“Bear Snores On”
by karma wilson
Dear Teachers and Parents,
Thanks for attending our “One Book One University” literacy event! We hope that you had fun and learned about the importance of literacy for the development and learning of young children.
We were pleased to present a free copy of “Bear Snores On” to your child(ren) and hope that you will take the opportunity to expand on what was learned today by trying some of these recommended activities in your child(ren)’s home setting.
A few ideas for things you can do with your child(ren) are listed below:
Additional Reading Activities:
- Read the book again with your child. Before starting, ask your child to do an action, such as “Touch Your Nose” or “Clap Your Hands” when they hear the phrase “And The Bear Snores On”. Prompt your child by saying this phrase slowly and clearly when reading the book.
- Read the book with your child. When a new animal comes into visit the sleeping bear, ask your child open-ended questions about the animal, such as “What noise does the animal make?” “What do you think this animal eats?” “What is your favorite thing about this animal?” Continue this discussion.
- Allow children to hear the book read to them on YouTube. This will allow them to hear the narration while they follow along in their copy of the book. The YouTube video link is found below:
- There are several rhyming words found in the story that create a great flow to the plot. Select one of these words when reading the story with your child. Then, encourage them to come up with another word that rhymes with the selected word. For example, you can use the words “lair” and “bear”, “tight” and “night” and encourage children to find additional words that rhyme with these.
- Create your own snow cave for the bear! Use recyclable materials, such as tissue boxes, paper towel rolls, and cardboard. Use markers or paint to decorate the caves. Line the edge of the cave with cotton balls to represent the snow surrounding the cave. You can discuss with your child that some bears live in caves when they are hibernating and discuss the concept of hibernation further.
- In the story, the animals “pop some white corn”. After reading the story, ask your child if they would like to pop some corn, just like the animals do. Pop some popcorn in either the microwave or a popcorn machine. Encourage your child to use all of their senses to explore the popcorn before eating it. For example, look closely at the popcorn. Ask your child what they notice about it. Smell the popcorn. Ask your child to describe how the popcorn smells. Put the popcorn to your ear and squish it with your fingers. What sound does it make? What does it feel like between your fingers? Put the popcorn on your tongue. What does it taste like? This activity encourages children to explore the popcorn using all of their senses and to be observant and thoughtful of this simple item.
- Make honey nuts, just like the animals in the story! Here is a recipe for Honey-Roasted Nuts found on myrecipes.com. While eating the snack with your child, talk to them about what sound the nuts are making. Use words such as “crunch” and “chomp”, which are used in the story.
1 teaspoon butter
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon salt
Dash of ground cloves
1 cup raisins
1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil; coat with cooking spray.
2. Heat butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in honey; cook 2 minutes or until mixture bubbles around edges of pan. Add nuts and next 5 ingredients (nuts through cloves), and cook over medium heat 8 minutes or until nuts are golden, stirring frequently. Stir in raisins. Immediately spread onto prepared baking sheet; cool completely.
- Listen to the song “The Cool Bear Hunt” by Dr. Jean Feldman. Encourage children to pretend like they are in the situation and do the actions with them to get their large motor muscles working!
- Create some Animal Movement Cards. For example, hop like a kangaroo, stomp like a bear, run like a cheetah, hop like a frog or rabbit, slither like a snake, etc. Encourage children to experiment with moving like these animals.
- Make a bear cave using old boxes. Encourage children to act out the story of the Bear Snores On, by sleeping like the bear, getting woken up by the smell of the pepper flake, and having a party!
- Make bear growling noises while outside! Talk about the different kinds of bears.
- Have a discussion with your child about how fur keeps animals warm through the winter. Relate this to how coats, gloves, hats, boots keep them warm when we go outside.
Thank you for all you do to show your child(ren) the importance of literacy in their everyday lives. As you can see, the content of books can be extended in many areas to teach various developmental skills and encourage learning in young children.
Preschool Specialist, ASUU Student Child Care Center