Sunday, December 28, 2014

Help your older kids think of their dreams and goals for the year with this simple project – Resolution Star.
Capture Plans for the Year with this Resolution Star

Resolution Flower for Younger Kids

When my daughter was in kindergarten, we captured her New Year goals with a Resolution Flower. Each petal was for specific verb – Be, Eat, Go, Do, Learn. It was funny to see my daughter optimistically putting two languages on her list of things to learn that year, but this list of resolutions was a great memory, and it was fun to be able to check off at least some things off Smarty’s plans by the end of the year.

Goal Setting for Young Children

Resolution Star for Older Kids

This year I decided to repeat this project, but with a new twist. I asked my husband to make a simple template for 12 point star in his favorite design program CorelDraw. I chose 12 points for 12 months of the year. Then we all sat together and worked independently writing down our wishes for the year 2015. We all found that writing 12 goals is much harder than writing 5 :)
Resolution-Star-DrawingWe read our goals to each other before coloring our stars and cutting them out. I was happy to see that some of the goals were the same for me and my husband – for example, organizing our garage (way overdue after 6 years living in this house!) and doing a major change for our backyard and front yard. Smarty struggled a little to define hers, but eventually she managed. She wants to go to Germany again and go camping, learn to cook, win the math competition (more on that in a different post), help in a food bank or during food drives, and keep her fish alive :). We also started a family exercise program during our Christmas break, and she set a goal to keep it going during school year.
We put our resolution stars on the fridge with the goal to check off some of the specific goals as we complete them throughout the year. I “pixelated” my husband’s goals, since he prefers to keep himself off my blog.

Your Turn

Do you make New Year resolutions? What are some of yours?

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min said...

I was going to do only one resolution but there's too many to choose from. Maybe one a month would be better. Love your resolution star!

Dual Learning Home Educator said...

I love this idea! I am going to do the resolution flower with both of my kids tomorrow!
Thank you for sharing.

Ticia said...

The resolution stars look great!

I guess I better get serious about figuring out my resolutions with the New Year almost here.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Learn to ride a bike!?! That one could be risky :)

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

I love this visual idea.

Gwyen said...

I really liked your idea and wanted to use the star to incorporate it. I was hoping you would have put a printable of the 12 pointed star at the end of your post. Would it be possible to do a printable version?