I am not a big fan of “News”. There, I said it. I find it boring and let’s all admit it…once you’ve seen one Barbie doll you’ve seen them all. Question time afterwards usually consists of “Did you like it?” or “Do you play with it?” arrghhh *bangs head on brick wall* So I am ever on the hunt for something a little more interesting to promote oral language in our classroom. In our class for the last several years we have used take home Literacy bears as part of our Oral Language programme for term 2.
Our bears are affectionately know as Gilbert (blue bear) and Sullivan (red bear). Each bear has his own back pack containing a set of pyjamas for his sleepovers at each child’s house, some pencils, crayons and textas to draw with and a scrapbook to record each bear’s adventures. The scrapbook has a page inside explaining to the parents what to do with the bear and bag. Each child in our class gets to take one of the bears home for a week. They fill in two pages in the scrapbook with photos, drawings and/or writing about the adventures they had with their bear.
When the bears return the following week the children who took them home stand in front of the class while we read about what they did with their bear. They then have the opportunity to tell us about their adventures and then we open the floor up for questions. It’s always interesting to see the different adventures the bears get up to. Some bears have gone to work with mum because they don’t want to be lonely at home while everyone is at work and school. Others go to visit Nonna after school and others get to ride on tractors in the paddock. It provides an interesting perspective for the children into how different families go about their days also.
Our bears are getting a little old and sad looking now but we still love them. We hope the families in our community will get to share their love with them for many years to come.