The children are very excited about the sleepover and have waited very patiently to start the planning process. Today we started the planning process, and there was a surprise! The children won’t be sleeping in the classroom like last year but in the ICJC building. We wanted to add a new dimension to the experience.
Your child will need to pack
- 1 teddy bear or night-time toy
- I book (optional)
- sleeping bag and pillow
- hair brush or comb
- face cloth
- wash bag to put wash things in
- full set of extra clothes
- Clean underwear
The children are excited about managing their own belongings and routines, “just like grown-ups!”. It will be easier for the children to look after their belongings if they are clearly labeled. This weekend the children should practice packing and unpacking their bags by themselves, several times, so that they know exactly what they have in their bags, where to find everything and how to fit it all in. (Sleeping bags can be particularly tricky.) This will help the children feel a sense of control and independence and will ease anxiety.We talked about how everything has to fit in one overnight bag and the importance of “packing light”. While we have discouraged the children from bringing big suitcases (for space and storage reasons), it is important that the bag is big enough for children to fit ALL their belongings inside easily.
We proposed that the sleepover be ‘unplugged’, with no electronic devices, after much debate the children have agreed to use the class iPads if they wake up early and have read their books.
The children made their first lists in pairs. We came back together and one group read their list. The other groups ticked off if they had the same item. This was a great tool for working together.
G1 Sleepover, preparing a list of what we need