This post contains affiliate links at no cost to you.
Hey there! Thanks so much for stopping by. I really don't say it enough, but I so appreciate every single visit and visitor to this little site. I love sharing my family's favorite kids books with you, and I'm so glad you bothered to have a look.
My kids enjoy this sweet tale and all of the other Bear books. They are such fun to read and share because they rhyme and have repetitive text that makes it easy for pre-readers to participate in storytime.
This particular story is perfect for Thanksgiving. Bear invites his friends over for a big feast, but his cupboards are bare. As his friends arrive one-by-one with food to share, he becomes increasingly worried. In the end, he learns to appreciate his unique gifts.
To celebrate Bear Says Thanks and this week's book club theme, I put together something really fun and versatile: printable acrostic poem booklets. This resource is SUPER flexible, but I used it to help my young kids make homemade gifts for each other.
Acrostic poems are quite simple, lots of fun for kids, and wonderful teaching tools. In an acrostic poem, letters in each line spell out a word or phrase.
The easiest acrostics use a name (for my son Tom, we settled on Terrific, Outstanding, Marvelous), but they can be used in so many ways. Try them for reinforcing beginning sounds with pre- and early-readers, to assess or teach content-area vocabulary, within a poetry unit, in arts-focused learning, and more.
For my older kids, who are two and three, I put together booklets using pages with the letters of their names, guided them in selecting words for each letter, and set them free to decorate the pages. My three-year-old did some illustrations and wrote letters, and my two-year-old colored. I needed to offer TONS of guidance in choosing words with the target initial sounds, which is absolutely fine; young kids learn from our example and multiple exposures.