Tuesday, July 24, 2012

2012-2013 Themes & Christmas In July

I get a lot of questions on tpt and sent to me via my blog or email about my themes. Which ones we do, which months are what, what order we do them in, etc. Well it just so happens that I just met with my co-team leader and we planned out our themes for the entire upcoming year. So I thought I would share them here with you!

August: Back to School (2 weeks of school theme, alphabet review, color review, shape review, and names)
September: Community Helpers, Fall, Apples & Johnny Appleseed
October: pumpkins, spiders, monsters, Halloween
November: Election, Veterans Day, Harvest, Thanksgiving
December: Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas
January: Penguins, Snowmen, MLK, Ocean (2 weeks)
February: Groundhogs, President's Day, 100s Day, Valentine's Day
March: Dr. Seuss, St. Patrick's, Spring
April: Easter, Plants, Dinosaurs, Earth Day
May: Insects (2 weeks), Farm (2 weeks)
June: Summer 

Also the gals over at blog hoppin’ are having a Christmas in July sale and I’m linking up! All my seasonal products will be on sale July 25th all day! 


  1. Thanks for sharing your themes! I love to see what themes everyone is doing. :)
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  2. Thanks for sharing your theme sequence. I just finished mine, too! This is a great post idea.

  3. Hey there - here's a quick question regarding themes. How much of your time/day is "theme" vs the official curriculum themes (family, animals, etc - the general themes all the companies create for prek-k).
    This is my biggest problem - figuring out "time" for the theme activity (holiday/seasonal) vs the curriculum. Thoughts??

  4. @connie
    Theme stuff is taught during a subject IF and only if, it correlates. For example, 100s day activities during math, MLK and presidents during social studies, Animals and plants during science. Otherwise, it gets worked into the reading block. Now I don't mean it replaces the reading block, but that we take whatever skill we are working on and teach it through the theme. For example, if our theme is farm, and our skill we need to target is comparing and contrasting, we might read a book about pigs and then a book about sheep and make a venn diagram comparing and contrasting the two. That's just an example, but hopefully you get the idea! When we planned out our themes, we planned our curriculum calendar at the same time and matched up our themes to what we were already doing in the curriculum as much as we can. When our curriculum has us doing plants during science, that's when we'll do our plant theme. When our curriculum has us doing our America unit, that's when we'll do our President's Day stuff, etc.

  5. Awesome blog! I just found it. I noticed you have 2 weeks for review in the beginning of the year. Do you find this enough? My students have a similar background socioeconomically and most if not all of the students did not get the opportunity to go to preschool and know NOTHING coming in (half the class usually knows little to no English). I find it takes so long to get them on board with letter recognition and sounds. Just curious!