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The beginning of a new year usually sparks people to think about starting fresh and setting goals or resolutions for the year ahead. This is true at Eastern Christian Elementary School too! In recent weeks, many teachers encouraged their students to think about goals they could work toward in 2020. As you walk through the hallways, it is inspiring to read what our 1st-3rd grade students would like to do better in this new year. Their goals range in topic.

Some want to make strides in school:

  • “In 2020, I will do my homework everyday.”
  • “In 2020, I will be quiet when the teacher is talking.”
  • “In 2020, I will take care of my supplies.”
  • “In 2020, I want to learn to read Magic Treehouse books.”
  • “My goal this year is to fill up my writing notebook.”
  • “My goal this year is to learn a lot of multiplication facts.”
  • “My resolution for 2020 is to have good handwriting.”
  • “My resolution for 2020 is to read books from different genres.”
  • “My resolution for 2020 is to make wise choices at school.”
  • “My goal for this year is being more prompt. I will reach this goal by getting to school on time everyday I can.”

Other students set goals to work on at home:

  • “My resolution for 2020 is to help my mom with the new baby.”
  • “My resolution is to talk to my sister instead of yell and to be helpful to my mom and dad.”
  • “In 2020, I will make my bed everyday.”
  • “My resolution for 2020 is I will obey my mom by going to bed when she tells me to.”
  • “My resolution for 2020 is to keep my room clean.”
  • “In 2020, I will take care of my dog. I will take him on a walk.”
  • “My goal this year is to be more nice to my brother.”
  • “My goal this year is to do more chores. I will reach this goal by not watching too much TV.”

Some students want to learn new skills and grow in their extracurricular activities:

  • “My goal this year is to get better at training dogs.”
  • “In 2020, I will learn how to sew.”
  • “My goal this year is to ask for video games LESS.”
  • “My resolution for 2020 is to practice piano 2 times a day because I will get better.”
  • “In 2020, I will learn how to tie my shoes and play soccer!”
  • “My goal this year is to build 20 Lego sets.”
  • “My resolution for 2020 is to practice violin because I can improve it.”

And others are aiming for a healthier year ahead:

  • “My goal this year is to eat healthier food.”
  • “My goal this year is to go running more often and try to be fit.”
  • “My goal this year is to get stronger. I will reach this goal by going to the gym more.”
  • “My goal this year is to be more athletic. I will reach this goal by working out with my dad and running and doing push-ups.”

Finally, some students set spiritual and emotional goals for the new year:

  • “My goal this year is to help other people.”
  • “My resolution for 2020 is to be nicer and kinder.”
  • “My resolution for 2020 is doing my best in all I do because God wants us to.”
  • “My resolution for this year is to be kind to all of my friends.”
  • “My goal this year is to spend more time with God. I will keep my Bible in my bed, read it every morning and pray every morning.”

These are some great goals! The students’ passion and determination encouraged me to set some similar goals for myself. Perhaps you are inspired to do the same! Of course, none of us will stick to our resolutions perfectly in 2020. But, let us not become weary as we continue striving toward excellence in all areas of our lives. May we look to God for strength when we want to give up. Would you lift up our students in prayer as they strive toward these noble goals?

In closing, take a moment to reflect on these words from Hebrews 12:1-3 as you seek to grow in 2020: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.”

Jenna Beverly

By: Jenna Beverly

Jenna is a preschool teacher at Eastern Christian School.

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