Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Continuing Gingerbread fun

Continuing with our Gingerbread man, boy, girl work today. After morning circle and puzzle fun, we began our story time for the day. 

We had a silly fun book "Don't Let The Pigeon Stay Up Late" since I am hearing from some of the parents that their child is giving them a hard time going to sleep.  This one is a good way to laugh about it, but still learn that children need to go to sleep at night.  We also talked about "Fill A Bucket" which is about appreciating that others have feelings also and we need to take them into consideration as we go throughout the day.  "Llama Llama Holiday Drama" is about how a child feels being overwhelmed with the holidays, and learning to stop and seek comfort from a parent.  Lastly, was our Gingerbread book of the day, "The Gingerbread Man".   This is the traditional retelling of the story, with the traditional wording.

The traditional wording was needed for our next activity:  Gingerbread Man Action Game.  We briefly talked about "action" (verb) words, then after putting the Run, Run on sticky notes in the blanks provided, I asked them for more action words that we could act out.  These are a few of the words that they came up with.  We just wrote each one on two pieces of paper to go in the blanks of _____, ______ as fast as you can.  You can't catch me. I'm the gingerbread man.  When we posted the words on, Gingy would act it out, and the children joined in.  Outside we played Run, Run as fast as you can.

We finished up the Christmas countdown chains

This was waiting for the children as they arrived this morning.  A quick, fun, gingerbread man dot to dot art in red or green.  These were completed in red or green. 😊

We did many of the same activities we did yesterday and included cookie shape matching.  The activities appeared easier for them today as we practice and practice things like matching upper case and lower case letters, identifying numbers and developing number sense.  They were able to match the upper case and lower case letters much faster and without questioning what a letter is.  The counting buttons on gingerbread men also was completed faster with putting the correct number of buttons on.  Also, on our tracing letter or number to make a gingerbread man practice, they are understanding the basic "how to" make a gingerbread man better.

The three year olds joined us for some of the activities, and would migrate back to the playroom or other activities out of the cabinet as they desired.  In the play room they were "making cookies" on a cookie pan, having tea, caring for baby dolls, building with blocks, playing in the Little People Doll House, and working with puppets in the puppet theatre.

Everyone went out before lunch to enjoy a bit of fresh air and run, climb, and work in outside centers - digging in mulch with trucks, blocks big & small, music, dramatic play (Teepee), mud kitchen, reading/chillin, sandbox work, flying the airplane together, and riding trikes.  Everyone is very tired and resting well.

Today's menu: Breakfast:  Banana, Cinnamon Toast, Milk
                         Lunch:  Chicken patties, Spinach Salad, Green Beans, Wheat Crackers, Milk
                         Snack:  String Cheese, Orange Wedges

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