I’m going to have a Holiday Party in a couple of weeks because we have to, and because it’s fun, and because we have to.
I always have five centers. Because I have five table groups. A room parent (or two) usually organizes the party, and I just put my stamp of approval on the different ideas, but generally it goes something like this:
- Craft of some sort
- Game of some sort
- Decorate a cookie or a cupcake or make an ice cream sundae or something delicious that I always have to decline as if I’m a health nut and leading by example, but then I end up being “convinced” to partake in the yummy goodness
- Another game or craft
The kids rotate through the centers and
we I set a timer for the EXACT AMOUNT OF TIME we have for the party divided by FIVE CENTERS.
Hello, OCD. Hello, Controlling Teacher. Hello, Chaos Coordinator.
THE TIMER MAKES ME FEEL BETTER.
I hate it.
I hate it WITH A PASSION.
Usually, I’m in charge of the timer. Refer back to the OCD, Controlling Teacher, Chaos Coordinator section of this post.
And I really don’t WANT to be in charge of it, but I have this incessant NEED to be in charge of it so I cannot help it.
The biggest problem with the timer is that some of the centers do not take the allotted time, such as twelve exact minutes, which means after about seven minutes, let’s say, I’ll have a group of six antsy kids ready to move on.
But they can’t move on. The timer hasn’t rung yet. I didn’t hear a timer. Did you?
On the other hand, a center might be a craft that takes TOO long. So the timer will be ringing, and it’s time to rotate, but I’ll have one or two or all the kids in that center NOT MOVING WHATSOEVER AT ALL because they’re still working and they’re INTO IT. Meanwhile, the antsy kids from the other center that didn’t fill up the allotted time (the horror!) are now telling the lurkers to MOVE, I WANT TO SIT DOWN, MOVE OVER, DON’T YOU HEAR THE TIMER?
I’m telling you, I HATE THE TIMER.
Again, I don’t want to use the timer, but I feel the NEED to use the timer. Much in the same way I feel the need to silently count to twenty as I clean each of my contact lenses.
Stop looking at me like that.
My teammate, Heather, does NOT use a timer at all. She quit the timer a few years ago.
It’s like she is a HIPPIE!
It’s like she doesn’t have a care in the world!
It’s like SHE’S DRIVING HER CAR WITHOUT HER SEATBELT ON!
Every year, every party – she does NOT use a timer. Not even for her Valentine’s Day Party.
And not even for her End of the Year Party.
Should we commit her? Do you think it’s in her best interest that we commit her? I’m worried about this girl.
Every year, as we get closer and closer to our party days, I ask her are you using a timer?
And she says NO.
And then she follows it up with oh my gosh, I love not using a timer. It’s the best thing ever.
Her party is usually like this:
7 – 10 centers
Kids can go wherever they want, stay as long as they want, or move on. If it’s a game, they can go back to it if they want to. She tells the kids they only get to make ONE craft at the craft stations, and they can only decorate ONE cupcake or cookie, but the games and Bingo and whatever else is available are just OPEN.
And every year, I think okay, I’m going to run my party Heather’s way. It just sounds way more fun, a lot easier, and free flowing.
And every year, I CHICKEN OUT.
I’m a big ole chicken.
THIS YEAR SHALL BE DIFFERENT.
I spoke to my room mom and we decided we are going for it. We are going to be HIPPIES and we are going to be WILD AND FREE.
In other words, the KIDS are going to be wild and free, but that’s neither here nor there.
But we are doing it!
I’m FREAKING out, but whatever, it’s an hour and a half of my life, I can handle it, right?
Plus, if it goes horribly wrong, I’ll just know NEVER EVER EVER to do it again.
So my question for you is . . .
Do you use a timer or are you a hippie?
Please let me know! And EXPLAIN YOUR ANSWER if possible.
THANK YOU, FAITHFUL BLOG READERS OF MINE.