Ringing in the New Year!

Happy New Year 2017!

As we ring in the New Year and consider what 2017 holds for us we want to take a moment to thank each and everyone one of you for your involvement with us.  We are truly blessed to a part of your lives and have you a part of ours.  

In this blog, we want to discuss supporting young children with setting goals and practicing self-help skills. 

Supporting Young Children with Setting Goals

It is important to expose young children to the idea of setting goals for themselves.  Then discussing and planning with young children how they may reach the goal they set.   The New Year and talking about New Year Resolutions is a great way to introduce this idea of goal setting in the classroom or as a family in the home.  It is important to model first for selecting a goal for yourself and discussing with the children how you are planning to achieve that goal.   Is it a goal that will take some time to achieve or is it a goal that will take no time at all to achieve?  What do you need to achieve this goal?   We have created a free chart to help you with brainstorming storm ideas for goals with the children.  My New Years Resolution Template

Then have the children individual draw and write what their News Resolution maybe on a paper titled: My New Year’s Resolution and completes the sentence My New Year’s Resolution is …

For families,  you can create a New Year’s Resolution tree and have each family member write or draw their own New Year’s Resolution to hang on the tree.   You may also want to discuss goals for the family to work towards together compared to goals just for each member of the family. 

HelpPracticing Self-Help Skills and Introducing New Signs

The weather is finally changing and it is time for our winter jackets, mittens, and hats.  This wonderful opportunity to teach the signs for clothes and having young children practice self-help skills that lead to developing fine motor skills such as:

  • Zipping
  • Buttoning
  • Dressing ourselves to keep warm

It is also fun to take pictures of your little ones in their winter clothes and create a book or use for a bulletin board display don’t forget to label with sign language and use the Help sign to ask if they do need help.

Top 10 Winter Activities for Families 

  • Cuddle and read under a warm blanket or near a cozy fire.
  • Make hot chocolate, don’t forget the marshmallows.
  • Go up north and play in the snow.
  • Create a snowman using construction paper and other materials.
  • Make a paper snowflake.
  • Make a valentine for someone special.
  • Have a family game night.
  • Bake some warm, delicious cookies
  • Pop some popcorn and gather the together for a fun family movie night.
  • Build a fort inside with blankets and pillows. 

Don’t forget to use some fun Winter signs too when doing the above activities:Love

  • Winter
  • Cold
  • Cookie
  • Snow
  • Coat
  • Shoes
  • Jacket
  • Pants
  • Mitten
  • Love
  • Fun

Happy Signing II





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