You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.
(Oh the Places You’ll Go, by Dr. Seuss.)
Every year our staff votes on a theme for the school year. “Riding the Wave of Success”, “Be Bold, Go for the Gold” (Summer Olympics that year!), “Learning Zone: Kids Under Construction” (Our building was under construction that year). Our theme this year is “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” based on the Dr. Seuss book of that title.
Each grade level is supposed to come up with a sub theme to go along with the school theme. For example we were the “4th Grade Dive Team” for the Olympic theme or “4th Grade Architects” for the construction theme. “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” is supposed to be a very broad theme: you could do a Dr. Seuss-y classroom, or pick a place “you could go”, or do a travel theme…We’ve decided to go the travel route and base our grade level around Passports. (We haven’t come up with a catchy theme slogan yet…4th Grade Globetrotters? 4th Grade Mountain Movers? (Based on the line from the book: Kid you’ll move mountains)
I looked up “Traveler” in the thesaurus: adventurer, barnstormer, bum*, commuter, displaced person, drifter, excursionist, expeditionist, explorer, floater, gadabout, globetrotter, gypsy, haj, hiker, hobo, itinerant, jet-setter, journeyer, junketer, migrant, navigator, nomad, passenger, peddler, pilgrim, rambler, roamer, rover, sailor, seafarer, sightseer, tourist, tramp, transmigrant, trekker, tripper, trouper, truant, vagabond, vagrant, voyager, wanderer, wayfarer.
Somehow “4th Grade Nomads” or “4th Grade Hobos” just don’t have quite the right ring to them :)
So, I’m still looking for the right theme name, but I do know that my kids will be making passports on the first day of school to decorate my theme bulletin board (which will probably stay the same all year, despite Kirsten’s head shaking and suggestions with each season). The passports will be over-sized, like maybe a full piece of paper size–and they’ll have pictures of my kiddos and information about them. Then the pages within the passports will tell about places they have been, or places they want to go. I love this theme because it is so hopeful and reflective! I can’t wait to talk to my kids about the adventures they have had and want to have in the future. I just can hardly wait to see the places we’ll go this school year!!