Sunday, December 9, 2012

The Gingerbread Man

The day the gingerbread man stole our Hershey's Kisses was a very exciting day indeed!

First, we retold the story of the gingerbread man (which we had been learning all week) with little gingerbread puppets.  Then, Mrs. Malon brought in some treats for the class, but when she went to get them, they were GONE!

The gingerbread man led us on a search for clues throughout the school.

He took us to Ladel's sleeping place... the gym... Miss Cheri's office...
...and a few other places, until he finally brought us to the kitchen where he was hiding on his pan (with all the kisses!).
We were relieved that he didn't eat them all!
Here we are with our gingerbread puppets and ornaments.  
Here are the clues that the Gingerbread Man left us. He's so sneaky!


Saturday, December 1, 2012

What have the 3 year olds been up to?

What have our 3 year olds been up to lately?

Sorting & Practicing color words
 Taking turns (with Mrs. Petersen)
Retelling stories we have read in class

 Painting with texture brushes & Mixing colors to make new colors

We learned the story of the gingerbread man and created these little beauties...
And we searched the classroom for these little gingerbread cards, then we put them in order in the pocket chart. 

We're excited for this Advent season and all the fun and learning it will bring!


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Thanksgiving Feast

Our Thanksgiving Feast was so much fun! 

We made these cute Indian corn centerpieces. 
We made special outfits and practiced our song.

Our feast consisted of turkey roll-ups, applesauce, mashed potatoes, cornbread, and raw veggies.

 One of the Kindergarten students brought donuts to celebrate his birthday, so we topped off the meal with some non-traditional Thanksgiving food.


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Brown Day

November is a great month to learn about the color brown.  The 3 year old class worked with brown in many ways, including:
Painting with feathers

Painting with marbles

 And cutting brown paper.
 We glued the brown paper down onto a turkey shape.

 On another day, we cut up red, orange, and yellow paper.  After everything was glued on, it became a giant turkey! 
We also worked on counting skills by making these flip books with turkey stickers.  

 Happy Thanksgiving!


Tuesday, November 13, 2012


You may have seen this cute little project come home recently. 
 The pumpkins have numbers on the bottom, and the students were required to recognize the number, then count out that many stickers and place them in the column.  This was a great project for practicing one-to-one correspondence. At this age, children need to take their counting skills from rote memorization to being able to match numbers and objects. 

We've been learning the story of the first Thanksgiving by reading one of my favorite books of all time:
We did a picture sort and talked about the similarities and differences among the objects that Native Americans and Pilgrims used.  

In preparation for our Thanksgiving feast, we are making Native American costumes that consist of vests, headbands, and necklaces.  

 The kids had a lot of fun creating these colorful necklaces!

Each student also created their own headband by decorating it with markers, and then choosing 6 feathers to attach.  
 The final product:
 The students decorated the vests (made from paper bags) with Native American symbols. 

We are so excited to dress up for the feast on Monday! Our Thanksgiving feast is on November 19, from 9:30 - 11:00am in Krueger Hall.  Please let me know if you would like to volunteer during the event.