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We are so glad you visited us today. This site is the creation of Stefani Sadler and Tracy Jarboe. We are both school teachers and enjoy writing, illustrating and presenting educational materials. We have many books available for purchase and free sample PDFs as well. We hope you enjoy your trip to the schoolhouse.


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To print the free patterns that are available in some of the above themes - simply click on the pattern, the file will open, and then print.  It's that easy!



We love BEARS!

We begin each new year with a bear themed unit. We do this because there are so many wonderful bear themed resources and quality pieces of literature to use. On the first day of school we invite the children to bring a teddy bear to school (or other special stuffed friend) so they will have a special buddy to share the day with. We encourage the children to bring their teddy bear to school each day during the first week of school and of course we bring our teddy bears too. We have many fun activities planned and culminate the week by having a "Teddy Bear Picnic". If you are interested in our entire unit, it is available as a thematic e-book and may be viewed by clicking on the icon to the right entitled: "Bears".

Tracy's Teddy Bear Search

During the first week of school my teddy bear becomes lost. The children help me search the campus looking for him. We visit every key staff member and office during our search. The students learn the campus, meet the staff members, and of course each staff member's teddy bear. We ask if they have seen our missing Teddy Bear and most have seen him, but not recently and give us clues as to where we might look next. As we are searching, I am taking photographs of each staff member and the various places we look. In the end, my teddy bear is found with the principal. They have been very busy preparing a special back to school event together and were just about to share some teddy grahams and milk together. We are all invited to join them and the principal has individual serving bags of teddy grahams and milk ready to pass out. It is always a fun event and after we have finished I place all the photographs into a class book that is sent home to share with parents. This way the parents are also introduced to the staff members, their offices and job descriptions. Sample text may read as follows:

Teddy Bear is Lost!    

One day Mrs. Jarboe's teddy bear did not come back to class after recess. We searched the entire campus looking for him.   

First we visited Mrs. Smith our school secretary. She works in the main office doing very important things that keep our school running. She always smiles at us and asks how she can help us. Mrs. Smith usually knows where everything is, but she hadn't seen our teddy bear.

Next we visited Mrs. Hall in the health office. She is our school nurse and is always there to help us if we get hurt or don't feel good. Mrs. Jarboe's bear had not visited her today, so he must be healthy. Whew!

We decided to visit Mr. Parker in the maintenance office. He is our school custodian and keeps the campus safe and clean. He shared that our bear had helped him clean the cafeteria earlier. Maybe he was still there?

.... the story continues as we meet all the key staff members and eventually find our missing teddy bear friend safe a sound in the principals office preparing a surprise for us all. You may do this activity without a teddy bear - just read a story like "Rosie's Walk" and then take your own "Campus Walk" together.


Fun Songs and Games

Hap Palmer has a CD entitled: "So Big". This is a really fun CD packed with great transitional songs. Our favorite is a song entitled: "Teddy Bear Playtime".

"Going On a Bear Hunt" and "Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear" are classic favorites too!


Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear turn around.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear touch the ground.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear jump up high.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear touch the sky.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear touch your nose.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear touch your toes.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear run upstairs.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear say your prayers.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear turn out the light.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear say good-night.


Five Teddy Bears

(Tracy Jarboe & Stefani Sadler)

Five Little Teddy Bears sitting in  a row.

The first one said, "I can touch my toe."

The second one said, "I can wiggle my nose."

The third one said, "I can strike a pose."

The fourth one said, "I smell honey over there."

The fifth one said, "Let's get some to share."

But out came the bees and they buzzed all around.

Sting! Sting! Sting! Not a bear could be found.


Teddy Bear Art




Cinnamon Applesauce Bears Ornaments

Place 1 & 1/2 cups of applesauce and 1 & 1/2 cups of cinnamon in a Zip-loc bag and knead until well blended. (Warehouse stores like Costco or restaurant supply stores sell cinnamon in large containers for a low price.)

Roll the dough out on wax paper to about 1/2 inch thickness and cut out bear shapes using a bear shaped cookie cutter. (Wilton makes bear shaped cookie cutters.)

Use a straw to poke a small hole through the top of the bear for hanging.

Allow the bears to air dry for several days. The thickness of the dough determines how many days it will take to dry. You may speed the process along by turning the bears over after a couple days to allow the underside to dry more quickly.

Lace a length of thin ribbon through the hole for hanging. These teddy bear ornaments are very fragrant and make a wonderful gift.






















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