Sunday, May 2, 2010

Superheros visit St. Mary's!!

At our last lab we learned that dressing up in costume really helps when teaching. Obviously were not going to do this all the time, but it helps in getting the kids engaged. For example, when we were playing tag, it ended up being chase the super heros around. The kids were sweating and we were sweating from running around so much, but they were faving fun and being active. I was in the Pre-K this week and you could even see a difference in the class room, all the kids were like batgirl come play with me or superman come color with me. So you had a bunch of kids trying to get your attention at one time. We didn't have alot of time in the gym, but the kids loved the obstacle course that dan set up! I feel like I have learned a lot from working at St. Mary's and I happy that they let us come back every year it's very nice of them!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Harry Harlow's Monkey Experiement, comfort v. food

In this video it shows Harry Harlow's monkey experiment, where the wire "mother" has food and the cloth mother does not. In his experiment it showed although the wire mother had food the baby monkey perfered the cloth mother. This is because babies look for comfort and safety with in their mom. This goes to show that comfort overrides everything else in a babies relationship with its mother.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

All the pregnant ladies!

In class each group got to perform a skit that they made which pertained to a chapter that we were assigned. My group did a parody of Beyonce's All the Single Ladies and changed it to a song about the affects of drugs on babies during pregnancy, dubbin the song.. All the pregnant ladies. At first I was really nervous and so was my group, but once everyone started laughing it became less stressful. It was a lot of fun and I show the video to all my friends!

To Infinity and Beyond!

Toy Story came to Saint Mary's last week! The kids worked on the skills of dribbling and kicking and we got to play out side since it was such a nice day out. My group played the game kick ball. We ended up having one of us be all time pitcher so the fighting over the ball would stop. However, I think everything went very well and it was nice to get outside. I think its harder though to get kids to want to play your game, when they can go play on the play ground, so we didn't have as much kids in our group as we usually do. Which is fine, it teaches us to adapt to different situations.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Easter at St. Mary's!

St. Mary's celebrated easter as my 201 class lead the after school program in a varity of games focusing on catching and throwing. A lot of the kids were very mature in their throwing skills which was a little suprising, but catching skills needed some work. I lead a dance with hula hoops and I thought it went pretty well, but it was hard to keep them focused on what I was doing.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Dinosaurs in St. Mary's

The children at St. Mary's learned about Dinosaurs as they participated in a variety of games. My group had the Pre-K, so we read them the book Dinofours and Land Before Time. We played some games and colored pictures of our favorite characters from the new TV series, Dinosaur Train. When we moved to the gym, they ran like T-Rex's and played Dinosaur Tag! We also played some partner tag which helps kids learn names of fellow students. My game was an obstacle course, where the children had to carry lost dino eggs (bean bags) back to Mrs. P's nest. They were jumping on rocks to avoid the lava, crawling through the dark cave and leaping over rivers. Luckily, all the eggs were delivered saftly back to their nest!!! I thought the game went very well and we had one of the older kids come and join in on the fun.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Growth and Development