For the past couple of weeks, the children have listened to many different versions of The Gingerbread Man. After reading a gingerbread story, we listed the characters, repeated words, and ending on a chart. Below you will see an example of the chart we made. We also read The Gingerbread Loose in the School by Laura Murray. Afterwards, we went on a gingerbread hunt throughout the school. When we returned to our classroom, we found a treat had been left for each of us! We mapped out how we were going to eat the cookie. Then, we graphed who ate the head, arm, and leg first. Most of the class decided to eat the head on their first bite! The children had to think of rhyming words to play the game "Erase-a-Gingerbread Man". For example, he couldn't take the heat and jumped out of the oven with his two ... FEET! When the children came up with the correct rhyming word, we erased that part of the gingerbread man until there was nothing left! Later in the day, we did a Gingerbread Man character write-around-the-room. We really enjoyed listening to the many different versions of the Gingerbread Man and participating in all of the fun gingerbread activities!
We started the morning off right, with a visit from none other than Santa himself! We read the story, Santa's Stuck by Rhonda Gowler Greene. After reading the book, we made a toilet paper tube chimney with Santa's legs sticking out! We talked about NEEDS and WANTS. NEEDS are things we NEED to be healthy and WANTS are things we WANT for fun. In the pocket chart, we picked out pictures of Santa's NEEDS and WANTS.
(We are hoping for a... ) snow day!!!!
On Wednesday, December 16th, we did a variety of snow related activities. We read Frosty the Snowman by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins. We took some mixed-up snowman cards and unscrambled them and wrote the snowman sentences in the correct order. We also completed a real and nonsense word snowman activity. The kids also enjoyed making their own Olaf snowman to take home!
It was a fun-filled Grinchy day here on Thursday in Kindergarten. We started the morning off by taking our mean "Grinch Pills" (also known as Tic Tacs). Look at all those MEAN faces below! :) After reading How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, we used cards in the pocket chart to sequence the important events of the story. We completed a rhyming word worksheet with words from the story. We also brainstormed a class list on how we could make the grumpy Grinch smile and made a cute Grinch craft!
Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer
Friday was Rudolph Day! We listened to this holiday classic and then made some Rudolph headbands to wear for the day. See the slideshow below. We also made a list of things that are as RED as Rudolph's nose. The children came up with some great ideas such as hearts, strawberries, ladybugs, and Santa's hat! We also completed a directed drawing lesson where we had to listen very closely to directions so we could draw Rudolph. They did a great job following directions!
On Monday, we had Elf Day. We listened to the stories Memoirs of an Elf and The Littlest Elf, made adorable elf hats, used a magical Christmas microphone to "ELF" our voices, and then we "ELF-ED" ourselves! Don't we look cute? We learned about symmetry while making paper snowflakes. We had a pretend snowball fight with our popcorn words written on paper and played a game to practice reading our words. Later in the day, we had our winter mug exchange and had a treat of cookies and milk in our new mugs! Because we were GOOD, HARD-WORKING elves all day, we earned a jingle bell and "ELF STATUS" which meant we got an "Elf's Day Off" the following school day. We were able to wear our jammies to school and have a relaxing last day of school before Christmas Vacation!!