Elaborate on the New Years Tradition with Fun Activities
The New Year is prime time to introduce children, young and old, to the idea of resolutions. Stemming from Middle English and Latin origins, the word “resolution” carries many meanings and can be a thought-provoking lesson or class activity for January. Here are a few “resolution” ideas to get your kids and their classmates, scoutmates, and teammates thinking!
1. Have kids find the root words of Resolution, i.e. solution, resolute, resolve, re – and solve. Which definitions and meanings does each word carry on its own? When put together, what new understandings do they find? *Note, the word resolution is a noun in the sense of “New Year’s Resolution,” but also as a state or quality of being.
2. Synonym time is a fun vocabulary lesson for everyone. Have kids team up and go group by group around the room asking each to share a synonym for the words resolution and resolve/resolute. Discuss the meanings of the synonyms and how they carry weight when it comes to making their own resolutions.
3. Class Resolution Boards make a fun and inspiring display for any classroom. Send notes home to ask students to bring in a picture from a magazine, newspaper, or trusted online source, which captures their New Years resolution. Request they prepare to share their picture and resolution with the class, and have a blank bulletin board for taping up each and every contribution.
4. Have students write letters to themselves, detailing their 2012 resolution and the ways they plan to achieve them. Make and explain the plan to have the letters sent back to each kid at the end of the year so they may reflect on how far they have come.
5. Class Resolutions! Have kids contribute their ideas for class-wide resolutions that can bring them closer as a community and team. From implementing recycling in the classroom, to taking care of a class pet, or committing to monthly random acts of kindness in the school. . .the ideas are endless.