Happy New Year!
January is my favorite month of the year. It's my birthday month, and, in January we celebrate one of our country's heros: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
I also enjoy setting New Year's goals. Let's be clear - I always enjoy personal development - any time of year.
The concept of a year, and time in general, is enigmatic. Time is a continuum, and dividing it into units - seconds, days, weeks, months, and years - is a big concept for kids to understand. So be sure to teach and review it often. Sing days of the week songs, and months of the year songs. Sing "It's a New Year!"
It's hard for grownups to understand time, too. All I know is, the older I get, the faster it moves.
I wrote a new song, "It's a New Year." Listen to it on the blog, and let me know what you think of it.
Ask your children (four and older) what they want to do this year. Maybe they want to learn to ride a bike, swim, or tie their shoes. Maybe they want to sing more. Or, maybe they want to read! Give them a piece of paper to draw a picture of themselves accomplishing that goal. If they are writing, they can write the caption, otherwise, you can write it for them, "This year I'll..." Please share their work with me. And let me know what your New Year's goals are, too.
As for my goals, in light of the events this week, I find myself even more dedicated to teaching peace.
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