A dream house is a home for dreams. - Wilder
After constructing a guest house for Shelly’s visitors, children continued to express interest in home design.
Ideas began to subtly shift from practical home furnishings and necessities to imaginative concepts and idea sharing.
The idea of imagining our "dream houses" emerged during whole group conversations about where this interest in constructing a home might take us.
What is a dream house?
Like what you dream of being your house. You can put anything in. - Remy
We can make our dreams come true. - Finlay
So we can look at them for real life. - Luke
We use our imagination. You think in your imagination. - Hugh
And use your mind. - Jade
(and) your brain. - Frannie
What would you include in your dream home?
Remy: A bounce room.
Finlay: A candy store with a pikachu made out of gummy bears.
Wilder: I would have a parrot in my house.
Luke: I would have a pet owl.
Frannie: I would have a unicorn pet and she would sleep in her own bed that's bouncy and has fur and there’s a little slide to go down.
Jade: (I would have) a snake. With a bed that's bouncy.
Michael: I have a bed in my house. And stairs. And a slide.
Wilder: To get into my house there would be a slide and a tunnel and a pet parrot. The house would be painted green to blend in (with surroundings).
Lily: I want a caterpillar pet and a chocolate milk fountain in the kitchen.
Luke: A dreamer. To see my dreams.
Particularly this school year, children have developed an understanding of the importance of brainstorming, discussion, and planning before diving into project work.
When there is a collective interest among the group, we also read lots of literature connected to the interest that we share together. These books often provide inspiration and influence the projection of the work.
Here are a few of the examples of books that we currently have around the classroom and have supported our research so far.
When reading Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty we talked about the important role of an architect when planning the construction of a home.
What is an architect and what do they do?
Capers: A kind of construction man. A builder. Drawing his design.
Wilder: Someone who paints.
What is a design?
Saul: He draws what he wants to build.
Hugh: Drawing the thing that he wants to build so he knows how to build.
Cape: To make directions.
Finlay: Step by step by step by step.
Luke: Like a map to build.
Lily: Like drawing a model.
Drafting a design of our intended creation can be very helpful and often necessary. As Capers described, it helps give "directions" and is an important step in the planning process.
The idea of a "blueprint" has also been introduced during our research process.
Jack and his mom shared their own blueprints for the renovations that will be taking place soon at their "Hana House" in Hawaii.
First drafts of children's original dream home ideas:
Shifting from an individual approach,