Today is Monday, by Eric Carle

            This is a fun book to help children learn the days of the week.  It can be put to song for added enjoyment.


  •             Oil pastels


  •             Week (a 7 day period that usually begins on Monday).

Before Reading the Story

            Talk about your class calendar.  Ask the children if they can tell you what a week is.  Find an event on your calendar and count how many more weeks until you are there. (In 2 weeks we are going to visit the library).  Tell the children that the story today is about the days of the week.  Ask the children if they can name the days, point to the calendar as they name.

Mathematics/Number & Operation; demonstrates increasing interest and awareness of numbers and counting as a means for solving problems and determining quantities. AND Mathematics/Patterns & Measurement; shows progress in using standard and non-standard measures for length and area of objects.

Reading the Story

            Stop on each page and have the children name the animal on the page and any features they may know about it. (The bird/pelican has a big mouth to catch the fish in).

Science/Scientific Knowledge; expands knowledge of and abilities to observe, describe, and discuss the natural world, materials, living things, and natural processes.

After Reading the Story

            Who can remember what the porcupine ate?  How about the elephant? 

Literacy/Book Knowledge & Appreciation; demonstrates progress in abilities to retell and dictate stories from books and experiences; to act out stories in dramatic play; and to predict what will happen next in a story.


            While eating meals today, discuss with the children what you are eating, where it comes from, and any other form of the product.  (We are eating pizza today.  Did you know that cheese comes from cows?  And the dough of the pizza is a kind of bread.  See this red sauce, guess what this is made from?). 

Science/Scientific Knowledge; expands knowledge of and abilities to observe, describe, and discuss the natural world, materials, living things, and natural processes. AND Science/Scientific Knowledge; shows increased awareness and beginning understanding of changes of materials and cause-effect relationships.

Music and Movement

            Sing the Days of the Week song.

Mathematics/Patterns & Measurement; shows progress in using standard and non-standard measures for length and area of objects.

            Sing I Love to Eat Apples and Bananas.

I love to eat, I love to eat, I love to eat

Apples and bananas.

I love to eat, I love to eat, I love to eat

Apples and bananas.

(Each verse sing all the vowels in the same long A, short A, long E, short E, etc)

Literacy/Phonological Awareness; shows increasing ability to discriminate and identify sounds in spoken language

            Sing Aiken Drum

There was a man that lived on the moon, lived on the moon, lived on the moon.

There was a man that lived on the moon and his name was Aiken Drum.

And he played upon the guitar, the guitar, the guitar,

He played upon the guitar and his name was Aiken Drum.

Well his hat was made of (child names a food type), of ___, of ____

His hat was made of _____ and his name was Aiken Drum.

Continue to name clothing articles and foods.  Sing the chorus in between and have the children pretend to strum a guitar. 

Approaches to Learning/Reasoning & Problem Solving; develops increasing ability to find more than one solution to a question, task, or problem.


            Make a road and add several trucks.  If you do not have large trucks, shoeboxes will work.    Encourage the children to build a grocery store.  The children can use the trucks to deliver foods to the stores. 

Social & Emotional Development/Knowledge of Families & Communities; develops growing awareness of jobs and what is required to perform them. AND Creative Arts/Dramatic Play; shows growing creativity and imagination in using materials and in assuming different roles in dramatic play situations.


            Ask the children what their favorite food is or a food that they might like to draw.  Let them use oil pastels to draw.  Afterwards show them how to use watercolors to wash over their drawings.  Let dry and then cut out and mount on dark paper to make the colors stand out.  (I have drawn simple vegies and fruits for the children with black marker for them to decorate with the oil pastels).

Creative Ars/Art; gains ability to use different art media and materials in a variety of ways for creative expression and representation. AND Social & Emotional Development/Self-Concept; begins to develop and express awareness of self in terms of specific abilities, characteristics, and preferences.

Writing and Library

            Use the calendar to count days in a week, Mondays in the month, or how many days to number 10?  Can the children recognize any of the numbers?  Can they copy or write any of the numbers on paper? 

Mathematics/Number & Operations; Begins to associate number concepts, vocabulary, quantities, and written numerals in meaningful ways. AND Literacy/Early Writing; experiments with a growing variety of tools and materials, such as pencils, crayons, and computers.

Sand and Water

            Put water and some bubbles in the table today along with dishes for the children to wash.  Add a bucket for rinse water and several towels for drying. Tell the children what a good job they have done making the dishes squeaky clean.

Social & Emotional Development/Cooperation; increases abilities to sustain interactions with peers by helping, sharing, and discussion.

Dramatic Play

            It’s a good day to do some real or pretend cooking. 

Creative Arts/Dramatic PLay; participates in a variety of dramatic play activities that become more extended and complex. AND Approaches to Learning/Initiative & Curiosity; approaches tasks and activities with increased flexibility, imagination, and inventiveness.

Math and Manipulatives

            Any food puzzles that you have.  Or make some by taking pictures of food and cutting into halves and quarters for the children to reassemble. 

Mathematics/Geometry & Spatial Sense; progresses in ability to put together and take apart shapes. AND Physical Health & Development/Fine Motor Skills; grows in hand-eye coordination in building with blocks, putting together puzzles, reproducing shapes and patterns, stinging beads, and using scissors.


            Play categories.  The teacher names a category and the children must think up appropriate responses.  This can be done to go down the slide, around the path on the bicycle, or any other activity that requires a line. (Name foods that are good for breakfast, name foods that have to be kept in the refrigerator, name foods we eat at school). 

Mathematics/Patterns & Measurement; shows increasing abilities to match, sort, put in a series, and regroup objects according to one or two attributes such as shape or size. AND Approaches to Learning/Reasoning & Problem Solving; develops increasing abilities to classify, compare, and contrast objects, events, and experiences.


            As the children move to the next activity, have them think of foods that begin with a certain letter (name foods that begin with the letter H; hamburger, humus, happy meal, ham sandwich, hot sauce/M; mashed potatoes, mustard, marshmallow).  For younger children they could think of their favorite food and then help them recognize the letter that it starts with. 

Literacy/Phonological Awareness; associates sounds with written words, such as awareness that different words begin with the same sound. AND Literacy/Alphabet Knowledge; shows progress in associating the names of letters with their shapes and sounds.


Make food puzzles from labels, pictures, or your own creative self

            Dear Parent-Today we read a story about eating different foods on different days of the week.  You can extend this story by asking your child to suggest a food to eat on Monday night or Tuesday morning for breakfast.  Talk with them about different kinds of foods.  What did you eat for lunch today at school?  What is your favorite flavor of popsicle? 

About Kerry CI am an Early Childhood Educator who has seen daily the value of shared book readings with my preschoolers. I use the book theme in my centers and can daily touch upon a variety of Early Childhood Domains which makes assessing the children easy and individualized.