I love planning for Christmas, Valentine's Day, Easter, spring, end of school year, autumn, Hallowe'en, Guy Fawkes and winter. Teaching takes on a whole different aspect when coupled with a theme. And it makes it so much more exciting for the children.
What I sometimes struggle with is the fact that we teach through the medium of these wonderful themes, but often forget to teach the true meaning behind the theme itself. And yes, I hold my hands up, I'm as guilty as the next person here.
Take Mother's Day for example. I use Mother's Day as an example for two reasons:
- We have already celebrated Mother's Day here in the UK as it's a religious thing held on "Refreshment Sunday", the Sunday smack bang in the middle of Lent in the lead up to Easter. It was March this year.
- In the USA Mother's Day is exactly what it says on the tin - a celebration of mothers. But what's behind it?