Abbreviating the Days of the Week

Abbreviating the Days of the Week

To learn to abbreviate the days of the week.

Heading that reads: Abbreviations

Seven labels, with a different day of the week, written on each.

Red coloring pencil


Slips of white paper


Language Arts journals and pencils


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

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

Announce to he students that today they will learn more about the use of periods for abbreviations.

Invite the students to recite the days of the week as a group.

Distribute the labels among the students.

Invite each student to read aloud the word in his/her label and place the label in a straight column on the left side of the mat facing the students. (The Ofer is not important.)

Once all seven labels are on the mat, invite a student to put the labels in order, starting with Sunday.   

On a blank slip of paper, print the word Sunday in pencil.

Pass the paper to a student and invite them to read the word aloud.

Announce that you are going to abbreviate the word, and invite the students to watch.

Using the scissors cut the label between the letters “n” and “d.” Place the second half of the word aside.

Using red coloring pencil, draw a period after “Sun.”

Explain to the students that the period abbreviates the word Sunday and takes the place of the letters d, a, and y.

Invite a student to place the label with the abbreviation “Sun.” To the right of the word Sunday on the mat.

Repeat with the other days of the week.

Once all the abbreviated days of the work are in a column, place the heading, Abbreviations, above the column and review its definition.

Invite the students to copy there days of the week and their abbreviations into their journals.


Create a one year calendar that shows the days of the week and months of the year. Write the abbreviations and illustrate with something that remind you of the day or month. Fr example. Draw a windsock for Kodomo No Hi (Japan’s Students’ Day in May), or a tree with orange and red leaves in the square for September.

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