Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

In Kindergarten we will eventually learn to tell time on the hour but for the moment we are working on your child’s sense of time.  Does your child understand about the passing of time?  Is your child able to correctly distinguish between yesterday and tomorrow?  In my classroom we write in journals every Monday about what we did on the weekend.  Sounds easy, right?  Not so for a 5 year old.  Anything that happened more than a few hours ago is a long time ago in the eyes of a 5 year old.  In the fall, Kindergartners are not able to recall events that took place yesterday and often confuse them with events that took place months ago.  In most Kindergarten classrooms, children work on the calendar every day and talk about TODAY, TOMORROW and YESTERDAY.  We drill these words and talk about what we will do today at school, about what we did at school yesterday (or if it is a Monday, we talk about the weekend), and at the end of the school day we talk about what we will do tomorrow at school.  With continual use of these time words, Kindergartners do begin to understand time and words that are used to describe time. Please begin to incorporate these words into your family’s vocabulary so that your child hears them not only at school but at home as well.

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