Hosting a pajama day is a great way to build community with students. This doesn’t mean that all learning goes out the window, however – here are some suggestions to keep pajama day meaningful and fun!
I would certainly not host a Pajama Day during a day of strenuous state testing, but there are many great reasons to have one in your classroom.
A Pajama Day is also a great way to reward kids with something special without having to mess with candy, toys or other tangible items that cost money. Kids love it, viewing it as a special treat.
Granted, Pajama Day is distracting, but that’s why it needs to happen on the day before a break. Even though kids are more excited, this doesn’t have to be a day where learning goes out the window. I like to plan specific kinds of events throughout the day, sticking as closely as possible to the regular schedule but making time for some fun activities as well. Some of these can include:
A Pajama Day doesn’t have to only be for one or two classrooms. Due to budget cuts, my kids were out of school for the entire week of Thanksgiving. The Friday before this break, their entire school celebrated a group goal with having a Pajama Day (they had collected food donations for the local food bank). Before the actual day, fliers went home with the kids regarding appropriate dress, such as socks and shoes instead of slippers and no spaghetti straps.
Consider talking with your fellow teachers and your school’s administrator about the possibility of a school-wide Pajama Day, especially as it relates to a school-wide goal. Everyone will love this free celebration!