We’re Going On a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury (Five In a Row)

One of the best books we’ve read from the Before Five In a Row selection was “We’re Going On a Bear Hunt” by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. It’s about a family hunting for a bear and braving different circumstances while doing so. 🙂 They waded through rivers, faced snowstorms, passed through creepy forests, and more. The repetitive verses “We’re going on a bear hunt / We’re gonna catch a big one / What a beautiful day / We’re not scared / Oh, oh!” were enjoyable to read! Think of it as a cute battle cry. 🙂 You and your toddler will have a great time reading this!

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Biblical focus

Since it’s about conquering one’s fears, our verse for that week was Isaiah 41:10. 🙂 This is one of Timmy’s favorite songs, too! 🙂 As always, I was encouraged that week and this verse reassured me that the Lord is indeed always with me. I can’t remember exactly what my circumstances were back then but I needed that verse to anchor me that time. 🙂 It’s amazing how God uses the lessons we teach to teach us! To help us review the verse, we watched the video below:

Reading and playtime

Here are some of our books that worked well with “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.” 🙂 “The Bear Detectives” and “The Big Honey Hunt” are fun mystery stories from our favorite Berenstain Bears. 🙂 In the collection, the “Bears in the Night,” “Spooky Old Tree,” and “Dinosaur Bone” are the stories that have the same adventure theme as Michael Rosen’s book. If you are rowing this book, it will be good to play different variations of hide and seek to capture the hunting part of the story. 🙂

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Writing and Language

Timmy worked on the unit study activities made by Homeschool Creations. There were exercises for beginning letters and sounds that your child can work on, some tracing activities, and counting as well. I didn’t do the math part because I use different materials for him. 🙂 He loves numbers but gets easily bored with counting so I create tailored activities for him when it comes to math.

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Arts and Crafts

For our arts and crafts, we made a map! So fun! It’s just a simple map tracking the different stops (like Amazing Race) that the family went through. I cut the pictures because they’re too small and precise. Timmy then glued the pictures, drew the dotted lines, and wrote the stops! 🙂

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Watch out for the next book we will row! 🙂 In case you’re wondering, all my Before Five in a Row posts were done when Timmy was four. He just turned five last December and we’re now on Five in a Row (Vol 1) books. 🙂 It’s been exciting so far! By the way, you’re not limited to Five in a Row books to do unit studies. You can do the same in other books, too! Will share you some of them in my future blogs. 🙂 Thanks for reading, mommies! 🙂

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