Wednesday, November 24, 2010
You Can't Catch Me!!!
It's time for the Gingerbread man!! This is another one of my favorite activities in K! We'll make a big Gingerbread man and hope he doesn't run away! ;)
Christmas begins in our classroom on Mon. I know the calendar still says November, but we only have 3 weeks of Christmas fun, so we've gotta get going! As I've said before, check out the Jan Brett web site for a very yummy gingerbread recipe. We usually double it to have enough for our big class. We'll decorate him with candy left over from the teepee treats. I usually sprinkle some crubs on the floor and leave the oven door open so it looks like he crumbled a bit as he runs away. We go all over the school looking for him! It's always such fun! Another craft we'll be doing with the gingerbread theme is a construction paper gb man and decorate him with real candy, again teepee treat left overs! We'll also be reading Jan Brett's Gingerbread Baby and Gingerbread Friends along with other Gingerbread variations this week. You have to check out The Gingerbread Girl book, too cute!!
My co-teacher and I changed out the room on Tues. At our school we have inservice the week of Thanksgiving with no kiddos. Personally I'd rather be teaching. I think I have a bit of ADHD and really have trouble sitting or working on tasks that don't involve movement. Guess that's why I teach K, huh!? ;) So, we were able to take a break from our sitting typing tasks and work on room decore.
We took down the teepee and added a manger in dress-up. I'm going to get some blue and brown fabric and let the kids dress as Mary and Joseph. I also have several fun Christmas hats and headbands with Christmas things on them for the kiddos to dress up too. Housekeeping is going to be a Gingerbread sweet shop. We took out all the healthy food and left cookies, cupcakes, and some icecream stuff I found at the target $ spot for our shop. A few years ago I found a gingerbread man apron and hat at Kohls. I saw the apron the other day for $8.99, so they still have it. It's too cute, and they love to wear it! Waste not want not, right! The left over "indian bead" pasta is going to be ornaments on a construction paper Christmas tree in crafts. Our table toys will be the Little People Nativity set, always fun.
Two more of my favorite things for this month, What God Wants for Christmas, family life today, and One Wintry Night by Ruth Bell Grahm. We'll begin the boxes from What God Wants for Christmas on Dec. 1. As we open each box, we will put the piece under the Christmas tree. At the end we will have the Nativity and see that God wants us! One Wintry Night is a beautiful story about how God rescued us! As I've said before, a must read this time of year!
More to come in the coming weeks! This really is the MOST wonderful time of the year!