There's something lurking on the wall in nearly every preschool classroom that shouldn't be there: a giant calendar.
Calendar time takes center stage each morning in thousands of classrooms. During morning circle time, the children gather on the rug at their teacher’s feet and go over the day’s weather, the day of the week, and the day’s date. It's time to banish that calendar.
I’ve never known an adult who doesn’t know what Monday is. Or a third grader, for that matter.
Grasping the days of the week is not hard, but it takes some growing up to be relevant. Many young kids live in a fog where time is concerned. “Can we play at Mia’s house yesterday?” “My spaghetti stew needs to cook for 100 hours.” Time and days of the week are vague. That’s OK. Young kids function best with time statements like “after nap.” Time will settle down in their minds soon enough. Why impose our ordered rows of time on them now?...