The Gingerbread Way Program

Target audience:

Professionals working in the Early Childhood Community (daycare providers, early childhood educators, library staff, special needs assistants)

What you’ll learn: 

This interactive workshop blends pedagogy and practice for professionals working with young children.  Participants discuss how rhymes, songs, fingerplays, books, and storytelling (oral, dramatic, and with props) support areas of child development, including those outlined in the Early Development Instrument (EDI) and Flight: Alberta’s Early Learning and Care Framework. 

You also learn new materials as well as practice presentation techniques to engage young children, aged 2.5 to 5 yrs, and their families.  Participants who take level one, or who have experience presenting a variety of materials to children,  may take level two to further enhance their storytimes.  

Prerequisite reading:

“More Than Words: Using Nursery Rhymes and Songs to Support Domains of Child Development”. Click to view and download file.

Levels one and two are eligible for the Professional Development Grant for Licensed Day Care and Out of School Care and also AECEA Child Development Supervisor Professional Development Funding.

The Gingerbread Way Program: Level One (6 hrs instruction)

Professionals are introduced to oral rhymes, songs, fingerplays, finger puppets, books and oral storytelling, contextualized within areas of child development. Explore ways to adapt the practice of these materials to support specific ages, multicultural groups, skill sets and curricula. Your immersion into the kaleidoscopic world of stories builds their confidence in purposefully choosing them for and actively reading them with audiences.  Participants receive a read-aloud picture book, a journal, a resource guide and a copy of the award-winning book What’ll I Do with the Baby-o? by Jane Cobb. See reviews at

The Gingerbread Way Program: Level Two (6 hrs instruction)

Review and deepen your understanding of oral rhymes, songs, fingerplays, finger puppets, books and oral storytelling within areas of child development.  Discuss your experiences, emerging questions and challenges. Broaden your oral storytelling and engagement skills, using dramatic techniques, props and felt boards. Plan how to use these new materials in specific early childhood education centres for diverse audiences. The day will cumulate with you planning and presenting a 15-20 minute story time. Participants receive a read-aloud picture, an accompanying felt board story and a resource guide.

Ginger Mullen, MA Children’s Literature
Storyteller, Educator and Workshop Facilitator
403-695-7761 /

The Gingerbread Way: Nurture Children’s Potential with Rhymes, Songs, and Stories

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