This sounds wonderful. I'm still worried about things not coming back but I guess the signed note helps weed out those who are not ready to participate.
I am thinking to keep the topics a little bit less holiday themed and also to try and include more non-fiction titles/activities. All feedback with my topics and any additonal suggestions would be appreciated.
September: back to school/Autumn: The Seasons (Daily and Seasonal Changes are one of our science clusters)or Mammals or Alphabet and Numbers
October: Bats/Spiders/Owls (We usually study one or two as a class.), Fire Safety, Thanksgiving
November: Snow/Winter The Seasons (Daily and Seasonal Changes are one of our science clusters) (I live in Northen Manitoba Canada and we usually have snow by Halloween...) Remembrance Day
December: Winter Holidays (not just Chrsitmas) or The Five Senses
January: Polar Bears/Penguins or Reptiles and Fish, Peace (Martin Luther King Jr.)
February: Friendship or Our Canadian Flag (Flag Day is Feb. 15) or The 100th Day. It is also I Love To Read Month!
* I would love to do one for Science Cluster 3: Characteristics of Objects and Materials but have no ideas. ALL Auggestions welcome!
March: Food and Nutrition or Nursery Rhymes and Fairy Tales
April: Earth Day/Recycling/Environment or Spring The Seasons (Daily and Seasonal Changes are one of our science clusters) or Farm Animals or Ants or Birds or Animal Habitats
May: All The Seasons (Daily and Seasonal Changes are one of our science clusters) or Amphibians
June: Jobs/Careers or Summer The Seasons (Daily and Seasonal Changes are one of our science clusters) or Dinosaurs
I was thinking of keeping the same mascot all year from, month to month. What do you think about trying this? Do you think this would be a problem? I student taught in a K/1 class and my master teacher sent home a journal with the stuffed toy (diffrent each month) and the kiddos wrote in the journal and drew a picture of their visit and then they shared it the next day with the class before we went home. She had sticks with the names of the students in a can and the student who just had a visit randomly pick the next student to take the writing case home.
I was thinking I would start out with:
- one maybe two books
- a stuffed mascot
- a journal
I might add a colouring page or activity page after I see how it all goes the first few months.
I am thinking I'd like to put it all in a new zippered luch bag for easy carrying.