Celebrate the New School Year!
- Grades: 3–5
Why not make your students' first day back to school after the long summer a celebration? In past years, I have purchased New Year's Eve hats, blowers, and other decorations when they were on sale in January. I saved them for the following school year and threw a "New School Year" party on the first day of school. When students walk into the classroom, they find a New Year's hat and blower on their desks, and the song "Celebration" by Kool and the Gang is playing.
If you want to do this, consider visiting a local party supply store and asking the manager if they have any New Year's Eve supplies in the back. (Oftentimes they keep them in boxes until December.) If you have already started school this year, stock up on New Year's Eve supplies once they go on sale in January and plan this fun event for next school year.