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Decorating Gingerbread Men

Kindergartners at Alameda enjoyed building language skills and vocabulary while decorating gingerbread men.

Title I Reading Specialist Mollie Nelson-Weiss says for students learning English (and whether their first or second language, ALL students in our district are learning English), experiences and hands-on activities are the most effective in helping students use and develop language naturally.

"For instance, while they are decorating gingerbread men, they associate very quickly the terms 'squeeze the tube' and 'spread frosting' with the actions they are doing," Nelson-Weiss said. "This is an effective way to teach - and a fun way to learn."