"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved." Ephesians 1:3-6

Friday, October 3, 2014

Tot School: Brown bear

Week 1 for our theme unit in Brown Bear Brown Bear, What Do You See?
It was A LOT of fun! The kids loved it.  Their favorite part was probably the bear masks and wearing them all week (and for the following week too!)
There are six areas I want to focus on each week to help me decide what to limit the activities to:
1. Bible verse/story
2. color focus
3. hands-on craft
4. memorable experience
5. sensory experience
6. food activity
1. Bible story and verse:
Genesis 1:25
"God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good."
2 Kings 2:23-24  
"From there Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some boys came out of the town and jeered at him. “Get out of here, baldy!” they said. “Get out of here, baldy!” He turned around, looked at them and called down a curse on them in the name of the Lord. Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the boys."
2. Color Focus:
To introduce the color, I showed items in our color box of all brown items.  Also used some of the printables I printed and the book. 
The kids colored with brown crayons, colored pencils, and markers. 

3. Hands-On Craft
Painting a paper plate bear mask
4. Memorable Experience:
Tea Party with Stuffed Bears
(no pictures)
Brown King Size Pillow Cases (totally impromptu as I was folding laundry!)
These provided all sorts of fun! Sack races, pretending they were bears, stuffing the stuffed bears inside, sitting inside and having us swing them around
5. Sensory Experience:
Pinto Bean sensory bin with brown objects.  Twins like to scoop, Raelynn liked to make "soup"
Find the hidden objects in the shredded brown paper (and there is white mixed in too, but I didn't care!)
6. Food Experience:
Teddy Grahams and Chocolate Cheerios as snacks and part of activities
Each bear has a number on his belly. She had to count them out before eating them
"feeding" the bear
Printables to practice lowercase and capital letter recognition
Little brother wants to do all that big sister does, so he sorted the magnets because he can't match lower to capital letters
printables to practice counting
We have this printable for each animal in the book, so I hope to do something different with it each week.  This week was placing the magnets in the circle
Raelynn loves to cut and glue.  I printed a variety of bears off in a word document.  She cut them out and glued to a brown paper

1 comment:

  1. I really like the 5 areas of focus you chose! That will be so nice in helping to plan! Great idea! I see why the kids loved the bear masks so much...they are just adorable!! All those printables are great too!