Go Bears!

A couple of weeks ago, a bunch of my storytime kids were wearing Chicago Bears shirts… so I felt inspired to do a beary storytime 🙂 I also wanted to include a new book I LOVE: Goldilocks and Just One Bear (a funny twist on the classic tale where a BEAR is lost and crashes a HUMAN home)!

Next Panera storytime is NEXT WEEK. Registration starts tomorrow!

OPENING:
Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1: Thank You Bear by Greg Foley
Flannel: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. (Templates available here.)
Fingerplay: 10 Little Fingers
Read-aloud #2: The Three Bears by Byron Barton
Read-aloud #3: Goldilocks and Just One Bear by Leigh Hodgkinson (Although I LOVE this book as-is, I did end up modifying/shortening it slightly for my group)
Song/Fingerplay: Ten in the Bed
Read-aloud #4 (Big Book): Sleepy Bear by Lydia Dabcovich
*Song/Fingerplay: The Beehive
**Song/Fingerplay: Autumn Leaves
Read-aloud #5: Just Like Bossy Bear by David Horvath

CLOSING:
Closing Song: We Wave Good-bye Like This

*The Beehive
Here is a beehive
(Make a fist.)
Where are the bees?
Hidden away where nobody sees.
Watch as they come out of their hive—
One, two, three, four, five,
(Extend fingers one at a time.)
They’re alive! Buzzzzzz!
(Wiggle your fingers.)

**Autumn Leaves
(Tune: “Mary Had a Little Lamb”)
Autumn leaves are falling down, (Flutter fingers down)
Falling down, falling down.
Autumn leaves are falling down,
Falling on the ground.

Autumn leaves are whirling round, (Twirl in a circle)
Whirling round, whirling round.
Autumn leaves are whirling round,
All over town.

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