Karma Wilson has created some lovable bear books for children. Among them is one to add to your collection of singable books: “Bear Says Thanks”. This sweet tale is great for discussing topics of sharing, friendship and being thankful.
This bear wants to thank is friends by sharing a meal. The problem is his cupboards are empty. See how bear and his friends address this problem.
Here are some thoughts on sharing this book.
Things like sharing our toys, a book, a song, a hug or smile are ones children often share in my groups. It is a chance to point out how everyone can share something.
Spend some time finding out what makes a friend.
The friends in this book are very different from each other yet they “tweet and chatter” together. Find out how the children decide someone is a friend. You might be surprised.
Spend some time saying thanks.
Words like please and thank you are important. Ask the children:
- how having a friend say thanks makes them feel.
- when they say thanks
- to list things for which they are thankful.
Here is how I sing “Bear Says Thanks” :