Setting up your Calendar
To me, Pocket Chart calendars like this one here are the easiest calendars to maintain. There is a lot of flexibility both with the setup and how you use it in class. An easy way to stock your Mandarin pocket chart calendar is to print off a set like I offer on my TPT Store. The calendar set includes both a color and black and white version. You can also make your own!
A great way to get your class involved in the calendar making process is to have them color the months. Print out the black and white version of the months and numbers and assign the students to decorate and color. Pick out the best versions or switch them out during the month! Students love to see their work around the room and this will motivate them to do calendar activities.
Create a Class Routine
A class routine is something you do every class at a certain time or in a certain situation. A classroom calendar is a great way to start class or the morning. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
— Read the Month in Chinese
— Count up to the date “一，二，三，四。。。日“
— Have students help change the date from Numbers “1, 2, 3…” to “一，二，三”
— Add in the weather
— Practice dates using “昨天，今天，明天“
Classroom calendars can be a great way to start class and get students engaged in learning dates and numbers. I’d love to see your classroom calendars in the comments below!