Begin January by changing the calendar. Take down the old calendar and put up a new one. Show students that the months follow the same pattern (January, February, March...) each year. Ask what will come after December.
Parade through your school or neighborhood using student made noisemakers (shakers or horns), hats, streamers, and confetti -- wishing one and all a "Happy ____!" (Fill in the year to reinforce its number). Then celebrate with a New Year's party.
A year is a long time for young children, so begin with one-day resolutions. You might make Monday (or any day) Resolution Day with children making individual resolutions for that day, or making a class resolution for the day. Depending on the ages and stages of your students, they might be able to work up to weekly resolutions.
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