What I had planned to begin in September is just now finally happening! Way back when, I came across a cool program called Five in a Row. It's a literature program that uses children's books as a foundation and then incorporates a wide variety of learning opportunities based on that book. We started with Before Five in a Row, which is a little more open and relaxed approach. One thing that really sold me on using this curriculum was that there are a lot of bloggers who are using it and post loads of inspirational ideas. Delightful Learning has been a major inspiration so far.
This week we started the program with the book, Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? It is a fun book, full of sweet rhymes centered on what a little bear will wear throughout the day. The kids and I really enjoyed reading the story every morning and then doing a few related activities.
Here are just a handful of activities we did last week:
|whole wheat bear pancakes|
|identifying shapes in the book and then painting|
|a teddy bear picnic--almost the same lunch Jesse Bear ate--the kids actually tried the celery with sprouts|
|Isabella really enjoyed the picnic|
|this is the lap book with a lot the activities we worked on|