything like my kids, they never lose their confidence and keep shouting out a day, any day -- it's funny stuff -- try it.


Blogger Mel said...

or, if you really want to have fun, teach them the WRONG days of the week.

TEACHER: "children...what day of the week is it?"
TEACHER: "and what color dress am i wearing?"


3:22 PM  
Blogger kim said...

Or teach them their body parts all messed up. "Touch your shoulder" and they touch their toes instead.

Fun like that.

7:29 PM  

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