Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Living and Learning: Golden Hair and the 3 Bears

This week's story was Golden Hair and the Three Bears (or more commonly, Goldilocks and the Three Bears).  Since we have already read several book versions, the twins were already familiar with the tale, but still loved the repetition in the story, and I think I retold the story at least 10 times this week.  I found this link with several bear poems for our morning circle time and we used the poem If You Like.

For our activity, the did the song Going on A Bear Hunt. To play, you sing the song:

going on a bear hunt
(children repeat) going on a bear hunt,
I'm not afraid,
I'm not afraid
What's that?

It's tall grass ... whoosh, whoosh, act like you're walking through tall grass

Start the song over, changing the obstacle each time: a tall tree (climb a tree) a wide lake (swim across), etc

Finish by saying:
What's that?
A Bear

Quickly go back the way you came: climb a tree, swim, walk through grass, etc.

On baking day we made Congee, or rice porridge, with fried bananas.  In the future I think we'll stick with oatmeal porridge, but it was nice to try something different.

On needlework day we explored the book Stitches, and practiced some by making a scene using cut out bits of fabric.  With a little help, most of the pieces stayed on.  Hadley stuck with Goldilocks, while Finley made a truck with him and 2 bears holding hands.  We will definitely be coming back to this book in the future.

Our nature walk time was a bit different this week.  Since the bears in the story living in the forest, we talked about where different animals live.  Where is a home for an animal: a nest, a burrow, a hole, the water, etc, and with that, we made ourselves at home in the water at the beach!

Here are a few of my favorite Goldilocks links from around the web:

Goldilocks Porridge Soap
Carved wood Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Goldilocks and the Three Bears Magnet Board
Goldilocks Poster
Porridge Bowls: too hot, too cold, just right


  1. Wow! Thanks for the shoutout to my Magnet Board set! I'm glad you like it!

    I poked around your've got really sweet kids, and some fun ideas!

    (from byMaree on Etsy)

  2. Replies
    1. It was a sweet one, Finley ended up giving his to Freja for her birthday - definitely a keeper.

  3. This is just too cool. I love how you have themed days of cooking, sewing, etc.
    I so miss teaching young children. I also so wish I could homeschool my grandchildren. Unfortunately I can't get their parents on board for it. My daughter would allow it but the father won't.

    1. What a great setup that would be! The themed days really work for us.


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