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Archive for January, 2013

Scenery

The children have been very interested in Llama Llama books and have been working the last two weeks on creating scenery for the play.  They have asked to read the books at group, on an individual basis, in small group, and they have also been reading the books or looking at it by themselves.  This helped as we decided to create a list of all of the materials that we need to recreate this show.  On this day, we spent time creating a variety of items for the show.  We began by creating a car (this is how Llama gets to school).  Several boys took charge using items in the classroom from our treasure chest (a chest of materials for representation activities) to recreate the car.  Other children began to recreate items for the school including a sign with the word school, napkins (for snack), and shelves for the toys to stack on at the school.  Stay tuned for more of our work!IMG_0629IMG_0632

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Creating a Dinner Theatre

This morning as I entered the room, the children were already in full swing of creating a dinner theatre. Our classroom is a long rectangular shape and the block center is across from our family living area. Next to our family living area is a loft. Addison (4.10), Lydia (5.3), and Drake (5.3) had already moved a small table to block center, covered it with a table cloth, added a vase, and four chairs. They moved the couch to face the area where they were going to do their production. As I walked in the children said, “Mahi, we need a stage! We can’t make a dinner theatre without one.” Lydia shares, “I know I’ve seen one out there. No one is using it and we NEED (large emphasis on this word from her) it to continue our work. We can’t learn about theatres without one!” As a teacher, How can you turn this phenomenal moment down? I couldn’t!

A couple boys helped Kara, our assistant, bring the block of wood we dubbed as stage. We rearranged the block area and family living area to make this possible. The children decided the stage needed to be placed near the loft so that they could use the area under the loft as the costume room. Children began assigning roles to other children and/or encouraging them to sign up for specific jobs. In a matter o f minutes, each child who was at school had a role and was preparing for their job. As more friends entered the classroom, they were given a duty and play continued. This play continued for one to two hours depending on the time children arrived at school. The production turned into a musical which was acted out several times so children could take turns with various roles.

Until next time-

AIH

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