All week we have been reading and engaging in a variety of activities surrounding the story of "The Gingerbread Man". I must say we have become "Gingerbread" experts. The Kiddoes' ability to identify small variations in each version of the story is amazing. The highlight of the week was decorating our own life size gingerbread man.
Thursday ended with the promise of being able to "eat" the gingerbread man the next morning. When the Kiddoes filed in the next day, there was an overwhelming amount of excitement. After finishing reading "The Gingerbread Girl", I announced that it was time for us to finally eat our gingerbread man. All the Kiddoes surrounded the table and started a countdown for our feast. Much to our horror, when I lifted off the cover on the cookie, our gingerbread man was gone. In his place, he left a note telling us he did not want to be our snack.
However, the gingerbread man did leave us a clue as to where he was going. After deciphering the first clue, we headed to the library to see if we could find him.
When we got to the library, we were sad to hear from Mrs. Wills (our Teacher Librarian) that we had just missed the crafty cookie, but he did leave us another note. The Kiddoes figured out the next clue told us that the gingerbread man was off to see our amazing Administrative Assistant, Mrs. Medwid.
However, once again we missed the tricky little man, but..... he left another note to taunt us. The note told us to look for him by the leader of our school. First we tried the Vice-Principal's office, but Mr. Beingessner let us know he hadn't been there.
So next we tried the Principal`s office. What luck, we just missed him again. However, Mr. Bachiu read to us the note he left in his office. It told us to find room 302, which he said was the best in the school.
We left the office and went on a hunt around the school to find room 302. What we found was a surprise. Room 302 was OUR room. We opened the door and there, back on the table was our gingerbread man!
We sat down to finally enjoy our tasty little man.
The conversations both Miss W. and I overheard were amazing. We loved listening to all the different theories on how our gingerbread man was able to escape. The Kiddoes were even making connections to some of our stories in their explanations.
This week was filled with lots of laughter and learning. Without even knowing it, the Kiddoes were exposed to outcomes in all of our curricular subjects. If this week is any indication of what the next 9 months are going to bring, I know I for one, am very excited.