We had a Teddy Bear Tt Party Day this week. We're almost done with our letters. I work on all the letters all the time (like we all do) but then focus on two a week to reinforce letter ID, sound, and correct formation. So- we were on letter Tt and we needed a Tt Party!
The children had so much fun. I never want to get so busy with curriculums and programs that I can't have these fun days. These are the days the kids will remember.
We did lots of math with our bears! The children sorted them by color and size. They also came up with other ways to sort- some with clothes on, some holding something, black noses and brown noses... We had fun.
Then, they had to line up their bears from biggest to smallest- without making a sound! OOOH that was hard!
During math centers, we added and subtracted with teddy grahams.
We used paper bowls for bear caves for our subtraction. (I just cut out an "entrance to the cave." The children had 5 teddy grahams. I would put all five in the cave. Then, I would take some out and they had to tell me how many more were in the cave. They thought they were magic. I told them math is even BETTER than magic!
Here's a picture with teddy bear counters. I worked with a couple of my children during free choice time to review using counters.
Reading was oh-so-much better with bears!
The children wrote about their bears. They each wrote 3 details about their bear- usually his/her name, whether it was big or small, and what they liked to do with their bear. Then they drew a picture of their bear. I told them to pretend it was a photograph so it looked JUST like their real bear. They had fun.
I had some bear paperdolls for the children to cut out and play with at free choice if they wanted.
We had flavored iced tea to drink, Teddy Grahams, and fruit snacks for our party. So simple but special. I used very special napkins because it was a "fancy party." You could also serve Swedish fish, berries, and honey, because bears love that, too!