Happy New Year!

2018 was a great year! This year was a big change for me as I began offering all of my resources for free here on the website and I am so happy I did. When I was in Michigan speaking at an SDE conference at the beginning of December, it was amazing to hear feedback from so many teachers who are able to use things from my website in their classrooms. It makes my heart so full and happy!

God blessed me abundantly in 2018 in my personal life as well. My kiddos are happy and healthy, doing well in 5th and 6th grade. My hubby and I were able to take a “Dream Come True” trip to Paris. The kiddos in my classroom are loving each other well, learning about God, and the world around them. As I take some time to reflect during Christmas Break it is overwhelming how much I have to be thankful for. Of course this year, like any, had some hard moments too. But I am reminded of one of my favorite bible verses, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus!” 1 Thessalonians 5:18.

So here comes 2019! Ready or not! When my little kindergartners get back from Christmas Break, we always take about a week to review our classroom policies and procedures. I give a lot of grace as we get back into our routine. I like to play fun activities that engage my students in learning and get them excited for our next semester of school, but still help everyone get back in the swing of things. Usually the first one or two days we celebrate New Year together!

This New Year 2019 resource has a lot of fun activities including a review for telling time, rhyming activity, and 2019 Resolutions. You can find it under the “Literacy and Theme” page or just click the picture.

For more hands on centers, I like to have my students draw 2019 Self Portraits, decorate 2019 party hats and we make confetti slime.

My prayer for each of you is that you have a wonderful second semester in your classroom and a blessed 2019! What are some activities you do to celebrate the New Year in your classroom?

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