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1/5/2015 3:29:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Kindergarten Project Bonds Hmong College Prep Academy And Texas Students

By Dave Bonko

Students in Natalie Heiman's Hmong College Prep Academy Kindergarten Class Show Off The Gingerbread Dolls They Received From DeZavala Elementary School In Channelview, TX
Nearly 1,200 miles separates Channelview, TX and St. Paul, MN. However, the distance didn't get in the way of kindergarteners from Hmong College Prep Academy and DeZavala Elementary School learning about each other.

"I joined a Facebook group called Simply Kinder and saw all these teachers making paper gingerbread kids and sending them off to other schools in the nation!" stated HCPA kindergarten teacher Natalie Heiman. "I figured we HAD to be a part of this project, so I connected with another teacher from Channelview, TX."

Heiman further explained how the project integrated math, reading, geography, art and writing skills in a real-world application. "During C3 DEAR, Drop Everything and Read, time, we read The Gingerbread Man story. Then, I explained that we will make our own gingerbread kids and they will run away to Texas!! We looked at a map and talked about how far away Texas is. Then, each student made a gingerbread kid and wrote a letter to their new Texas friends. Finally, we filled a big envelope with the kids' creations and put them in the mail. "

Later in the week, Heiman's class received a return mailing from their Texas pen pals. "We received the big package of gingerbread kids from Texas! I read a different Gingerbread Man story, and then did a story compare and contrast. After, as a class we opened the package, read the Texans letters, and each of my students got to choose a new gingerbread friend to keep. We then did another compare and contrast between our gingerbread kids and the ones we received from Texas. It was so much fun that we're looking to do another project like this in the spring!"

St. Paul, MN



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