Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Success and a Smile

Monday at St. Mary’s was a hectic day because it was Halloween. Some kids were extremely energetic, some were shy, and some kids came out of there shell a bit. One girl in particular caught my attention. She was sitting down with a sad look on her face. Instead of prying and jumping into the little girl’s problem I sat down next to her crossed legged and when Maggie (one of my peer teachers) was done explaining the rules I asked the girl if I could be on her team. She looked at me and gave me a snub yes and walked away. So I went over to her team and I asked her name and she gave me a short response. So the point of the game was to throw and catch an object and eventually move the object from the middle of the area to their goal without dropping it. I lined up so I had to throw the object to the little girl. She just stood there at first and when I tossed her the object it just hit her and fell. I laughed at the stubbornness it was very adorable. She saw me laugh so she smiled and the next time I threw the object she stuck her hands out and caught it and I threw my hands up and said YAY!! Watching her go from sad and nonparticipating to having a huge smile and actually throwing and catching honestly made my entire day. I really felt that I showed her that the game was fun and there was no need to be sad and shy.   

Haunted Hoops!!

Lab 4 was a success; I had the opening game to be assessed.  My game was haunted hoops and the object was for the kids to match up with a partner and throw a spider from the hula hoops, at objects scattered throughout the gym.  Then they had to go get the spider and the object if they made the spider hit the object and throw them both back to their partner who is standing in the hoop.  The game was good however I had trouble getting the kids to listen and understand the directions.  Big thanks to my classmates who were really involved with the kids and were their partners that helped them during the game after it began.  The kids who caught onto the game had fun with it.  One of the kids was a little discouraged about catching the objects.  Once the game began and he caught his first object he got very confident very quick and started having a blast because he and his partner were having so much success catching and passing in the game.