Hello all! I know I'm running a little behind on the posts, but the past 2 or 3 weeks have been so crazy. I've finally been able to find a moment tonight to update you all on where we left off last. After our first week of school we dove right in and started learning our colors and color words. What better way to accomplish that than with everyone's favorite bear?? My kiddos always LOVE "Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See?" by Eric Carl. We read the story, watched the story, sang the story, and listened to the story about 100 times! Of course all of my math and literacy centers involved Brown Bear and his friends, but the theme activities for these 2 weeks were my favorite.
First of all, every day is a specific color (we go in order of the book) and I encourage my kiddos to wear clothing in that color. This is not a must, so please don't think they have to go out and buy something for each color day, but it is so fun when you walk in and your whole class is wearing brown.
Secondly, we add a page to our Brown Bear texture book each day. I don't have a picture of it, but it's quite simple to explain. We have a "coloring" page with each Brown Bear character, and each day we color the animal the appropriate color and then add something on top of it that is of similar texture to the real animal, or something that accentuates a certain feature of the animal. For bear use puffy paint, red bird we use a red feather, yellow duck is yellow yarn, blue horse is a blue streamer on his mane and tail, green frog is green tissue paper, purple cat is purple crinkle paper, white dog is cotton, black sheep is felt, and gold fish is glitter. I generally try to use the same textures each year, but sometimes it boils down to what supplies I have in my room and what color are they.
Anyway, near the end of the second week we did a Brown Bear M&M sorting activity that was a lot of fun, and we conclude the week with rainbow day on Friday. We make rainbow names, rainbow hair heads with our rainbow hair poem, and I finally hang up their torn paper rainbows that they work so hard on throughout the week. That pretty much sums up Brown Bear in our classroom. Hopefully this weekend I'll be able to show you everything we learned in our "All About Me" week.
Love her chubby cheeks!