This week has been one of my favorite weeks so far this year. But, how could it not be when one of the themes was cookies?! Thank you Mother Goose Time! This week’s overall theme was “Sights and Sounds of Winter- Inside”.
I love the smell of fresh, homemade cookies. Yum! This week, we did quite a few learning activities that involved cookies. The students were engaged and we learned a lot.
One of the first activities we did was a literacy activity. We have been learning the letters B, P, and O this month. We reviewed those letters by playing a game. The students had to find the correct cookie and match it to the right plate. We played this game a few ways. The first time we played, I told them to find a circle, star, or gingerbread man and had them put it on the correct plate. They all picked up the same letter, so it was easy for them to double check their work. The second time we played I told them to pick up a cookie based on the color I said (yellow, blue, green, or red) and place it on the plate that matched. I have said this so many times, but I love that Mother Goose Time’s activities are fun, engaging, and reach a variety of focus skills. With just one simple activity, the students are practicing colors, shapes, letters, and matching; all very important skills for preschoolers to learn.
The second activity we did was create our own cookie plates with shapes. There were cards in MGT’s (Mother Goose Time’s) box that the students could match shapes on top, or recreate on a different plate. I also had the students get creative and make up their own cookie designs with the shapes.
I showed the students this picture of a plate full of Christmas decorated sugar cookies.
We got creative and decorated our own paper sugar cookies. The students did an amazing job.
I love watching them get creative and explore their boundaries. It was interesting watching them make the fake cookies. They were so excited about getting to design their own. I wish I would have made preparations for us to decorate sugar cookies, but all I had were the makings for chocolate chip cookies. We decided that we couldn’t let the whole day go by without actually making (and eating) real cookies. So, I let the students help me make cookies. They got to measure, pour, wait their turn, stir, scoop, and press.
I can go on and on about our cookie day and how much fun we all had together. I think what made it the most fun is that we were actually learning a lot, but it just felt like we were playing all day together.
We also learned about house guests this week. My favorite activity from all of the ones we did was making these cute people and using them to act out word problems. Genius! That was one of the most engaging math lessons I’ve ever taught. The students were cute as they made their guests and acted out each scenario. It is a great visual for them as well to easily see what 5+2 equals.
We also learned about our character trait for the month last week. We talked about what it means to be brave. The students got to share about a time they were scared and how they were brave.
Next week we will learn about light and dark – Winter Days and Winter Nights.
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