The Shelly Project
We just found her. - Lily
She came from the school. Outside. - Frances
In the outdoor playground. - Lily
We would like to introduce you to Shelly!
Shelly was found by Lily, Frances, and Remy during the first week of school while playing together in the outdoor classroom. They spent the first few days of school caring for Shelly outdoors, often incorporating her into their dramatic play scenarios. They made her soft sponge beds to sleep on, took her to school, cooked her dinner, and gave her bubble baths. According to Lily, Shelly became their best friend. Initially, Shelly took on different roles in their family role play. Sometimes she was a sister, a baby, or even a pet. Shelly's role in the Tucker Room continues to develop as Lily, Frances, Remy, and other children in the classroom continue to invest their time and interest in this seashell's story.
Bringing Shelly into the Classroom
After a suggestion from Frannie that Shelly should have everything that humans have, we decided to bring her into the classroom.
What types of human things should Shelly have?
Hair. - Lily
Googly eyes and the mouth. - Frances
A beach dress. - Remy
A dress with shells on it. - Frances
A fancy dress, ballet shoes, a fancy hat. - Lily
A crown. A tiara. It has to be all blue and golden because that's royal colors. - Frances
Eyes, a Mouth, and Underwear
Per Lily's suggestion, the first thing that should be made for Shelly to wear was a pair of underwear.
Lily selected the fabric, traced the shape of Shelly's bottom, then sewed the two fabric pieces together, intentionally leaving a hole in the bottom where Shelly's "foot" (or sometimes named her butt) sticks out.
Frannie found googly eyes to create Shelly's face as well as gave her "lips" where they agreed her mouth should be.
Sketching Clothing Designs
More About Shelly
Shelly's Growing Family
This week, other children have begun to show interest in the "Shelly project". A small group of children approached the Shelly work with the thought that there should be more shells involved in the project.
The following conversation highlights the discussion around the "Shelly Family".
Stay tuned... we are excited to see where the Shelly Project takes us next!
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