Monday, December 16, 2013

Gingerbread Houses - Hands On Learning and Writing


Today was another "best day ever" in our class according to some students. It was Gingerbread House day.  The first thing we did was go over in "How to" format how to make the gingerbread house. The children were more than ready after it was explained and then decorated their houses in their own personal style. After this hands on activity, they were invited to write how they made their houses so that others may also learn how to do it. It was a great way to incorporate an activity with writer's workshop and have lots of fun doing it. 
This piece includes the title "How to Make a Gingerbread House" and an Introduction "Can you see how to make a gingerbread house?"  First you spread the icing around."  "Then you put the candy." "Next you put the decorations." Finally you decorate the Christmas tree."  Then Kayla lists what you need. "You need a knife." "You need decorations."  She also lists a helpful hint "Don't forget the tree."
"How to Make a Gingerbread House"  "First you get a cafeteria milk jug." "Then you spread the icing." Next you put the (get the) graham crackers."  "Finally you decorate with candy." Ezekiel did a fine job sounding out some very large words and explaining how to make it.  
We hope you this helps you learn how to make a Gingerbread House this season!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Elves and Reindeer Decor

The time is flying bye and the holidays are upon us. We have been squeezing time in our busy academic day to do some fun art projects. Every month we do some sort of a hand project and this month it was the reindeer's antlers. These festive works of art are hanging on our wall in the classroom.
 These elves are hanging on our ceilings and making everyone laugh upon entering the room. Our little elves had fun decorating their costumes and seeing their faces adorn this project. 
 These pictures add a little pizzazz to our holiday festivities.
Thanks to Pinterest for sharing these great ideas!