Saturday, April 21, 2012

Venturing into the Hundred Acre Wood

After finishing our Br'er Rabbit unit, we gently moved onto A.A. Milne. It has been a busy week, with Aidyn playing outside during the sunny afternoons, but we have snuck in some storytime using Milne's classic poems about Pooh bear.

We also had a little conversation about the real Christopher Robin and his stuffed animals. I asked him, which animals do you like to bring everywhere with you? He mentioned a few of his favorites, including Duffy. That beyond-adorable bear has been with us on every ride at Disneyland, tucked in the crook of Aidyn's arm on Big Thunder Mountain, squeezed for comfort on a slidin' bobsled on the Matterhorn ride, soaring up high on Mickey's Fun Wheel.

I think the concept of stuffed animal companions are an important part of childhood, providing a comfort and source of imagination in such a simple way.

To build off the poems we read and conversations we had, Aidyn watched some classic Winnie the Pooh cartoons including, Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree and another episode about Winnie the Pooh and his friends playing Pooh sticks. Years ago when we first studied Critter Country, we took a hike to an actual bridge over a river and played Pooh Sticks. We intend to do the same this weekend.

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