We finally did it. Having read The Paradise Garden by Colin Thompson, we created the main character’s bedroom. It was fascinating because this was the second time that we had read the book and so the Trainees saw even more in it. Because we were trying to make links with a child’s bedroom, we read the book differently and so noticed that red symbolises escape or travel and that there were other characters that appeared on many of the pages.
I had set up a bedroom just inside the door of the room that we use for breaks and break out groups. This is just the bare bones.
And here is the bedroom after it had been dressed. If you know the book you will recognise some of the items and be able to make your own mind up about why we included them.
It is a hedgehog and duck on the bed. They appear on every single page and so have great relevance for Peter. Perhaps they had been favourite cuddly toys that were comforters and so went with him everywhere. At one point a helping dog came in to the building, hopped on to the bed and started to chew the hedgehog! I didn’t manage to get a picture but if you have visted Colin Thompson’s website and read his pages about dogs, you will recognise the link to Cafe Max that appears on many of his pages.
What role play area do you have in your classroom?