Monday, December 10, 2018

G is for Gingerbread

Today we started our Gingerbread Unit.  I always love this unit because the kids really have a lot of fun with it!

We began by reading the original Gingerbread Man story.   The kiddos loved helping with the "Run, Run, As Fast As You Can" part.

We then learned this fun song.


In the Block Center, I added cotton balls, pom poms, and pipe cleaner candy canes.  I also taped gingerbread men to the small blocks.  I encouraged the kids to create their very own gingerbread houses.

In the Art Center, the children painted large gingerbread people.  We will be adding eyes, noses, mouths, and icing details later in the week.

In the Dramatic Play Center, I added we added cookie sheets, laminated construction paper gingerbread men, rolling pins, aprons, mixing bowls, etc.  The children had fun acting out the story.

In Small Groups the children had to identify the number on a cookie sheet (laminated pieces of aluminum foil), and then place the corresponding number of gingerbread men onto the sheet. 

In the Play Dough Center, we added gingerbread cookie cutters and buttons.  I wish I had through to get some brown play dough.  We will be making gingerbread play dough on Friday, so I will have to set this out again!

Tomorrow we will be reading the Gingerbread Baby (one of my favorites). Check back for more fun ideas!

Sunday, December 2, 2018

A "Reformed" Elf

Tomorrow Sparkle the Elf will make his grand entrance in my classroom.  Most of my students do not have an Elf on the Shelf at their homes, so they are going to be especially excited.  I can't wait!

Like some of his elf relatives, Sparkle used to enjoy participating in naughty antics. Not this year, though!  Sparkle is a reformed Elf!  This year he will teach the students about kindness.  Each day Sparkle will leave a little note with an idea about how to spread kindness.  All of the notes will be things that the students can easily do.

I am going to use these super cute notes that I found on the Passionate Penny Pincher website.

Does your classroom have an elf this year?


Thursday, September 16, 2010

Bushel Full of Apple Ideas

Apples For Teachers - No Time for Flash Cards

Paper Plate Apple -Ramblings of a Crazy Woman

"No Bake" Apple Pie - Chasing the Goose

Apple ABC Letter Match - Learning and Teaching with Preschoolers

Packed with Apple Ideas - Learning and Teaching with Preschoolers

Apple Play-Doh - Pink and Green Mama

A is for Apple vs. B is for Ball - Preschool Daze

Lots of apple links - Bo the Bookworm Resources

Apple Picking Time Ideas - Dr. Jean

The Star (an apple story) - Dr. Jean

The Itty-Bitty Bookworm has a "Ten Apples Up On Top" unit as part of their curriculum for October (Year 1).  They also have a "Apples and Pumpkins" unit as part of their curriculum for October (Year 3).

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A Few More Fall Printables

fI have created a few more free Fall Printables using clipart from Lettering Delights.

Ideas for using these:
  • Display the word cards in a pocket chart. Give the child the Printing Practice sheet on a clipboard.  Have the child use the word cards to locate the correct word for each picture on the printing practice sheet, and print the words beside the corresponding pictures.  
  • Use the word cards as labels.
  • Older children can complete the Printing Practice sheet using inventive spelling (without using the word cards).
  • Laminate the word cards.  Allow the child to trace the words with a dry erase marker.  
  • For older children - Display the word cards and challenge them to write a Fall-themed story in which they incorporate all of the words.
If you have any other ideas for using these printables, please share via a comment.