We had a "before" and "after" session to see what we learned. Here's how it went
"Before the theme" Conversation Starter: To make sure our teeth are healthy, we visit a dentist. What happens during a check up? Do you like going to the dentist? Why? (note: none of the children have went to the dentist before so keep this in perspective)
Macoy (age 3) I get something - Yes - Get medicine there
Ben (age 2) Night - yes - Night * I think he had a short nights' sleep before daycare that day in his defense*
Hadley (age 3) We go to the doctor - Yes - Because we have to go to the doctor *he will be a very disciplined adult I believe :)
Weston: (age 4) You can get a toy - Yes - Because you can get new teeth * so there is some hope
"AFter the theme" same Conversation Starter:
Ben: (age 2) Sad dentist - yes - Doctor get a sucker * in the story we read on Wednesday little Ben has retained that Little Critter was a bit sad and in the end he got a sucker. After all, candy is a big deal at age 2!!
Hadley: (age 3) We be happy? -No- Because * It seems my 'disciplined theory' is challenged
Macoy: (age 3) Get a toy at the dentist - Yes - Get a dot on your finger * Still remembering his painful doctor's visit poor guy
Weston: (age 4) You close your eyes tight because you don't want to see a needle - Yes - You can get bubble gum * again a story memory of that darned needle. Ug! of all the story parts to remember.
In conclusion......alas, my work here is not done.