My youngest son (who was born with Down Syndrome) is very interested right now in the days of the week, asks which day it is, what the day is called, when it is the day his babysitter comes etc. He is also definitely a very visual learner and it helps him to remember information by anchoring it to one (or more) visual cues.
On Saturday, my daughters and I went to the fabulous Harvest Festival hosted every year by one of the local Waldorf schools. Apart from a lot of fun activities they have a vendor area with mostly hand-made things. This is where I purchased the perfect tool for my son to understand the concept of the week, learn the names of the days and have something beautiful to play with and look at at the same time. (I can’t even link you to the lady who made this, since she did not have a card. All I know is that she is a Waldorf Kindergarten teacher on maternity leave and her name was
Alissa, or Alisha – or actually Alyssa!)*
This is a typical Waldorf Kindergarten concept for young children. The days of the week have a color (which actually goes deeper than “just” a pretty color, it is based on the planets linked to the days, the certain energy of the days etc.), this way the children obtain a first understanding of how we divide time into days and weeks.
At home I had a postcard holder/candle holder that fitted perfectly, and I made cards with the names of the week (as an additional tool to recognize the written names eventually – after all at some point I expect/hope that he, too, will learn how to read). Every morning we will put out the appropriately colored gnome and his name tag and place it on the dining table, where it will remain until a new day starts. Isn’t this beautiful!
* Alyssa, the maker of this set, contacted me. She and her business partner Sara indeed do not have a business card or websales yet, but you can contact her under email@example.com, if you are interested in a set. Please put “gnomes” in the header, so she knows what your mail is about.