I have been trying to figure out how to blog about our adventures through Ask Mr. Bear by Marjorie Flack. We rowed it several weeks ago, and it was a pure delight. However, I have zero pictures to document our journey. Why? Because all we did was read the book!
We didn’t do a single printable I had on hand or one single craft. We didn’t go on any field trips or eat special foods. We just sat down each day, cuddled in our reading chair, and read Ask Mr. Bear together.
I confess – I felt really guilty for our lack of enrichment activities. But then I realized, one reason I chose the Before Five in a Row Curriculum is for its laid back approach.
Simply reading the book each day is enough!
You don’t have to do a bunch of add on activities each and every time. The conversations you can have with your toddler about the story, pictures, and actions of the characters are tremendous learning opportunities in and of themselves.
By reading Ask Mr. Bear each day for five straight days, my toddler learned so much! I was thoroughly shocked. By the end of the week, he knew the difference between farm animals and forest animals. During pretend play, he was trotting like a goat, along with several other gross motor skills he learned from the book (hop, skip, etc.). He memorized what each animal offered the little boy Danny for a gift. He knew that eggs come from chickens and milk comes from cows. Best of all, he learned the difference between a bear hug and a regular hug. I get lots of bear hugs now!
By spending time with my toddler, snuggled up with a good book, he learned and we bonded. In these early years, that’s really all that matters.
So mamas cut yourself some slack, accept grace, and know that simply reading a story and spending time with your child is enough. You don’t have to do a million crafts a week or plan a hundred activities. You don’t have to make special foods or go on amazing field trips for your toddler to learn. We do those things when we can, but sometimes we don’t even bother. And that’s okay. This doesn’t mean we are failing our children. We are teaching them what really matters by spending time with them, being present, and loving them.
In case you’re interested in the printables I had planned to use:
Ask Mr. Bear Printables from Homeschool Creations
Ask Mr. Bear Lapbook and Printables from Homeschool Share
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