Friday, January 1, 2016

New Year's Activities

I can’t believe January is already here!  I actually love January!  I love to look back at the year and think about how this next year can be better!  It is a fresh start.  I am already starting to think about how this second semester of second grade will be different than the first.  How am I going to make students more excited about learning?  How can I help students be more accountable for turning in work?  How can invest more time with those little sweeties that are struggling?  I have spent a few minutes (ha!) on Pinterest over the holidays and have some things in mind!  I am looking forward to my amazing students coming back to school and finishing the second half of the year strong!

When they get back in January, I always like to do a cute New Year’s activity with them.  I made this great mystery picture that I cant wait to use!  You can't go wrong with mystery pictures!  

Gift Tag

I also thought it would be a cute idea to have a little present on their desk to welcome them back and to celebrate the new year!  All you need to do it print out this tag in color or black and white and attach a ring pop and a Hersheys Kiss to it!  You can purchase the Ring Pops in bulk on Amazon or at your local dollar store! 

New Year's Headband
New Year's Headband

We have an extended learning time that we use to tutor students, do make up work, and kids are pulled for special classes such as speech or reading intervention.  During that time, my kiddos are going to make this cute sentence strip headband!  This is a BLOG EXCLUSIVE!!  The students that dont get to make it will get to do it the next day for morning work.

New Year's Resolution Cards

We will also talk about what a New Year’s resolution is and what they want to do differently this year.  At our school, the staff has to come up with one word.  Last year, my word was service.  I think that I could have served more, but I do feel like I have fulfilled that word.  This year, my word is travel.  I think I am off to a good start because I already booked a getaway weekend for my husband and I.  It was his Christmas present, but it is also my birthday present and Valentine’s Day combined!  I am also going to encourage my students to come up with one or two words.  

Some examples might be read more, learn to tie my shoes, play outside more, use technology less, learn to cook. get more organized, etc.  These could be school or home focused.  I envisioned a mixture of the two.  We are going to write these down on index cards and post them around the room as a reminder each day of how we can make this year even better than last!

I hope you all have a blessed and prosperous New Year as well!  Many blessings to you and your family, students, and friends!


  1. Thanks for linking up with us this month! What fun ideas for the new year. I love the wearable crowns! :)

  2. Thank you Alisha!! Love the mystery picture!!

  3. I love New Years too! Thanks for new ideas!