Ring in the New Year With These Fun & Simple Classroom Activities
Ushering in the New Year is always a great reason to celebrate. Teachers can bring the joy of the holidays within the classroom walls with these four simple yet fun activities that allow students to ring in the New Year together, whether in person or online!
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Make Resolutions for the New Year
The New Year holiday has a redeeming aspect, as it symbolizes turning a new chapter in life. Everyone feels motivated to make the best of the next year, including your students!
Whether young or old, students often have passions and goals they’re interested in pursuing that deserve to be added to their list of resolutions. As such, encourage your students to think about how they will make the best of the coming year and have them write down their resolutions.
Pro Tip: This is also an exciting opportunity to make a wishing wall. It’s simple: the kids write their wishes on paper and stick them on the wishing wall, hoping that they will come true. It is fun and inspirational, especially for young ones.
Celebrate With Songs & Dancing
People around the world welcome the New Year with singing and dancing as they count down the final seconds. The flurry of songs is especially ideal for kids, even if you’re celebrating a few days or weeks into the new year. Music is fun, educational, and easy to dance to. Plus, it offers lots of opportunities for playing and banter. It is the perfect way to celebrate and make merry like a child.
Learn More About the New Year Holiday
Why do people celebrate the New Year holiday? Do they celebrate the same in China as they do in the United States?
Students are always interested to learn more about the world, and they ponder over these and other questions as they go along with the celebrations. Satisfying their curiosity is an ideal activity for a classroom setting.
Take the opportunity to paint a picture of how the holiday came to be, what it means, how different cultures celebrate it, and more. Be ready, though, as you will be taking a lot of questions.
Got More Ideas?
Kids’ minds are curious, and the best way to satisfy their curiosity is with some creativity. As a teacher, this will require touching up on your training. You can do this by attending professional development workshops for teachers in NC, PA, or any other state, courtesy of The Teacher’s Academy. We offer professional development units for teachers everywhere, so don’t hesitate to contact us with questions.