Persona Dolls Methodology
The methodology originates from the United States. It was put to use in the 1950-s where there was very little materials to teach the children about ethnic diversity with. Originally the dolls were made of cardboard which where later replaced by special dolls. Every doll has its own profile, personality and story which are based on children’s experience.
Dolls and their stories develop children’s empathy and they are encouraged to react and stand for themselves whenever they witness injustice or prejudice attitudes.
Through doll-activity the following topics are dealt with:
• value-based teaching;
• practising social skills;
The methodology is one of a kind – the dolls can be designed and themes can be planned subject to the needs of the particular group.
The “Persona Dolls” methodology founds its way to Suitsupääsupesa Preschool though Comenius project “I see you” in 2011. From 2014 the methodology is used on a regular basis in 5 of our preschool groups.
Teachers Marilyn Palla and Nele Jürs have undergone a training for the methodology in England in 2012.
In 2014 director Triin Andreas, leading specialist in Tallinn Education Department Marika Kallas and teachers Marilyn Palla and Pille Kull visited the “Persona Dolls” methodology center in London.