.This week we are focusing on party planning, especially for elementary classrooms. Maybe that's because both of us are in the midst of planning/helping with our own children's winter parties. We know that sometimes teachers are the planners and sometimes parents are the planners; sometimes it's very much a joint effort. We wanted to give everyone a list of party ideas for different seasons in the hopes that it can be a resource for future planning or spark ideas. We have collected these ideas from years of attending and helping with kid parties, and in conversation with other educators. We'd love to grow this list, so if you have an idea to share please post it in the comments.
Oh and one more thing: We are fans of stations at classroom holiday parties. Less time for kids to get bored and off task. Plus it keeps them collaborating in small groups (so these ideas fit best in a station model with small groups rotating through the stations and one or two parents guiding each station activity). So make some stations, throw on some themed music, add some decorations, and have fun. Your students definitely will!
St. Patrick's Day
Well, this is barely the tip of the iceberg... there are just so many ideas floating out there. But, we hope this list gets you thinking or that it could be a resource for you to give to parents who are getting their party planning on.
Until next time,
Corey and Gretchen
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