Saturday, December 10, 2011

You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch!

This is a new unit for MCP.  The classic Dr. Seuss story of How the Grinch Stole Christmas was our focus in the MWF classes. On Wednesday,  I read the story to the children and we had a short discussion.  One of the children put the moral of the story beautifully.  I quote, "People are more important than presents."   In the midst of the chaos of Christmas we often forget that.  After the story, we crafted the Grinch together with everyone snipping around the shape to make the Grinch fuzzy. Listening and following teacher directions and we crafted a pretty cute Grinch. 

Snipping helps with that opening and closing motion of the scissors without having to also concentrate on cutting out a shape (although many of our preK kids can cut out very intricate shapes!)  We have scissors available for student use every day. I realize this is not always possible at home because children often like to cut their own hair, the dog's hair, their siblings hair, window treatments, bedding, towels and more (do you hear the voice of experience?)   Do try to give your child scissors with adult supervision.  Snip around large pieces of paper and create place mats for the dinner table.  Have a tub of paper for just random cutting and snipping. 

On Friday, the children retold the story of the Grinch.  What happened first?  What happened next?  Then what happened?  Sequencing is a very important reading comprehension skill.

We also made Grinch Bread.  It is grinchy green and good.  It is a quick  pistachio sweet bread that I have made around the holidays for a long time.  When my boys were little, they called it Grinch Bread and the name has stuck.  The morning class was pretty split on their like and dislike.  The afternoon class one hundred percent loved it!  It is super easy and loaded with Christmas calories.  Enjoy!

Grinch Bread

1 package golden butter cake mix
1 package instant pistachio pudding
4 eggs
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sour cream

Topping-Mix 1/4 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 cup slivered almonds, finely chopped
We did not put the topping on our bread at school.

Mix all the cake ingredients. We did add three drops of green food coloring to make it a little greener.  Pour into two greased pans. Sprinkle topping on two breads and gently pat down.

Bake at 350* for 45 minutes.  We had to up the oven temp at school to 400*.  The morning class bread took almost an hour at 350*.  Like most recipes, it depends on your oven.

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Get the Grinch movie and enjoy some Grinch bread!  Have a great weekend, everybody!!!

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