Talking Time & the Year with Your Kids

When I plan out my blocks for the year, I purposely set this Time block for January.  The New Year celebration seems to lend itself to this perfectly.
We talk about the new year looking from the perspective of whole to parts.  We go into the Seasons.  Of course, we have been talking seasons for years, but we started with Winter and then went around the year like a clock.

The Calendar we make is more of a Wheel of the Year, as you can see in my pic below.  This is a beautiful way to illustrate the seasons with pictures and mark birthdays and other holidays and festivals.

My girls quickly learned the Months verse this way.

“Thirty days has September, April, June and November….”

When we did second grade activities, we drew in our Main Lesson Books pictures of the months and a verse about each one.  This was an extended lesson on writing for them.  They loved drawing the monthly pictures. In most, they drew the same tree, but with different leaves and scenery depending on the month.  Even though they already knew the seasons, they seemed to really “feel” this by drawing it out.

We also drew out a full calendar page for February in which we will document the weather and phases of the moon each day.

Time is a lot of fun to discuss!  You can talk about the ancient clocks, too:  shadow sticks, sundials, hourglasses and candle clocks.  You can also discuss why people need to know what time it is or even time zones & the rail road.

Due to rainy weather, we made our own tree (tall candlestick) and used a flash light to demonstrate the sun rising in the east and setting in the west and how the shadows looked.  The girls loved this!  I think it turned out better because they could control the sun!

Lastly, we made a clock.  This was so easy and fun!  We painted our paper plates, and drew on the numbers.  We talked about minutes and hours and where they are on the clock.  I brought in a lovely clock we have on the wall to reference.

See?  Time CAN be FUN 🙂

Head over to our Waldorf Newbies group to get in on the conversation!