Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween at St. Mary's!

Today was a wild experience with the children at St. Mary's. Since this is an after-school program, many of the kids were very excited to go trick-or-treating after their activities. To maintain organization throughout the gymnasium, we worked on keeping the children interested and focused on their individual fun Halloween-themed activity. My group lead the children at the end with a group chant, song, and dance to dance out some of those jitters. I enjoyed playing a game with the younger group of children by walking around with a bin while they worked on throwing beanbags into the bin. Today's activities were focused on overhand throwing and catching skills. Check out my analysis for Lab 4

Saturday, October 22, 2011

St. Mary's Interaction

This past weeks experience at St. Mary's school was very fun and exhilarating. I was able to make up tag games with the kids on the playground and really get them running around. I learned that changing up the rules and using variation in different tag games can really keep the children moving as well as keeping them interested and having fun. Once in the gymnasium, my group had the older 3rd graders, who were all vigorous and full of energy. We played a fun combination of handball, basketball, and soccer called Speedball. Every kid interacted well with this variation and one young boy was able to punt the ball from one end of the gymnasium into the basketball hoop at the other end. It caused for an energetic commotion and a giant smile on the boy's face! We played other goal-oriented games with scooters which made it so everyone had to use different cognitive skills and muscles. Lab 3 Analysis!