Monday, May 9, 2011

Parachute games at St. Mary's

For our last day at St. Mary's school we did parachute games. The kids really loved the parachute games, and as soon as they saw that the parachute was out you could see their excitement just by looking at their faces. After the parachute games were taught, we went downstairs into the cafeteria and did things such as build with legos, color, play card, or play checkers. I was coloring with one student and he was telling me about his house and proceeded to draw a picture to go along with his story. It was quite interesting to see such a young student talking about how he lives and the type of enviornment that he lived in. Overall it was a great last day at St. Mary's and I will miss going to teach, and see the students very much.

Move Your Body, 201 Style!

For 201 we needed to get up and move it to Beyonce's "Move Your Body". We had to learn this dance so we could perform it as a class, in front of our peers, and fellow classmates. I enjoyed learning and actually performing this dance and it will forever be one of my many memories in Motor Development!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Easter at St. Mary's

At St. Mary's this past week, I had to teach a game to the gym group. At first I was kind of nervous on how well the game would actually turn out because the other students in 201 were going to be observing my game, and assessing how well the St. Mary's students could dribble a basketball. Over all I think that my game went very well, as well as the assessment. After we were in the gym we went outside to play on the playground. It was the first time that we had gone outside with the kids, and it was a totally new enviornment. I enjoyed being outside because we could run around with the kids, and not worry about running into another group's activity. One game that I played with a student was called 'Rock, Paper, Scissors Tag", during this game you played rock, paper, scissors, shoot and whoever loses has to run away and the winner must tag the person that lost. This was a good game because we kept switching who was chasing who. I also think that the kids were excited to be going outside because it was a change of enviornment for them as well, and they weren't cooped up in the gym the entire time.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

St. Mary's 5k, Run for the Stars

Today was the 5k "Run for the Stars" run at St. Mary's school. Alot of people from the community came to run in this race as well as help out. There was a pancake breakfast for the runners after they had finished the race, as well as a 1k race for the younger students. During the 1k race I was helping out and keeping them safe by standing by the road to make sure the students stayed on the sidewalk and off of the road. When the kids started out running it was like a mob that was just coming at you, they all wanted to run and win so they were all running pretty fast. While the 5k runners were getting ready, I helped set up a table of food, which consisted of orange slices, bagels, apple slices, and bananas. Once they 5k runners were finishing I stood at the finish line to hand them bottles of water. It is important to hyrdate your body once you are done with a long run so that your body can recovery and stay healthy. Also, as the runners were crossing the finish line, there was a timer that automatically recorded your time and sent it to a laptop were your time was recorded and saved, so that you could look at it once your were done. Overall I think that it went very well, and it was nice to see the community come out and support their school, and cheer on the kids, parents, and their family memebers while they were running.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Dinosaur Train at St. Mary's

For lab 4 at St. Mary's the theme was Dinosaur Train, based off of the PBS show "Dinosaur Train". The game that I choose to do was called Dino Dash Egg Tag. In this game on of the students were elected to be the T-Rex and all the rest were the plant eatters. The T-Rex had to run around and tag the plant eatters, and try to get all of them tagged. However while the T-Rex was trying to tag everybody there was a "magic dino egg" being thrown around to the plant eatters that had been tagged. Once a plant eatter caught the magic dino egg they were untagged, and could run around again. By the time I had gotten to my game we had lost some of the students, so there wasn't too many, however I still feel that they did enjoy it. This proves that even though you may not have very many students to work with you can still achieve your goal of teaching the activity by changing up what you are doing to that you keep the students attention.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

St. Mary's Day 3

Today at St. Mary's I was with the Pre-K class. Before I went with them I observed two children, one male one female both age 6, try to preform correctly: leaping, horizontal jumping, and sliding. Overall both children were at about the same level of performance and both had trouble with leaping. Since leaping is so close to running, as each student tried to leap faster, that eventually turned into running.