How To Teach the Days of the Week

By Artist: Jessie Willcox Smith (1863–1935), published 1912 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Whenever possible I like to teach by putting things to music, a simple rhythm, or a rhyme. Here’s a simple, traditional poem that will teach the days of the week:

Solomon Grundy,
Born on a Monday,
Christened on Tuesday,
Married on Wednesday,
Took ill on Thursday,
Worse on Friday,
Died on Saturday,
Buried on Sunday.
That was the end of
Solomon Grundy.

Memorization should be practiced daily until mastered.  And even after that if you expect retention practice should be frequent.  Using rhymes to teach the days of the week, or any other content, makes memorization painless.

Additional Layers:

  • Learn about the origins of the names of the days of the week. Of particular interest is their close relationship to the names of the planets.
  • Study the ancient Babylonians and their possible reasons for giving us our seven day week.
  • Put up a calendar and review the days of the week each day.  Ask questions like, “If today is Tuesday, what day was it yesterday?” “How many days will we have until Friday?” “Point to a weekday.”
  • Go over the months, number dates, year, and record the weather as part of your daily calendar routine.
  • Discuss the concept of rhythm as you clap along to the poem (you’ll end up clapping only on each heavy beat, not every syllable – SOL-o-mon GRUN-dy. BORN on a MONday. . .)
  • Draw a picture of what is happening to Solomon Grundy on each day of a blank calendar.  A picture of a baby on the Monday calendar square, a church on the Tuesday square, a bride and groom on Wednesday, and so on.

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