Last thursday was teddy bear day, in case you didn't know, and so we decided to celebrate at our homeschool. Actually we celebrated on friday, because it's better to put the fun things at the end of the school week for my kids. Thursday night I wrote each of my children a letter, inviting them to bring their favorite teddy bear to a special teddy bear homeschool day. They were very excited.
We then did our usual morning homeroom activities. During journal time they wrote about their teddy bears - describing how they looked and what kinds of things their teddy bears like to do and what the kids like to do with them. We then shared what we had written and had a little "show and tell". I discovered that my son's teddy bear likes potato chips and cheese and my daughter's likes to play a game called catch and cuddle. Who knew? We also drew pictures of our bears. I read them "Corduroy" while they finished their drawings.
Next we solved some teddy bear word problems, and then did work in our regular math books. Then Maren and I talked about the history of the teddy bear.
To help get my 3 year old involved, we read "We're going on a bear hunt" and acted it out. We made signs to hang up around our house for each area we had to go through, and hid our teddy bears in the cave. The 3 year old thought it especially fun when he had to save me from the mud and stop his sister and brother from being blown away in the snowstorm. Who wouldn't love running back through the house screaming because we were "scared" by the bears in the cave. And yes, we woke up the baby.
For our final activity, we dance to the classic "Teddy Bear's picnic" with our teddy bears, and then went on a teddy bear picnic ourselves. I really was going to have the kids help me make sandwiches, but it turned out we didn't have enough bread, so we HAD to go to McDonald's to get our picnic food.
I had planned some other teddy bear activities, including but not limited to:
singing the "teddy bear, teddy bear" song and playing the little singing game
making bread or pretzel dough and shaping it into bears before we baked it
doing a puppet show with our bearsacting out Goldilocks and the Three Bears
but we weren't able to get through all the things I planned. And that's okay. There's always next year.