For more information on how I plan and prepare my family storytimes, check out this introduction post. I starred the materials used in the plan. Some activities go unstarred because I only do this program once a week.
Bear Counts by Karma Wilson*
Bears in the Bath by Shirley Parenteau
Old Bear by Kevin Henkes
Welcome Home, Bear by Il Sung Na*
Early Literacy Tip
Imagination plays a critical role in problem solving and learning. You can nurture your child’s imagination by playing games like “Sleepy Bear”.
Theme Extension Activities
Featured CD: “The Apple Tree and the Honey Bee”*
Featured Track: #1 Dancing Bear*
Flannelboard: All Kinds of Bears*
Flannelboard: Polar Bear!*
Fingerplay & Puppets: “Two Little Bears”*
Two little bears sat on a hill, (hold up two fingers)
One named Jack and one named Jill. (wiggle each finger)
Run away, Jack; run away, Jill, (put fingers behind your back)
Come back, Jack; come back, Jill. (bring fingers back)
Song & Puppet: “Sleepy Bear” (Tune: “Thumbkin”)*
Where is bear? Where is bear?
Here I am. Here I am.
How are you this winter?
Very tired, thank you.
Go to sleep. Go to sleep.
(Have kids shout “WAKE UP BEAR” to do the song again.)
Credit: Preschool Education Music & Songs : Animals > Winter
Repeating Extension Activities
I had lots of back-up activities in case I needed them for time. I starred which ones I used in this storytime:
- Ants Go Marching
- Five Little Monkeys Swinging From a Tree
- Green Says Go
- Head, Shoulders, Knees, & Toes
- If You’re Happy and You Know It
- Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
- Two Little Blackbirds
- Way Up High in the Apple Tree
How It Went
Future Flannel Friday coming to show the flannelboards I made for this program!
This was a very rambunctious storytime. I had kids moving around every which way and really not wanting to sit still. I was so happy I had a bunch of puppets and flannelboards to catch their attention. Their favorite book was Welcome Home, Bear. I think the newer Bear books by Karma Wilson might work better as one-on-one reads. And “Dancing Bear” off Bari Koral Family Rock Band’s new album was an awesome song to dance to!