We're Going on a Bear Hunt!
What an exciting and fulfilling experience conducting the pilot 3 to 5 years Parent and Me session, We're Going on a Bear Hunt!
When I finally made the decision to launch this new program I knew I had to start with my son's favourite story. My entire family has been on a bear hunt and when a child can tell a story verbatim with great enthusiasm each time you KNOW that the book is a winner.
The session started off with a very short song which gave all the children an opportunity to introduce themselves. We then moved into the storytelling. I LOVE dramatic reading and this story completely lends itself to it, especially at the end when the children see the bear. My little readers soon picked up on the rhythm of the book. "We can't go over it. We can't go under it. We have to go through it!"
After all the smiles and giggles during story time, from both parents and children, we went straight into my favourite part of the session JUMP IN! JUMP IN is The Reading Garden's opportunity to show off how WE BRING BOOKS TO LIFE! The children were able to walk through the pages of the book and do exactly what the character did in the story. OH! The excitement of walking through the grass, experiencing a whirling snowstorm and of course seeing the bear in the cave. A parent was able to capture the children running from the bear back through all the elements in the story. That moment warmed my heart. It was truly a joy to be able light up the children's senses.
After JUMP IN the children teamed up with their parents to create a story board so they would never forget the bear hunt! It was great to see the children get to relive the story again and the product of their hard work was simply amazing.
These sessions will formally start in September 2017. We want you to join us as we continue to excite and amaze you and your little ones as we BRING THE BOOK BACK!
Here are some of the moments that were captured by the parents. I hope to post video very soon...I'm having technical difficulties! :)
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