Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? I set a few goals for the New Year because I always love a fresh start, but I’ve learned from experience to make them small and achievable. Plus, as a teacher I always view the “real” New Year to be at the start of a new school year.

While I typically sleep through the hoopla of the ball dropping in Times Square, I do like to take some time to reflect on the year ending and appreciate the blessing that it brought us. It’s easy to remember the big moments, but the small ones sadly can get forgotten.

For that reason, I am head over heels in love with the idea of making a Memory Jar and wanted to share the idea with you.

The concept is simple...when something noteworthy happens, you jot it down and put it into the jar. At the end of the year take some time to reread the notes and revisit those happy memories.

I don't recommend ever using glass in the classroom, but this concept would make a really nice holiday gift for the students to give to their families. If you start saving large plastic jars early enough you'll have a class set by next December.

I really like the idea of using different color papers for different family members or for different categories (i.e. goal met=pink, unexpected surprise=yellow, special outing=blue, etc).

 Be sure to date each note.

Keep the jar and the paper/pen in a handy and visible spot so you use it often. 

Encourage others to add to the jar.

Include small careful not to stuff the jar, but a shell, ticket stub, or other little item will be a nice keepsake to add interest to the jar.

Consider making a memory jar for your classroom too.  Wouldn't that be fun to look at on the last day of school?

What I really love is using it to make a note of the goals your students reach and their accomplishments. This would be great if you focus on a growth mindset in your classroom.

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