Mr. Bear Says Hello with Anna

Invite Mr. Bear Says Hello with Anna to visit your daycare, nursery or preschool.  Available as a single visit or a series.  For infants to preschool age children.

Program Description:

Early literacy through storytelling and oral language play for daycares, nurseries and preschools.

Storyteller Anna and lovable Mr. Bear share songs, rhymes, fingerplays, circle games, stories and books with teachers and caregivers of infants to 4 years old in a day care or nursery setting.

Benefits for the Child:

Storytelling nurtures your child’s:

  • Vocabulary and listening skills
  • Imagination and visualization skills
  • Ability to think and conceptualize
  • Ability to empathize
  • Ability to express themselves through language
  • Ability to deal with emotions positively
  • Sense of connection to others and belonging in the community
  • Small motor skills with clapping and fingerplay gestures
  • Large motor skills with action songs and circle games

Storytelling supports all of these benefits, naturally and effortlessly, through oral language play.   The youngest listeners learn to recognize and use actions, rhymes, songs, stories and echoes.  Repetition gives the child time to observe and learn this delightfully enriched language material. This is early literacy at its best!

Benefits for the Teacher:

Mr. Bear Says Hello with Anna offers a simultaneous workshop for teachers. Teachers’ participation is key to the success of this program. Teachers will learn new material and observe new ways to play it, plus strategies  for adapting material to a wide range of children’s ages and abilities.

Storytelling skills are an asset to any early childhood educator’s skill set.  Storytelling gives you tools that are portable and practical and can be used spontaneously wherever your day with children takes you!  It also offers a great addition to your circle time routine.  When your classroom listens together, you are nurturing positive group dynamics and learning.

For more information contact Anna Jaeger:

“Oral language is the basis for literacy.  All young children need learning experiences that help them acquire and understand oral language. The foundations of language development and literacy begin to be established at birth through interaction and communication with adults and other children, at home, in the community and at school.”
Ontario Ministry of Education and Training, The Kindergarten Program 1998