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December 2013

Gingerbread Story in the Missourian

Yesterday’s gingerbread making activity was a huge success. Joshua Boucher from The Missourian came into the classroom to document the event. To  read the article check out this link!

 

 

 

Artwork Celebration at the President’s House

Our Elementary students have work on display inside President Dianne Lynch’s home, along with students from our partners in education at Lee Elementary.

In celebration of everyone’s hard work this semester, we celebrated with taking a tour of all their work, drawing and writing about what they did at the President’s house, and if they wanted to, talk to Santa. Afterwards, we read a book and ate cookies.

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Baking & Decorating Gingerbread

This morning there was the smell of sweet, warm, ginger wafting throughout the halls as teachers prepared our cookies for decorating.  As you may recall from an earlier post, our student Natalie wrote a persuasive letter to the teachers explaining why we should bake and decorate cookies to go along with our Gingerbread Man study.  Along with her letter, she put up a petition in the classroom for her fellow classmates to sign as proof that she wasn’t the only one who supported this idea.  Not surprisingly, all our students signed the petition!

After the gingerbread cookies were baked and had cooled; students decorated! We would like to send a big thank you to Allie’s family for donating  the dough for our gingerbread cookies!

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And lots of eating too!

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Gingerbread Houses

M&M’s  squished between foot and floor, icing stuck in our hair, Red Hots burning our tongues, licorice twisted around little fingers, and chocolate chips galore! Why you ask?   Today the preschool joined  forces to tackle the gingerbread house construction project.

The past couple weeks, we have read a variety of Gingerbread Man books.  The students have discussed the characters and similarities and differences among the various stories.

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Ana created a gingerbread house for her and her family to live in — if they were gingerbread people of course!

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Will, Cece, Grace, and Mack worked together as they shared ingredients to create their gingerbread houses.

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How can you not taste the ingredients as you are hard at work?

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Kellen and Elsa discuss their plans.

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Corinne was very pleased with her final project.  She worked hard to cover her roof with lights.

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Kaley used the Pull and Peel licorice to cover the roof of her house.

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Keaton and Grace are working diligently.

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Malia had a specific technique.  She would frost one side of the house, add candy, and then move to the next side.

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Kale and Jacob were discussing their houses and what the different ingredients represented.

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Cormac was very proud of his work.

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One big happy preschool family!

 

Snow Much Fun!

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Persuading Teachers

Our students can be persuasive!

While reading our Gingerbread books the students have been asking to make real gingerbread cookies. They created their characters on Friday and are now writing their own versions of the Gingerbread Man. Then we found this:

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This letter explains the benefits of cooking in the classroom and ways to get the dough and candy for decorating.

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We have agreed since they took the time to write us a letter and came together as a class; we will be making Gingerbread cookies on Thursday. The teachers will provide the dough to make their cookies, but we are looking for some volunteers to bring candy and frosting for decorating. If you are interested in bringing something in, please email the elementary teachers to let us know.

Our students can be persuasive!

Independent Inquiries

Another group of students presented their at home research project which we call Independent Inquiries. Topics we learned about this morning included: SWAT teams, President John F. Kennedy, and Red Shouldered Hawk.

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Gingerbread Character Development

After reading many different kinds of Gingerbread Man stories this week, students created their own Gingerbread character. They plan to use these characters in their own stories. We have a Hula Gingerbread Girl, Lion Gingerbread Man, and a Cheetah Gingerbread Man.

We hope that you can come join us on Friday, December 20th at 2:00 in the Elementary classroom where these characters and stories will be on display.

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Sugar Cookies

Today, December 13, Preschool made sugar cookies! Earlier this week, some of us made the dough from scratch. We might’ve left out an ingredient or two so they tasted more like biscuits. Thankfully, they still turned out delicious!

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