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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Love Is In The Air- Lab #2

The second time we went to St. Mary's I felt more comfortable and I wasn't as overwhelmed as I was the first time. This week the theme was Valentine's day and we played a lot of games that had to do with love and Valentine's day. When we first got there we assessed two children on their skills of running, galloping, and hopping. I noticed that the two students had a hard time doing some of the locomotor skills for a long period of time. When Billy and Susie both galloped they never kept their arms bent, they were kind of just all over the place. Also, Susie wasn't able to gallop with both legs. I believe galloping to be a hard locomotor skill for many young children to do. After we finished assessing Billy and Susie we split up into our groups. This week at St. Mary's my group was the special projects group. we created a bulletin board. We titled the board "Be Active" and wrote different sports all over the board. We also wrote other ways to stay active, such as doing locomotor skills such as, running, galloping, and hopping. We also drew pictures of sports equipment and  people playing sports. When my group finished the bulletin board, I played with some kids in the gym. I played knock out with some of the boys. It was interesting to see their different personalities. Some of the boys were very competitive and were being sore losers if they lost in the game. I had to remind some of them that it was just a game and that we would play again once the round ended. Other boys were very encouraging and would say "Good job" or "Nice shot" if another student made a basket. A couple of the older boys were even helping the younger boys during the game. It was very interesting to watch. At the end of the day it was time for me to present my game to all the kids. I was a little nervous, but I was able to talk loud and get the attention of all the kids. The game I played with the kids was called, Aerobic Walk Tag. In this game everyone gets a partner and one person is "it" in every duo and the other person is the one who walks away. The person who is "it" counts to five and then starts walking after their partner. There is no running allowed in this game. Once the other person gets tagged then that person becomes "it" and the other person walks away. I also had the students hop, gallop, and leap after their partner. Later, I had the person who was "it" spin three times really fast and then start chasing after their partner. This made the game more fun and kept the kids interested for longer. The kids surprisingly all listened well and played the game. Overall, Lab #2 at St. Mary's was very successful and went well. I feel more comfortable at the school now and I am excited for Lab #3. It should be fun and interesting since my group is the gym group. The kids at St. Mary's have a lot of energy and are always ready to play. They have been a pleasure to work with so far.

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