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Wonderful toy, but you will need storage for all the little pieces.,
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This review is from: Doll School: For Girls Who Love to Teach! (American Girl) (Hardcover)
I wish they would have included little file boxes to put together to store all the little pieces of papers in. Other reviewers suggest a shoe box, but I needed a tiny box to hold the tiny file folders upright so their contents won't fall out. I have spent a lot of time today just organizing the pieces of this product and looking for tiny boxes, etc. to store stuff in. My 7 year old daughter loves it all, but still needs my help with it. She has 4 doll "students" and has set up report cards for all of them, graded some tests (actually added up scores for correct answers), filled in the "Teacher's Attendance and Grade Book" with their attendance and their test scores, and then said that teachers' jobs are not as easy as she had thought. Good insight. I helped her average the 2 math test scores she had for each student so she could fill in the first grading period on their report cards, so was glad to introduce her to "averaging" and division. The alphabet banner is in cursive, so she is excited about starting to learn that, as she is only in first grade. She enjoys the multiplication flash cards, so I'm thinking of getting a whole deck that she can work with.
Suggestion--All the little pieces to this school set come on sheets of heavy weight paper and you punch out the pieces, like the flash cards, tiny library cards, tests, file folers, award certificates, etc. I highly recommend that BEFORE you punch out any of the pieces, you SCAN THE PAGES INTO YOUR COMPUTER SO YOU CAN PRINT OUT DUPLICATES AS NEEDED. The set is supposed to have enough school supplies for 4 dolls. In the book it often says if you have more than 4 "students" you will need to make photocopies of the items to have enough for each student.
Well, I don't know about the other reviewers, but my book only had one writing journal, even though the book specifically states, "If you have more than 4 students, photocopy the cover and pages." Another disparity between the book and the items in the kit is the school "locker" door. The book says it's a "sticker" but mine is just a piece of paper printed to look like a locker door. The idea is to stick the "locker door" picture onto a shoebox lid, tape the lid to the box on one side and make a locker out of the shoe box. I only had one "locker door" in my book, so I'd have to make photocopies of if I wanted lockers for all 4 of my daughter's students.
I'd like to see some online component to this book, where buying the book gives you a code to go online and find more things to do like this.
Overall, great idea. Brings me back to my own childhood playing school and making little items for my dolls. I too have had to set up a "doll school" in a corner. Once school starts back, I plan to make up little spelling tests for the dolls with my daughter's weekly spelling words from school. Same with math and other subjects.
Would love to hear more suggestions from other purchasers.
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Initial post: Feb 15, 2012 6:15:19 AM PST
Great review. I ordered this for my granddaughter and was thinking of buying some plastic boxes/containers as per your suggestion to go along with this item. You mention "tiny" boxes. What sizes would be good? Thanks.
Posted on Mar 31, 2013 1:12:06 PM PDT
Debbie 1 says:
Excellent review-I will definitely make photo copies when I get this for my daughter. I read the other comment and this just popped into my head-I won't know if it works until I actually get them and see what size the cards etc are- but maybe the little jewelry boxes with hinges that come with any nice jewelry you order? It is so hard to find ways to store a lot of the AG, OG etc. doll items. My daughter has the OG RV and we keep our eyes out when we are shopping for things that would make good storage items for all the little foods, utensils etc. If you guys come up with any ideas, post them and I will as well.
Posted on Oct 7, 2013 11:44:51 AM PDT
Dori B says:
Thanks for the review. You sound just like me. I appreciate a review from someone who gets as involved as I do in making these things work. And thanks for the ideas. I like to use my six-year-old's spelling words for her 4 doll students also.
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