ShareNo matter how fast you run you can’t catch the Gingerbread Man! We’re turning our classroom into a gingerbread classroom! I’ll keep updating as we go. This is part of our Christmas celebrations. Parent.com has a plethora of family friendly gingerbread and Christmas videos.
Raisins, buttons, ribbons, glitter, and a little “teacher glue” (tacky glue). Free pattern on Printables!
Free Pattern On Printables!
You’ll need an old turntable or lazy Suzan. You might be able to use a spin art kit if you have one handy. These are just paper plates. You can do it without poking a hole in the middle just tape the plate to the turn table. Turn it on and let it spin. The kids can use 2 or 3 different colors of paint. When the paint is dry we add tongue depressor stick and wrap in cellophane.
Happy Hooligans has a super cute paper plate gingerbread man face. So cute.
Homemade Gingerbread Cookie Recipe.
This is an for pic of our gingerbread house. This was achieved with paper plates cut around the edges. And boarder strips flipped to their white side. I’ll get an after shot when we’ve got it all together!
This is the beautiful 3D actual gingerbread house from Inner Child Fun we’re trying to copy.
We do all we can to protect our children from the Coronavirus pandemic. Social distancing, masks, hand sanitizer and hand washing are good practices to help keep children and ourselves safe. These actions will help keep us safe from the immediate threat of getting COVID-19. Here’s what the CDC is saying about how COVID-19 might effect your child or any family member.
Are we doing all we can to protect children from the stress of the pandemic? Pandemic stress in children is difficult to completely prevent. Children aren’t as prone as their grandparents to get COVID-19 but are just as stressed by it. Children are aware that they have stopped going to school or child care. Children know that their parents are stressed. Changes in schedules, constant media alerts, and parental stress leads to stressed out children. As our anxiety builds so too does theirs. And if, God forbid, there is a loss in the family, how do parents help children through that? What can parents do to relieve some of that stress? Let’s see what the experts say.
According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, children are almost a quarter of the American population. That’s more than 70 million children. This vulnerable segment of our society demands our protection in times of pandemic. Experts have learned from previous pandemics that children deal with stress differently than adults. Our response has to be modified to meet children’s special needs. “Most kids will ride this out and probably write some interesting college application essays about it.” Says Seth Pollack psychology professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and director of the Child Emotion Lab. Affluent kids will come out on the other side of COVID-19 mostly unscathed. Pollack and others are more concerned for children with less affluent families. Families who are already under stress from poverty and food insecurity are struggling more now.
From considering the lessons learned from previous pandemics we know that suspending routine activities, social distancing, closing schools and child care centers, will become the expected norm. These precautions among others, save lives in a pandemic. Those same actions can have a detrimental effects on children. Closing schools leaves children whose family don’t have internet access without connections with teachers and classmates.
Closing schools might also leave many children nutritionally vulnerable. Many children across the country depend on school breakfast and lunch programs for their only meals throughout their day. Some children even receive food to take home over the weekend.
Closing child care centers takes many parents out of the workforce for having no one to care for their children. Social distancing is very difficult to implement when working with children, it is impossible when working with infants and toddlers. Children need human contact to survive.
Older children and teenagers can suffer detrimental effects from isolation and may need mental health support in a pandemic. Suspending routine activities is detrimental to children as routine is what allows children thrive. Considering the lessons learned in pandemics of the past is important when planning for pandemics of the future.
There are many activities that parents and even the community can do to ease stress for children and their families. Everything parents do will impact their children in some way. Communities will need to support parents and children in a pandemic.
First, children need their education. Leadership needs to plan an infrastructure that provides children their education even when schools are closed. There are many tools that districts can utilize to continue children’s education from home. Many wireless companies are offering free or discounted WiFi to families with school age children.
Next, social distancing doesn’t support children’s mental health. Isolation is especially difficult on children. Parents will want to build their relationships with their children during a pandemic. Parents can help their children stay in touch with extended family members using face time or other video calling programs. Try to stick closely to the old “before Coronavirus” routine with their children. If that doesn’t work create and stick to a new routine.
Children rely on the simple rhythm to know what to expect next. Children who don’t know what to expect next will likely behave in ways that won’t be helpful. With many schools closed until the fall parents are going to need home schooling support. The CATO Institute offers this advice.
TeachPreschool.org has a great site with lots of inspiration to bring fun learning to your house during isolation. The author/preschool teacher, Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. is so warm and encouraging. She is a teacher of preschool teachers.
Experts say exercise will be necessary to keep kids (and adults) active. There are ways to keep active inside the house. Walk At Home is just one way to stay active. Kids can work out with parents.ChildCareInformation.com is dedicated to the safe education of children even in times of global pandemic.Read More
This year our fund raiser did very well, bringing in just over $4000! Each of our 15 classes (only 13 are shown here) made a piece to be silently auctioned off at the Art Gala. Art by adult artists was also donated and auctioned. There was a cash bar, light hors d’oeuvres, and musicians to set the mood, all items were donated.
This rainbow over a tree was done by two year olds whose teachers and parents saved applesauce and yogurt lids for weeks! 🌈
Lemonade anyone? Toddler teachers made this oh so cute lemonade set. The two year olds used their finger prints and the teachers turned them into bumblebees.
This beautiful masterpiece was made by blowing bubbles! Our one year olds blew bubbles for a good cause to make this.
Each child in one of our three year old classes is represented with a triangle that they painted themselves.
Our one year old class called Ducklings made this cute little spotted duck with their finger prints.
Reach for the stars! These high fives are brought to you by our big kids! Each child in one of our four year old classes decorated a cut out of their own hand print for this bright work of art.
A two year old classroom made this 3D wave with sea glass and sea shells. Take me to the beach!
Our second infant room teachers were thinking spring when the started working on this in mid February. Tiny feet prints make these butterflies special. 🦋
Lastly these four & five year olds were inspired by their home town to make this cool masterpiece.
Parents appreciate a little advanced notice when we ask them to contribute something for parties or special projects. Put out a sign up sheet out so parents can choose to contribute what they like.
It’s best to have the Valentines signed with just the child’s own name not the recipients. The children can deliver the valentines to all of their friends much easier that way.
Have everyone wear red or pink.
As an example, take a look at one preschool classroom’s letter to parents explaining their Valentine’s Day party plans.
Blog Valentine‘s Day Parent Letter
Children don’t have to be able to read the words, to enjoy valentines candy hearts. Try this simple matching game in a happy heart center.