Welcome to the sign of the week.
This is a sign you can use every day during circle time or assembly.
Once children are 3-4 years of age, most preschool teachers introduce the days of the week. At that age, most preschoolers don’t fully understand the concept of time, but it’s ok to start talking about the days of the week and what day is today during circle time.
Children with developmental delays or autism may need more time to learn this, but of course, they can still join their peers singing the song “days of the week” every morning, although fully grasping the concept of time can take time to learn.
Children can begin to associate activities that happen on different days. For example, on Mondays, they go back to school, on Fridays, there is no homework, and on Wednesdays, they do P.E. in school. Even if they haven’t fully grasped the concept of time, they learn to associate different days with different activities.
You can also use visuals or signs when you recite the days of the week, which can help non-speaking children participate in this activity.
I have recorded a video of the song “Days Of The Week” with Lámh signs. Luckily the days of the week are the same for Lámh and Irish Sign Language, so this song can also help teachers who are working with deaf students using ISL.
You can watch that video here.
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