Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Sassy and Sweet

“Run, run, as fast as you can! 
You can’t catch me I’m the Gingerbread man!” 

It’s that time of year again, when Gingerbread Boys everywhere can be heard chanting this sassy rhyme. 

The children in my kindergarten classroom delight in the mischief this character may cause! Our Gingerbread Man runs away the first few weeks of school, then heads off to college, (to learn how to behave!) and returns for a visit in December with his new found friend Gumdrop! To highlight his return, the monthly take-home calendar is a large Gingerbread Boy! 

The Gingerbread Boy is one of the many adorable monthly CALENDARS that my students create and display at home. Parents are requested to help their children mark off each day, recite the days of the week, and count to 31 and beyond. Both parents and kids look forward with eager anticipation for the monthly calendar to arrive home.

This month I’ve also included Gingerbread Man calendar markers for your classroom calendar or to use in the pocket chart. 
One more bonus item that I’ve included in the calendar packet is a game board to play, “Can You Catch Gingerbread Boy!”  This is a simple game to play with 1- 4 students.

Each child chooses to be a character: Fox, Cow, Dog, or “Me”.  A child rolls the die. If he is the fox, he must roll a 6 to place a button on the fox’s row. If she is the cow, she must roll a 4 to place a button on the cow’s row, and so forth. The first character to fill the row with buttons, wins!

When a student plays individually, he colors a square each time he rolls the die. He does not need buttons. Example: If he rolls a 4, he colors a square in the cow’s row. If he rolls a 5, he colors a square in the dog’s row. The first row to have all the squares colored… WINS! You could have every child play individually and then graph the results! The kids love to see which character “CAUGHT” Gingerbread Boy the most!
You may purchase the Gingerbread calendar, calendar markers, and the game board, at my TPT store. However, to celebrate the “Season of Giving” … the Gingerbread Game Board is a Freebie! I would love for you to download the game and leave me a comment. My desire is to connect to a greater audience, build relationships, and discover ways that I may be of greater service to teachers. I hope you’ll share your thoughts with me!

Next month’s calendar is a huge mug
 of hot chocolate!


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