Monday, May 16, 2011

Saturday, May 14, 2011

StarWars Lab with a Parachute

In our last lab in our first game in which we usually do our assessments we used something different than balls or cones. We used a parachute for our initial games and every held it up of the floor at the ends of it with children and performed many games that we learned in our lab practice. Such as the asteroids game, the hurricane wind, the wave game. I knew my partners and Wednesdays lab would have done just those games that we went over, so decided to do my own game. We played Chewbacca says like Simon s says but since it was star wars I’m Chewbacca. I remember a Funny question that a girl asked she raised her hand and said “so you’re Chewbacca?”  And I said yes and I and all the children laughed together. The possible options I gave them were raise it up, down, shake, step right, step left, clockwise, and up down shake. I noticed I was almost screaming on top of my lungs to talk over the noise that we were making from playing with the parachute, so all the kids even the furthest could hear. I’m glad we did a different game because we ended up do all the games around 6 of them that we learned, to keep the children interest and fun high.
Then we went down stairs to cool off a bit and snack, then play board games and blocks and before we had an activity which definitely increased their heart rates.  My children I was working with were making star war ships using leggos. Then we brought the kids back up stairs and we all had  a great workout dancing to the song “Let’s Move, Move You Body” by Beyonce for at least 4 minutes which left me sweating and out of  breath, Then we finished it off with a pleasant cheer for all the fun we had AT St. Mary’s!!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Easter Lab 7 Best one yet.

 Today's Easter   Lab was by far the best for all of us from the students to the college kids. We all have grown confident  with our experience with another to work better with each other. My group and I began with skill assessment games, in which we design our games to test and see how well the children can do specific skills which were dribbling like a basketball and kicking a soccer ball to a goal. We all played our games and my game was last, I modified it a bit from the one in I practiced in lab to not make it so a race. That way there wont be a clear winner and the kids can really work on the skill, therefore we have qualitative attempts not quick ones so they can go through it faster and win the race. The game is that the students are making breakfast: eggs specifically.  First they have to beat the eggs by dribbling the ball with proper technique like a basketball at hip height with heir finger tips 10 times. Once they have done that they have get rid of the egg shells: by kicking the ball in to goal, and if they miss they try again till they make it in. At first during the practical it was a race, then I changed it by making more lines that way more children are involved and not just standing around and waiting. Also to avoid it being a race I told the children that I really want to focus on the technique , and that I want to see how many we can do during the time that the music is playing. The game worked out very well but the children were really tired because I was last of my members to go. The children then got water and went down stairs to eat and rejuvenate for more fun going out side! Outside me and the older boys played god running tag we all had so much fun chasing each other but I told them to keep it safe and watch out from running into each other. We played and ran hard and then 2 kids that I had to chase just sat on the playground because we were tired so we spoke. I asked them hows school and what do they want to be when they grow up. They both told me that their on the football team and one wants to be a Coat guard while the other wants to be a NHL player. I told them those are some pretty active careers you guys must be fit. He told me his father played High School football and the same position as him Full Back. I asked them if they do push ups and sit ups and unfortunately they both said no, I told them to start even if its as little as 5 just keep progressing and going up. Then I asked if they were ready to play some more and we played in till we had to go back in side. Once we were inside we rattled some kids together and played a game of kids vs college students that they had to trick us and throw the ball between our legs as we are covering them. Finally we finished with a Easter bunny maze . In which the children had to jump over cones, into hula hops 1 leg at a time, crawl in a bunny hole and finish with a 2 leg bunny hop. The lab went very smooth because of all the cooperation we had with each other.