When is it?
International Children’s Day is a worldwide holiday celebrated on June 9; however, in China, this special day is celebrated on June 1.
What is it?
According to Wikipidia, when the People’s Republic of China was first established in 1949, the State Council set aside a half-day holiday on June first for all primary schools to celebrate International Children’s Day. In 1956, this was expanded to a full day holiday. Schools often hold special programs or host activities on Children’s Day. Young children of civil servants might receive small gifts from the government, and civil servants may be given time off to spend with their young children.
Will I get bookings or cancellations?
Yes, maybe. I know, that’s a terrible answer. And I should preface this by saying I have never had personal experience teaching on Children’s Day. But I’ve read a lot about it and looked for other people’s experience. And like any holiday, every Chinese momma and daddy will be different. Some will look at the extra day off of school as a prime opportunity to add classes. Others will forget that they’ve scheduled Bao Bao for their school program and they’ll have to cancel. Some will use the long weekend to do a marathon of classes while others will decide to take a mini-vacation. We are all human, and so are your students and their families. The general consensus I’ve seen from social media is that bookings don’t dramatically decline. That said, if you plan to teach on Children’s Day, it’s best if you can open up short notice bookings and be as flexible as possible!
What can I do in class to celebrate?
- Plan free-talk around the holiday. Examples of questions might include:
- Did you go to school today?
- Did you have any special activities?
- Did you do any special performances or acts?
- Did you receive any gifts?
- What did you do for Children’s Day?
- What did you eat?
- Make Children’s Day decorations
- Banner or sign
- Confetti (if you are brave enough to clean up the mess!)
- Use special rewards for Children’s Day: Like most rewards, if you are excited by them, your students will be too. To get you started, I put together an idea for a printable at the end of this post, but have fun! Anything special, different, and fun will be enjoyed by your students! Try:
- Blowing up a balloon each time you award a star
- Using party horns
- Giving “gifts” in gift bags with noisy tissue paper
- Putting on a “play” one line for each reward
- Stars with your student’s picture on them
What should I do to prepare?
- Send e-cards, if you wish. There are several free e-cards, and your students will appreciate a quick personal note to say “Happy Children’s Day! Thank you for being a great student!” Update: VIPKid just announced that they have a free children’s day e-card available!
- Remember that your students probably have a busy, exciting day planned, so be prepared for anything. You may have hyper, tired, or just very happy students. Be ready to adjust!
- Have fun! We have the unique opportunity to celebrate this special day with our students, so enjoy it.
If you have suggestions of your own, please let me know in the comments, or let me know how your Children’s Day goes!
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Here are a few printable ideas to build a Children’s Day reward. All graphics are from PNG Tree.