03 January 2015

Happy 2015 [FREEBIE, Thoughts, & Currently!]

As I thought about how soon it will be Monday morning, and the official end to winter break, I considered how highly unmotivated I will be to spend time (in line) at the copier!  Therefore, I figured I'd do a no printable required New Year's Traditions activity to expose my students to the various customs of countries around the world. 

Also, I want to know if they have any unusual family traditions for ringing in the new year.  This also builds classroom community - BONUS!  For example, my childhood neighbors had a tradition of clanking pots and pans at the stroke of midnight, whooping and hollering at the start of a new year.  I think it must have been a way to ward their home of bad spirits, but who knows, I never did ask!  My family and I always usher in the New Year with a fresh batch of menudo and a midnight toast.  

Long story short, that's how my NEW YEAR Traditions Presentation was born!  But, for those of you in need of a note-taking guide or something that shows your admin team that students are truly learning, I've added this companion freebie, which is indeed a printable! (Click IMAGE above)  

 I've seen posts similar to the one above on Instagram recently and feel like there's a lot of good energy and signs pointing to 2015 being a GOLDEN year.  It will mark ten years since my high school graduation, and 2005 was a great year for me, so I feel like this decadent anniversary will only have grandeur to offer!  Also, I have found so many cute gold home decor accents, which I LOVE!!

Currently 2015 - I guess I should make it a resolution to participate in all the monthly currentlys this year.  If I do it within the first 5 days of the month, I can treat myself to a glass of wine!  OMG... I am so like the children, MUCH better inclined to follow through when bribed!

CHEERS to the NEW YEAR!  Oh, and don't forget to visit Farley's Currently linky for January 2015!


  1. Hi Antonia!

    My heater is running too!!! It's SO cold in Northern California!!!!! :)

    Hooo-Ray For Teaching

  2. Haha! I love your Currently resolution bribe! Best wishes for a wonderful 2015!

    An Adventure in Literacy