The days of the week are an important measure of time for children to understand. Once they start going to school, learning their names becomes an important task. Knowing this helps them keep their schedules organized and to be aware of when certain events are going to happen, like a field trip in school or an important exam.
It’s essential to teach the little ones how the days of the week are divided. There are some days where most people go to work or to school or workdays, and then other free days where people are more likely to rest, do outside activities like going to the park or to the cinema which is common during weekends. This information helps the little ones start understanding the time and the importance of keeping an organized schedule, one that will allow them not only to study but also to play and share a good time with friends!
In order to teach your little ones the days of the week, it’s really helpful to keep up with a daily routine. By establishing daily habits and routines, like brushing the teeth every night, tidying up their rooms every day, or going to the park during the weekend, children feel more in control of their lives. This sense of control makes the little ones more relaxed and cooperative in the house and also in school since they know what to expect from the daily activities and start planning ahead how to manage them.
Here, you’ll find some useful tips to help the little ones learn the days of the week in a fun and easy way.
The days of the week in English:
It comes from the Latin dies lunae which means “Moon’s Day”.
It means “Tiw’s Day”, name based on Týr, a god from Norse mythology.
Name is taken from the Old English Wōdnesdæg, which means the day of Odin.
This day’s name comes from the name of the Norse god Thor, meaning “Thor’s day”.
Meaning “day of Frigg”, comes from the name of the old Norse goddess Frigg.
Named after the planet Saturn, this day’s name means “day of Saturn”.
The “day of the Sun”, named after our well-known star, the Sun.
As you can see, there are 7 days of the week, but they can be divided into two categories: weekdays and weekend. There are 5 weekdays: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday; while Saturday and Sunday are part of the weekend.
There are also abbreviations, here they are!
Mon. (Monday) / Tue. (Tuesday) / Wed. (Wednesday)
Thu. (Thursday) / Fri. (Friday) / Sat. (Saturday)
Plural forms of the days of the week
The plurals of the days’ name are formed by adding an “s” at the end of the word, like this:
Days of the Week Practice
What day is today?
Today is Monday.
What are you doing tomorrow?
I went to the park yesterday.
My grandma’s birthday is on Saturday.
Days of the Week Song
Let’s learn the name of the days with this nursery rhyme!
Let’s keep learning about this topic as we learn about the 12 months of the year!