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Getting great mileage from a weekly theme

The great thing about having a weekly theme is that you can choose to take it as far as you want to. When things are too crazy you might want to do the bare minimum, but if your little one is completely captivated by a particular subject you can go all out.

If you are keen to get great mileage from a weekly theme, here are some tips that I've found useful.

Do some quick research

Do a quick wikipedia search on the theme and swat up for five minutes so that you don't get caught out with curly questions. It may also give you some great new activity ideas.

Reinforce the theme when you think of it

Take advantage of any opportunities you come across to reinforce the theme. For example, if the theme is 'goats' you might want to take the opportunity to go and visit Aunty Beryl who keeps a pet goat, or choose to read a book about farm animals at bed time. Also, be on the lookout for 'sightings' as you go about your weekly business. You'll be amazed at how often you can see something related to your theme in any given week.

Make a weekly theme poster

A simple craft activity that can be done every week is to create a simple wall chart for your theme. Write the name of the theme in the centre of a piece of cardboard and have your kids decorate around it with appropriate pictures. A great way to get pictures for this activity is to do a simple google image search on your theme and then print out the first three or four pages of results. The kids will enjoy cutting and pasting the pictures to the cardboard and you'll be amazed at some of the great pics that you find.

Learn rhymes and poems

Teaching your little one to recite a rhyme is a great way to keep them entertained when you're actually busy doing something else – like cooking the dinner. Do a quick web search and you'll be amazed at the number of kids rhymes on any given theme. Print out some of the best at the start of the week and keep them handy.

Read books

Visiting the local library is extra fun when you're charged with a mission. If you head out to your local library do a quick subject search for your weekly theme on their catalogue and see what books you can find.

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