We’re celebrating our furry friends today, and invite you to join our Teddy Bear Picnic. The iEARN Teddy Bear Project has been a favorite of hundreds of thousands of teachers and students in more than 8,000 schools worldwide since 1996, and we’re spending the day sharing stories, images, and the joy of global collaboration in one of its most huggable forms.
Congratulations to all participating schools worldwide, and a big thank you to the current Teddy Bear Project Facilitators Rasagnya Puppala and Fumi (Bee) Ito in Japan, for all their bear care.
Facilitated by Australian teacher Muriel Wells from 1996-2004, The Teddy Bear Project was awarded 2nd prize in the nonprofit organisation section of the Childnet Awards in London in January, 1998.
The iEARN Teddy Bear Project aims to foster tolerance and understanding using email and/or web forums. After teachers register, the facilitator matches them with a partner class. Once paired, classes send each other a Teddy Bear or other soft toy by airmail through the normal postal system. The bear sends home diary messages by email or through an online forum. In the photo above, Dima from Belarus finds a home in Taiwan.
For the students this special needs school in Israel, the arrival of an iEARN Teddy Bear was a joyful moment.
Understand that the world is made up of many different countries.
Help the students grow in self-knowledge.
Help the students learn about the different cultures that are held by people from around the world.
Foster understanding and appreciation of people and of other cultures.
Provide opportunities for the students to communicate with students from other countries who are involved in the Teddy Bear Project.
The iEARN Teddy Bear Project can be integrated into the US Common Core State Standards and national standards worldwide. (Click photo for link to Integration Plan)
Russian students share their Teddy Bear Project candidates.
“Chura” wearing Okinawan design Bingata
iEARN-Canada students sent Bucky the Beaver to Nyirrpi Australia for a #TeddyBearPicnic
Welcoming Bucky the Beaver in Nyirrpi, Australia
All children should know that they can connect with peers worldwide even if they have no tech or Internet access.
Students of the Beaconhouse School System, GPI, Karachi-Pakistan perform the “Welcome Ceremony of the Bears,” for the three bear guests; Hua Hua, Patrick and Open Jiang, from Wen Hua Elementary School, Taiwan.
The iEARN Teddy Bear Project welcomes all stuffed creatures- what’s a picnic without a joey!
Photo from Nyirrpi School, Australia
Class 401 and Fang-liao High school in Taiwan is ready to begin its Teddy Bear Project exchange
Pre-kindergarten Performance Standards: Social and Emotional Development Standards: Engage in social relationships and develop connections and attachments to peers, classroom adults and to the larger community.
“My colleagues and I strongly believe in the influence of puppets on kid’s learning process, therefore, we use them as means of communication and teaching. We have a puppet for each class, which becomes a member of the class from the very first day of the academic year. Each day, the puppet goes home with one of the students and the next day the student has to speak on behalf of the puppet to share her stories and experiences from that day with the class. Our puppets are named Yalda, Chelgees, Oldouze, Maah Pishoony, and Nabaat, all of which were chosen based on Persian Mythology. Each of our puppets have their own story. We can share the stories with you.”
A Teddy Bear in East Jerusalem
The great thing about iEARN Teddy Bears? They can totally just hang out in Taiwan. Cool as a cucumber.
Worldwide, Teddy Bears get royal treatment. These students in Uzbekistan prepare outfits.
More Teddy Bear coddling in Uzbekistan
Hard to hug through a Skype call, a Tweet, or e-mail. For students worldwide, Teddy Bears are squeezable global education. A class in Edison, New Jersey, USA.
iEARN-Iraq students know how to have a #TeddyBearPicnic.
Michael’s Essentials: Michael, his dog, and his Teddy
A Teddy Bear in Jerusalem.
A Teddy Bear in Jerusalem meets a friend.
Thank you to all the students at the Beaconhouse School System, Pakistan!