Nibits for Newbies 10.18.15

If it’s SUNDAY..

It’s time for

NIBITS FOR NEWBIES!

This week’s Theme…

THEMES

???  WHAT??

Themes? What do you mean?

I mean themes.

Not like apples, solar system, Easter eggs…

I mean LARGE…LONG-LASTING themes!

Who wants to change the bulletin boards, centers, papers, cutesy decor, etc., etc., etc.

each week?  2 weeks? MONTHLY????   UGH!

NO!

NO  MORE!

MAKE IT STOP!

Advice from a veteran teacher….

IS THIS YOU???

Now..add to that the 1 million pinterest boards telling us how CUTE our classroom should be…

AT  ALL  TIMES!

NO!  NOT!!  NEVER!!!

I give up!  So now what?

I choose 4 themes per year…

Fall,  Winter,  Spring,  Summer

Everything  I  do  (  or don’t get to ) fits into one of these themes!

If I do a cute apple project…goes on the bulletin board for FALL.

If we don’t get to Johnny Appleseed…so what? Pumpkins will go up next.

Instead of begin so specific..I spend WAY TO MUCH TIME changing my classroom

STUFF….I can add to the theme…or not….

DO YOU REALLY “TEACH” HALLOWEEN?

“NO!”

Jackolanterns & Pumkins?   YES!

So spend “YOUR” precious time on the big picture!

If you get to the “cutesy” things…GREAT!

If not….move on!

Look at your lesson plans.

Chunk your lessons under  a  season.

Do you really “teach” CHRISTMAS?”

I can’t…but I can teach

WINTER!

Just so happens…Dec. 25 is in WINTER!

WAHOOO!

So is NEW YEAR’S  &  Martin Luther King, etc etc

I change my Theme(s):

1. Fall- the day after Labor Day

2. Winter- Thanksgiving Break

3.Spring- March 1

4. Summer- May  1

Enough time to enjoy..but NOT too much!

Relax…don’t” over do”the little things.

THEMES…the way to go!

Enjoy!

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