Saturday, July 25, 2015


Somebody once remarked at a workshop, “Dr. Jean, you take something simple and then milk something for all it’s worth.” I smiled and replied, “Yep! That’s what good teachers do!” You will be able to “milk” a lot out of these little bears. 
Directions: Cut 26 bears out of construction paper. Write upper and lowercase letters on all the bears. Mix up the bears and then sing this song to the tune of “Twinkle Little Star” as the letters are revealed:
         Dd bear, Dd bear, what do you see?
         I see Kk bear looking at me.
         Kk bear, Kk bear, what do you see…

*Focus children’s attention while they settle down for a story or lesson with the letter bears. You could also use the bears as a transition activity. Dismiss children to line up, wash their hands, etc. when the letter that their name starts with appears.

*For younger children, make the bears out of different colors. 

*At the beginning of the school year make bears with the children's names.

*Use the bears to reinforce other skills, such as the numerals 10-20 or sight words.

*Hide the bears around the classroom or playground for the children to find and identify.

*Each month make a similar game using seasonal cutouts. Adapt to different skills you are working on each month.

Here's a link where you can download the bear pattern.