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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Friendly Letters

Teddy the Bear
Hi, everybody! I can't believe it's already March 8th. This has been the CRAZIEST winter I can remember. I grew up with a lot of snow, because when I was a kid I lived in Buffalo, but living in Maryland, I didn't think I would get so many days off for snow storms and so many two-hour delays. I'm not complaining! It's just super weird to only have two days of school in a week. I've definitely noticed a difference in my kids' behavior. It's harder for them to get through a full day when they're used to coming in late.

Last week, we read the book Dear Bear, by Joanna Harrison. It's such an adorable story about a little girl who is scared of a bear that lives under her stairs. I actually told my kids that I used to think there were monsters underneath my bed, and in my closet. The kids tried to console me and they told me, "But there really isn't, Mrs. Dudley, and you shouldn't be scared, because when you look there's nothing there." I thought it was really sweet how they wanted to make me feel better. The thing I love about this book is that the parents of the little girl ask her to write a letter telling the bear to go away. A pen-pal relationship develops, and the bear and the little girl become friends. At the end of the book, the little girl has a tea party and meets the bear, who turns out to be a stuffed animal. She isn't scared of him anymore, and invites him to come and live in her room. I love happy endings!

Dear Bear by Joanna Harrison

My children were so excited when I told them that the same thing happened to me when I was little. I told them that I wrote to this bear that lived in my closet, and that I still had him in my room at my new house. They asked me to bring it in the next day to school and I did. OK, I know, I'm a grown woman with a 24-year-old daughter getting married, and I still have a Teddy bear! Good thing I'm a Kindergarten teacher, right? I made this paper for all my children to write to Teddy about things that they would like to tell Teddy, and questions they had for him.

The next day when I came into school, I was so amazed to find that Teddy had written back! OK, maybe it wasn't a total surprise to me. This is the letter that Teddy wrote to the kids.

I put extra paper in the writing center along with more colored pencils and markers so that the kids could write more letters to Teddy the Bear or us, and they've been going like crazy. Well, that is when we have school!

I'm just curious: how is this winter going for you? I'd love to hear from you.