Tag Archives: New Year

Homeschool Humor – New Year’s Edition

Happy Monday,  Happy Homeschooling, and Happy New Year!




betty jo





New Year’s Resources


Here’s my resource collection for learning and fun with a New Year’s theme!

New Year’s  Goals and Year in Review Printables                  https://www.thirtyhandmadedays.com/new-years-resolutions-2018/

Activities, Games, Printables for Teachers                http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/new-years-day/

How to say “Happy New Year” in other languages – http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0923039.html

New Year Traditions from Around the World – http://www.123newyear.com/newyear-traditions/

New Year’s History Articles and Videos – http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/new-years

Movie Clips and New Year’s Music from the 1940’s, 50’s, and 60’s –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-2k7hKvaW0

Happy New Year Songs Playlist – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIAVVo9m5AI

Times Square Ball History – http://www.timessquarenyc.org/events/new-years-eve/about-the-new-years-eve-ball/history-of-the-new-years-eve-ball/index.aspx#.VobXKFJecx0

Times Square STEM Activity – http://jdaniel4smom.com/2015/12/new-years-ball-drop-stem-challenge.html

Times Square Math Challenge –  http://www.yummymath.com/2015/the-times-square-ball/

“New Year” Bible Verses –  http://www.openbible.info/topics/new_year

Bible Based New Year’s Crafts and Activities –  http://www.christianitycove.com/?s=new+years

New Year’s Interactive Games –  http://www.primarygames.com/holidays/new_years/games.htm

New Year’s Games – Fun for families, friends, and co-ops –  http://www.howdoesshe.com/15-fun-new-years-eve-activities-for-kids-or-adults/

“Lucky” Foods and Recipes for New Year’s –  http://www.rd.com/food/fun/7-lucky-new-years-foods/

Biggest News Stories from 2017 (parental guidance suggested)   http://www.krcrtv.com/news/national/top-news-stories-of-2017/678023816

Wishing You a Happy 2018 and Happy Learning!

betty jo

Resolutions, Goals, and a Word


As the year comes to an end, of course I’m thinking about resolutions.  I’m not so great with New Year’s resolutions. Over the years I’ve broken nearly every one…diet, exercise, pray harder, memorize Scriptures, less caffeine, spend less, organize, quit yelling, better housekeeping, go to church more, and on and on. I’ve even had years when discouragement and fear of failing has kept me from making any new ones.

Instead of making resolutions the past few years I’ve set “doable” goals.  I have been slightly more successful with the goals than the resolutions. Slightly.  I set the goal of learning computer skills a couple of years ago, and I did.  Last year I set the goal of starting a blog, and I met that goal, too.

Whether resolutions or goals, my family does it with me.  Whatever we choose, we write it on paper and put them in a time capsule (a plastic container).  Our capsule gets buried with the Christmas decorations, then when we decorate the following December, we can review how we’ve done and if progress hasn’t been made, there’s still a bit of time to work on it.  Here’s a link for a printable for New Year’s time capsules  http://www.freehomeschooldeals.com/free-printable-end-of-the-year-time-capsule-questions/  This interview printable will be a great thing to include in the time capsule, too  http://www.homeschoolshare.com/blog/2013/12/creating-new-years-family-traditions-free-printable/

I happened across a blog post and thought “YES!  This is how we should do it this year.”  Just pick one word and let it become the focus of the year. One word, seems easy enough.  I’ve thought about my word, re-read the post and other’s suggestions, prayed, and I now have my word.  I’m thinking this isn’t going to be so easy after all.  My one word focus for 2014 is “IMPROVE”.  I am not even close to “perfect” in any area of my life, there is much room to improve absolutely everything.  I imagine this will be my daily question to myself.  “What is one thing I can do today to improve my life and the life of someone else?”  This is the link for the One Word One Year Transformed Forever article  http://forthefamily.org/one-word-one-year-transformed-forever/

This time of year, there are several challenges starting.  Being part of a group challenge is not a bad idea.  I find  accountability to the others attempting the challenge to be great motivator  .  Knowing that others are working (struggling) on the same issue is encouraging .  Short term challenges suit me best.  Surely, I can do something that improves my life for a few weeks, and may possibly develop into something more long term.  Even when past challenges have failed, I can look back and remember that one time I actually exercised everyday for a couple of weeks, read “x”  amount of Scripture, or went on such a cleaning frenzy that even the back corner of the junk drawer was spotless.  Below are some of the short term challenges I think will be worth attempting and perhaps repeating throughout 2014.

30 Day Mom Challenge  http://www.imom.com/tools/build-relationships/30-day-mom-challenge/

30 Day Marriage Challenge  http://www.imom.com/tools/build-relationships/30-day-marriage-challenge/

21 Day Home Organization Challenge  http://www.imperfecthomemaking.com/2011/10/31-days-to-organized-home-day-one.html

Wonderful listing of Bible based 30 day challenges  https://www.reviveourhearts.com/resource-library/30-day-challenges/

Family Fitness Challenge  http://skinnyms.com/family-fitness-challenge/

I’d be interested to know what your resolutions, goals, word of the year and challenges are for 2014.  Please leave a comment, you may inspire someone!

May God bless us, everyone in 2014,

betty jo

Teacher Resourses For New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

happy-new-yearEven though our homeschool is on winter break, that doesn’t mean that I can’t sneak in a little learning.  I’ve collected a few free resource links for us to follow on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

New Year’s traditions from around the world  http://www.redtedart.com/2013/11/28/new-years-eve-traditions-around-world/

New Year’s Culture Quiz  http://quizzes.familyeducation.com/new-years/new-years-eve-traditions/new-years-culture-quiz.html

World clock and map  http://www.worldtimezone.com/

How to say “Happy New Year” in several languages  http://www.enchantedlearning.com/calendar/newyear.shtml

Father Time and Baby New Year explained  http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/articles/holidays/newyearicons.htm

Top 10 songs for New Year’s Eve  http://www.examiner.com/article/top-ten-new-year-s-songs-songs-for-new-year-s-eve-and-new-year-s-day-with-videos

New Year coloring pages, worksheets, word games, and more  http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/new-year

Party games and activities http://www.howdoesshe.com/15-fun-new-years-eve-activities-for-kids-or-adults/

Winter and New Years themed interactives and printables  http://www.akidsheart.com/holidays/winter/winter.htm

The most looked up words in 2013 from Merriam Webster http://www.merriam-webster.com/the-year-in-words/2013-entries.htm?&t=1387509070

Quotes to inspire us to make 2014 the best year yet  http://mashable.com/2013/12/25/inspirational-quotes-best-year/?utm_cid=mash-com-fb-main-link

Wishing you and your family a happy 2014!

betty jo