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.
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.
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.
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!
Our bear ears, to wear on our honey hunt!
The honey pots have been found!
We made cinnamon bears! After painting the template, we sprinkled cinnamon all over the bears.
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!
The bear cards we used for the game.
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!