In conjunction with our discussion of winter, we are learning about Hibernation. What animals hibernate and why do they chose to do this? What do these animals eat? Where do they hibernate? What keeps them warm?
Bears are one of the many animals that hibernate so we have bear art and games are all around the Red Room. The children are painting black and brown bears using paint mixed with coffee grinds to give a different texture. They are using bubble wrap to paint bears and are painting polar bears with a glue and shaving cream mixture.
Using circles and half circles of all sizes to create bears allows the children to recognize shapes and distinguish between big and small. Each bear is unique in its own way and made differently with a variety of supplies.
Because some bears live in caves, the children are also making different caves using supplies from our art center. The children have made a large map on butcher paper using their bear caves as well as winter scenery. Paths connect the caves, providing different routes for the bears to take. Creating maps and mazes is part of our including science, technology, art and math in our classrooms.
There is a “Hibernation Box” at the sensory table, filled with materials representing snow and animals that can hide in a variety of homes. The children enjoy pretend playing with these animals as they act out hibernation.
The children can play a color matching bear game which also involves patterning, and there is a counting dice game available with bears
The children are enjoying bear books including: Don't Wake Up The Bear, Bear Snores On, Copy Me, Copy Cub, and Big Bear, Little Bear. A stuffed animal brown bear, fox, and mouse, are visiting our classroom. The children are acting out hibernation in different places in the room with the animals. They are reading books to their animals but are also letting them sleep through the winter months!
Perhaps you have already heard our song about Hibernation. Use the tune of "Alloutte":
Hibernation, time for hibernation
Hibernation, time to go to sleep.
In the winter, where's the bear?
Sleeping in its log or lair.
Where's the bear? Log or lair, ohhhhhhh!
Once we have learned this song with bears, we will repeat it with some of the other animals that hibernate - a frog sleeping by a pond, a snake in the mud beneath a lake and a bat in a cave.
We will conclude our unit on hibernation with a guest speaker from the Nature Club. Karen Andrew will be here Tuesday, February 1st. Be on the lookout for a special animal house that your child will bring home after her visit.
The children are having so much fun making snow in the classroom as we prepare for snow at the end of the week! Baking powder and hair conditioner makes a wonderful consisitency for making “snow” creations. Both the smell and the texture invite the children to play with it.
We know the weather is unpredictable, but please check it and continue to dress your children in appropriate clothes for outside. We go outside every day, unless it is raining or freezing.
Thank you, as always, for your continued support of the school and the Red Room.
Fondly - Blanche and Michelle