After an unfortunate broken elbow by our Mr. Frost (E.C.E.) and a student's return from a doctor's appointment, the idea for a doctor's office popped up, complete with waiting room! The doctor tool kits were explored, (bandages and bandaids galore!!) blood pressure tests were taken, x-rays of the human skeleton were fit together, notes and signs were written and the office was formed. The students measured and compared their heights with others', took temperatures using a forehead thermometer, and many baby dolls were cared for in the nursery.
"Play is a vehicle for learning and lies at the core of innovation and creativity. It provides opportunities for learning in a context in which children are at their most receptive. Play and academic work are not distinct categories." Ministry of Education http://www.edu.gov.on.ca.
Children are curious and connect prior experiences and knowledge to new contexts in order to understand the world around them. This dramatic centre initiated some very interesting discussions on number lines (watch for that post soon!), scientific drawings of the human body, vocabulary building as well as many social skills and emotional connections while "caring" for each other.