Wednesday, January 23, 2013

More Bear Waltzing Videos

Can you tell that I am having just as much fun as the kids this week? 
I love to watch these over and over again. I notice something different going on each time!

Teddy Bear Reunion: Day 3

Sometimes freezing cold days can be the most heartwarming.

Me: It's almost time for snack
Preschooler: Is it a Teddy Bear snack?
Me: Ummmm. Sure!

So into the kitchen I went to come up with some sort of bear snack. 

Then... I used my magic to turn them all into little bears! 

There are not even words for this one.

A budding friendship. :)

A piano playing bear.

Ice Skating

Ice Skating like a bear.

The idea started to catch on.

One skate for the front and one for the back is very tricky.

Teddy Bear Reunion: Day 2

I love the concentration with his lips.

A real bear tooth brought in by one of the preschoolers.

More Bear Snacks...

How cute is this?!

I had the children gather their Teddy Bears around a "table" so that we could have our lunch. As I was gathering them, I realized I had not thought of anything to feed their bears. I asked the kids to try and remember what bears eat. I happened to have all of their suggestions on hand around the classroom. They blurted out suggestions. I then asked where we could find that item in our classroom and they helped find it! (Fish (memory game), bugs, acorns, blueberries (pompoms), honey (from the cupboard),  and leaves! This was such a wonderful spur of the moment activity! Plus the bear's looked ridiculously cute sitting there

I forgot to get a better picture of these before we ate them!
Banana Muffins. Yummy!

"The bears all demand at least one waltz a day..."
He goes wa wa wa waltzing, waltzing with bears
Raggy bears, shaggy bears, baggy bears too
There's nothing on earth Uncle Walter won't do
So he can go waltzing, wa wa wa waltzing
He can go waltzing, waltzing with bears

Monday, January 21, 2013

Waltzing With Bears: Reunion Day 1

Today was the first day of our Teddy Bear Reunion. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we spent a lot of time talking about how to include everyone, peace and being kind.  We talked about how all our bears are different. We had conversations about how we would feel if people didn't include us or our bears just because we were: big, small, boy, girl, green, orange etc. 

Everyone happened to have a bear today, but other animals would certainly have been welcome to our reunion. Can't wait to see what the rest of our reunion week brings!

Our Picnic

Bear Cave 
A couple of our Teddy Bear guests brought Bear Mix (sticks, snowballs, fish, bears and bunnies) 

Lining up for the picnic


A bed for a bear.

Making a door for the cave.

Bear Interviews

Measuring our bears.

A cave.

Waltzing with Bears.
Dancing to Roger Tinknell's version of Waltzing with Bears.