Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Gingerbread Man

December is a great month for the story The Gingerbread Man.  I mean, what Firstie doesn't love candy, cookies and sweets??? Now that's how you grab their attention!! So as soon as I got back from our Thanksgiving vacation, I broke out the Gingerbread books and we had a blast.

There are so many versions of The Gingerbread Man, it's hard to pick! Unfortunately there just isn't enough time to read all of them so I chose my favorites.  I like to read one each day to the kids and then we compare them on our chart.

I always begin with the traditional tale of The Gingerbread Man and then follow with The Gingerbread Girl and The Gingerbread Baby. I usually like to do some activities with gingerbread houses too but had a hard time finding a Christmas tale about these yummy treats.....until this year!! I took to google and did a search and found the cutest book called Gingerbread Mouse about a little mouse in search of shelter who finds a perfect little gingerbread house to call home. SCORE! Gotta love Amazon Prime for their  two day shipping....! 

We've been learning all about story elements and how they help us in our comprehension so we compared each book:

We wrote letters to the Gingerbread Man / Gingerbread Girl and tried to talk them out of running away! We also made our own gingerbread kids.  Aren't the adorable?? The only pattern that my firsties had was the actual gingerbread.  Then they went to town creating their own gingerbread people.....I love them.  I try to let them "do their own thing" as often as possible.  No patterns needed when they come up with such awesome creations on their own!


After reading Gingerbread Mouse, I made a large gingerbread house and we listed adjectives that would describe our house......yes, we are still working on those adjectives!! How else am I going to get all that fabulous creative writing out of my firsties???

A few years ago when I was teaching kindergarten we made this was one of our shared writing activities.  The kids made the entire thing with no patterns and we labeled it together.  

We also made this gingerbread boy:

Next it was time to make their own gingerbread house with some tasty descriptions! Again, no patterns for these houses and I think they look delish!


And of course, we couldn't do a mini unit on gingerbread without making some REAL  candy houses!! We used milk cartons as our base and frosting as our "glue".  We covered them with graham crackers and candies.  What a fun way to end the week!!

The firsties LOVED playing these Gingerbread Math Games.  I like to add real objects to my games as often as possible.....I picked up these cute erasers at the dollar tree, the candy canes and cookie cutters at our local craft store....and I had the buttons in my teacher stash!