Hands-on Learning Games: Teach Your Child the Months of the Year in Less Than a Week

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Is your child struggling with memorizing the months of the year? Often children with a delay in language development have difficulty with concepts involving time. Younger children have trouble with using words like “yesterday” and “tomorrow” appropriately; you may find your child asking you when yesterday’s baseball game will be.

Older children, even well into middle school, may struggle with knowing what day of the week comes before Sunday, or what month a particular holiday falls out on. You may find that even your tween struggles with remembering the order of the months of the year.

This hands -on learning game will help your child learn the months of the year, as well as improve her sequencing skills, which are at the root of her difficulties with concepts involving time.  It can also be adapted to suit children and teens of all ages.


-Print out two copies of a paper with name of the month on top and the picture associated with it on the bottom. Take one copy of each month, and cut it in half. That will leave you with one set of pictures with both the name of the month and its picture, PLUS a set of labels with the name of the month, and a set of labels with only pictures.

Examples of pictures for each month include: January-New Year’s Day, February-Valentine’s Day, March-wind, April-flowers, May-rain, June-last day of school, July-Fourth of July, August-hot day, September-first day of school, October-Halloween, November-Thanksgiving, December- winter, or holiday.)

* You can use your child’s picture for the month their birthday falls out on. Also, if you can’t think of a picture, simply let your child pick out a picture that they like.

How to Play:

1. Choose a large space to work at so you will have plenty of space to spread out the materials.

2. Place the copies with the months and the pictures cut out to the side. You don’t need them yet.

3. Place the page for January on the table before your child. Say the name of the month clearly, and point to the picture (no need to name the picture).

3. Do the same thing with the next month.

4.  After 2 or 3 months, mix up the pages, and ask your child to put them back in order. If she can read, she should name the months after she has placed the pages in order. If not, then you can say the names of the months and have her repeat after you.

5.   Continue until you’ve completed all the months of the year, making sure to stop after every 2-3 pages. You have a choice whether or not to require your child to remember previous pages. It really depends on how hard or easy it is for your child. So, for example, if your child can easily remember months 1-2, then when you do months 3-4 you can ask them to order the pages from months 1-4, all at once.

If this is hard for your child, you can have them do only months 1-2, then 3-4, and so on. As they get better at it you can slowly increase the number of months they remember at one time.

7.  Continue until your child can recite the names of the months in order forwards and backwards.

TIP:  Younger children can simply match the cut out pictures with the complete pages. In that case as they place the picture they can call out the name of the month that goes with it.

Children who can read can sequence the names of the months only. This would be step number 8.

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  • Rachel Dec 24,2011 at 8:23 pm

    Thanks for writing Reata.

    There could be several reasons why this is so. You haven’t told me any details about the age of your child, or how you played the game. However there are 2 instances where the game will definitely not work. One instance is if your child has a weak auditory memory. It is a sequencing game, and developmentally, in order to be able to sequence well your child has to have a strong auditory memory.

    The other possibility is that you need to adjust the game so that your child is at least 80% successful. As I’ve said in other posts, that is the optimum level at which kids are able to learn.

    I’d be happy to help you with this. First, read the hyperlinked post above about auditory memory to see if this sounds like your child. Then let me know here in the comments how exactly you played the game.

  • Reata Dec 23,2011 at 6:08 pm

    this really did not help my child at all ,any ideas why that is ?

  • Rachel Oct 4,2011 at 5:35 pm

    Any specific activities you particularly liked, or that were especially successful with your child?

  • Laughwithusblog Oct 4,2011 at 5:14 pm

    We have been working on sequencing skills. I think it has helped my 7 year old in lots of ways!

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