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With the arrival of the new year, it’s time for you to start thinking about how you can make your classroom focus on their New Year’s resolutions. Children from the ages of 7-12 can learn a lot about developing better habits by creating their own resolutions. By using some of these interactive ideas to help guide your students, you should be able to assist them with developing great resolutions and understand how they can start bettering themselves early on.
Set the Example
One of the best ways to teach young children about resolutions is by setting yourself up as the example. Take the time to share your own resolutions with your students. Let them know why accomplishing these resolutions are important to you. You can also discuss possible resolution ideas, and write them on the board. Afterwards, ask your students start thinking about their own resolutions. You can make suggestions to them, but let them pick their own resolutions. By letting students pick, you’re giving them options for developing critical thinking skills.
Have Students Create Their Own List
After you’ve gone over your own resolutions with the class and listed some of the student-led ideas on the board, have students pair up and bounce ideas off of each other. Make sure each student makes his or her own list with at least three resolutions. Then, have students continue and select which one is the most important to them.
Discuss Around the Room
Once students have their top resolution selected and their other two resolutions on their list, have each student talk about why he or she picked his or her top resolution. Let the class discuss ideas with that student, and make sure you are leading that discussion to keep your students thinking. Once you make sure all the resolutions sound great, you can let students pair off again and work on a coloring project about what their resolution means, and make sure they also write on their final paper the resolution goal they picked.
Once you’ve led by example and helped students come to their resolution goals, you can hang onto their papers and come back to this activity in a few months to see how everybody is doing with resolutions.
If you need more information on some other interactive activities that you can do with your students, you should check out TCI’s interactive science and social studies programs. These programs provide you with interactive lesson plans and fun multimedia exercises you can adapt and structure to fit your class.