Welcome to the Rainey Room doctors office
As many of you have seen during this week's Classroom Tour, our photo booth area has transformed into our new Rainey Room doctors office, to further support the children's interest in our bodies. In the classroom setting we are exploring and researching questions around our body's well-being and health, healing process, circulatory system and skeletal system. Many children incorporate their personal experiences from previous doctors visits ("I got a shot in my leg at the doctor" - Cate) in their dramatic play.
After we established, that our photo booth would officially transform, we asked the children what materials our doctors office is still missing. Again, we would like to thank everyone who donated amazing materials to support our investigations in the classroom! We truly appreciate your collaboration.
What does our Rainey Room's doctors office need?
Crinkly paper - Remy, referring to exam table paper
The thing you look through your ears. Your ears, nose, mouth. - Bea, referring to an otoscope
Right when I got in there, there was this huge stand and they check your height. We're missing the thing that tells you how tall you are. - Finlay, referring to a scale
Toys, because where you're supposed to wait. - Finlay, referring to a waiting room area
And we don't have the candy to get after. - Wilder
Oh, and stickers at the end. - Daniel
Creating our own X-rays
Inspired by Finlay's recent doctor's visit, during which he had an X-ray of his torso taken, the children explored their ideas and thoughts about the skeletal system.
Daniel: Finlay just went to the doctor.
Sam: Finlay, what happened at your doctor appointment?
Finlay: Listen, I was watching a show waiting for my doctor to get. And the doctor had
to take pictures inside my body.
Sam: Finlay’s mom sent us a picture of the picture of the inside of Finlay’s body. Finlay, did you have to swallow a camera or how did they do that?
Finlay: No, they had a special camera attached to the wall and it could move down and it almost touched my body. It was a special camera that could take pictures inside my body.
Cate: I know what that is called. A X-ray.
On the light table we investigated a variety of X-rays and also created our own by drawing on tracing paper and coping our drawings onto transparencies.
Cate: I know it's a tummy because Finlay swallowed a ball and it just looked just like it.
A visit at the Rainey Room doctors office
examining and diagnosing the patient
During a patient intake procedure at the Rainey Room doctors office, the patient's vitals are being checked and recored. Often, the children use a thermometer to check the temperature, a tongue depressor to check the throat (always above a mask), a stethoscope to listen to the patient's breathing and heart beat and a fingertip pulse oximeter to determine the pulse or heart rate. The results are often being written down on clipboards or notebooks. In case the exam table or doctors office are full, patients can also wait in the "waiting room" (our cozy area) for their appointment.
Cate: I'm sick, too. I'm waiting in the waiting room.
Wilder, grabbing a stethoscope and walking over to Cate: Okay, I need to listem to the insie of her body to see if she's sick.
Cate, breathing is deeply while Wilder is listening to her chest: Want me to snore?
Both are giggling when Cate begins to snore loudly
Jade: Cate checked her temperature and it was red. It's bad. That means it's sick.
Michael: Frannie has a fever! I take her temperature. She has a bleed.
Cate: Her heart is broken.
Remy: We need to open her up. With a screw driver (picking up a pencil).
Jade: Her leg is broken. She needs a bandage. We're gonna give you a shot and we don't want it to hurt. Frannie, go to sleep!
Finlay: I need to give you a shot. It will hurt for a little bit. One day.
Frannie: You need a bandaid.
Jade, about Michael: I just took his temperature. It's red! He's sick. He's very sick. He needs fish and milk to make him better. And medicine
Jade, describing how to take a certain kind of medicine: You have to squish it around your teeth and swallow it.
treatment of aches, broken bones, illnesses and colds
After being diagnoses with a cold, a fever, a broken leg or a cut on a finger, the doctors and nurses discuss a treatment plan and how to best support the patient in his or her healing process. Often a bandaid or bandage is needed, a shot given, or a bedrest for between 3 and 89 days prescribed.
We are getting excited for our St. John's luminary walk, tomorrow, Wednesday Dec. 15 between 5-6pm! In the past few days we have prepared gorgeous luminary bags that we can't wait to see lit up outside of the school. We hope to see you there!