Quick resource >> Download your ready-made New Year Unit
For a few years now I’ve been encouraging the children to make their own New Year’s Resolutions. I think it’s good for them to have goals they set themselves or plans for things they’d like to do.
In previous years we’ve simply made a list of their resolutions but this year we’re using a flower design.
We always start by looking over the resolutions from the past and the children are interested to see how they have developed over the years and how their achievements have changed.
The girl who once planned to learn how to hop has now progressed to riding her bike without stabilisers.
For this year’s resolutions we started by drawing a flower outline on a paper plate.
Then we cut it out.
I’ve used a flower design with five petals as I wanted the children to think about themselves as a person with several different aspects.
They might be a daughter, sister, school child, friend and member of a community – all at the same time.
We talked about these different parts of their life and with my 6 year old we used these words as the focus of a resolution for each petal:
:: what is she going to resolve to do as a sister in 2010?
:: what as a school child? and so on.
My 3 year old found this harder so for her we talked about what she’d like to be doing, trying, learning, how she could be helping and where she’d like to be going.
We glued a picture of each child in the centre of the flower, wrote one resolution in each petal and then added some colour.
We’ve hung them up in their bedrooms so they can keep them in mind through the year.
We’re having a bedtime feast tonight to welcome in the new year and are excited about the things we have planned for 2010.
Download your ready-made New Year thematic unit
Download your ready-made New Year thematic unit from the Play Academy and you’ll have everything you need to guide your children through a fun and thoughtful new year.
In this New Year Unit your children can:
:: learn about New Year celebrations and enjoy new year fizz sensory play
:: make a homemade calendar
:: complete their unique What A Year! journal page
:: make noise makers and fireworks
:: set New Year’s resolution goals
:: make a wishing wand or make a poster of their Word of the Year
Bonus New Year thematic unit printables
The Play Academy’s thematic units come with practical printables that make the lessons more engaging for your children and easier for you to teach.
No need to go searching for printables to accompany your lessons, they’re all included when you download your chosen unit.
In this New Year Unit you’ll receive these bonus printables:
:: a Draw Your Own Calendar
:: a What A Year! New Year Review poster / journal page
:: a New Year Colouring page
:: and New Year Goals printables
How to download your ready-made New Year Unit
You can download your ready-made New Year unit, along with over 50 more, from NurtureStore’s Play Academy.
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