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The January SEL Calendar

Updated: Nov 11, 2022

Start the year off dreaming of a new you with connection and confidence building activities!

It’s January! Help your students start the year with a clean slate and positive intentions with another Kikori Calendar month of SEL activities! This new year, we are back with a new calendar layout! As always, Kikori’s calendar is FREE. Don't want to search for each activity on the playlist every day? Try our PREMIUM free trial and get the calendar as a playlist in the palm of your hand!

Here’s what you’ll love about the Kikori January SEL Calendar:

  • SEL activities that foster feelings of SELF ESTEEM!

  • Proven SEL activities build students’ sense of COMMUNITY!

  • Easy to FIND and USE during Morning Meetings, Advisory Sessions, and more!

  • Relevant and FUN National day themes and activities!

  • SEL Standards-aligned and simple to integrate into lesson plans!

How to Use the January SEL Calendar

Download Kikori through Apple, Android or Desktop for free! Each of the activities for the calendar are available within the Kikori platform along with 500+ more experiential activities aligned with CASEL Social Emotional Learning standards!

CLICK the January SEL Calendar Printables below to download

All of the Planners are CLICKABLE to take you straight into the activities!

January SEL Calendar
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What are the Kikori daily themes?

Each day, the January SEL Calendar provides you with an activity focused on the following daily Kikori themes:

Mindful Monday activities include meditations, visualizations and mindfulness

Together Tuesday activities involve team building and initiatives that build trust

Wellness Wednesday activities focus on ways to build physical and emotional health

Thoughtful Thursday activities use problem solving and reflection to help grow inward

Fun Friday activities are energizing activities that reinforce the importance of joy

How does Kikori ensure these activities build social emotional skills like self-awareness and relationship skills? Each activity provides you with instructions that follow the experiential learning cycle. This means the activities help youth actively engage and then provides reflection questions related to the activity.

These questions help youth reflect and build self- and social-awareness (what happened during the activity?), make meaningful connections to their own lives (how did what happened during the activity connect to other experiences?), and engage in personal growth (what are they going to take from this activity into their lives?)

BONUS: We understand how important SEL frameworks are so we've aligned each activity with CASEL's Social Emotional Learning standards and 21st Century Skills to make finding the RIGHT activity for your youth easier than ever!

And the National Day Activities?

Here at Kikori, we think it's important to educate our students on important days of the year and learn what they stand for. During January, this includes National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and National Thesaurus Day. We also think it's important to the lighter side of life, for example, National Rubber Ducky Day, National Dress Up Your Pet Day, and National Hugging Day.

To make team building in the classroom or at youth development programs MEANINGFUL, we've included a special National Holiday for every day in January and a corresponding team building activity. We did our homework to find the best days for kids to celebrate.

January Week 1

This first week of January celebrates a clean slate and allows us to set the tone for new goals!

Monday, Jan 3: National Thank Goodness It’s Monday Day Appreciation Letters

Tuesday, Jan 4: National Trivia Day

The Big Question

Wednesday, Jan 5: National Screenwriters Day Freudian Slip

Thursday, Jan 6: National Technology Day

Emoji Check-In

Friday, Jan 7: National Bobblehead Day

60 Second Speech

January Week 2

Celebrate talking about the hard stuff and the fun stuff this week.

Monday, Jan 10: National Cut Your Energy Costs Day Five Senses Mindfulness Walk

Tuesday, Jan 11: National Human Trafficking Awareness Day Co-Creating Symbols for Change

Wednesday, Jan 12: National Marzipan Day

Gratitude Power-Up (Reflection)

Thursday, Jan 13: National Rubber Ducky Day Hot Take (Energizer)

Friday, Jan 14: National Dress Up Your Pet Day I Recognize Your Animal

January Week 3

Celebrate important milestones in equality with Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

Monday, Jan 17: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

A Circle of Kindness

Tuesday, Jan 18: National Thesaurus Day

Letters with Friends

Wednesday, Jan 19: World Quark Day

I'm the Only One Who

Thursday, Jan 20: Get to Know Your Customers Day

Daily Detective

Friday, Jan 21: National Hugging Day

Paired Trust Activities

January Week 4

Celebrate having fun and appreciation this week!

Monday, Jan 24: National Compliment Day

Appreciation Tag

Tuesday, Jan 25: National Opposite Day


Wed., Jan 26: National Green Juice Day

King / Queen Frog

Thursday, Jan 27: National Chocolate Cake Day Comfort Zone

Friday, Jan 28: National Have Fun At Work Day Minute-To-Win-It

New to Kikori?

How to Use Kikori and Kikori PLAYlists

  1. Download Kikori through Apple, Android or Desktop for free!

  2. On Desktop? Print the Planner Printables above and click right into the activities to get instructions, reflection questions and more!

  3. On your phone ? Use the search bar to easily find the activities.

Do you want each Weekly Planner in the palm of your hand?

  1. Sign up for the Free 30-day Trial and you will receive access to each Weekly Planner in January!

  2. Click into the Playlists icon in the Menu. The Planners are organized by Week 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 and include all of the curated activities.

  3. Click the heart on the Playlist to save it to your Favorites found in your Home (with the heart!).

  4. Click the Share icon in the top right corner to share the Playlist with your fave educator or facilitator friend!

  5. Don't forget to print out the Kikori December SEL Calendar above to use as a guide.

  6. Each day will be around 20-30 minutes of team building / social emotional skill building.

Daily Activities Delivered Daily in the Facebook Kikori Community

Join the Kikori Community where we will share the next day's Daily Activity every day at 2PM EST! Receive support from other educators and facilitators, share your ideas and have fun this school year!

What are Kikori's other Premium Features?

  • Save and organize your Favorite activities

  • Create your own programs or activity collections with Playlists

  • Follow and receive updates from your favorite Creators

  • Create your own private activities just for your eyes (okay, you can share with your friends also!)

Check out these fun features by signing up for a risk-free 14-day or 30-day Free Trial!

What are YOUR favorite Goal Setting Activities? Tell us in the comments and we will help you share them through Kikori!!

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