A friend once told me that for New Years she and her buddy teacher decided to give the students sparkling grape juice to celebrate. She also told me it was the WORST. IDEA. EVER. and before she knew it there were 25 Kindergarteners running around guffawing, talking loudly, slapping their knees and laughing at even the smallest of things, and outright acting like adults who had been out for a long, long night. Every now and then I’m still tempted to try out the sparkling juice with my little ones, but in favor of my sanity, I’ve stuck to some of the ideas below.
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Start out with a freebie! Students color a New Year’s “Poster” and either write their own resolutions, copy them from the board, or dictate them to a teacher to record. Hang these in the classroom or the hallway to help remind students of their new goals!
Ball Drop Countdown from 10 to 0! Watch the ball drop on YouTube for any who did not get to see it! Have your own ball drop with a blown up beach ball or paper mache ball.
New Years Color by Number
Learning the new date: 2017 Ask students to walk around the room and shake each friend’s hand, welcoming him or her to the new year by saying “Welcome to 2017”. This will help students practice saying the new date.
New Years Vocab: initial sounds
Use a word list to draw and write about how you or others celebrate the New Year
New Year’s Resolutions! Teach students by sharing your own resolutions for the new year. Help them to come up with some ideas that might get them started reflecting on their goals for the new year.
How do you teach and celebrate New Year’s in your classroom? I’d love to hear from you!