We enjoyed the many Gingerbread Boy stories we read this month but we were especially delighted by Jan Brett’s stories of The Gingerbread Baby and The Gingerbread Friends. We made plans to make gingerbread houses similar to the one that Matty made for the Gingerbread Baby. Although we didn’t catch a gingerbread baby, we did have lots of fun.
We read different versions of the story, Stone Soup and began making plans to cook the soup ourselves. This story is a folktale that has been retold in many countries, each having its own version. It is a story of hungry travelers, looking for food, who arrive at a village and the people are fearful of being generous. The story ends with the realization that when each person makes a small contribution, the collective impact can be huge. The people learn about the pleasures of sharing – soup from a stone, fancy that!!
We learned that trees help the earth. We need trees to keep the earth healthy. Sometimes trees are used to make paper. We should save paper so we can save the trees. Ms. Smith and Mrs. Knee showed us how we could recycle our paper scraps and use them to make something new. We tore up the paper from our scrap boxes and used a blender with water to mash the paper into pulp.
We read books by Denise Fleming who makes her illustrations with pulp she makes from cloth. When it dries, it is paper. We decided to use our paper pulp to make paper leaves and then make a tree with them.
We enjoyed making leaves so much, we decided to try to create pictures the way Denise Fleming does. We put the paper pulp into squeeze bottles so we could “paint” the different colors onto our screen.
These are the pictures we made.
If you want to learn more about Denise Fleming, click here.
We read many books by Eric Carle and learned how he illustrated his books. Although we could not decorate the paper as he dies, we used tissue paper and liquid starch to make some of our paper for collage. We also used finger paint on paper to create textures on paper. We also used those papers.
We sorted the papers by color and then chose pictures to copy from our many Eric Carle books. Even the teachers got involved. Collage is so much fun. You should try it sometime!
Last week we met our Big Buddies. They took us outside and asked us some questions. They wanted to learn more about us. After that we played for a while. When we came inside, we shared a story we wrote. It was fun to have new people to look at our books and listen to our stories. Then our buddies read stories to us. We can’t wait to have our buddies come back for another activity. We love our big buddies! Thank you for coming to our room.