Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Cowboy theme, yeehaaa!

This lab we had a western theme and many of the Cortland students, including myself, dressed up like a cowboy or cowgirl.  It was a lot of fun and it was funny to see the reaction of the students.  We observed Kinder- gardeners performing leaps, horizontal jumps, and slides. They were very good at these skills for the most part with only a few errors in their arm movements. The game I introduced to the students was called frozen beanbag.

This game includes: 
- All students get a beanbag and place it on top of their head.
- If the beanbag falls off a students head, that student is frozen.
- To become unfrozen another student must bend over, pick
up the beanbag and place it on the head of the student
who dropped it, without dropping their own. 
- Students can hold the beanbag on their head when they bend over.
- I modified this game to have all the beanbags represent cowboy hats so that they could all pretend they had cowboy hats!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Loony Tunes Lab 2!

Recently teaching at St. Mary's we had a cartoon theme. All of our games were cartoon related and the kids loved it. I liked the dance the most out of the activities we did. We had all the students that were still there, which wasn't many, do the sponge bob dance. It was a lot of fun watching preschool through first graders do the dance because most of the time they just stood their and smiled then occasionally they would do one of the movements. By the third time we did the dance, most of the students were doing the entire dance correctly. If we got to do it again I would make sure that the person who designed the dance had music to go with it.  The different skills that we observed were performed by two first graders and I was surprised at how well they actually did them. Their only main problem was in hopping which had a few errors in it.