Bear Week comes to an end….

January 14, 2012

We had a great time celebrating Bear Week!  To end the week we read Goldilocks and acted out the story with cute masks.  Each child had their own little  book that they colored and they could follow along as we read the story.  We also watched Winnie the Pooh and had popcorn as a special treat to end our celebration week!

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The little books the children colored

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The kids acting out Goldilocks and the Three Bears

We read Goldilocks and the Three Bears Retold and illustrated by Jan Brett.  Her books are always a treat to read.  Her illustrations are gorgeous and so detailed.  She even creates a frame on the page,  the sides of the page are illustrated and tell a little story as well.  I highly recommend any book by Jan Brett, the children seem to really enjoy them and looking at the beautiful illustrations.

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Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Jan Brett

goldilocks and the three bears preschool books

The beautiful illustrations by Jan Brett

goldilocks and the three bears preschool books

Another beautiful illustration

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Polar Bears….

January 11, 2012

Today we learned all about Polar Bears as we continued celebrating Bear Week.   We had a great time eating lunch with our Teddies at the Teddy Bear Picnic and learning new songs and games!

preschool polar bear book

The Last Polar Bear by Jean Craighead George

hand print polar bears

We made hand print polar bears to go along with our story.

We got out the felt board during Circle Time and learned a new song for Bear Week:

The Bear Went Over the Mountain

(to the tune of “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow”)

The bear went over the mountain,
The bear went over the mountain,
The bear went over the mountain,
To see what he could see

To see what he could see,
To see what he could see

The other side of the mountain,
The other side of the mountain,
The other side of the mountain,
Was all that he could see

Was all that he could see,
Was all that he could see,
The other side of the mountain,
Was all that he could see!

the bear went over the mountain felt board song for preshcoolers

The Bear Went Over the Mountain felt board song

We made a special Bear Week snack too!

bear claw biscuits

We made Bear Claw Biscuits for snack today! These were so much fun to make and eat. The claws are just slivered almonds and the tops are dusted with cinnamon and sugar.

Since it was pretty rainy and we couldn’t go on the playground, we got out the parachute.

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The teddies all got to go for a fun ride on the parachute!

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It’s Bear Week!

January 10, 2012

This week is bear week  as we celebrate the birthday of A. A. Milne, author of Winnie the Pooh.  We are having a blast learning all about bears and doing very “beary” activities!  We are learning lots of songs, games and eating special snacks this week!

 

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear turn around.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear touch the ground.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear tie your shoe.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear that will do.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear go upstairs.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear say your prayers.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear turn out the light.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear say good night.

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It's the Bear and The Ice Cream Bear by Jez Alborough

Monday we read “It’s the Bear” by Jez Alborough.  This is one of my all time favorite children’s books.  It’s about a little boy Eddie and his mom who go on a picnic in the woods and encounter a bear who is just as scared as Eddie and his mom are when they meet.  You can really get into character reading this and the illustrations are so cute and friendly.   I have been reading this book to children since I first started teaching, 15 years ago.  I have worn through two copies, my current copy is falling apart and I now need a third!  “Ice Cream Bear” is a really cute story by the same author, about a bear who dreams that it is snowing ice cream.

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Our paper plate bears

We also made paper plate brown bears to go along with “It’s the Bear”.  The nose is 3D and made out of the little plastic drinking cups.

preschool bear books

Corduroy by Don Freeman and Corduroy at the Zoo by B.G. Hennesey

Today we read a few Corduroy books.  This story is a beloved classic that the kids really enjoyed.  And then the kids all put on their bear ears to go on our Honey Hunt.  Hidden all over the classroom were honey pots with a special surprise inside:  Honey Comb cereal!

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Our bear ears, to wear on our honey hunt!

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The honey pots have been found!

bear craft ideas for preschool

We made cinnamon bears! After painting the template, we sprinkled cinnamon all over the bears.

bear game for preschoolers

We also played an alphabet sorting game. The children got bear cards with lower case and capital letters on them and had to identify the letters and sort them into the correct bear caves. They were so good at it, they know their alphabet!

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The bear cards we used for the game.

corduroy movie for preschoolers

To end the day today, we watched a live action version of the book Corduroy. They loved it and were so fascinated by seeing a real Corduroy!

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