Hoppy Holidays!!!!!





During the month of December we do a huge unit on gingerbread. I have at least 4 huge binders on gingerbread. I bought Carol Gossett's unit. Like the beginning of the year, we do a GB hunt. The school staff really get involved. :) I send home a gingerbread outline, and the Family Homework for December is to decorate it.Here is one picture. Kellie did this:



Here is an outline for a GB house

Here is where you can put those decorations:


Here is something that we use to make a movable puppet.




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Centers



I really enjoy center time. The kids really seem to develop so well using them. Some of the centers that we use are:
Gingerbread Match: Using die cuts, I labeled 26 GB men and wrote the letters of the alphabet on them and on the back I wrote words that began with that letter.
Using die cuts again, I had the kids match upper and lowercase letters.
This time using GB notepads, I wrote numbers on the GB and the kids put that many little GB erasers.
I also made little GB houses. I have them programed with numbers also.The kids can choose to use GB erasers or snowman.
I bought a GB house and it has masks in it. Truth be told, it was a Hansel and Gretel story. It even had backdrops in it.
Here are some of the things that I use for my unit:

Stamps
I bought a stamp set from Reading and Writing Rubber Stamps
This is one of the stamps:

This is the other set that I got:
Here is my cookie jar center:
Here is a picture of the Gingerbread House that I bought:

Cooking center.

Make your own GB cookies.

We also had a play dough center, for making "real" cookies.

This is a Carson Dellosa bulletin board set. We used it as a center.



Books I use these books when I teach my GB unit:

Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett
The Gingerbread Boy
The Cajun Gingerbead Boy

The Gingerbread Rabbit
The Gingerbread Doll
The Gingerbread Man

The Gingerbread Man
Maisy Makes Gingrebread
Here are some other great links for you to check out:

Ideas from K Connect
Ideas from KinderKorner
Ideas from Kidzone
Ideas from Teaching Is a Work of Art
Ideas from Kinderhive
Ideas from Kinderthemes
Ideas from DLTK
Ideas from AtoZ
Ideas from ABC Teach
Ideas from Prepetual Preschool
Ideas HUbbard's Cupboard
Ideas from Kiddy House
More from Kinderthemes
Lesson Plans from EdSchool
Ideas from Easy Fun School
Songs and Poems
Site of Jim Aylerworth
Ideas from Mrs. Zakowski
Ideas from Barbara Pratt
File Folder Game
A unit on measuring.
A Guided Reading Lesson
A GB Boy play
Ideas from Mrs. McGowan
A Unit from Mrs. Ballingall
More Ideas from A to Z
Gingerbread Fun Ideas
Ideas from Folktale
Eduplace
Jan Brett
Clip Art
Ideas from ABC 123 Kindergarten
Learning Leap
K-crew
Ideas from Kinderteacher
Geography Ideas
More Ideas
Finger Puppets
More Ideas
Lots of ideas
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Ideas
Lesson Plan
Emergent Readers (For purchase)
Poems
Unit
Dot to Dot
Preschool Connection


During winter we also talk gingerbread, snow, and many other things related to the season.




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