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Hibernation, Time To Go To Sleep


Hibernation, time for hibernation, 
Hibernation, time to go to sleep!
This was the refrain coming from the children's room at the end of this week's story time. We began the hour by reading three books about animals getting ready for winter. Every Autumn Comes the Bear by Jim Arnosky has a realistic-looking bear we followed as he settled down for the winter. Time to Sleep by Denise Fleming had animals reminding each other that it was time to hibernate. And Hibernation Station by Michelle Meadows showed hibernating animals boarding a train in their pajamas - even the snakes!
We had another paper bag craft this week. This time, a cut out was made in the bottom of the bag that was then decorated with autumn scraps of paper, yarn, and other "found" materials. The top of the bag was folded down and, after coloring our paper bear, we placed him inside his paper "den" to hibernate. We did not glue him in, just in case some other items or toys from home might like to try hibernating, too! Can you see the bear inside? Doesn't he look cozy?
Finally, here's our song: Hibernation (to the tune of "Alouette")

(The chorus) 
Hibernation, time for hibernation...
Hibernation, time to go to sleep!

In the winter, where's the bear?
Sleeping in its log or lair.
Where's the bear? Log or lair. Oh!
(chorus) 

In the winter, where's the frog?
Sleeping by a pond or log.
Where's the frog? Pond or log.
Where's the bear? Log or lair. Oh!
(chorus) 

In the winter, where's the snake?
In the mud beneath beneath the lake.
Where's the snake? In the lake.
Where's the frog? Pond or log.
Where's the bear? Log or lair. Oh!
(chorus) 


In the winter, where’s the bat?
In a cave is where it’s at.
Where’s the bat? A cave it’s at.
Where's the snake? In the lake.
Where's the frog? Pond or log.
Where's the bear? Log or lair. Oh!
(chorus) 

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