Case Study 1
“Our little house” for Pre K
Background. The classroom had nowhere that stimulated imaginative play that would give opportunities for very young children to expand and develop their speaking and listening language skills. They needed a home corner that could later develop into a shop, a hospital, a dentistry, a space ship.
The teacher re organised the shelves to cordon off a corner area, adding small chairs and a table, a collection of cups and saucers and bowl of plastic fruit, an old television, a doll in a basket.
The teacher explained how the children could play in the little house and how there would be turns for everyone. The children were excited and, once in the house, their imagination was fired and even the most timid entered into imaginative conversations and roles….(instant drama lessons, instant improvisation opportunities, excellent confidence building skills…a wonderful way to develop literacy skills for such young children)
Cross curricular activities
Drama, improvisation, role play
Extending creativity in language and through language
Extending listening skills
Extending spoken vocabulary
Drawing and writing about “Our little house”
Reading. The book “Our little house” had its own hook in the actual little house and was constantly “read”..to the extent we had to make a photo copy so more children could “read” it.
Sorting. There was a box of assorted foods and the children arranged them in groups of vegetables, bread and cakes etc
Counting in twos for working out how many curtains needed for 3 windows.
12 paper plates to be arranged on the three shelves. How many on each shelf?
Printing on the plain white curtains with pieces of sponge.
Drawing and colouring an extra window with a view to the outside…this to be pinned on the classroom wall.
Drawing and colouring shelves to go on the classroom wall and on which would be stuck paper plates.
Using paper cups and straws and coloured paper to make potted plants for a window box.
Growing seeds for the window box
Drawing and labeling in French a knife and fork on the paper plates.
Learning about different homes
Family groupings, social interaction, empathy, co operation with others, sharing, group work, organisation skills etc etc.
And to end…..
For fun, I drew 12 circles on the back cover, and, one by one, had each child sit for a portrait drawing, so they each felt they all had a part in the “Our little house” book. This gave me an opportunity to talk with the children about the project whilst I drew and they posed. They carefull and neatly wrote their name beside their “portrait”. They loved to then look at their own face and then identify the faces of their classmates already drawn. They liked to chat about the different class members. Four year old Nicholas took one look at the drawing I had done of him and said approvingly, “It ‘s good I had my haircut yesterday!”