Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Preschool Interactive: Hibernating Bears

  • 11-13-13: Very Hairy Bear was checked out and I did this at the last minute, so I had to skip it. I also grabbed my bear puppet at the last minute and when we did the bear hunt pulled him out and then used him for the Hibernating Bear rhyme. The kids all loved it when he "ate" berries out of their hands. I don't use puppets much, so it's a novelty for everyone!
  • 12-12-12: I didn't finish putting this together until the night before and came up short on movement. I had a horribly stiff neck the day of and this is our last week of programming and it's really chaotic and...meh, I don't know that parents noticed and everyone had a good time, but it was pretty low-key (except for R and the wolves vs. squirrels, which was hilarious).
Dancing time and name tags: "List of Dances" from Jim Gill makes it noisy in Boise, Idaho

Introduction, welcome, and announcements: We Explore Science on Friday, Messy Art on Thursday

Early Literacy Theme: Print Awareness is knowing that print has meaning, how to handle a book, and noticing print all around

Opening name song: The more we get together

Early Literacy Aside: Our first story has several repeated words. Looking for refrains in books as you read aloud is a great way to increase print awareness.

Long story: A bedtime for bear by Bonny Becker

Movement: We're going on a bear hunt by Michael Rosen

Nonfiction: Under the snow by Melissa Stewart
Alternate: Over and under the snow by Kate Messner

Movement: Hibernating Bear

Short story: Very Hairy Bear by Alice Schertle

Short story: Old Bear by Kevin Henkes

Closing song: Sunny Day

Process art: Hibernation collage

Prep: animal magazines, scissors, paper, glue, crayons, markers

Kids cut out pictures of animals and draw what they do in the winter

Take Home Insert


Thank you for attending today's Preschool Interactive!

Our early literacy skill was: Print Awareness, knowing that print has meaning, how to handle a book, and noticing print all around

You can practice this skill at home by pointing out words in the stories you read together

Our stories, songs and rhymes today included:
A bedtime for bear by Bonny Becker
Under the snow by Melissa Stewart
Over and under the snow by Kate Messner
Very Hairy Bear by Alice Schertle
Old Bear by Kevin Henkes
We're going on a bear hunt by Michael Rosen

More stories and songs to try at home:
Look online for fun interactive songs - We're going on a Bear Hunt, Hop Hop Little Bunnies, and more!

Our take home craft is: Rainbow snowflakes

You will need: Water, a paintbrush, and a paper plate or piece of paper (optional)
Lay your snowflakes on a piece of paper or paper plate. Arrange the tissue paper on top of it. When you get the tissue paper wet, it will "bleed" onto the paper.

Library events coming soon:
Nov. 14, 3:30-5, Messy Art: Collage
Nov. 15, 10am, We Explore Science
Nov. 18, 4-5pm, Tail Waggin' Tutors

For more library events, new books, and more, check out our website at www.elkhorn.lib.wi.us, join us on Facebook, or talk to a librarian. Please let me know if you have suggestions or questions!

Jennifer Wharton, Youth Services Librarian
jwharton@elkhorn.lib.wi.us, 262-723-2678 ext. 14

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