Teach Days and Months with Calendar Wheels in Chinese and English (Printable)

Teach Days and Months with Calendar Wheels in Chinese and English (Free Printable)

Wondering how to teach the days of the week and months of the year? Our spinning calendar wheels are a hands-on way to teach kids about yesterday, today, tomorrow. With each spin, your child or student can see the order of the days of the week. This is a fun way to see how the days and months relate to past, present, and future.

Months of the year, days of the week, calendar wheel printable for kids, students, teachers, school
Months of the year, days of the week, calendar wheel printable for kids, students, teachers, school

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Tips for teaching calendar concepts

Every morning, we try to start our daily routine by announcing the date on the calendar.  By making a habit about naming the month and day, kids start to notice patterns and gradually understand calendar concepts.

When kids begin to read, you can use these calendar wheels to review sequence of events like before and after. With our spinning calendar wheels, you can ask questions like:

  • Months of the year:
    • 我们在哪个月?/ 我們在哪個月?(Wǒmen zài nǎge yuè? / What month are we in?)
  • Days of the week:
    • 今天星期几?/ 今天星期幾? (Jīntiān xīngqī jǐ? / What day is it today?)
      昨天是星期几?/ 昨天是星期幾? (Zuótiān shì xīngqī jǐ? / What day was it yesterday?)
      明天是星期几?/ 明天是星期幾 ?(Míngtiān shì xīngqī jǐ / What day is it tomorrow?)

Download spinning calendar wheels in English and Chinese

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Since we’re raising bilingual children, these printable calendar wheels come the following languages:

Other recommended supplies for the calendar wheels

  1. Printer
  2. Scissors
  3. Pushpins
  4. Paper fasteners
  5. Optional: Laminator & laminating pouches for durability
Days of the week calendar wheel - English printable

How to set up the calendar wheels

  1. Print calendar wheel templates on different colors of paper. Let your kids choose the colors!
  2. Optional: laminate each page
  3. Cut out circles
  4. Insert paper fastener in the center
  5. Time to spin and learn!
Calendar Wheels: Free Printable in Simplified and Traditional Chinese that teaches days of the week and months of the year
The original version of our calendar wheels from 3 years ago!

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Calendar translations in Chinese, Pinyin, and English

Since many of you have told me that you’re learning Chinese with your children like me, I wanted to share common calendar translations here. Taking these notes also helps me remember the Chinese words.

Below, I have included important calendar terms in simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, Hanyu Pinyin, and English.

  • 日历 / 日曆 (rìlì /calendar)
  • 星期 (xīngqī / week)
  • 月 (yuè / month)
  • 年 (nián / year)
  • 季节 / 季節 (jìjié / season)
  • 天 (tiān / day)

How to say the months of the year in Chinese

  • 一月 (yī yuè / January)
  • 二月 (èr yuè / February)
  • 三月 (sān yuè / March)
  • 四月 (sì yuè / April)
  • 五月 (wǔ yuè / May)
  • 六月 (liù yuè / June)
  • 七月 (qī yuè / July)
  • 八月 (bā yuè / August)
  • 九月 (jiǔ yuè / September)
  • 十月 (shí yuè / October)
  • 十一月 (shí yī yuè / November)
  • 十二月 (shí èr yuè / December)
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How to say the days of the week in Chinese

Standard Chinese words for days of the week varies depending on location. Here are 3 of the the most common ways to name the days of the week:

  • Sunday
    1. 星期天 (xīngqītiān) or 星期日 (xīngqīrì)
    2. 周日 (zhōu rì)
    3. 礼拜天 (lǐbàitiān)
  • Monday
    1. 星期一 (xīngqīyī)
    2. 周一 (zhōu yī)
    3. 礼拜一 (lǐbài yī)
  • Tuesday
    1. 星期二 (xīngqī èr)
    2. 周二 (zhōu èr)
    3. 礼拜二 (lǐbài èr)
  • Wednesday
    1. 星期三 (xīngqī sān)
    2. 周三 (zhōu sān)
    3. 礼拜三 (lǐbài sān)
  • Thursday
    1. 星期四 (xīngqī sì)
    2. 周四 (zhōu sì)
    3. 礼拜四 (lǐbài sì)
  • Friday
    1. 星期五 (xīngqī wǔ)
    2. 周五 (zhōu wǔ)
    3. 礼拜五 (lǐbài wǔ)
  • Saturday
    1. 星期六 (xīngqī liù)
    2. 周六 (zhōu liù)
    3. 礼拜六 (lǐbài liù)
Months of the year calendar wheel printable for kids, students, teachers, school

星期, 周, and 礼拜: Which is the most common way to describe days of the week in Chinese?

After speaking to countless parents around the world, my understanding is that 星期 (xīngqī) is the most common general term to describe the day of the week.

周 (zhōu) seems to be common for Beijing natives.

礼拜一, 二, 三… (lǐbài yī, èr, sān…) is another way to describe days of the week and is used often in certain regions, such as Hong Kong and Singapore. My Shanghainese relatives also typically say this.  Although, I have not made a 礼拜 wheel yet, leave a comment if want me to make this version for your family.

Start learning with the calendar wheels!

Have you tried our bilingual calendar printables with your kids?

If you try this activity, please let us know in the comments below! What age(s) are your kid(s) and how did it go? We’d love to hear about your learning experience!

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Happy learning, friends!

One Comment

  1. Hi,

    Thank you for providing such greatinput and resources! Veryblessed to have came accross your website.
    Please help me find printable links for daily routine schedule and also the pinwheel for monhts.
    I havetried to scroll trhougha few times and clock unto a few articles but is not able to find the link/.

    Thank you

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