January 2014 is here and there isn't a better time to teach preschoolers about the months of the year than at the beginning of the year. Beginning with January and continuing through each of the twelve months, teachers and parents of preschool-aged children can help these young students learn about calendars, the characteristics of each month and create lasting keepsakes that will make great gifts for grandparents or other loved ones at the end of the year.
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Several different methods can be used to create the monthly calendar projects; hand and footprints or different works of art can all be used to create a calendar that will not only educate two-, three-, four- and five-year-olds about the months of the year, but also to provide lasting memories for parents and loved ones. Use one style or mix and match to create the perfect calendar.
To create a handprint calendar page for January requires very little work for the adult and provides an opportunity to discuss the weather during this winter month. Here are the items needed to create this calendar page.
- Card stock for the background
- Two mitten shapes slightly larger than the child's hands (to practice fine motor skills, let the child cut these out)
- Paint in a color that will show up nicely against the mitten shapes
- A sponge paintbrush
The steps to create this January calendar page with the child's handprints can be done in any order. Whether painting and placing the child's palms inside the mitten shapes before or after cutting out, is not important. The Examiner does suggest letting paint completely dry before the mittens are placed on the card stock and the child's name is written with the Sharpie.
To further extend the teaching about the months of the year and the characteristics and holidays of January, the Preschools Examiner suggests the following books.