Begin the New Year with a this fun prediction and resolution activity.
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Materials: Calendar (for New Year Calendar), paper, and pencils Begin the New Year with a look ahead. Can family members accurately predict what will happen in the coming months? Can they carry out their best intentions? Make a few predictions and resolutions and see what happens. Meanwhile, mark your calendar so no one forgets important dates and events. New Year's Resolutions. This year, have family members out their personal New Year's resolutions in writing. Suggest that the lists be short and reasonable; it's unlikely that messy rooms will be kept near all year long. The family might also make some resolutions as a group; for example, you may resolve to double the production of your vegetable garden or devote a certain amount of time to volunteer work. Predictions. Family members make some predictions for the new year together. The predictions can be about the family, politics, science, world events, sports--anything. Who will win the World Series? What will be the bestselling book? Will it rain for the third year in a row on Toby's birthday? Will Slipper have kittens? Have someone write out the predictions, attributing them to the family members who made them. Save the list in a secure place until the following year, when you can reread the predictions and determine if they were indeed accurate. New Year Calendar. Some people observe an old New Year tradition by tossing the pages of last year's calendar out the window (literally) and opening the new calendar to January 1. Your family can start to look forward to the New Year with its own calendar event. Shop together before the holidays for a new calendar, or ask your children to make one themselves. On New Year's Eve, take down the old calendar, but before you hang your new one, take some time to fill in some important dates and scheduled events. Refer to the old calendar for family and friend's birthdays and anniversaries. Write in important school dates--the school play, field trips, holiday, spring break, summer closing, and so forth. Fill in teh date when your cousins from Omaha are coming to visit, the week you plan to take your vacation, the Saturday the library is holding its annual book sale, the evenings that your favorite show will be on television. When everybody has contributed all the calendar information they have at the time, turn back to January 1 and hang the new calendar where the old one used to be. Now that you all have an idea of what you can look forward to, celebrate!