Jesse Bear {b4FIAR}

This week we spent time with Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?.  I remember "rowing" this with Connor and not really enjoying it that much.  With Emma we seemed to have so much fun, and she'd eagerly listen to the reading each day - but not so much with our extra readings. (which is fine).  Interestingly enough, Connor (now 8) would come running over each time I read Jesse Bear.  So he didn't like it at age 4, but he loved it at age 8.  :)


With the whole "what will you wear" theme it would be easy to do a lesson on modesty with this, but I usually like to do the trait of Joy with this unit.  Jesse Bear and his family are just so happy!  It's infectious.

We listened to J - Joy (Habakkuk 3:18) from Songs for Saplings: ABC as well as M - Merry (Proverbs 17:22).  I just love this CD for my young kids (and myself!)!  The music is easy on the ears, short and catchy.  In no time at all you'll have several verses memorized.  You can find some great printables to go with these songs over at Totally Tots.

Additionally, each day we'd take time to listen to "Sing for Joy" from Seeds of Praise.  We used a printable poster to follow along and help us memorize. 

Character Development

I'm just going to go ahead and separate this out, even though it's the same theme as above (joy).  It's just that these are not biblical stories or verses.  My kids also really enjoy when we listening to the Nature Stories from Character First Education, so we did the Enthusiasm whale coloring page and story.

We read several books about happiness.  I just went to my library's website and did a subject search of "happiness" and looked thru the juvenile book list.  I then try to cross reference it to amazon reviews to be sure we aren't wasting our time.  See what you can come up with at your own library!

These are the books we enjoyed, on the topic of joy/happiness:
  • Magic Tree House #37: Dragon of the Red Dawn by Mary Pope Osborne.  This was for Connor (2nd grade).  A brother and sister team go on a quest for the 4 secrets of happiness.
  • Rachel Yoder: A Happy Heart by Wanda E. Brunstetter.  (also for Connor, grade 2).  This is a sweet story about an Amish girl that learns an important lesson in happiness.
  • 100 Things That Make Me Happy by Amy Schwartz.  All 3 of my kids enjoyed this book.  (pictured above).  This is one they kept coming back to all week.  A great book to inspire thinking on the good in your life, rather than the bad.

On one page of the Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? book there is a picture of Jesse Bear chasing a butterfly.  Emma, at the time, is really in to learning about butterflies so we found an activity to do from our Usborne 100 science experiments book (page 39).

Additionally we looked into "Day and Night" using an online science program.  (full review to come later).
Connor really wanted to use a Pop Bottle Science his grandma had found for us at a thrift store.  Inside the book we found a lesson on moon craters, and we did that.  (Jesse Bear "wears" the moonlight).

We also focused on some seasonal facts with some fun books mixed in with non-fiction. 

For the preschool age we read
 For 2nd grade we read Sunshine Makes the Seasons.

Language Arts

We read Max's ABC (Max and Ruby) by Rosemary Wells.

Since Emma wanted to focus on butterflies we pulled out some stamps for her to create a "story" and attempt to write anything she could sound out.  (so far she just writes "Emma" repeatedly)


We did the duckie math from Homeschool Creations.  In addition, both Emma and Sammy (2) made a pattern block butterfly.

Art and Play

When you subscribe to the FIAR blog you get access to all their fold-n-learns for free.  The Jesse Bear fold-n-learn has and adorable bear to dress.  I learned this after printing out paper-bears for Emma to color.  She loved both options. 

We also read The Paper Dolls by Julia Donaldson.  This is such a sweet generational story about a little girl's love for her paper dolls.  In sing-songy rhyme the story is told in imaginative form about the dolls adventures with an ending that made me choke up.

My mom found this Lacing Bear Princess, at a thrift store, that was just so perfect for this unit.

Emma also enjoyed drawing her family with a printable from Homeschool Share

Linking up with:
Delightful Learning   Hip Homeschool Moms Weekly Wrap-Up

1 comment:

  1. Looks like a very productive week! We are starting on the brand new Magic Treehouse series this week as our read aloud. We are both very excited :). I love the butterfly and also your blog header! That's awesome! :) Have a great week!


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