Tuesday, February 10, 2009

1st day at St. Mary's

On Monday we had our first real experience with the children at St. Mary's Elementary School. I was with the group that was put in the gym to start out. I had an idea of what to expect, because I have worked with younger kids in lacrosse before, but I had no idea what kids were like after being in a classroom all day. The first game we played was freeze tag, or temple tag as I was quickly reminded by the children. When we said go to start the game it was a total yelling and running festival. I'm not even sure if all of the kids were playing tag, I think they just enjoyed running around yelling. At the end the game it turned out to be very successful. We continued on to play team rock, paper, scissors using your body. This activity also went well and everyone had fun with it. It was then snack time. The children ate and we played board games, card games, and many other fun games. To wrap it up at the end we had an open gym time where the children got to pick what they wanted to do. I was playing basketball with these two very talented 1st graders. They both had a really great shot for their age, I was shocked. We then circled up and closed the lab with a small game and a cheer. It was a lot of fun for both the children and the instructors and I am looking forward to the next lab.

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