Week of Nov 26th – 30th, 2012
The children were very interested in the dollhouse scene. The house consisted of 4 rooms and 2 staircases. There were a lot of things to look at in each room! At first, many of the children just wanted to look at the scenes and take it all in. They quickly noticed the girl sleeping in a bed. Much of their play revolved around sleeping in the bed. We talked a lot about their beds at home and what they do at bedtime. They used the dollhouse people to act out sleeping and waking up. Some of the children were especially interested in the stairs. They made their dollhouse people climb up and down the stairs. They talked about where the people were going and what they would do on the roof. After we played pretend for a while, they went back to investigating all the different knick knacks in each room. We decided to play I Spy and made it a game to find different objects. Some of the children made connections between the objects they saw in the dollhouse to similar objects in our classroom or in their homes.
Next week I would like to explore a city scene. Will they incorporate people? Cars? Blocks for buildings? I am curious how much they will interact with a scene that does not involve animals or people in it. Usually the first thing they relate to in the scenes are the animals and people…not the landscape. How will they react when it is only landscape?