How can so many school days fly by? Are you feeling it too? Christmas is right around the corner and my class has only begun their projects. We are very fortunate at our school to be able to enjoy the holiday season with all its sights, sounds, and tastes!
This week we had a whole lot of gingerbread learning going on. The kids loved it! Everyday they would check the anchor chart to see a hint of the new gingerbread book would we be reading. Love the comparing and contrasting discussions!
On the third day of Christmas my teacher gave to me... gingerbread house designing and a gingerbread movie (only 12 minutes long). The past few years my creative teaching partner and I give our students 12 Christmas gifts. Friday the students got a plate of gingerbread house designing materials and turned on their creative juices. What a fun activity for Friday - treats, giggles, and a cartoon!
One sweet student had her mother make gingerbread cookies for her birthday treat! The tasty gingerbread men fit just right in the houses the students made! Regan was so happy when she saw her birthday treat inside the houses of her friends. It was perfect - I can tell that Regan talks to her family about what we are learning in school.
The students had a blast with Gingerbread Coding from Brooke Brown at Teach Outside the Box. At first the kiddos didn't seem too sure about their ability to follow the code. But we started slow with just 5 directions. Then we went to 10 and finally finished with 15! One student would write the code on the sheet protector (reduced the number of copies), then take it to a friend to have them figure it out. Another heartwarming teacher moment - conversation about the code and its success or need to change something.
Parent volunteers! Yeah!!! This mom has agreed to help in our classroom for three Fridays! It is so wonderful to have the extra set of hands to complete extra activities. Mrs. R has gone home with glittered clothing for the past two Fridays. She loves coming in to work and visit with the students. Hats off to parent volunteers!
Finally, it is always a treat to get a note from a student. This note was written on the back of a quiz.
Happy Sunday, Friends!