Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Welcoming the New Year!

We survived our first day back and had a great time welcoming 2012!  Here are a few pictures from our celebration:

I greeted my students at the front door (wearing my blinking New Year's hat, of course!) and they had to walk through the sparkly garland and hanging decorations in the doorway. 

This is not the best picture. You can't see all the sparkles. :(

Everyone had their own hat on their desk along with their New Year's morning work.  The students LOVED getting their classmates' initials for morning work! :)
Next, we had some in depth discussions about the holiday and the idea of "starting fresh" in the new year.  We also learned what "resolutions" are and made our own personal and school goals.

Everyone enjoyed creating their "Resolution People".  
(I think this idea came from a mix of Pinterest inspired things!)
Aren't they cute?
We seemed to have an Xtramath-related resolution theme going on today.....everyone wants to make it to the next level!  I also had one cutie that made a personal goal to go work out at the gym 4 times a week so that he can be reeeeaaaallllllly strong.  :)

Please ignore the one on the bottom row with the floppy head......

We continued our New Year's celebration in literacy and math stations too.
Here are my kids working hard to make a list of words that can be made with the letters in "Happy New Year."

Oh, and they LOVED Rockin Teacher Materials' Math Mystery: Case of the Scrambled New Years Snowman!  {All of her Math Mysteries are awesome!}

We finished our day by playing "New Year's Roll and Cover" in partner groups.

You can grab this latest freebie from yesterday's post here.

You can find links to most all of the other activities I used today in a previous post.  Click here.

We had a wonderful time today but I am exhausted!
How did you celebrate the New Year?


  1. I love your celebration complete with hats! I bet your kids loved it!

    Adventures of a Third Grade Teacher

  2. Great pictures! I love the hats!!

    My first day back is tomorrow. I'm impressed - you seem so much more excited to be back than me. I'll get over it when the kids get there, but today I am not very excited. boo

    Buzzing with Ms. B

  3. Thanks for sharing all the fun ideas and pictures! I stumbled across your blog tonight via Pinterest! I am awarding your blog a Liebster Award. Pop over to my blog to pick it up!


  4. Looks like your kids had a blast!!! I love the writing activity you did with the blow horns in their mouths! Very cute!!

  5. Congratulations! I've given you the Versatile Blog award! Come on by to check it out.
    Hopelessly Devoted to Teaching

  6. These pictures are so great!

    On another note:
    I, too, awarded you the Versatile Blogger Award. Head on over to my blog to collect :)


    Fun in Room 4B

  7. What lucky kiddos to have you for their teacher! I love each of your pictures and thank you for the *freebie*!

    I would love for you to come visit me! I have some penguin digraph *freebies* and a note about our Penguin on the Shelf that is coming to visit on Monday!

    Heather's Heart

  8. I love your blog! You remind me very much of myself with all your fun ideas...I truly believe kids will learn better when they are excited about something and obviously you are a very exciting teacher :) I'd love it if you'd check out our blog :)
    Lisa :) (new follower)

  9. Thanks for sharing! I am a new follower!



  10. I love your blog! I gave you an award. Check it out over on my blog.

  11. Hey there, I just awarded you the Liebster Blog Award! Head over to my blog to check it out!

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  12. I am sharing the Liebster Award with you too! Hop on over to my blog to pick up the button and get the rules.

    The First Grade Dream

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  14. Thanks so much for the shout out...and the pic! I will be sure and return the favor soon! I hope you got your freebies at my contest...My 2nd & 3rd grade Missing Reindeer math mysteries are free! And you can win a $10 shopping spree in my TpT store!
    Thanks again!

    Rockin' Teacher Materials


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