Thursday, August 28, 2008


Bears? What could I possible write about bears? As I was drinking coffee this morning, peanut was trying to race to the computer before I got to it!
"I want to play on a website this morning," she pleaded.
Let me write my blog first I responded and then asked her, "What should I blog about today?"
"Bears!" she exclaimed.
"Bears, hah?" I thought. "What about bears?" I asked.
She told me that I should write about what they eat and stuff. She challenged me creatively today. How can I make a connection between curious and creative thinking and bears? I decided to take her up on the challenge, so here goes!!

If your children are anything like mine, they are fascinated by animals. When reading to your child about animals, link it to geography. Bears live all over the world and who doesn't love Koala bears, Panda Bears, or Polar Bears? Read different books about bears to your child. Next, use a map or globe to share with your child where the different species of bears live. You can also teach them about different habitats, too!

Panda Bear
Home: Southwest China
Food: Bamboo
Fun Fact: once thought to be a type of raccoon

Sloth Bear

Home: mostly in the forests and grasslands of India and Sri Lanka
Food: ants, termites, flowers, honey, eggs and more!
Fun Fact: makes a very loud noise when it eats

Polar Bears
Home: Cold, Polar North
Food: Seals
Fun Fact: The skin of the polar bear is black. It's fur is translucent!

Koala Bear
Home: Australia
Food: Eucalyptus
Fun Fact: Marsupial

Black Bear
Home: Throughout North America
Food: will eat nearly anything!
Fun Fact: The largest black bear recorded was 802 lbs.


Click here for Bear Print-out from Enchanted Learning!

Find a few facts with your child in books or websites and create a small booklet or a mural!! If you have an older child and love technology, PowerPoint is always fun!

Just for fun!! Read the original version of the Goldilocks and the Three Little Bears and compare and contrast with a fractured fairytale such as Goldilocks and the Three Hares by Heidi Petach.

Okay, so how did I do?? Even if you don't like my ideas, at least peanut is excited that I took her up on her suggestion!! Let your kids challenge you, because there are so many opportunities to learn from and with them. I know I never knew much about a Sloth Bear until today! Now I want to know even more!!


Helene said...

Great post!!! I often forget that every little thing can be turned into a learning experience for our little ones. I need to learn to slow down so I can see things through their eyes and be just as excited as they are to learn new things!

Thanks for stopping by my blog!!

Jen said...

I'm glad that you enjoyed the post! I had fun writing it!! I often need to slow down, too, and just enjoy my children. I've had fun reading about your blessings.

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