A teacher in a year three class in a London school used their Persona Dolls, Samira and Isaac, as learning tools. She told the children that Isaac wasn’t well and wouldn’t be visiting them for a while. She asked if they would each like to design a get-well card. They responded enthusiastically and were thrilled when a thank you card arrived in the post from the Doll. It was read over and over again.
They were interested to learn that Samira came from Bangladesh. They were encouraged to look at a map to see where it was. They looked at books to find out about the country and they were fascinated by dual text Bengali / English books. They were also interested to know what food Samira ate when she lived in Bangladesh and if she ate the same food in London. Most of the children had never heard of Bangladesh before.
Children’s emotional involvement in the stories is crucial. It helps to capture and deepen their interest, arouses their curiosity and challenges them intellectually.
A record of the stories is kept so staff can keep up-to date on what has been happening in the Dolls’ lives. Parents can be kept informed and involved, by displaying the stories on a special Persona Doll wall or table.