new year

  • teaching units of time

    It’s a New Year! But what does that actually mean?

    The New Year can be such an exciting time – it’s easy to get caught up in the idea of a fresh start and making plans. For preschoolers though, it can be really confusing. They don’t have a great understanding of such an abstract concept – what is a year, and why are we starting a new one? Teaching units of time with visuals that make them a little more concrete can be so helpful! I put together this set a few years ago for my preschoolers and I got to use it over break with my daughter too. I’m a visual learner, so being able to see what things…

  • one little word

    One Little Word for 2023

    The holidays have been a whirlwind this year – we started our break a little early after getting the flu, and once we recovered it was full steam ahead for the last week of the year. Right now I’m exhausted, but also ready to take a deep breath and embrace the opportunity for a fresh start that comes with the beginning of a new year. One of my favorite ways to set a focus for the year is to identify one little word to keep me grounded. My one little word for 2023 is BELIEVE. This year will be a big leap for me – the first year that I’m…

  • Joy in Everyday Check-In

    Remember this post from a couple of weeks ago? I shared that my resolution for this year is to recognize at least one thing every single day that has brought me joy.  I thought I would take a minute to check in a share how it’s going.  So far I’ve been really good about taking time to write something down for every single day. I don’t always remember to do it every day, but I do sit down and add to the list every couple of days so it is easy to remember what my favorite moments were.  The best part is the smile that those moments bring to my…

  • All of My Calendars

    I mentioned in yesterday’s post that I’m a planner – this might be a bit of an understatement.  I’m very type A – I enjoy planning and I am meticulous about recording my plans.  This means that I spend a lot of time on my calendars, yes calendars plural.  I thought I would share my systems with you just in case any of you were striving to be more organized in the new year.  I completely understand that my way is not going to work for everyone, but if something sounds helpful feel free to use it as inspiration! Unfortunately I can’t give close up photos of my calendars because…

  • Happy New Year!

    Happy New Year! I can’t start a new year without setting some good intentions for the upcoming year.  The past few years I have chosen one word to give direction to my goals for the year. In 2015 my word was celebrate, in 2016 it was care, and last year it was prepare.  This year, the word that has been in the forefront of my mind is joy. I’m a planner – I live for planning the next big event, whether it’s a trip, a party, or a holiday.  This holiday season I’ve been desperately trying to enjoy the moment instead of immediately beginning to plan for the next one. …

  • Personal Goals

    I know that I posted last week about my one word resolution, which is prepare, but that was pretty much a general thought for both my personal and professional life. I wanted to take some time and share some of my more specific goals for this year. I refuse to call them resolutions, because I think that term brings to mind something that is a little too big and probably unrealistic.  These are goals, things that I know can be done, and in most cases they will help me feel less stressed and less rushed! Make sure that I’m ready for the next day before I go to bed –…

  • Children’s books about New Year

    There are children’s books about every single subject imaginable – and thank goodness for that! I use books to introduce new subjects and to help children reflect on their own experiences, so books about New Year are especially helpful because I don’t always see my students right before or right after we celebrate the New Year. Here are some of my favorites to include in the classroom library (links are Amazon affiliates): The Night Before New Year’s Happy New Year Around the World It’s New Year’s Day! New Year’s Day (Celebrations in my World) Some holidays are harder to find books for than others. New Year happens to be one…

  • Fun Stuff for a New Year Celebration

    I know that New Year’s Eve has come and gone, but I love to welcome the children back to school after the holidays with a small New Year celebration.  It’s hard to come back to school after a break, especially since the last week of school before we left was all about celebrating the holidays. Coming back to the regular routine can be a little boring.  This is my way of helping make that transition a little more fun. Here are some of the things that I’ve come up with over the years to put out for the first week to ensure that we have something new to explore while…

  • What is a New Year?

    This whole idea of a new year can be pretty confusing to a preschooler.  Nothing feels majorly different – they went to bed one night (probably later than usual) and when they woke up in the morning they were told it was a new year.  That can be pretty confusing when you don’t really understand what a year is to begin with. Helping young children understand what a year is has a lot to do with making sure that they understand the calendar, and even smaller unites of time.  These are incredibly abstract concepts, and with the exception of smaller units of time (seconds and minutes) they can’t really be…

  • One Word Resolution

    For the last few years I have found a focus for the year in just one word.  The idea is that instead of a traditional resulution, you choose one word that will help you focus your efforts for the year.  In 2016 my word was care, and in 2015 my word was celebrate.  This year my word is: The last two years have been all about my professional life – new business, new job, and really finding the place that I want to be career-wise.  This year my personal life is going to get a little more of the focus because we are welcoming our first baby in June! I…