Abbreviating Months of the Year

Abbreviating Months of the Year

To learn to abbreviate the months of the year.

Heading that reads: Abbreviations.

Twelve prepared labels, one of each of the year.

Red coloring pencil


Slips of white paper


Language arts journals and pencils


Mot Montessori teachers introduce this topic in Year 1 and review it as necessary in subsequent years.   

Invite a mall group of students to gather around a mat.

Announce to the students that today they will learn another use for the period.

Invite the students to recite the months of the year as a group.

Distribute the month labels to the students.

Invite the students to take turns reading aloud the month on their label, placing it on the left side of the mat in a straight column facing the students. (At this point the months do not need to be in any particular order.)

Invite a student to put the labels in order from January to December, top to bottom.

On a blank slip of paper, print the word January (in pencil).

Pass this slip of paper to a student and invite him or her to read the word aloud.

Announce to the students that some words in English can be shortened.

Using scissors, cut the skip of paper between the letters “n” and “u”. Place the second half of the word aside.

In red coloring pencil, draw a period after the “n.”

Explain to the students that the period abbreviates the word January and takes the place of the letters u, a, r, and y.

Invite the student to place the word label “Jan.” to the right of the word label fro the complete word January.

Repeat with all the months of the year.

Once all the abbreviated months are in a column, place above them the heading: Abbreviations.

Explain t the students that the shortened form of a word is called an abbreviation. Then explain some of the circumstances when using the abbreviated form of months are appropriate.

Ask the students to copy the abbreviations in their journals.

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