Abbreviations: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Melanie Needling
Sometimes, you just don't have the time or space to write out whole words. Abbreviations help with that! In this lesson, you will learn about abbreviations and how they are used.

What are Abbreviations?

Let's give three cheers for abbreviations because they are fast and short--Rah! Rah! Rah!

An abbreviation is the short form of a word. Abbreviations can make it easier and faster to say things you need to while writing.

Common Abbreviations

There are many different types of abbreviations that can be used. Let's go over some of the most common ones now.

Months of the Year

Most months of the year are long words except for March, April, May, June, and July. You may want to use an abbreviation when you are writing the long ones.

For example, when you are writing a friendly letter, you can use an abbreviation in the date instead of writing out the whole month. If you are jotting down a reminder on a sticky note for your friend to meet you at the yogurt shop at 1:00 p.m. on February 6, you can use an abbreviation. Each month has an abbreviation except for the short ones that are listed above.

Month Abbreviations

Since months of the year begin with capital letters, the abbreviations should begin with capital letters, too. Each abbreviation should end with a period. For fun, point to the abbreviation for the month that Christmas falls in. Next, point to the abbreviation for the month that Valentine's Day falls in.

Days of the Week

The days of the week are pretty long words, too! Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday are much easier to write when we shorten them to their abbreviations. The abbreviations are:

  • Sunday - Sun.
  • Monday - Mon.
  • Tuesday - Tues.
  • Wednesday - Wed.
  • Thursday - Thurs.
  • Friday - Fri.
  • Saturday - Sat.

Sometimes you will see abbreviations of the days of the week on calendars because there isn't enough room to write the actual days of the week. Just like with the months of the year, when you abbreviate the days of the week, you should use a capital letter at the beginning and put a period at the end.


When you are sending Christmas cards, birthday invitations, thank-you notes, or friendly letters, you have to put an address on the envelope. You can use abbreviations in the address so that the true word doesn't take up so much space, and an abbreviation is quicker.

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