Gingerbread, Snowmen, and Reiki!

This week in my Learning Commons =

At the beginning of the school year, I read this wonderful post about using QR codes with kindergarten students by Shannon Miller. I LOVED it! My kindergarten teachers read gingerbread stories to their students every year, so I thought this would be something fun I could help them do. I shared the blog post with my teachers at our last Collaborative Planning Day and they loved it too! Here is what we are doing, inspired by Mrs. Miller and her kids! For the past couple of weeks, kindergarten teachers have been reading gingerbread stories to their students in the classroom and comparing and contrasting the differences. We decided that I would read Gingerbread Man Loose in the School by Laura Murray this week in the library (the week before we wanted to do our own QR code hunt). After I read it, we talked about how it was different and how it was the same from some of the stories they’ve been reading in their classroom. Then, we switched gears a little and I told them about QR codes (what they are, why people use them) and they practiced scanning some QR codes that I created. Starting tomorrow (Monday), I will be going on a gingerbread hunt with our kindergarten students (1 class at a time). They will get their first clue in the classroom. I will read the clue, they will scan a QR code, and then go to that place in the school for the next clue. I can’t wait!

1st – 2nd graders either read Bridget’s Beret (to catch up on some book award reading) or checked out books and read to self.

I helped a 3rd grade class write a letter to pen pals using good ol’ Word. We are participating in Follow that Peach! We are just about ready to send our letters off! FUN!

This week was Lion Cub and Park North storytime = snowman theme!

I read Snowmen All Year by Caralyn Buehner

We did the reindeer pokey (“you put your antler’s in; you put your antler’s out”) with Lion Cubs. I passed out reindeer antler headbands from the $1 Store for them to wear while we danced.

We did some winter animal yoga at Park North (bear, mouse, penguin).

I read On the First Day of Winter by Denise Fleming with Lion Cubs. I’ve created a flannel board activity to go along with this book. I have pictures of all of the parts to the snowman cut out and laminated with velcro on the back (peanuts, pinecones, buttons, etc.). As I read that part in the story, the kids come up and place that item on our snowman.

I read There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell to my Park North friends.

After our stories, we made our own snowman. Very old school, but FUN, craft – template of a snowman that the kids colored and then clued cotton balls onto. I had some glitter paint and fun stickers to use, so they liked that.

When they were finished, they got to enjoy a melted snowman snack. This idea came from the wonderful blog, The Idea Room.

In proud librarian news – checkout my friend, Betsy Long! She’s awesome!

Outside of my Learning Commons, I went to a Reiki training yesterday. Reiki is something I have been hearing about for awhile. I have never had experience with it, but in my reading, it seemed as though it might be something that could help my mom. Basically, it is a transfer of healing energy from one person to another. Sounds kooky, but I think there is something to it. I can’t wait to try what I learned on her to see if it makes her feel better. Worth a shot! Marty and I celebrated our 10th year together by going to Al’s Upstairs, a Columbia prom favorite that we had never been to. Wonderful view and service and atmosphere, with okay food. Totally worth going at least once!

Now to get ready for the last week of school before our long break!

Have a GREAT week, friends!





About Valerie Byrd Fort

I live in South Carolina. I am passionate about libraries, books, and reading. I am also a mom. This is my blog about those things.
This entry was posted in Storytime, Technology, This and that. Bookmark the permalink.

5 Responses to Gingerbread, Snowmen, and Reiki!

  1. I enjoyed reading your blog. I loved your idea of the Gingerbread QR code activity! It puts a fun technology twist to the traditional search for the Gingerbread Man. Congratulations on your anniversary. I would be interested in talking to you sometime about your Reiki experience.

  2. Thank you, friend! I’m excited to start reading YOUR blog! I’d love to talk Reiki with you sometime – very interesting stuff.

  3. Anna Zbacnik says:

    Love this idea. I just got some iPads, so I want to try something similar. Are you letting the kids move around in small groups/partners–or are you staying together as a class.

    • We moved around as a whole class, in small groups. I had 5 devices they could use, so the classroom teacher split them up into groups and away we went! We had 3 adults (classroom teacher, me, classroom teacher’s assistant). It was very fun!

  4. Emelda Hellmuth says:

    My father practices reiki as part of a normal health routine and it is quite good in reducing stress. –

    Most recently released blog post on our own blog page

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s