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Days of the Week Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Heather Jenkins

Heather has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in special education. She was a public school teacher and administrator for 11 years.

Monday. Tuesday. Wednesday. The days of the week are important because they help us with our scheduling. There are rules to follow when using them in your writing. Let's learn about the days of the week!

The Fonz

There once was a television show called Happy Days. It starred a cool guy, named the Fonz. The Fonz who wore leather jackets, rode a motorcycle, and gave lots of 'thumbs ups'. The theme song of the show was started out like this:

''sunday, monday, Happy Days

tuesday, wednesday, Happy Days

thursday, friday, Happy Days''

Wait a minute! Something isn't right with those lyrics. Can you figure it out?

If you said there is something wrong with the way the days of the week are written, then you're correct! The Fonz would definitely give you two 'thumbs up' for your eagle eyes!

It's A Proper Day

When you are using the days of the week in your writing, it's important to remember that the days of the week are proper nouns. A proper noun names a specific person, place, or thing, and it always begins with a capital letter. For example, dog is a noun, while Saint Bernard is a proper noun. Since dog does not name a specific dog or type of dog, it begins with a lower case 'd.' Saint Bernard names a specific breed of dog, so both the words in its name begin with capital letters.


Saint Bernard and the days of the week are proper nouns.
proper noun


The days of the week name a specific period of time, so they are proper nouns. The days of the week begin with a capital letter every time you write them. The correct way to write the days of the week is:

  • Sunday
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday

Don't Forget To Pause

Do you have morning announcements at your school? Usually, they include important information for students and teachers, but sometimes they even include the lunch menu for the day! One of the first things that is announced is the date, and it often sounds like this:

''Good Morning. Today is Thursday, May 5, 2016.''

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