Since kid-friendly Korean resources are hard to find online, I’m really happy to share this interactive Korean calendar with all of you!
My kids have been learning Korean on and off over the past few years, and I finally translated our Chinese calendar printable to Korean! There are 2 versions that you can choose from, and I’ll share translations in this post as well!
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Pre-requisites to teaching calendar skills to children
Calendar concepts can be challenging for young children because they need to understand:
- How to count and read numbers
- Traditional Calendar format
- Columns corresponding to days of the week
When to introduce the calendar to kids?
Before introducing the physical calendars to my kids, you can teach the concepts by discussing the daily routine and weekly activities.
For example, when it’s the weekend, I tell my kids that it’s Saturday, which usually means that daddy and mommy are not working! Every Sunday, we attend church (currently online services), so my kids learned to associate these events with a particular day of the week.
Since we live in California, we don’t experience major seasonal changes, so my kids have learned about snowy winters through books! This Paper Plate Seasons Puzzle also helped my daughter understand seasons and months of the year!
Holidays and birthdays of loved ones are helpful ways to remember months of the year.
Finally, when my kids could count to double digits and recognize those numbers in our printable hundred chart, they were ready to use our calendar!
Important calendar vocabulary in Korean
Big thanks to @korean4mykids for helping me translate these terms as well as the printable!
General calendar terms
- Month: 월
- Year: 년
- Season: 계절
- Day: 요일
Days of the week
In certain contexts, abbreviated versions of the days of the week are used in Korean.
For example, television programs that show on Monday and Tuesday are called 월화 dramas.
- Sunday: 일요일
- Sun: 일
- Monday: 월요일
- Tuesday: 화요일
- Tues: 화
- Wednesday: 수요일
- Wed: 수
- Thursday: 목요일
- Thurs: 목
- Friday: 금요일
- Fri: 금
- Saturday: 토요일
- Sat: 토
Months of the year
- 일월 (irwol)
- 이월 (iwol)
- 삼월 (samwol)
- 사월 (sawol)
- 오월 (owol)
- 유월 (yuwol)
- 유월 (yuwol)
- 팔월 (parwol)
- 구월 (guwol)
- 시월 (siwol)
- 십일월 (sibirwol)
- 십이월 (sibiwol)
Seasons in Korean
- Spring: 봄 (bom)
- Summer: 여름 (yureum)
- Autumn: 가을 (ga-eul)
- Winter: 겨울 (gyuwool)
Calendar question prompts!
Here are some questions you can discuss with your children while teaching calendar concepts!
- 오늘은 몇월이에요? (What month is it today?)
- 오늘은 무슨 요일이에요? (What day is it today?)
- 어제는 무슨 요일이었어요? (What day was it yesterday?)
- 내일은 무슨 요일이에요? (What day will it be tomorrow?)
- 지금은 어떤 계절이에요? (What is the season currently?)
- 이번 계절에는 몇달 남았어요? (How many months are left in this season?)
- 다음 계절은 무엇이에요? (What is the next season?)
- 금요일까지 몇일 남았어요? (How many days are there until Friday?)
- 지난 월요일은 몇월 몇일이었어요? (What was the month and day of this past Monday?)
- 크리스마스가 12월이면 그때까지 몇달 남았어요? (If Christmas is in December, how many more months are left until then?)
- 너의 생일은 몇 주 전이었어요? How many weeks ago was your birthday?
What you need for Korean calendar printable
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- *Calendar printable- free download in the following versions:
- Laminating pouches
- Scissors or paper trimmer
- Mini Velcro dots
- Mini paperclip
- Silicone ziplock bag to store extra Korean months, seasons, years labels
Although Arabic numerals are typically used in Korean calendars, the written Sino-Korean numerals reminds us about the pronunciation.
How to set up the interactive perpetual calendar:
- Print pdf file on different colors of paper. Consider printing the first page on white so that month, year, season, and date labels stand out. I also think that white is best for the background, otherwise it will be too busy.
- Laminate each page
- Cut labels for months, days, years, and season
- Affix Velcro dots to labels and calendar template
- Affix labels to calendar
- Place the calendar in a clearly visible location so that you and your child can review the date everyday!
Have you used this Korean calendar printable with your kids or students?
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