Tuesday, February 2, 2016

B4FIAR: Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?

My girly was asking for some "school like the boys" so I pulled Before Five in a Row back out, and we rowed Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? by Nancy White Carlstrom.

Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? is a fun rhyming book.  We follow Jesse bear through his day, full of play and through his meals and bedtime routines.  It's very cute and she adored the book!  By the end of the week she was reciting it with me.

{Eleanor was a few weeks shy of 3 when we rowed this book.}

We started by making our own Jesse Bear that we colored together.

I'd intended to just use the shirt and pants, but the printout came with shoes and sunglasses, and she said he needed them!  We used him as the cover of the lapbook.

We worked on different printables through the week to put into the lapbook.  She loves dot painting, and this B was perfect for that. She knows her letters and sounds, but tying reinforcement activities into her Before Five in a Row activities is perfect.  We colored /b/ words with "her" markers (pip squeaks) and practiced her cutting skills.

I wasn't sure about these tracing sheets, but she enjoyed them.  She wouldn't leave the table (no matter how much her brother begged her to come look at something) until she finished two full pages!

She also really enjoyed playing with the counting bears and practicing patterns. She insisted on matching every bear before finishing the patterns.

We gave bear hugs and three kisses and played peek-a-boo with a blue blanket!

We've had the Bear Family Puzzle for years, and it's obviously a perfect fit for this book.  She enjoyed dressing the baby bear like Jesse.  I didn't do the fabric swatches activity in the manual, but it was certainly entertaining to see some of the other clothing matches she made with this puzzle!  Sometimes she dressed Daddy Bear in the suit to go to work like Daddy Bear in the book (our Daddy dresses in business casual), but he generally got the most unique outfits.  Mommy usually matched in purple!

She played a little with the dressing boards one morning.  I have a set similar to this (it might be the same set, but I didn't buy mine here or pay anywhere near that price) but this Melissa & Doug Basic Skills Board is also very cute!

I adjusted the Shapes lesson from the manual slightly.  I gave her some cookie cutter shapes, and she lined them all up while she waited for me to get her paint, then she got to business.

We did something similar with brown paint and our bear shaped cookie cutters.  It eventually turned into a fully brown painting.

As you may be able to tell, she likes to start earlier than me.  She often asks for school in the morning, again in the afternoon, and usually begs for something every night.  A piece of paper and some watercolors used to tide her over, but now she wants something with a purpose.

I laminated the cards, she pointed out pieces while and I read, and she made some matches before she decided she really just needed to dress Jesse Bear.

She found a piece of Rummikub that fell out of the box and wanted "the number game" so we worked on recognizing numbers from 1-10, and then she just kept adding pieces and insisted I take a picture!

Later in the week she wanted another bear printed out so she could paint him.  She picked all the colors and painted him, then we cut him out to glue on the back of her lapbook.

We ended up gluing him to the back of the lapbook along with a bear we cut out from her brown-bear stamping.

She wanted to save her shape stamping, so I asked her to pick which strip she wanted and I cut a strip from it.  We made a "blanket" to put over this bear so we could play peek-a-boo just like Jesse!

This is the inside of her lapbook.  As you can tell, she likes to paint.  That size sequencing family of bears is apparently our family--Daddy, Mommy, Elliott, Emory, Eleanor and Eloise.  The little pocket with the 'b' sticker has her word cards ~ also good for a memory game.

For fun, we had a Jesse Bear lunch!  Carrots and Peas, and celery crunch, but not rice in our hair, because that's messy!  The first time we read the book she looked at me with wide eyes and giggled "We don't put rice in our hair!!"  I did apple slices for her, instead of a whole apple, and I made a bear shaped sandwich.

Additional Books
Better Not Get Wet, Jesse Bear
Guess Who's Coming, Jesse Bear
Let's Count it Out, Jesse Bear

There are several more Jesse Bear books, but these are the ones we own.

Weather Bear Paper Doll from Danielle's Place
Jesse Bear Lapbook from Homeschool Share
Jesse Bear Printables from Homeschool Creations
Free Counting Bear Patterns from The Measured Mom
Teddy Bear Sorting from Activity Village

I think next time I row this, it will be in the summer.  Jesse Bear runs in the sun chasing butterflies, and wears the sand on his hand.  It would be fun to act out these scenes!

This row was several weeks ago.  I'm behind in updating our Before and FIAR adventures.  Next up is O is for Owls--which went with the boys' row of Owl Moon, The Snowy Day, and she's currently doing D is for Ducks while the boys row Ping.

What is your preschooler up to lately?

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1 comment:

  1. How fun! I love the cookie cutter shape painting. My boys love this book!