Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Old Bear by Kevin Henkes
Why we love this book:
This week we’re kicking off the New Year with a FREE 2013 printable Calendar and personalized calendar activities. Old Bear and a trip through the seasons ties in perfectly with teaching the calendar and the months of the year. Kevin Henkes’ dreamy pictures take us through the seasons with Old Bear. Old Bear falls asleep in winter and dreams his way through a pastel spring, a bright green summer, an autumn covered in shades of yellow and orange and brown, and finally a winter sparkly and blue. “Old Bear slept and dreamed, dreamed and slept.” Until he woke up to a beautiful spring day and realized he was no longer dreaming!
Print this Calendar FREE: 2013 Calendar
I print the calendar and simply staple it in the corner like a handout. It’s very easy for the children to use as a daily calendar.
2013 Calendar Cover, Miss Enigma, age 6
The cover is left blank in order for children to personalize their own calendars. Miss Enigma loves our dogs! Accordingly, she illustrated her cover with our family dogs, a random chihuahua and a squirrel up a tree.
For homeschool I give each child their own calendar. MacGyver utilizes his every day to write the date in his writing journal, reading response journal and on any other work that we do for the day. MacGyver decorated his calendar cover with symbols from his Tang Soo Do Karate. He also made up some flags with the colors of America. I told you the cover is personalized!
Additionally, when the kiddos ask me “How long is it until ___________?” We pull out their personal calendars and count the days. Real-life applications for using a calendar. MacGyver uses his calendar to count the days between each holiday, birthday or special event. That kid is always ready for a celebration.
I actually like this personal calendar better than the class wall calendar I used when teaching in the classroom. We can still do the traditional calendar activities such as:
- Reciting the months of the year.
- Reciting the days of the week.
- Counting the days of the month.
- Yesterday was _____________.
- Today is __________________.
- Tomorrow is _______________.
- It is ____________ days until __________________.
- It is the _________ day of school.
- Grouping the days of the year by ones, tens and hundreds.
- Learning special holidays.
- Learning the seasons of the year.
Since Miss Enigma is in kindergarten she is still learning her months, days of the week and numbers. Therefore, I also engage her in daily calendar activities.
Old Bear by Kevin Henkes
Introducing the New Year and the Seasons of the Year
- This week we are using our new calendar to focus on the seasons and winter in particular.
- Today, Miss Enigma pretended to be the sun. I used a globe to model for her how the earth rotates daily and how we orbit around the world each year.
- We’ve been reading books that highlight winter, including Old Bear by Kevin Henkes.
- After our winter read alouds, Miss Enigma illustrated her January calendar page.
January Calendar Illustration, Miss Enigma, age 6
Miss Enigma’s favorite winter book has been Old Bear. You can see how she was inspired by Kevin Henkes winter interpretation, including sparkling winter stars and snowflakes. If you look close Old Bear is catching a blue snowflake on his tongue!
I much prefer these personalized calendars to buying or printing a commercial calendar. Since the children can illustrate each month of the year, at the end of the year, you’ll have a special keepsake that charts your child’s artistic growth and interests throughout the year.
* I like for the children to use mediums that do not bleed through the pages.
- colored pencils
- oil pastels
- pastels (chalk)
Happy New Year!
We’re GIVING AWAY one hardcover copy of Old Bear by Kevin Henkes.
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How are you kicking off the new year? Do you have a New Year’s Resolution? Are you starting a new study at school or in homeschool? Or are you doing something new and fun! (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)
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