great thing about having a weekly theme is that you can choose to take
it as far as you want to. When things are too crazy you might want to
do the bare minimum, but if your little one is completely captivated by
a particular subject you can go all out.
If you are keen to get great mileage from a weekly theme, here are some
tips that I've found useful.
Do some quick
Do a quick wikipedia
on the theme and swat up for five minutes so that you don't get caught
out with curly questions. It may also give you some great new activity
theme when you think of it
Take advantage of any opportunities you come across to reinforce the
theme. For example, if the theme is 'goats' you might want to take the
opportunity to go and visit Aunty Beryl who keeps a pet goat, or choose
to read a book about farm animals at bed time. Also, be on the lookout
for 'sightings' as you go about your weekly business. You'll be amazed
at how often you can see something related to your theme in any given
Make a weekly
A simple craft activity that can be done every week is to create a
simple wall chart for your theme. Write the name of the theme in the
centre of a piece of cardboard and have your kids decorate around it
with appropriate pictures. A great way to get pictures for this
activity is to do a simple google
on your theme and then print out the first three or four pages of
results. The kids will enjoy cutting and pasting the pictures to the
cardboard and you'll be amazed at some of the great pics that you find.
Teaching your little one to recite a rhyme is
great way to keep them entertained when you're actually busy doing
something else – like cooking the dinner. Do a quick web
and you'll be amazed at the number of kids rhymes on any given theme.
Print out some of the best at the start of the week and keep them handy.
Visiting the local library is extra fun when
charged with a mission. If you head out to your local library do a
quick subject search for your weekly theme on their catalogue and see
what books you can find.
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