This week my group was the gym group. The skill we had to show case was kicking. My game was guard the Castle which is a game where one teams job is to kick all the cones down by kicking balls at them, while the other team defends it. I ran into a problem I didn't see coming. The balls that we had out for the kids to kick were to hard and the kickers were kicking them to fast and it could have hurt someone. So I found softer balls to replace and the game went on!
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
I missed a lab due to sickness so I went to a Wednesday lab instead. There were fewer people there to help which meant more kids to less helpers. I enjoyed my time there. The group I followed got to go outside with the kids and that was nice. We played tag with them and I talked with a few of them about random kid stuff. It did not feel like real lab to me because I didn't have a set job to do, which was fine. I liked just being able to do my own thing and float around with the kids. It was a good experience.
Monday, April 2, 2012
For lab 4 my group was special projects. Our group was responsible for the bulletin board, a song, a cheer and the closing game. Out of those I did the closing game. The game I picked was an alternative version to the typical Rock, Paper, Scissors shoot. This version incorporates a larger crowd and there is running and tagging involved. One of the problems I ran into was the age of the kids playing my game. I wasn't prepared for the group of kids being pre-k or kindergarten. This is a harder concept for littler kids to understand, process and then react to. It provided a good learning experience and it was rewarding to have the kids listen and participate in my game. One major tip I learned is to always have a last minute backup plan in case you have to abandon ship on your plan A.