Saturday, January 3, 2015

RING IN 2015

Are you busy working on your lesson plans today? Here are a few ideas for the first few days this week.

Ring in the New Year

(Tune: “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”)
Let’s all do a little ringing, (Shake hands as if ringing bells.)
Let’s all do a little ringing,
Let’s all do a little ringing
It’s a Happy New Year!

Let’s all do a little clapping… (Clap hands.)
Let’s all do a little dancing… (Dance around.)
Let’s all do a little smiling… (Smile.)

When is your birthday?
When is your birthday?
When is your birthday?
Stand up and cheer.
(Say months of the year.)
January, February, March…(Children stand up on their birthday month.)

Let’s all be a little kinder… (Pat friends on the back.)
For a Happy New Year!

*Children love birthday parties, so let them give pretend parties in the housekeeping center.  Purchase party hats, favors, plates, etc. at a dollar store. Add paper and pencils so children can write invitations to their pretend party.
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Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow 

Make a brochure by folding a piece of paper into thirds. Label the sections “Yesterday”…”Today…”Tomorrow…” Children draw what they were like when they were little (babies or toddlers), what they look like now, and what they will be like when they are grown-up.
*You could also let children make a time line of their lives.

New Year's Resolutions Flip Book

What is a New Year's resolution? Why do people make resolutions?
Make a flip book by folding a sheet of paper in half lengthwise. Fold in half. Fold in half again. Open. Cut halfway to the center fold as shown. Write the numerals "2013" on the flips. Children open each one and write a New Year's resolution.

What I Didn't Get for Christmas 

Here's a new twist for the typical class writing assignment after the holidays.