Happy New Year!
Do you celebrate the New Year in your classroom? Often we are back in school after New Year’s Day, but I still liked to celebrate with my students. It’s the perfect opportunity to reflect on the past year and set some goals for the new. And who doesn’t like a celebration in the dark days of winter?! 🥳 I’ve collated some ideas for counting down to the New Year below, plus some things I loved using in my own classroom.
When I discovered this idea I knew I had to include it in my New Year celebrations! Each student makes a paper chain with enough links to countdown to midday on the first day back at school. In NC school started at 7:20 am, so we would have a link for 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12. On the hour, every hour, tear off one of the links. When it gets to midday, count the chimes along with the clock (there are videos of the chimes of London’s Big Ben on Youtube) and on the final chime rip up the last link. Toast with some festive sparkling juice!
New Year’s Party Hats:
Is it even New Year if you’re not wearing a hat? Not for me! I love these New Year hats, and you will too because you can easily update the year every year. And that’s not all – you can add every student name to each hat in the time it takes you to type them. What a cool memento of the new year for your little ones to proudly wear home. Get them here!
Have each child decorate a jar or container with New Year-themed stickers or drawings. Encourage them to fill the jar with small notes or drawings of their favorite memories from the past year. This can be a wonderful keepsake to look back on in the future.
New Year’s Resolutions:
Guide your students to create this New Year resolution lift the flap booklet with simple and achievable goals. Provide them with templates write their goals for the upcoming year. Encourage goals like reading more books, helping at home, making new friends, or learning a new skill. Get the template here!
New Year’s Collage:
Provide magazines, newspapers, colored paper, glue, and scissors for the kids to create a New Year’s collage. They can cut out images or words that represent their hopes, dreams, and goals for the year ahead and stick them onto a large poster board.
I hope you can find some ideas here for ways to celebrate in your classroom! Best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year!