This is the first time we are doing a literature based learning from the Before Five In A Row (BFIAR ) series.
We enjoyed ourselves tremendously with this book, more so after watching the YouTube enactment of the story by the author Michael Rosen himself.
This one with the original animation is not bad too.
We played make believe and used our imagination to walk through long wavy grass, wade through the deep cold river and thick oozy mud and much more. I have a video for this but is too embarrassing to share here.
We read up on the types of bears, their habitats and their diet. These are the books which I got from the library.
This is the front cover of the lapbook.
And these are the contents.
• Handwriting practice by tracing the bears to the cave
Xxm hand control is still quite weak in this aspect. I later made this into an accordion book and affix it to the lapbook.
• Bear colour recognition and patterning
I think Xxm only understands the colouring bit and not the patterning. For his age, I think it’s better to focus on one activity each time.
• Bear size sequencing
This was fairly simple for Xxm.
• Over, under & through concepts
I introduced these 3 concepts but Xxm was only interested in inserting the word cards through the slot I had created in the cave.
• Understanding different bears and their habitats
This is mainly to expose and not to quiz him. Sometimes I notice Xxm asking himself the questions and lifting the flaps to find out the answers himself.
•Numeral recognition and counting
We only counted to three. When I got him to count to nine, he lined up all the gummy bears as follows and begin popping them in his mouth.
On another occasion, Meow did some water colour painting with him. They painted the letter B from 1+1+1=1 Animal abcs. Then I got Xmm to glue the Bear cutouts all over B. I had B cut out and stuck it in the lapbook.
Xxm also honed his scissors skills. I think he did better than expected!
Xxm and Xmm also did some B dot fun with stickers together.
Yeah! We finally got a table for the boys. I loved this IKEA table so much. It made such a great coffee table for us too.
This is the end product. The one shown in the picture above was done by Xmm. Not bad for a first timer.
And this is Xxm with his. He displayed excellent fine motor skills.
We concluded our study with a bear recognition and matching activity. It was too simple for Xxm. Look! He can even match the cards for me upside down while I was trying to take a picture.
His favourite bear is the Moon Bear (3rd row from the top, on the right). He remembers it by the crescent shaped fur mark on its chest.
Xmm wanted to partake in this activity too. I let him had a go and he surprised me with his ability to match perfectly well.
It was a great confidence booster for him to able to do something Xxm could. He kept clapping his hands in delight when he got it right.
That’s all we did! Till our next book! I have not decided which book we will do next coz it’s hard to find one that gave us so much memories.