Visiting with Laurie and her children while we were on Keats, she mentioned a calendar her mother drew while babysitting Laurie’s children over a long weekend. Since time is such an abstract concept, especially for children who have not developed the perspective that schooling teaches, this calendar struck me as a brilliant idea.
With one prominent idea illustrated for each day, it was easy for Laurie’s three year old son to visualize how much time would pass before his mother returned. Since she left on the ferry and would be returning on the ferry, they drew a boat for Thursday and Monday. In between, there was time for playing with shells, playing on the beach, and swimming.
With her five year old daughter’s help, Laurie drew a calendar for their next two weeks, which included returning home by ferry on Tuesday or Wednesday, laundry on Thursday, a road trip on Friday, playing with cousins on Saturday, cheering for Uncle Mark in the Ironman on Sunday, driving home and then a summer camp for four days.
For my son, who has a very fuzzy concept of time, this should help us organize our days once school starts since after-school activities mean different pick-up times and ways of getting home.