Bear Snores On

Written by: Karma Wilson

Illustrated by: Jane Chapman

Before Reading

See all of the things that the bear misses out on as he sleeps in his cave. Take a moment to look over the cover and illustrations with your little one and preface your story with a few prompts and questions. There are plenty listed throughout this guide, so don't feel the need to ask/discuss them all in your first read-through. Your child learns more through multiple readings, so ask a few questions each time.

What do you see on the cover?

What animal is this? Can you point to the rabbit?

Why do you think the bear is sleeping? Why are all of his friends around?

{Flip to an illustration} What do you think is happening in this picture?

What do you think a bear sounds like when he snores? Can you make the sound?

As You Read

Build Vocabulary

Encourage your child to stop when s/he gets to a new word in the story. See if s/he can discover its meaning by using the illustrations and words surrounding it. For younger children, you can simply stop and give a simple explanation. For example, for the word DIVVY, you can say, "That means they are going to split up all of the nuts so everyone has an equal amount." A couple of other new words from Bear Snores On include:



Monitor Comprehension

Help your child enjoy and follow the story by incorporating different sound effects and voices. Give each character a fun voice, and do different actions to bring the words to life. Pretend to be snoring each time you read, "But the bear snores on." and make nibbling and burping sounds throughout the story. Also, ask questions like, "Why do you think he was mad when he woke up? What do you like to do with your friends?"


After Reading

Help your child look at the story as a whole once you've completed your read-through by asking/discussing questions like: 

Did you like that story? What was your favorite part?

What animals did we see in this story?

Why did they come to the bears cave?

Why did the bear wake up? How did he feel when he woke up?

Why couldn't he fall asleep when his friends did?

Extending the Story

Bear Snores On Tea Party

Source: Art Mama


Try out this great activity that allows you to recreate the small gathering in the bear's cave with your little one. Grab some popcorn, nuts, and any other snacks you want. It also includes a fun craft, making bears out of marshmallows, chocolate chips and toothpicks!


STEM Exercises

Talk to your little one about hibernation, and use some of these facts. You can follow it up with some of these fun activities from Mrs. Goffs Kinders.