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Preschool New Year's Lesson Plan

CeCe has served as Vice President and President of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (Affiliate)


Circle Time - Storytime, Music

Read P. Bear's New Year's Eve Party: A Counting Book by Paul Owens. On the title page of this delightful counting and telling time book, an invitation to the party! The exotic animals begin arriving at one o'clock, and the countdown begins. Share a pre made paper plate clock with paper numbers, and a paper fastener to hold the hands of the clock. Set the clock at midnight. Sing CeCe's "Welcome New Year."

"Welcome New Year" (sung to Frere Jacques)

New Year. New Year.

Clock strikes twelve. Clock strikes twelve.

Bringing in the New Year, bringing in the New Year.

Celebrate. Celebrate.

Math and Art - Welcoming the New Year Clocks

Materials: You will need paper plates, precut numbers, hands for the clocks and paper fasteners. At gathering time, pass out the clocks and sing "Welcome New Year." Children may set their clock for midnight!

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Popcorn Party

  • 3/4 cup popcorn kernels


  1. Follow directions of hot air popper.
  2. Let the children serve themselves by setting up a popcorn buffet with healthy toppings! Place pretzels, coconut and dark chocolate in serving dishes.

Gathering Time - Resolutions

After reading Squirrel's New Year's Resolution, brainstorm about classroom resolutions. Use poster board for suggestions. Post in the classroom. Pass out children's clocks and sing "Welcome New Year."


Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on December 05, 2017:

Thank you. People like you work with the future in our children. I have a deep respect for you and your work.

CeCe Rees (author) on December 04, 2017:

What a beautiful comment. Thank you!

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on December 04, 2017:

This seems like a great lesson for youngsters. I like the fact that you go from the abstract (discussing time) and incorporate the concrete (clocks) in a unifying activity to educate the children. This was completely enjoyable, reminding me of what my favorite teachers did when I was a young person. Thank you.

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