One of our workshops this past week was also Gingerbread themed! After we had read 5 or 6 different versions of the book, I asked the kids to tell me about their favorite part of the Gingerbread Man story. It was fun to hear them explain what they liked and why from all different versions of the same tale. They were then asked to draw a picture of the favorite scene they had described.
"I love when the fox is tricking the Gingerbread Man. He says he wants to help him cross the river, but really is a trick and he eats him!" David excitedly told our group as he sketched.
I saw Gingerbread popping up in so many different ways in kids' play this past week. During Free Choice time Ethan made this beautiful picture full of details from our different books.
"Here is my Gingerbread picture!" he shared with the class. "There is a fox and a cow and a horse and there's the Gingerbread Man and his Gingerbread House."
We finished out this week with an exciting activity at meeting, working on collecting and organizing data (and maybe eating some Gingerbread cookies, too!) I gave each child one small gingerbread cookie on a plate. They were immediately curious about what we were going to be doing and, of course, the most popular question heard around the room was, "Mrs Bowling, can we eat it?"
I asked the kids to take one bite of their cookie and then set it back on their plate.
We looked around the carpet at everyone's cookies and started noticing which part of the body each friend decided to bite off. We decided to collect this data in the form of a chart. Everyone took a turn coming up to the easel and signing their name under the part of the body that matched the part they decided to eat first.
"I bit off his head!" Adam told us as he signed his name.
"I ate his head too," Clayton said.
We were interested to learn the most of our friends chose to eat the head of the gingerbread cookie first! Of course, after we were finished using our cookies for educational purposes we enjoyed eating the rest of it!
We have had a lot of fun working with this text. It's so exciting for me to see how excited the kids are to open up a new story everyday. They have really developed in their ability to talk about a book and compare some of its features. We plan to continue working with this story until Winter Break! Check out on our blog in a few days to see where this study takes us this week!