The activities in this post have been updated for 2012. You can find them here: The Days of the Week in Spanish – Printable Activities for Talking about the Calendar
It is important that children learning Spanish hear and use whole language – language in a context with meaning – rather than just memorizing vocabulary like the days of the week in Spanish. Talking about the calendar, children can practice questions, numbers, and the days of the week in Spanish in a meaningful way.
There are lots of fun ways to make calendars or you can find a Spanish language calendar to print online. These are a few sites where you can print calendars in Spanish:
DLTK’s has printable calendars with the days of the week in Spanish, but the week begins on Sunday, not on Monday the way it does on a Spanish language calendar.
The months and the days of the week in Spanish are not capitalized and the week begins on Monday on Spanish language calendars.
Talking about September to practice the days of the week in Spanish
Here are some ways to talk about the month of September with children learning Spanish:
– Count the different days of the week together. You can say, Vamos a contar los días lunes (martes, miércoles) en el mes de septiembre. ¿Cuántos hay? / Let’s count the Mondays (Tuesdays, Wednesdays) in the month of September. How many are there?
– Choose a date and check what day of the week it will be. Think of birthdays or events during the month. For example, El 15 es el cumpleaños de mi hermano Chris. ¿Qué día de la semana va a ser? Sí, va a ser jueves, 15 de septiembre. / My brother Chris’ birthday is the 15th. What day of the week will it be? Yes, it will be Thursday, September 15th.
– You can also ask questions like these to talk about the month of September:
¿Cuántos días tiene el mes de septiembre?
¿Qué día de la semana es el primer día del mes de septiembre?
El otoño comienza el 21 de septiembre. ¿Qué día de la semana va a ser?
¿Cuántos días lunes tiene este mes?
¿Cuántos días domingo tiene este mes?
¿El mes de septiembre tiene más días lunes o más días jueves?
¿Qué día de la semana va a ser el último día del mes de septiembre?
¿Cuántas semanas completas tiene este mes?
This is a simple calendar of the month of September in Spanish.
This is a simple crossword puzzle using some of the questions listed above.
A board game with the September calendar to practice the days of the week in Spanish
You can make a simple board game where players move through the month and practice the days of the week in Spanish. I have attached a printable game I made for the month of September, but of course you can make one for any month. You can also make the game simpler or more difficult depending on the level and age of the players. Use more than one month to make a longer game.