Sunday, November 8, 2009

The Scarecrow

This past week at St. Marys had a Circus theme. Amy, Tyler, Jeff and myself had all come dressed up, the children really seemed to like this. I felt that by showing up like that the kids became more focused and willing to try the activity that we had set up for them. After we got all the kids together we began to teach them how to play the game Fit,Fuel, fun. What this game did was cover how to throw and properly catch. We started the activity with a warm-up game where each kid partnered up with another one of their classmates. Once this was done all the kids were asked to do was to throw the ball over hand or under hand to their partner who was standing across from them. This was a nice set up game to the actual activity because they got the chance to perform the same tasks as the would in the game. After we let the kids perform the tasks for a while we finally brought it all together and put it into the game. Overall I think the day went fairly well, the one thing that happened that could have been improved is the way we present the material to the kids. Sometimes it feels like we try and break everything down to a tee and the kids begin to lose focus. I think that as we get more experience that kind of this will be improved upon.

1 comment:

  1. Evan-

    You're warm-up to the activity is great. It allows the students to get plenty of practice with the skills and allows you to work with each student to give them feedback on their skills as well.

    I sometimes think you guys over-explain activities with the kids too, but some of the activities (like this game for example) are too difficult for the kids skill level. When that happens you need to be able to modify the game in some way to make it more successful for the students. One way to do this is to start with a very simple game and then adding more rules or more changes to it as you go. This way you won't have to spend as much time explaining all the rules at the start and they can get an idea of how the game works earlier on.