Monday, February 20, 2012

Dress Up

As parents and teachers, we look forward to the day when a child becomes independent. We praise their efforts and applaud their success.
In Ella Sarah Gets Dressed, Margaret Chodos-Irvine shows us what happens when that independence is mixed with a strong fashion sense!

 Her family members try to impose their suggestions on what she should wear, but Ella Sarah has her own ideas. She stands firm, and it turns out that she is perfectly attired for her tea party with friends.
Young children will enjoy seeing Ella Sarah in control. The illustrations carry the story and the bold prints provide a colorful backdrop for all the clothing choices.

Dramatic Play Extension Idea:
Add some new items to the Dress-up center in your classroom or pull out some fun items from your closet at home for dress-up fun. Hats, aprons, scarves, ties, and vests are easy to put on and take off and the size doesn't really matter.  Halloween costumes are more trouble to put on and take off, but lots of fun! Go simple with capes and masks.
If you don't have a full-length mirror, place a sturdy step stool in front of a wall mirror so that your child can see their outfit and admire their choices.
You can have a fashion show (yes, boys can have fun with this too),  a tea party, or just play pretend.

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