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We Decorate Our World: What is a decoration?

We started this unit with a walk outside.  The children had varying points of view as to what a decoration is.  When we looked inside the classroom for decorations, the children also had different ideas. Some felt a plant was a decoration while others felt a plant was only a decoration if ornaments were on it. 

We began with the empty doll house to help children appreciate each others' perspectives.  They worked together to decorate and furnish the house.  Colour was a large part of the discussion as they felt it was an important aspect of decoration.   

To give the children an opportunity to express their own decoration ideas, they have begun to work with empty shoeboxes to create his/her bedroom.  The first step was to determine the colour of the room and paint it. Today, the children planned what furniture they want to make, window placement  as well as decorations they want to include.  We will be working on this project for the next few group times.


  1. This made me think of different artist's response to the question, "What is art?"

    "Filling a space in a beautiful way. That's what art means to me".
    – Georgia O'Keeffe (1887–1986), American painter, in Art News December 1977

  2. Love the quote! That is what is so wonderful about art; it is personal and gives us the opportunity to learn about others through their perspective.


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