Welcome to Little Hive!
Mrs. Sewell/Mrs. McKnatt
Our classroom pet, Elsa the fish, started a few discussions about animals and how to care for them. Pets became a big topic of conversation as girls loved sharing about the animals in their lives. We talked about pets in the classroom, on the way to special classes, at lunch time, all throughout our day… These girls love animals!
Here are some of those conversations:
I have Sadie and Sophie and Lilly. They live by themselves when I leave. Sophie and Lilly live at my house. Sadie lives in Sassy and Pops’s house. I feed food for them, dog food. They drink water.
In our discussions about animals and pets, we learned about veterinarians. We decided to turn our dramatic play center into a veterinary clinic. The girls have enjoyed caring for the animals at the clinic. Most of the animals need band-aids or shots and they’re cured. : )
Dramatic play allows the girls to pretend to be someone or something different from themselves. When the girls put themselves into someone else’s shoes it improves their ability to do this in real life, building important social skills, such as empathy. In our dramatic play center, the girls take turns and build conversations. The pet owners at the Little Hive Veterinary Clinic filled out “paperwork” regarding their sick pets. This pretend play allowed the girls to practice writing. There is so much learning taking place.
The stories that developed while in dramatic play:
Bunny isn’t feeling good.
She’s sick today.
She got fever from the winter days.
Look, I have a tiny turtle! He’s sick.
My froggy is feeling much so better.
I’m a doctor.
The frog has a booboo.
And the cat has a fever.
A doggy sick.
Oh no! I think he has a temperature.
My dog is sick. I want the doctor to fix him because he’s sick.
A bunny is sick.
Awww… I check. Saw ahhh.
Here doggy doggy.
I like kitties. I don’t like frogs.
Oh, he is sick. I gave him a triangle toy to feel better.
I’m gonna check his heartbeat. It’s great!
I think he has a booboo. Let me put a band-aid on him.
He has a cough.
Your puppy is still sick.
I’m giving this little guy a bath cause he’s kinda dirty.
These two are sick.
He has a cough, and he’s sad.
Not better yet. He’s in there cause he is gonna rest.
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