New Year Reflections
New Year’s is a time for people to reflect on the past year, celebrate good times, and plan ahead, too, for the year to come. And as it happens, the spiritual quests of this season fit right in with big curriculum goals in fourth grade: at this stage, kids are taking their earlier understanding of time and broadening it across decades and centuries. They're also learning how to plan and carry through projects over not just a day or two, but weeks and months. In other words, they're putting themselves in time context--and it's an intellectual foundation that they'll use for the rest of their lives. So here's a simple project that helps kids reflect on the past year and set specific, attainable goals to reach in the New Year. You can use it again and again--works for adults, too!