grinning and bearing it

Visited one of the local Catholic schools recently and did a double Kindergarten storytime, the theme was bears. Thought I would share some of my resources

BEARS – Kindergarten
Song/Movement: “The Dance Along Gong Song,” #14, Jim Gill’s Irrational Anthem

Prop Story: “What can happen if you fall into a hole,”
Drawing Stories from Around the World, Pellowski

*I should do this drawing and take pictures step by step--it's cool. You tell the kids a story, while drawing out what's happening, and keep adding components to it and the end result is a bear.

Book 1: We’re going on a bear hunt, Rosen           
*kids loved that I brought the pop-up version; kids also love repeating the "chorus," "We're going on a bear hunt, we're going to catch a big one, what a beautiful day, we're not scared!" It gets repeated so much that the kids can on to it quickly.

Flannel Board: Polar Bear, Polar Bear, what do you hear? 

Prop Story: “Bear in a Tent,” based very loosely on “Papa’s Teepee,”
Handmade Tales: Stories to Make and Take 

*I should do this and take pictures step by step--it's cool. You tell the kids a story, while folding/cutting up the paper, when it's all done it's a snowflake. I based mine solely on the snowflake cutting and made up a story about a bear to go with it. KIDS LOVE IT!*

Book 2:I Don’t Care,” Said the Bear, Colin West 

Music/Movement: “Bluegrass Jamboree,” #12, Hap Palmer’s SO BIG w/shakers  

Book 3: Bear Snores On, K. Wilson 

Rhyme/Poem: “Bear in There,” Shel Silverstein (* bookmarks for kids—see below) 

Music/Movement: “Rock and Roll Freeze Dance,” w/sticks, Hap Palmer’s “So Big,” #5 

Post Notes: 
Didn’t have time for everything, so I didn’t use: Bear Snores On (which all the kids seemed to know) and “Bluegrass Jamboree,” song. 

In the future I would only do shakers with double kindergarten reading, rhythm sticks were a little too much


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