Renewal and Connection for You and Your Family

Connection and love, Tips & Tools

Happy New Year! Transitioning to a new year is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on what you appreciate about your family over the last year and to think about the kinds of connections you want to nourish in the coming year; with yourself, with those you love and with your community. Different cultures celebrate the New Year at different times but often with similar rituals of reflection and looking forward. Here are some ideas for beginning this new calendar year:

Reflect on the past year as a family.

  • What are your children’s favorite memories? What are you proud of, or
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Bringing Your Best Self into the New Year

Connection and love, Self-care, Tips & Tools

Teaching is both challenging (exhausting) and fulfilling. The time off in December can be a time to breathe, renew your energy and refocus on your passion and vision for yourself as a teacher and what you want for your students. Parker Palmer’s book Courage to Teach is a lovely resource for renewing your sense of purpose, and cultivating your capacity to teach wholeheartedly, for your ability to bring the best of you into your classroom.

Effective teachers have of a strong sense of personal identity and enthusiasm that infuses their teaching with inspiration and challenge.

  • What do you love or
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Beginning the New Year with your Family

Routines, Tips & Tools

January is a great time to help children review routines and focus on the brand new year ahead. It is common, after winter break and less structured environment during vacation, to notice that it is harder to get going and return to the family’s daily rhythm. Re-establishing routines works best when the process is intentional.

  • At your family meeting, talk about which routines are working and which ones are not.
  • Are there some that could be changed to make things easier/more fun for everyone? For example, could bedtimes be extended by 15 minutes, would mornings be easier if children were
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The New Year: Reflecting and Refreshing in the Classroom

Routines, Tips & Tools

The start of a new calendar year is a great time to help students reflect on renewal and hopes for the future. Many teachers find that routines that were quite polished in December seem to need a bit of refreshing in January, as well.

You can integrate both of these ideas as you reflect on the past and move forward. In a class meeting, invite students to share:

  • What are some of their favorite memories from the first half of the year?
  • What are some of their hopes and dreams for the second part of the year? These can be
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