Five New Year resolutions for preschool teachers

Another calendar year has come and gone and as we start a new year, I thought I would share a few resolutions for the preschool teacher in you…

Preschool teacher resolutions by Teach Preschool

Resolution #1: Have a CAN-DO attitude

All too often we get bogged down by what we CAN’T do, due to regulations or lack of resources. Rather than focus on the negative, make a resolution to have a CAN DO attitude. If you can’t use a specific product or material in your classroom or you can’t afford that new piece of equipment or tool, don’t just write it off. Instead, look for alternative materials, supplies, or resources that will create a similar experience.  You will feel a sense of accomplishment and find out that a little thinking outside of the box can help you overcome almost any hurdle…

New Year's Resolutions for Preschool Teachers

Resolution #2: Play more

Get to know your children better by getting down on their level and playing with them. Sit on the floor and give them your full attention, if only for a few minutes at a time. You will find that your children value the one-on-one personalized attention and you will discover something new about your students too! Make a resolution to set aside some of those “teacher things” you think you just have to do and take time to play more!…

New Year's Resolutions for Preschool Teachers

Resolution #3: Organize Something

Pick an area of your life that needs some organization, whether it is in your classroom or at home. Make a resolution to organize a closet or plan your meals out for the week. You will feel so much relaxed and better knowing that one just one part of your life  is organized that you might just be inspired to do more.

New Year's Resolutions for Preschool Teachers

Resolution #4: Purge

Get rid of old materials, toys, supplies, lesson plans, printables, (and even those books that you never read anymore). Make a resolution to purge things that you haven’t used in the past two years.  If you are anything like us, you will most likely replace these items with something new or different before you ever use them again.  Old materials just take up space and add stress to your life. Recycle the 100 toilet roll tubes and plastic bottles you are saving too.  Less clutter equals less chaos and stress in a classroom.

New Year's Resolutions for Preschool Teachers

Resolution #5: Take care of you

Whether it is a resolution to eat better, exercise more, or just to get more sleep, take time to make a resolution that is all about you.  Your resolution doesn’t have to be health related.  It can be about doing something you enjoy.  Take a class or renew your interest in an old hobby.  As teachers, parents, and grandparents, we spend most of our lives taking care of everyone else.  Spend some time doing something for yourself and you will naturally become a better teacher, parent, or grandparent.

From all of the Teach Preschool family, I wish you all the best!  

Happy New Year!

By |2016-12-23T14:04:31+00:00January 1st, 2014|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Kim Vij @ The Educators' Spin On It January 1, 2014 at 10:47 am - Reply

    Wishing you a very Happy New Year Deborah! What a gorgeous collage of your family with the fall leaves. Thanks for motivating me to set some of my own goals for 2014. I miss having my wall of supplies containers in my classroom when I was teaching Kindergarten. I think it just might be time to create one with our supplies in the garage for easy access instead of digging all the through the closet. Looking forward to seeing all your inspirations you share in 2014!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 1, 2014 at 10:58 am - Reply

      Happy New Year Kim! I hope you have a great year and I look forward to more blogging ahead with you!

  2. Scott January 1, 2014 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    Happy 2014, Deborah! I always enjoy reading your blog! Here’s to more inspiration and play in the new year.

  3. Katie @ Preschool Inspirations January 1, 2014 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    My favorite is #2!!! Thank you for reminding us about what is so important!!!

  4. Denise @ Kinder-Touch January 2, 2014 at 3:43 am - Reply

    Happy New Year to all of you! May this year be filled with a lot of activities and joy. These are great ideas for a resolution this year even if you are a parent. There’s lot of clutter around so I think I will do the resolution #3 first!

  5. Jackie January 2, 2014 at 9:21 am - Reply

    Happy New Year to you too, Deborah, and to the Teach Preschool Family! Excellent suggestions here for starting the New Year off on the right foot! I did some purging in my playroom/craftroom the other day, and it felt so good! And yes, I got rid of a bag of about 200 toilet rolls. Haha! Blessings to you for joy and success in the year ahead. Thank you for all of the tireless work that you do for your students, colleagues, followers and blogging friends. You are such an inspiration to so many of us. xx

  6. Ava January 20, 2014 at 5:18 am - Reply

    This is a fabulous new year’s list! I think it also is a useful list for parents of preschoolers as well.

  7. Preschools in O'Fallon MO March 2, 2014 at 3:47 am - Reply

    I am a teacher in a Pre School at Bright Start Academy in O’Fallon MO. I always prefer and try to give all the innovative education to the small kids in our preschool. I usually search for the blogs which can give some informative tips and must say that the resolution tips you gave today are really fantastic. I am going to follow all of them. Thanks!

  8. Lyn Goff January 2, 2018 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    Happy New Year! I had a wonderful Christmas (grandson Asher came east from Indianapolis :). It looked like you were with your grandbabies too. My school resolutions are almost identical to yours. As always, thanks for sharing.

  9. Rosa Johnson January 2, 2018 at 8:17 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing all you do! You are my favorite resource!

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