- 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).
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
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