I am a big proponent of emergent curriculum and The Project Approach, but this time of year for a couple of weeks, we do engage in a beloved tradition. Our class doesn't focus too much on the various holidays of the month...rather we dive in to various gingerbread stories. Each year we seem to find a new one or two to enjoy. This year a parent found The Gingerbread Bear by Robert Dennis and Gingerbear by Mini Grey, two very different stories.
I will be sharing the various fun activities we engaged in with our gingerbread in the next post, but the culminating event was our beloved hunt for the runaway cookie. My class this year brought it up to us before we even mentioned it.
"Remember when the cookie ran away. You comed into my class to find it. We didn't see it!"
As we travel through each class on our hunt, the previous three year old class remembered and was hoping it would happen again. Well, it did.
We talked through which body parts she needed as I cut her from the dough. Then of course, we had to decorate her with just a little :-) candy. Licorice whip hair just like the book!
A few pounds heavier, we popped her in the oven. Later when I went to check on her, she was gone!
Everywhere she went she left a rhyming clue with her signature refrain as well.
We tried to find her in the threes classroom, the twos classroom, the office, even outside.