At the end of January to the beginning of February, if you walked into our Kindergarten class you would have seen a hair salon in our Dramatic Play centre. Every 2 - 3 weeks our Dramatic Play centre changes into something new!
We come together as a class and talk about what we would like in that space. Some ideas revolve around food (i.e.pizza place, Subway, Tim Hortons) or places we have been (i.e.Superstore, toy store, nail salon). Everyone has a chance to suggest an idea. Once we have compiled a list, we then have to decide which one do we want the most. Students sit on the carpet and stand up when they hear a suggestion they like. We count out how many students are standing. The idea that gets the highest vote wins, if two ideas are tied then we take only those two ideas and each individual student is asked which one they would prefer. Once a decision is made we have to come up with a “shopping list”, so I know what we need to make their idea come to life.
Here is a picture of the shopping list for the hair salon…
Somethings that were included:
This was a very popular centre for all the students of the class, where they got to style dolls hair with various clips and ponytails.
The best part is that we had a parent who came into our classroom to give a presentation on being a hairstylist. The students got to see the various types of tools a hair salon would have and got learn about a job in our community.