Monday, January 1, 2024

Ring those bells for 2024! 

A brand new year. I love this time of the year. Time to reflect and make plans to create new memories in the classroom. A great way to plan activities is to use special/national days as a guide for topics. January is filled with interesting days that can help you create a classroom that is inclusive and respectful. 

I think we all know that January is Martin Luther King Day. His birthday is celebrated this year on the 16 January. 

Yet, how many of you know when National Draw a Dinosaur Day is? Select special/national days celebrations based on your students’ interests and representation. If you have some dinosaur enthusiasts in your classroom they will love to celebrate these fascinating animals on the 30 January. Use a How to Draw Dinosaur resource to celebrate this special day. 

At the beginning of the new year National Bird is celebrated - 5 January. The aim behind this special day is to raise awareness and celebrate the beauty of birds. A bird fact booklet is perfect to ignite an interest in these animals. The booklet contains a wide variety of birds,  from hummingbirds to ostriches. On the 20 January you can use the penguin fact booklet to mark Penguin Day. These  aquatic flightless birds are always a popular topic. 

The day after MLK day is Ben Franklin Day - 17 January. This remarkable man was an inventor, scientist, as well as an American statesman! Plenty of things to explore and learn using a fact book. 

Another special day is Squirrel Appreciation Day. Check out my best selling Squirrel's New Year's Resolution. This storybook companion is perfect for 21 January celebrations. 

Starting January with asking your students to share their winter traditions, while you explore birds, dinosaurs, squirrels and famous people sets the tone for an exciting 2024!

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