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 New Year’s is almost here, and I will be bringing in 2018 with my son in a way that works out best for all of us. Not only as a parent but also as a educator, I have thought of 5 wonderful ideas that any parent can engage in with their child/children that is affordable, educational, and a lot fun!

Make New Year Resolutions

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 Making New Year Resolution's with your child/children is a way to clear both of your mind, to reflect on what’s important to the both of you, and move in a positive direction. I’ve always found it to be fun coming up with goals with my own son who is 8 years old that would help improve his self and I, but in return, those around us too! Sit down with your child/children and discuss what goals and resolutions you can make individually and as a family, for the New Year. Once you are finished have your child/children hang them anywhere in the house that is visible so you as the parent can keep your child/children motivated during the course of the year. If it's something specific, set a date to have it done by a certain time (this also promotes good behavior!).

Bring in the New Year with new books

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 There is no better way then bringing in the new year with literacy awareness pertaining to your child's cognitive development. According to studies, it shows that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who don’t, but it also develops a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures. In fact, children reading for pleasure are more likely to determine whether a child does well at school than their social or economic background. Everyday set a time between 15 minutes to an 1 hour depending on your child's age to engage in reading.

We as Americans celebrate the New Year on January 1st but in other countries the New Year is celebrated not only on a different day but also in a different way. Cultural diversity is an important concept to grasp during childhood. Understanding that people are not all the same will enable your children to embrace and value the things that make each person or group of people different. Children notice differences, and taking time to teach what is important to each culture can help foster acceptance and understanding.


 

Attend a local event in your city

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 Gather your family and find something different to do in your city this year! Look online to see what events are going on in your area, there are so many exciting events during the New Year like a musical or going to the museum. As a Nashville, TN native my son and I like to visit the Gaylord Opry to see the winter lights, which is absolutely beautiful. Also, the Parent magazine is another source that can assist you and your family on the many events that are going on in your city for the New Year.


 

New Year Countdown

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 Celebrating the count down to the New Year with your kids is not only fun but it can be very educational. Math and Number Awareness involves a variety of skills, including: 
1) Numeral identification
recognizing all 10 numerals from 0 through 9 and knowing each numeral’s name
2)  Counting
3)  One-to-one correspondence
4)  Counting on
5)  Patterning recognition and creation
6)  Sorting and classifying

Exposure to math and number activities will promote your child’s comfort with these skills while bringing in the New Year, number game activities like:  
   

New Year's Eve Balloon Clock             New Year's Mystery Count down
                          Count Your Blessings All year long                  New Year's Countdown

Can be easily found on Pinterest or you can can simply make up your own!

 

Party!

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 Happy New Year its time to party!

 This is the time to bring out the confetti, whip out your best cooked dishes and blast your favorite tunes, forget about what happened yesterday because today is a New Year! Bringing in the New Year with a  party as a family brings in an atmosphere of togetherness and self-assurance that the rest of your year will be A-OK !  

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