FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 1. What is the Teddy Bears On The Go® program?
 2. How does Teddy Bears On The Go® work?
 3. How many years has this program been running?
 4. Does the program require a lot of work?
 5. Do the students get to keep the bears if they are donated?
 6. Do the bears come back to the school at the end of the year?
 7. What if the bears do not all return to the students?
 8. Is this program only available to teachers?
 9. Who else can purchase this program?
10. Do I need special training to implement this program?
11. How does this program benefit the students?
12. How does this program benefit the teachers?
13. How does this program benefit the parents?
14. How does this program benefit the grandparents?
15. How does this program benefit other travelling companions?
16. Is it easy to get started?
17. Is there a newsletter?

 

1. What is the Teddy Bears On The Go® program?

Teddy Bears On The Go® is an learning tool that engages, excites and motivates students to be active in their own learning.  It "Gives Learning A Hug!"

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2. How does Teddy Bears On The Go® work?

Basically, students get a bear and name it. It is put in a teddy bear travelling tote, along with a journal, and sent home from school in the fall.  A covering letter is sent to the parents outlining the project and asking them to help get the bear on its way. Throughout the year, postcards, e-mails, and treasures are received. Students read their postcards, e-mails, and later, the journals to their classmates. All destinations are recorded on a world map. At the end of the year, students celebrate the teddy bear journeys by putting together a presentation for the school body. During the evening, there is a display where family and friends can come and view all the bears and memorabilia.

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3. How many years has this program been running?

Although the concept is not unique, the Teddy Bears On The Go® has been running in the classroom for 5 years. It has been adapted by other schools, who have since continued the tradition.

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4. Does this program require a lot of work?

During the initial stages of getting the program up and running, and until the bears start their journey, it takes some effort to coordinate and put things in motion. Over the course of the year, minimal management is required to collect memorabilia and record travel destinations. At the end of the year, energy is needed to showcase the teddy bears travels’. But, this would be a personal preference in terms of how the information is presented to the school body.

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5. Do the students get to keep the bears if they are donated?

Yes, they do. Students are allowed to take their bears and all the treasures home, following the year end school presentations and evening display for friends and family.

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6. Do the bears come back to the school at the end of the year?

For the most part, the bears have returned faithfully, each and every year. There have been a couple of years, where a half dozen or so bears and/or components of the original package were missing.

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7. What if the bears do not all return to the students?

Getting lost or misplaced does happen and something that is not in the student’s control.  Students are encouraged to think positively once a bear has left the “den".  

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8. Is this program available only to teachers?

No, this program is available to others.

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9. Who else is this program available to?

This program is available to anyone interested in the educational well being of a child or him/herself. Individuals, institutions, and organizations are free to purchase any number of kits.

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10. Do I need any special training to implement this program?

 No special training is required to implement this program.  Each of the three different manuals (Home Edition for Parents & Grandparents, Homeschool Edition and Classroom Edition) details the steps required for its successful implementation.

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11. How does this program benefit the students?

Students develop and enhance their language skills through focussed reading, writing, and oral communication. They develop a sense of pride of ownership, community and increased self-confidence as a result of communicating about their bears’ many adventures. Students develop oral presentation skills and gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the world and the global environment.

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12. How does this program benefit the teachers?

This integrated approach to the curriculum actively involves and engages the students in their learning and the learning of others. Students are motivated to learn. The knowledge and skills they acquire are relevant and real. [For example, the thank you notes are sent to real people who donated the bears, and those who made the teddy bear traveling totes.]

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13. How does this program benefit the parents?

What better way to "Give Learning A Hug!" than have parents experience the excitement and learning along with their child. There is increased interaction with their child as parents and children search out the destinations the bears have traveled. Parents experience additional communication between the school and the home and a sense that their child is learning in an interactive, fun way. Often parents learn about cities and villages that they never knew existed. Parents are grateful for the increased attention that their child is giving to his/her learning.

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14. How does this program benefit the grandparents?

With this program, Grandparents now have an opportunity to connect more with their grandchildren.  They have been known to take an active role in this program and be instrumental in establishing Pen Pals with students in other countries, providing detailed information about the teddy bear travels, and securing many treasures and memorabilia for their student. Grandparents are excited about being able to participate in their grandchildren’s education. The teddy bears also provide a focus and opportunity for grandparents and kids to spend quality time together exploring the world and recording history together.

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15. How does this program benefit other traveling companions?

 This program provides a sense of community and desire to contribute to the education of a child. Travelers are able to view their travel from a different perspective, since they commit to recording the teddy bears’ journeys. This perspective provides a deeper understanding of the destination, and provides a written record that might not otherwise have been written.

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16. Is it easy to get started?

Yes, it is easy to get started. By purchasing a Teddy Bears On The Go® toolkit, it provides all the necessary information and documentation to get the program started.
 

The toolkit includes a teddy bear, its journal, scratch pad, pen/pencil, traveling teddy bear tote, and the instruction manual.   These Toolkits are available either online, through The Teddy Bear Store, or offline via email, phone or fax.  You can download the form here:  ToolkitOrderForm.pdf

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17. Is there a newsletter?

Yes, there is a newsletter. It is called, The Teddy Bear Chronicles. Sign up is easy. Fill out the online webform called: Teddy Bear Chronicles.