Creating a Classroom Calendar in Mandarin

September 16, 2021 No Comments

Setting up your Calendar

Black and White Months for students to color.

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!

Rachel Avrick

Originally from Washington D.C., I moved to Hong Kong when I was 19 to work for a charity in the Philippines. After one year in Asia I had fallen in love with the Chinese language and culture. I lived in Greater China for another 6 years in places like Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. While in Asia, I worked in education, non-profit, and finance. I double majored in Economics and Chinese with a minor in Asia Studies at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Most recently I received my masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University. I love creating fun and engaging Mandarin lessons for students especially in elementary.

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Hi everyone, my name is Rachel (aka 卫老师). I have a passion for creating engaging lessons for young Mandarin learners. Lessons with Laoshi provides resources and insight for both parents and teachers looking for unique Mandarin lessons. While Lessons with Laoshi is focused on Mandarin education, I hope it can be a place for both parents and teachers of many different languages to gain insight. Read More