This morning, we were listening to the song, "Going on a Bear Hunt" on Spotify. After we were done, I we watched the story going on a Bear Hunt on youtube.
After we did this we started working on some bear art. Gavin practised his fine motor skills by cutting out pictures of bears from an old calendar we had. The girls watched a video on Kids Art Hub about how to draw bears.
After we were finished this, I asked my kids if they wanted to go on an imaginary bear hunt. They did! Gavin was a little apprehensive until I let him know we would only be searching for teddy bears. I asked Merryn what we needed to bring and had her write a lits. Then we set off to the woods.
We took turns hiding the bears in the woods. It was so much fun.
After playing for over an hour, we headed home. That afternoon, Nyella wrote about her adventure. When I teach kids to write narratives, from K-grade 3, I have them divide their stories into 4 parts (First, Then, Next and Finally). In Kindergarten it may start as a picture for each part followed by a sentence underneath each picture. By grade 3, I have the kids write a minimum of 3 sentences for each part. If they are stuck on details I ask them to reflect on how they felt or what they were thinking. I also ask them to add dialogue or sound effects to make the story pop!
Other writing options could be:
*Writing in role as the Teddy Bear
*Interviewing the Teddy Bear
*Writing a story about the bears
*Making a comic of the teddy bear hunt
*Writing a song about the adventure
*Making up a dance to the Bear Hunt song and writing down the steps...
So many possibilities! Overall, it was so much fun.
Following a child's interest is the most engaging way to extend on their learning. Here I have posted some every day activities that can draw from various strands across different age groups. Remember each child has different interests so the key to working with your child is to follow their lead and ask the right questions.