A. A. Milne
Illustrator: Ernest H. Shepard
Lesson ideas by Heidi Jasper; Lessons written by Amber Hightower
The author A.A. Milne wrote the Pooh stories for his son, Christopher Robin. There are many versions of how Winnie the Pooh came about. However, young Christopher Robin was introduced to his first bear at the London Zoological Gardens in 1924. The bear’s name was Winnie.
Locate England on a globe or map and place a story disk on it. Using a map of the world, color England. Using a map of England, locate London.
Map of England
England Shutterfold minit book by Wende
Flag of England minit book
Geography (100 Aker Wood)
You will find a map of 100 Aker Wood at http://www.pooh-corner.com/ ; you may like to make a replica by drawing it. You will find Pooh’s house and the honey tree on the map. Talk about the different kinds of maps. Just some to mention are maps of your neighborhood, the city you live in, a grocery store, a museum, and of space. A map is a representation of an area usually done on a flat surface. A map can help you find your way around a place that is unfamiliar and can also help you remember places you have been. Make a map of your own neighborhood. Use the compass or directions north, south, east and west (if your child is ready for it).
History: Clothing Styles
Compare Christopher Robin's clothing and shoes to today's clothing and shoes. How are they different? How are they the same? Remember the story was written in the 1920s. Is there anything else in the story that is different from today? Look at the bathtub at the end of the story. The bathtub is called a claw foot tub and is not like the tubs we have in our homes. These tubs can be found in older homes and in some hotels.
At the beginning of the story, we see a picture of Edward Bear coming down the steps and are then introduced as Winnie-the-Pooh. Is the bear real? If not, what is the bear? Do your stuffed animals seem alive to you? Do you talk to your stuffed animals? Do you have adventures together? Draw a stuffed animal that you have and give its name. Do you have a nickname for your animal? What is special about your stuffed friend?
Activity: Make a stuffed animal
his may be done by buying a stuff-a-bear kit at a hobby store. You may also make one by cutting felt into two identical pieces and sewing together. Remember to leave a space open so that you can stuff it. Finish sewing it together and add the extras such as button eyes and clothes. Now name your animal and have fun making adventures together.
A classic is a book that has survived the test of time. You may want to explain this to your student by making (or using what you already have) a time line. Let your student place your date of birth, his date of birth, and the "birth" of this book on the line. The visual representation will help him understand what a classic is. Mention other classics you have read; you may even want to place them on the time line as well.
Make up a story together about your child's stuffed animals. The younger student can dictate as you write or you can record your child telling the story. You may want to do both and your child will have his very own book on tape. The older student can write out his story and illustrate it. The older student also might like to record his story and keep with his written one for his own book on tape.
Each day read poems by A.A. Milne from his two books of poetry:
When We Were Very Young
Now We Are Six
Christopher Robin and Pooh are the subject of many of the poems!
These may also be found in a combine book called The World of Christopher Robin. This paperback version has both color and black and white illustrations by E. H. Sheppard.
You may also like to make a poetry quilt. You can do this by writing out your poem on notebook paper then using a square of cloth cut to size (what ever size you would like) then using fabric markers, copy poem onto the cloth. As you make more poems, you can single stitch the fabric together or use a sewing machine. This could also be done by framing the paper. Place the poem on a background paper and glue. Using an edge, punch holes evenly spaced and then using yarn, thread the poems together.
Italics and Parentheses
Italics in a book represent the proper names of books or ships or other items that usually are underlined in writing. Throughout Winnie-the-Pooh and Some Bees, we see italics used that do not pertain to names of things.
In the story, the author has chosen to use italics to emphasis words and show more meaning or feeling. When reading the story aloud, place emphases on these words as you get to them.
The author also chooses to use parentheses when he and Christopher Robin are speaking to each other within the story. This allows you to see that it is a conversation and not just part of the story telling process.
In 1926 the artist used ink (and ink along for the drawings). In 1973 he added watercolors. Discuss the illustrations with your student. Does he like the watercolors added? (Compare both if you can; one of our books of poems has the ink-only illustrations.) Why does your student think the watercolors were added?
Have your child draw his favorite stuffed animal with ink. When it is dry, add watercolors. You could add this to the story you created together. If your child is not ready for actual watercolor paint you might try watercolor pencils. This would allow the child to color in much like a marker or color pencil then using a damp cloth, add the water and blend gently with a finger or q-tip.
The younger student might enjoy counting the bees on the different pages.
Use cutouts of bees and bears for counting lessons or simple story problems.
The older student might enjoy learning about inches and feet. Pooh falls 10 feet then bounced 20 feet and so on until he reached the ground. How many inches in a foot? How many feet in a yard? These concepts can be taught using a ruler and a yard stick. Go outside and measure out 10 feet. This is how far he fell in the beginning. If there is a football field near you, take your child to it. Use the football field to act out the fall. To help illustrate the point, make bear or tree puppets using cutouts and popsicle sticks and use them to mark the 10 feet, 20 feet, etc that Pooh fell. How many yards did he fall?
The honey bee is a social insect. Social meaning it lives in a colony of other bees. This is the only way a honey bee can survive. The honey bee can be found on every continent except Antarctica. The community consist of three social orders: the queen (the only reproductive bee), the drone (male bee), and the worker (non-reproductive female). Each of these orders has its own job in the colony. The queen bee is the only honey bee that can repeatedly sting. The worker bees sting only once and then die because the stinger is left in the victim it stings. The drone bees do not have stingers. Honey bees are insects and have 6 legs, 3 body parts, a pair of antennae, compound eyes, jointed legs and a hard exoskeleton. The honey bee eats nectar from flowers, hibernates in winter and eats the honey they collect during the winter months.
You may want to check-out the
bee report forms and copywork pages on
Homeschool Share's Animal Forms page. You may also want
to check Homeschool Share's page for The
Bee Tree for more bee resources including a fun
If there is a bee keeper in your area, plan a visit. Go outside and observe the bees around the flowers.
The Bee Tree by Patricia Polacco
The Magic School Bus Inside a Beehive by Joanna Cole
The Life and Times of the Honeybee by Charles Micucci
A Beekeeper's Year by Sylvia Johnson
Honey is a product made by honey bees. Honey is made in a beehive. Honey bees are the only insects to make a food eaten by humans. The color and flavor of honey differs depending on the blossom the bee visits in search of nectar. Honey is used in foods, teas and in medicines.
Activities: Taste honey made from different areas. This can be bought in the store, online or from bee farms. Graph the results of which honey was liked by the taste testers. Is there a honey that is liked the most? Make a trip to the grocery store or look through your kitchen cabinets and find products that are made with honey. Try to find a honey that has a comb in the jar with it then take it out and inspect it. What shape is the comb?
Go-along book: Honey by Pam Robson
Bears are a carnivorous animal meaning they hunt and eat other animals. Bears also eat plants and berries. A bear has a heavy body, a short tail, short rounded ears, plantigrade feet (both heel and sole touch the ground) and hind feet with 5 toes. Bears hibernate from 3-5 months in the winter. Hibernate means deep sleep in which the body greatly slows down its functions and you sleep for long lengths of time. Here are some types of bears: black bear, sun bear, panda bear, polar bear, brown bear, sloth bears and spectacled bears. Bears
Write a report on a bear.
sing a map of the world, label where the different bears are from. You might want to color the areas of each bear with a different color. Are there any areas where there is more than one type of bear? What bears are found where you live?
Craft Project: Using the shape of a bear, trace the shape and cut out. Then glue pom poms or fake fur (from craft store) onto it and add eyes. You could also do this for each type of bear and color it instead of adding pom poms. Bear shapes could be cut out of card stock or other heavy duty paper and made into lacing cards.
Go along books:
Bears by Ian Stirling
The Bear Family by Bev Harvey
Christopher Robin gave a balloon to Pooh that had been left over from a party. The balloon in the picture looks like the balloons we have today. Balloons today are made from rubber and are blown up with helium or by mouth. We generally use balloons for decorations. Balloons that have been blown up ascend (or rise) because the air inside is less dense than the air outside of it.
Get one balloon filled with helium and blow another up with your breath. Have your child compare and contrast the balloons-what they do, what they don’t do, how long they stay filled, etc. As a family or for the older student, find some information on helium in an encyclopedia or on the internet and make a report on it. The older student may also like to research balloons and find other what other uses balloons have. They can also find out how balloons were made before the rubber balloons.
The Berenstain Bears Fly-It by Stan Berenstain
The Big Balloon Race by Eleanor Coerr
Picnic on a Cloud by Mark Icanberry
Balloon: a Sketchbook by Huck Scarry
See if you can discover what a Gorse-bush is. Do we have it in the USA? Is so, what do we call it? Where can it be found? What does it produce?
Topic Study: Honey
Here are some verses about Honey- Exodus 3:8, Judges 14:8-9, Psalms 19:7-10, Psalms 119:103, Proverbs 25:16
Deception is the act of tricking or fooling someone into believing something that is not. Who is Pooh trying to deceive? Sometimes we try to deceive someone because we think there feelings will get hurt if we tell the truth and other times we deceive someone so that we will not get in trouble. Then there are times we act like pooh, we know something is wrong but we do it anyway hoping no one will notice. Read 1John 1:8 and discuss its meaning how we can be more aware of our deceptions.
Books for recipes:
The Pooh Party Book by Virginia Ellison
The Pooh Cookbook by Virginia Ellison
Winnie-the-Pooh’s Cookie Book
Materials and information on this website belong to the original composers. It may be used for your own personal and school use.
. © 2005-07 HSS