Celebrate the New Year while building your student's telling time skills and calendar skills....in a creative way!
First, let students create their own calendars and practice calendar skills such as days of the week, months of the year, and counting to 30 (or 31). A check list guides students in filling in missing calendar elements and marking special days within the year. Students can even personalize the calendar by adding their birthday and other days that are important to them such as their friends' birthdays, vacations, or religious holidays.
Next, let students plan their own New Year's Eve party. Students draw the time on the analog clock and then draw and write about what would be happening at their party at that time.
Finally, let students reflect a bit on the year to come with some writing prompts. Brainstorming pages guide students in developing well-written paragraphs, great for exercising their writing skills as soon as they return from the holiday break!
Consider pairing this book with "Today is a Birthday for the World" by Linda Heller. This book was written for Rosh Hashanah but works great for the new year on the Gregorian calendar too...the one you probably use for most things non-religious.