Using Days of the Week Gnomes to Help Young Children Learn Weekly Routine and Rhythm | From Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsAs part of our circle routine recently, Sola and I have been discussing our daily schedule using days of the week gnomes. To make these gnomes, I first burned the day of the week on to some unfinished peg dolls. I then “painted” the dolls using our I used our Stabilo Wood Crayons. Finally I glued on little hats made with a pattern found in the book, Making Peg Dolls, by Margaret Bloom. Our  gnomes are painted in the color that Rudolf Steiner associated with each day of the week:

Monday – Purple

Tuesday – Red

Wednesday – Yellow

Thursday – Orange

Friday – Green

Saturday – Blue

Sunday – White

Steiner also associated a planet and grain with each day of the week. All of these associations have to do with anthroposophy, but it just so happens that it also makes for a great way for children to remember the days of the week and to enforce the rhythm of your week. Sola is much more likely to remember that  “purple” day means that she will have music class and we will be doing painting at home, than she will remember that “Monday” is that day, as “Monday” is a very abstract concept for this age. I do start off each day by saying something like, “Today is purple day, which is Monday, and the day that we….”.

What method do you use to teach young children the days and rhythm of the week?