Does your child have a calendar of their own? Fun calendars are a great way to encourage children to learn the days of the week and months of the year, as well as understand the progression of time – counting down to special events and marking important dates down in their calendars.
For Ella, I knew that her first calendar had to be a Princess Calendar!
Ella has been obsessed with princesses for a good year now, and has shown a lot of interest in calendars and basic concepts of time recently, so I thought the perfect way to combine the two interests would be to make a 2016 Princess Calendar for her – and of course, if I’m going to make one for her, I’m going to share it with you in case you have a princess lover of your own at home!
(If you have a Star Wars fan rather than a little Princess, my friend Dayna will be sharing an awesome 2016 Star Wars calendar available for download on her blog, but we’re all about princesses here! I’ll update this post and share on Facebook when it goes live.)
I had our printable princess calendar printed & bound at our local Staples, but if the binding isn’t important to you, you could simply print and add to a binder, or pin the appropriate month to a cork board or the fridge.
We first went through the calendar and read the months, and then went back through and sang our days of the week song. We counted the days of some of the months, noticing how some months had less days than others. (2016 is also a leap year!)
Next, we went back through and added in family birthdays and special dates. This is such a cool idea for children – marking the progress of time with events allows these abstract concepts of months and dates to take on special meanings. March is no longer just a month with a funny name, it is the month of a special birthday, of St. Patrick’s Day or Easter or Purim.
I’ve purposely left off national or religious holidays off of this calendar so that you can go through and add the ones that matter to your family. While it’s wonderful to teach children about the important holidays and dates of other cultures, I wanted to leave that decision up to each parent.
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