Building in the block center is a favorite place in our classroom. All kinds of animals, natural materials, people, plants, mirrors, and of course blocks….all kinds…including castle blocks are ever present. Many stories have been and continue to be told. As I listen to them, castles, queens, and fairies seem to be a common theme. I knew one of the latest Fairytales by Disney was “Frozen” and sometimes the song “Let it go” would linger through the air. Over the holidays I decided to display books about fairy tales around the classroom… and there is a plethora of puzzles on the market reflecting pictures of castles, queens, dragons, princesses and fairies to choose from. Also, I discovered, during my search for provocations, that the movie “Frozen” was inspired by Hans Christian Anderson's fairy tale, “The Snow Queen” The first day we were back I asked them a few questions.
What do you think about fairy tales?
It’s like Snow White
Is Snow White real or make believe?
What is your favorite fairy tale?
What do all fairy tales have? ….For example…is there usually a Castle?
Someone not nice
Fairies like in sleeping beauty
Let’s go back to Castles? Wouldn’t it be fun to make a castle in the room?
Where could we build it?
In the blocks…
In the corner…
Where the pumpkin pie kitchen was…
All good ideas girls…
Now…if we built it outside could we use it all the time?
No…it might rain
Ok…Could we build it in the blocks?
No…because Annslee and McKenzie and A sleep there.
Ok…What about in the corner?
Yes!!! Where the pumpkin pie bakery was.
We then looked at some books about castles and did a little investigating on the internet? The girls also drew and water colored their own castles.
The girls selected materials and our castle began to emerge and let the stories begin!!!
Reflection: Today we watched a very old version of the Snow Queen. It was actually the one I watched when I was a little girl. We compared the elements to the Disney Version, Frozen. I am proud of the girls as they compared these movies. So much critical thinking going on!!
Ms Prewitt and Ms Grinder
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