What better way to kick off the New Year than with a brand new video? It’s a super simple chant to help kids learn the months of the year. Perfect for back to school after the holiday break or anytime that you want to practice or review the months.
The months can be a little tricky for young learners to remember. The Months Chant helps them practice the months and order with a call and response format set to a catchy beat.
When learning the months, it helps to associate each month with an activity, holiday or change in the weather. This video is based on some popular North American holidays and changes in the seasons. Here’s an explanation month-by-month:
January – winter and snowy weather are here!
February – celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14th with hearts.
March – even though it’s an Irish holiday, many people in the U.S. celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th. Clover leaves and the color green are traditional symbols of this holiday.
April – in North America, we have a saying, “April showers bring May flowers.” Spring is in the air and rain is common.
May – summer flowers mark the return of warm weather.
June – brings the end of the school year and lots of time for outdoor activities, like kite flying.
July – the United States celebrates Independence Day on the Fourth of July with picnics and fireworks.
August – the perfect time to go to the beach!
September – get ready for back-to-school with your ABC book.
October – Halloween is coming! October 31st is the big day.
November – the seasons change again as the leaves turn colors and fall from the trees.
December – the holiday season is here and music is everywhere!
What are some holidays or seasonal changes in your country? When you introduce the months, try identifying the monthly events with your young learners, and then create simple picture cards that include the month and an event, holiday, or seasonal change to go along with us. Feel free to share with us in the comments below.
For reading practice, give young learners 12 small pieces of paper with the months written on them, and have them put them in order as they listen to the song. To help, you can start by first giving them pieces of paper with numbers on them (January – 1, February – 2, etc.), and then later distribute pieces of paper without the numbers.
Now watch the video and chant along!
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