The Toddler 2 students learned about how animals survive the winter through a new picture book called "Migrate, Hibernate, and Adapt." Then, they had a chance to explore the process of hibernation for themselves by crawling into their cave and "sleeping" until springtime. While someone “hibernates”, their friends will often gather around the cave to sing the "Grizzly Bear" song until they wake up. This new activity was very popular this week and the children particularly enjoyed roaring like an angry bear when they came out of the cave! Learning a concept through a variety of experiences - reading, singing and whole-body exploration - helps the child to retain the new information and appeals to different children's varied learning styles.
A Warm Place to Hibernate
Some Toddler 2 students applied their newfound knowledge of hibernation to their imaginative play scenarios. Several children used the wooden blocks to make caves for the collection of small bears and then helped the bears to find a warm and cozy place to hibernate for the winter.