Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Everyone loves parachutes!

This was our last time meeting at St. Mary's.  After all the stress, work, and planning, I am definitely going to miss working with the group of kids every week.  It really was a great experience and I can't wait to actually have a job doing this for the rest of my life!

 We all came up with a parachute game to do with the kids this week... My game was called sharks. All the students sit around the parachute with their feet straight in front of them under the parachute, which is being held at their waist. One person is the shark under the parachute and they pull on the leg of one of the kids around the parachute and switch places with them.  Everyone else around the parachute is waving it to make waves.  The kids all loved this game along with all of the other parachute games that we did.

Easter Lab

We were the gym group this lab which means we run the games at the beginning of class.  We orient our games around a certain set of skills so the rest of the class can assess how the kids perform these skills.  Our skills this week were dribbling a basketball and kicking a soccer ball.  I had a simple game where the students kicked the soccer ball around the gym while the music was playing.  When the music paused the kids would run to one of two goals set up and kick the soccer ball in.  This made it easy for the class to assess the students performing the skills based on soccer.  Overall, our games didn't really run that smoothly.  Basketball and soccer are hard skills to make games for kinder-gardeners and first graders just because they don't have the motor development necessary to perform the skills well enough to create fun games.  I actually had to alter my game to soccer because it was originally with basketballs but the class needed to see more soccer skills.  Based on the fact that I changed the game last minute I think it went pretty well.