Jesse Bear is part of the very excellent Before Five in a Row (B4FIAR) curriculum. FIAR is a lovely gentle curriculum, where you read a book five days in a row and use the book as a spring-board for many educational opportunities. Before FIAR is for 2-4 year olds and so is pitched at A3’s age. Jesse Bear is our first book.
Jesse Bear: Lap Book Activity
I pulled together lots of lap book activities from the FIAR digitals to freebies from Home School Share:
I photocopied the book cover and pasted it on top of the lap book cover:
And the inside:
Jesse Bear: Art Activities
We made some paper plate bear masks:
And grew some cress in a bear shape:
And coloured in some bears clothes to use to dress up our bear:
Jesse Bear: Tray Activities
I also went through all our bits for bear related activities. We had a surprising number! From matching buttons, a wooden bear family puzzle, a chunky bear puzzle, and a threading activity. Also, some magnetic shapes to create her own bears, a snuggly bear and a dressing bear especially for learning to use zips, buttons, toggles, belts and velcro:
Our own little bear completing her tray activities:
We did some sorting of gummy bears into their different colours. We graphed them on a simple graph, and then very much enjoyed eating them!
Abigail did some colour matching with a button activity. Next, she did some simple addition using linking bears. And finally, she did some threading/sewing:
We attempted to create some bear pancakes 😁
Our first ever row was a huge success and Abigail enjoyed every single moment of it!