Tuesday, March 7, 2017

sol17-7 What if we relived the story with blocks?

I am participating in the
Slice of Life Story Challenge (SOLSC).
All participants are writing about one moment, one part of their day, every day of March 2017. 
A big thank you to Two Writing Teachers for providing this unique opportunity
for teacher-writers to share and reflect.

I read the sweet book The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton and the block center became transformed...preschoolers made the story come alive.

Right after we read the book, one student was building with blocks and she built a small house. 

I said, "Oh, is that The Little House? The one in the story we just read?" She said "Yes! And now we need a city!" Several children started pitching in, building around the little house.

The first blocks were pretty intentional, with the goal being high buildings around the house and a bridge on top of the house.

More children became interested and the creating went in many different directions - making a zoo, a metro train, "my" house, a railroad track, a playground, more tall buildings...

Children added more and more details, more and more ideas, more and more blocks. 

Everyone worked together. No one took apart another's work, they simply scavenged for additional blocks and created something new for the city. The Little House became forgotten. The new goals were as varied as the children building - what if we built a city around us? Let's fit inside our city! What if we built a super tall house? The tallest house in the world? What if this city was only for animals, no people? Let's make animal families. What if we used all the little blocks, too? What if?

I have always loved this classic story. My students do, too.


  1. What if our leaders built w/ the intent of preschoolers? That's the question that stayed in my mind as I read. Is this a possibility? A dream? A girl can hope, yes?

  2. What if? So much within those two words! What a treat to see this creativity and collaboration come to life.

  3. Love this! We just recently read The Little House in my K class, a fave from my childhood. Love how littles take an idea and run with it. Thanks for sharing this special moment.

  4. Aw! I love that they were all working together - so important to nurture the sense of community in students.

  5. I just read this with my daughter by my side. We both loved it. Thank you for sharing this wonderful moment of "what if."

  6. Love the block creators. The book is a gem, and got them started, but then, oh my, what worlds they can create. Thanks, Maureen!