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New Year's Day


New Year's Day is the first day of the calendar year. Almost every country celebrates this day as a holiday. Many people make New Year's resolutions to break old habits or to create new ones.

Julius Caesar established January 1 as New Year's Day in 46 B.C. The day was dedicated to Janus, the god of gates, doors, and beginnings. The month of January was named after Janus.

Many American colonists celebrated the new year by firing guns into the air and shouting. Some attended church services and others held open houses, welcoming their friends and feeding them.

Modern customs on New Year's Day include visiting friends, giving gifts, attending church services and making noise with horns, bells and other devices. In the United States, many people go to New Year's Eve parties. Thousands gather at Times Square in New York City or other public places. At midnight, bells ring, sirens sound, firecrackers explode and everyone shouts, "Happy New Year!"

SONGS, POEMS AND FINGERPLAYS

  1. January Days
    January days are cold,
    January days are bold,
    January snow is deep,
    And beneath,
    Spring lies asleep!
    ~Regina Sauro~

  2. A Snowball
    Make your fingers a scooper
    And scoop up the snow,
    Pack it,
    Round it,
    Pack it,
    Round it,
    Back your arm and throw!
    ~Dorothy Anderson~

  3. Winter Puzzle
    A bear wears fur
    From head to toe,
    And shouldn't mind
    The sleet and snow.
    But he goes in
    A hole and stays
    Through all the cold
    And snowy days.

    Compared to a bear
    I'm very thin--
    With coat and cap
    And my bare skin.
    And do I find
    A hole and hide?
    Oh, no! I run
    And play outside!
    ~Lillie Chaffin~

  4. If I Owned
    If I owned all the calendars
    I'd change them quite a lot;
    I'd save some of the winter's cold
    For days that are too hot!
    ~Gina Bell Zano~

  5. January
    January opens
    The box of the year
    And brings out days
    That are bright and clear,
    And brings out days
    That are cold and gray,
    And shouts, "Come see
    What I broght today!"
    ~Leland B. Jacobs~

  6. The Snowman's Resolution
    The snowman's hat was crooked
    And his nose was out of place
    And several of his whiskers
    Had fallen from his face.

    But the snowman didn't notice
    For he was trying to think
    Of a New Year's resolution
    That wouldn't melt or shrink.

    He thought and planned and pondered
    With his little snow-ball head
    Till his eyes began to glisten
    And his toes began to spread;

    And at last he said, "I've got it---
    I'll make a firm resolve
    That no matter what the weather
    My smile will not dissolve."

    But the snowman acted wisely
    And his resolution won
    For his splinter smile was wooden
    And it didn't mind the sun!
    ~Aileen Fisher~



ARTS AND CRAFTS

  1. New Year Bulletin Board

    Make party hats by using triangle pieces of brightly colored construction paper or poster board. Add tinsel or yarn for top of hat. Provide glitter, glitter paint, gift-wrap scraps, tissue paper, etc. to decorate hats. Display on bulletin board with student resolutions under each hat.

  2. Noisemaker for New Year's Day

    Each student will need: paper towel tube, construction paper same length of tube, assorted colored yarns, two scraps of fabric, dried beans and 2 rubber bands. To make the noisemakers let students first paint construction paper with bright patterns. Let dry. Attach yarn to ends of construction paper using a paper punch and tying yarn on.

    Put fabric scraps on both ends of tube and hold on with rubber bands. Before attaching second fabric scrap, put some dried beans into tube. After attaching fabric, trim off ends.

    Glue or tape construction paper around tube. Now try it out!!

  3. Snowflakes

    Build snowflakes with toothpicks and mini-marshmallows! Insert toothpicks into marshmallows and connect to other toothpicks. The kids will love it!!



RECIPES

  1. Mint Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows

    2 quarts milk
    1 cup chocolate-flavored drink mix
    1 cup mint-flavored semisweet chocolate chips
    10 large marshmallows

    Mix milk and chocolate-flavored drink mix in a saucepan. Stir in chocolate chips. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until chips are melted and milk is heated through. Place 2 marshmallows in each mug; fill mug with hot chocolate and serve immediately. Makes 8 servings.

  2. Confetti Cupcakes

    Bake cupcakes from a white layer cake mix, filling paper baking cups. Cool. Remove papers from 16 of the cupcakes. Tint 1/2 cup shredded coconut green, 1/2 cup pink and 1/2 cup yellow. Sprinkle a large serving plate with untinted shredded coconut.

    Using white prepared frosting, frost entire surface of the 16 cupcakes. Sprinkle each with about 1 tablespoon tinted coconut.

    Place cupcakes in a circle around edge of plate. Just before serving, place desired number of ice cream balls in the center of plate and sprinkle with remaining coconut.

  3. The Clock Strikes Twelve Cake

    Using a cake mix, make two round layer cakes. Use a prepared frosting to fill and frost the cake. Place gumdrops, licorice circles or other favorite candies on frosted cake to resemble face of clock. Use shoestring licorice for hands of clock.



OTHER ACTIVITIES

  1. January Online Crossword Puzzle

  2. January Printable Crossoword Puzzle

  3. January Printable Crossword Puzzle Answers

  4. Calendar Online Crossword Puzzle

  5. Calendar Printable Crossoword Puzzle

  6. Calendar Printable Crossword Puzzle Answers

  7. Calendar Fun

    Collect outdated calendars from classroom families as soon as new year starts. Take apart calendars and laminate pages. Students can use the calendar grids for number recognition and sequencing activities. Students can also match cards with names of months and days of week to words on the calendars.


NEW YEAR'S DAY/ WINTER BOOKS

  1. New Year's Day by David F. Marx
  2. A Happy New Year's Day by Roch Carrier
  3. New Year's Day (True Books) by Dana Meachen Rau
  4. New year's Day with Mr. and Mrs. Bumba by Pearl A. Harwood
  5. New Year's Day (Pebble Books) by Mari C. Schuh
  6. Elmer in the Snow by David McKee
  7. Kipper's Snowy Day Mick Inkpen
  8. One Snowy Day by Jeffrey Scherer
  9. Snow Riders by Constance McGeorge
  10. The Snow Whale by Caroline Pitcher
  11. Snowballs by Lois Ehlert
  12. The First Snowfall by Ann Rockwell
  13. Snip, Snip...Snow! by Nancy Poydar
  14. The Snowy Day by Ezra Keats
  15. The Mitten by Jan Brett
  16. Sleepy Bears by Mem Fox
  17. Dear Rebecca, Winter is Here by Jean Craighead George
  18. Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
  19. The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
  20. The Big Snow by Hader Elmer
  21. Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton


NEW YEAR'S DAY COLORING SHEETS

  1. Noisemaker1
  2. Balloons
  3. Noisemaker2
  4. Noisemaker3


OTHER WINTER UNITS AND RESOURCES AT ALPHABET SOUP

  1. Winter Wonders
  2. Christmas
  3. Valentine's Day
  4. Presidents' Day
  5. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday
  6. Winter Special Papers


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