Written by Jacqueline Smith


Today is a good day to teach your children about the calendar and the divisions of time. With a little thought, a calendar, some notebook paper and a pencil, you can have an enjoyable day of learning that includes history, spelling, science, math, and Bible. Here are some ideas.

Can your children recite the days of the week in order? Can they spell them correctly? Don’t forget about capitalization. Next come the months and seasons in their proper order. How many days are in each of the months? What causes the seasons? Even though TheDigitalTutor software curriculum will teach them all of this information, your children will have a better understanding of how to use it if you talk about it, and play mental and word games with them. This is a good thing to do during trips in the car.

Each week has seven days, each day has 24 hours, each hour has 60 minutes, and each minute has 60 seconds. Can your older children calculate how many minutes are in a day? Or how many hours are in a week? Talk about the current month, day and year; then talk about the previous month, day and year, and the months and seasons ahead. Can they calculate how many days until their birthday?

And finally, no discussion about time is complete unless we talk about what we should do with the time we have. Psalm 90 tells us, “The length of our days is seventy years – or eighty, if we have the strength… Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”



Jacqueline Smith is the mother of 12 children, 8 of whom are adopted and have special needs.  She is a contributing author for TheDigitalTutor computerized curriculum and the developer of the “Learning to Read with Jacqueline Smith” phonics program.  Learn more about her work at

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