Learning Through the Days of the Year
There are historic, important, and even fun and silly events to commemorate nearly every day of the year. You can use some of these dates to boost your young child's knowledge of the world in a fun and playful way. We have compiled information, books, websites, lessons, DVDs, and other resources to help you do just that in our Universal Preschool Learning Calendar.
Here is a sample of what you will find for the month of May...
Note: If your preschool-age child has older siblings at home, you may be interested in our comprehensive Homefires Learning Calendar with suggestions for every day of the year.
May Learning Calendar
1 — May Day! Celebrate spring! Make May Day Baskets, dance 'round the Maypole, and make daisy or dandelion crowns. Universal Preschool has lots of May Day crafts and activities for you to enjoy with your little ones.
Watch children dance 'round the maypole on YouTube.
Read the book, "May Day/Lei Day" by Jeffrey Kent. May Day tells how this special holiday is celebrated in England, where it originated over 700 years ago and describes how Hawaii came to embrace it as Lei Day.
And you'll find references to May Day and maypole dancing in these fun books for children too:
May 1st is also Mother Goose Day!
The term "Mother Goose" dates back to the 1650's. It referred to stories like Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Sleeping Beauty. It does not appear to represent a particular person, as many of "Mother Goose" stories were written both before and after this term was first used. And, the stories were written by numerous authors.
According to the Mother Goose Society: "'Mother Goose Day' was founded in 1987 by Gloria T. Delamar in tandem with the publication of her book, 'Mother Goose; From Nursery to Literature.'" Here are some resources you can use to learn while you celebrate!
- Mary Engelbreit's Mother Goose: One Hundred Best-Loved Verses
- Tomie DePaola's Mother Goose
- The Real Mother Goose (Illustrated Edition)
- Mother Goose Treasury - Vol. 1
- Mother Goose Treasury - Vol. 2
- Barney: Mother Goose Collection
- Mother Goose Stories: Jack and Jill
- Mother Goose Rocks: Top 20 Video Countdown
10 — Transcontinental Railroad completed in 1869 in Utah. Celebrate trains by reading, "The Little Engine That Could!" Or explore some of these resources:
- Real Wheels - Travel Adventures (There Goes a Train/Plane/Bus)
- The Alphabet Train
- Start Smarter Presents: "Firefighter George & Steam Trains with Train Safety!"
- Extension activities to complement the book, The Little Engine That Could.
- Reading guides and activiites themed around The Little Engine That Could.
- Learn all about toy trains!
- Print out a coloring page of a steam locomotive!
- Complete instructions for a train craft for preschoolers.
More Book Variations:
20 — Charles Lindbergh flew first nonstop transatlantic solo flight in 1927, and
21 — Amelia Earhart completed first solo flight by a woman across the Atlantic in 1932.
- All About Airplanes & All About Helicopters
- I Love Airplanes!
- Kidsongs - Cars, Boats, Trains and Planes
- All About Airplanes and Flying Machines
- The I'm A Good Little Traveler! DVD Toolkit Series
- All About Airplanes / All About Helicopters
- Baby Tutor: Cars Trucks Trains Planes
- Making & Flying Paper Airplanes!
- First Flight: The Story of Tom Tate and the Wright Brothers
- Flight: A Pop-Up Book of Aircraft
- Going on a Plane (First Experiences)
- The Noisy Airplane Ride
- Maggie's First Flight
- Magic School Bus Taking Flight Activities
- Instructions for Making Paper Airplanes -- make them for the kids and have paper airplane races!
- Check out Homefires DVD Schooling Calendar
Celebrate aviation with these resources:
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