Learning About New Year’s
Even though our homeschool is on a break from our normal schedule, we still try to take advantage of learning opportunities, whenever they may arise. As we prepare for our New Year’s celebration, I thought it would be an ideal time to share a few ideas with our readers. Here are some links you can use to create your own “on the fly” New Year’s Unit Study:
Learn About New Year’s Around the World
Turn your New Year’s Eve celebration into a multicultural one! Have you children pick a country or two to learn about. Locate them on a map, read about their New Year’s traditions and prepare some food from that country.
New Year Around the World Facts:
Read this interesting, fun collection of facts about traditions from around the world. You’ll learn about customs in Greece, Columbia, Scotland & many more countries!
Traditions from Around the World:
Find out even more about the history and traditions of New Year’s. This site offers and extensive list of countries. We just wrapped up a study on our heritage, this will be a great tie in for us! Find the country you are interested in and click on the link to learn more.
How to Say “Happy New Year”:
Have fun learning how to say “Happy New Year!” in other languages.
Lucky New Year’s Eve Food Traditions from Around the World:
Read about food traditions and try to prepare some yourself for New Year’s Eve. NOTE: There are a lot of pop-ups on this site. Be sure to have your pop-up blocker on for a better experience.
What better time to reinforce time and calendar concepts, or even learn something new about the history of the calendar? If you kept a family calendar this year, you can review the events of the past year and have your children create a time line. You can print calendar pages and have your children decorate each month, filling in the special days and holidays.
Calendars: Counting the Days:
This site is just a wealth of information about the calendar! Read through the different pages to learn about the history of the calendar, how to measure time and the different types of calendars used today.
Assignment Discovery:Days and Months:
Watch this short video to learn how the moon is connected to the calendar. A nice, quick and to-the-point lesson!
If you want your children to create calendars, this is a nice place to find printable ones for coloring or customizing.
Just Plain Fun
Maybe you’re just looking for some good, old-fashioned, coloring pages, printables and crafts? There’s lots of fun and learning that can happen with paper, pencil, scissors and glue!
New Year’s at Danielle’s Place: A nice collection of ideas. My favorite is the FREE printable “pop-up” New Year’s card to make. Let your kids make a few for friends and neighbors.
New Year’s Word Search:
Just print and circle the words!
Bright New Year Mobile:
This fun craft project, from Crayola, will liven up your home on New Year’s Eve. You probably have all the supplies you need on hand: construction paper, colored pencils, gel pens, glue & glitter glue, scissors, hole punch, ribbon and recycled foam trays.
Will you be doing some fun learning this New Year’s? Or, do you have a learning idea or resource for New Year’s? Share it with us in the comments section below!
*This post was originally written for and published by the LessonPathways.com blog