Libertyville first-graders build gingerbread houses

  • Butterfield first-grade teacher Janine Hogan helps student Oscar Domingo-Snyder with his gingerbread house decorating project Wednesday at the school in Libertyville.

      Butterfield first-grade teacher Janine Hogan helps student Oscar Domingo-Snyder with his gingerbread house decorating project Wednesday at the school in Libertyville. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Butterfield School first-grade student Rayne Lynch is excited over the progress of her gingerbread house during a decorating activity Wednesday at the Libertyville school.

      Butterfield School first-grade student Rayne Lynch is excited over the progress of her gingerbread house during a decorating activity Wednesday at the Libertyville school. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Butterfield School first-grade students had a gingerbread house decorating event Wednesday at the Libertyville school.

      Butterfield School first-grade students had a gingerbread house decorating event Wednesday at the Libertyville school. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Katie Pietka helps her daughter, Bailey, decorate her gingerbread house Wednesday at Butterfield School in Libertyville.

      Katie Pietka helps her daughter, Bailey, decorate her gingerbread house Wednesday at Butterfield School in Libertyville. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 12/18/2019 3:54 PM

First-grade students at Butterfield School set aside their books, pencils and notebooks on Wednesday to work with frosting, graham crackers, marshmallows, candy canes and gummies.

As a culmination of a "gingerbread man" unit, the three first-grade classes at the Libertyville school held a gingerbread house decorating activity. More than a dozen parent volunteers set up for the event, with another 40 or so joining in for the decorating. In the classroom, the students have been reading a various versions of "The Gingerbread Man" book, learning about story elements and putting on performances.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Teacher Janine Hogan said one of the best things about the event is "seeing the excitement on the children's faces and having parents here and sharing."

Hogan said the school has been doing this activity for at least five years. Butterfield School parents provided all the items for Wednesday's activity.

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