A Beary Special Week

What did the teddy bear say when he was offered more tea and treats?

No thanks, I'm stuffed!

This week of friendship was centered around one of our oldest and dearest friends, the teddy bear. So many valuable lessons can be learned from our first friends such as the sharing of meaningful toys, uninterrupted listening, imaginative play, everlasting support, and much, much more.This week's theme brought about expressive discussion and helped us really focus on what makes a good friend!

 

 

One series in our library that has been teaching us beautiful and constructive friendship morals is the story of Arthur the teddy bear by Ginnie Hofmann. We just love Arthur and his human Andy's tales, so we decided to write a letter to Arthur asking him some thoughtful questions hoping to hear back! We used the books as a reference to highlight some of our favorite scenes. I absolutely love these invented spelling and writing activities. It mimics real writing techniques and gets the children comfortable with implements and formatting!

Some other crafts inspired by our love for teddy bears are pictured below. We put our creativity to use by designing our own teddy bears, learning all about the letter "B", and accomplishing some teddy bear math with buttons!

We can't forget that Valentine's Day is right around the corner! Pardon our mess as we dive into a sea of red, pink, purple, and white!

We could not wait to welcome back our karate master Sensei John. He always brings such positive energy and reinforces teamwork in all of his lessons. This week he took us on a high agility obstacle course throughout our room! Though we completed it individually, we couldn't have done it without the heartfelt cheers coming from our friends on the sidelines! Way to go friends!

The perfect way to end teddy bear week is of course to host a Teddy Bear Tea event! This allowed us to formally introduce our "home" friends to our school friends. It was so nice to watch the children socializing and engaging with their trusty bears by their side offering warm hugs and love. Everyone got along great!

We spent the day getting to know our bears better than ever before! We measured their length using all different instruments and truly captured their features at our play-doh build a bear station. Our dramatic play picnic area had a wonderful display of food and games for bears and humans alike! We then delicately dined on snacks and divine tea! How cute are our teddy bear bread treats?

                                 We got a response letter from Arthur the Teddy Bear!

                                 We got a response letter from Arthur the Teddy Bear!

                                                  How tall is your stuffed animal?

                                                  How tall is your stuffed animal?

                                                         I'll take a hotdog please!

                                                         I'll take a hotdog please!

                                                                   Free to decorate!

                                                                   Free to decorate!

                                                    Who says it's not picnic season?

                                                    Who says it's not picnic season?

                                                        We made beary cute bread!

                                                        We made beary cute bread!

                                                      Counting and patterns all in one!

                                                      Counting and patterns all in one!

                                                                      It was delicious!

                                                                      It was delicious!

We made up for lost time by playing in our winter wonderland backyard. This is record snow for Ladybug Preschool! 

Thank you to all the parents and friends who helped with our successful Teddy Bear Tea today. The Ladybugs and I were so appreciative of all your special support! Have a fabulous and friendly weekend everyone!

-Erica