What's The Point
Creating a daily schedule helps kids organize events in a sequence and associate events with a time of day, important skills for learning to measure time.
FETCH! Fone – Explore the concepts of time and money.
This Activity Will Help Your Child
- Understand the concept of time of day
- Understand the concept of sequencing
- How Do You Know What Time it Is?
by Robert E. Wells
- Rodeo Time
by Stuart J. Murphy
How Do I Do It?
- Ruff Ruffman needs a personal assistant to help him keep track of his daily schedule. Can your child help him out? Most importantly, Ruff wants to be sure his personal assistant can keep track of his own daily schedule.
- Help your child make a list of activities he does regularly every school day, from the time he gets up in the morning to the time he turns in for bed. Include meals, leaving for school, homework, TV/Computer time, play, etc.
- Get a pad of adhesive notes and have him write each activity on a separate note.
- Ask him to take all the notes and line them up in order of when he does what.
- Label each note with a time (e.g., "7:00 a.m. Wake Up", "8:00 a.m. Breakfast", "8:30 a.m. Leave for School", 12:30 p.m. Lunch", and so on). Talk with your child about the meaning of "morning," "afternoon" and "evening." Explain that a.m. means a time between midnight and noon and p.m. is from noon to midnight.
- Congratulations! Now your child has a daily schedule.
- To help your child learn about order and sequencing, ask him questions such as: "What do you do after you wake up in the morning?", "What is the last thing you do before going to bed?", "What do you do after dinner?", and "What do you do in between breakfast and lunch?"
Take It Further
The more practice your child gets reading a calendar the easier it will be for him to understand how one works. Look at the current month together and ask your child questions such as: "What day of the week is the 22nd?", "What date is the 3rd Monday of the month?", and "What is the date of the last day of the month?" Give your child the calendar and ask him if he can find his birthday month. "What day of the week does your birthday fall on?" You can continue this with other family birthdays.