1. How did
ThemeDay.Com get started?
M.Ed. started the site in August 2000. She is an
educator with a passion for planning thematic units and an
interest in using technology in the classroom. She and
her students always looked forward to the special days
planned throughout the year. The countdown and the
excitement over these days were not only rewarding for
her, but for her students as well. She decided to
spend more time planning day-long thematic units that could
stand on their own or be integrated into longer thematic
units. The response from fellow teachers was
overwhelming, so they are now available on the internet for
all educators to access.
2. Why is
ThemeDay.Com a subscription web site?
Mary has left the
classroom to work full-time on the site with her small
staff. With the expenses of maintaining and creating
the site, it was not possible to be a free web site.
The site prides itself on being free of advertising, which
can cause clutter and make it confusing to navigate.
Subscribing to ThemeDay.Com can be compared to buying
lesson plan idea books in teacher supply stores. To
pay less than .40˘ per theme is worth having everything needed
for a day of fun and engaging learning. All the
research and planning have been done.
the best way to prepare for a ThemeDay?
Read over the
lesson plans, view the related sites, and review the related
literature lists in advance. Decide on the plans you
are going to teach and gather the materials. Some of
the lessons call for specific books, which may need to be
collected from your library or an outside source.
Build some excitement over the upcoming day with your
students. The higher their anticipation, the more
motivated they will be to engage in the learning
activities. You may want to send a note home to
parents to let them know of any items the children should
bring to school or a special color or outfit they should
wear for the planned day.
4. Why is
ThemeDay targeted toward Kindergarten-2nd grade teachers?
ThemeDay will expand to reach the middle to upper elementary
grades as well. However, preschool and 3rd grade
teachers may easily tailor the lessons to fit their students