Miller Avenue School welcomed friends from home when kindergartners brought in their teddy bears to enhance some curriculum lessons. The students in Ms. Marino and Ms. Bossung's class showed their stuffed animals to classmates, introduced them by name and shared the comforts that these companions gave to them.
Students used math skills to learn to graph and count and literacy skills to understand beginning, middle and endings of a story. Artistic talents were also honed with their brown paper bag teddy bear designs.
Teacher Kelly Ford used Billy Martin Jr. and Eric Carle’s “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” story book to help strengthen literacy, patterning and color concepts. She pointed to the colorful tale as a great way for students to learn how to retell a story while learning the structure of it, adding that the repetitive phrases helped turn a game into an important lesson.