In today Lab 2 we observed children performing the skills of running, galloping and hoping.  This was not an easy task to accomplish with the games that we played today.  We kept having to pick new children because the child we chose would veer off and not participate in the activity.  I believe a reason for this is because of the games that were being chosen.  The first game of the obstacle course was a good demonstration of the 3 skills we had to observe.  However with explaining it, it took a little long and some of the kids ran off before they finished.  The next games especially the rock paper scissors game was not a good game to observe these skills.  The children weren’t understanding the concept just quite and were not moving around enough.  However, I did get to observe some of these three skills with various children.  I found that with most of the children they were able to hop.  Yet, they did not do any of the movements to help advance their hop like arms bent to swing forward or non supporting leg swing.  Also I didn’t see many kids attempt their other leg they mainly just used their dominant leg.  With running most every child was able to run and have a period where both feet were off the ground.  However not all kids did opposition with their arms.  With the gallop I only saw 1 or 2 out of the 5 or 6 we observed actually be able to gallop.  To my amazement the first young blonde boy we watched galloped the best out of all of them and he had to maybe be in first grade at the most.  With a lot of the other girls I noticed they were not able to understand the gallop and just ran instead with an occasional skip.  I think if this group used a more organized yet simpler rules type of game, we would have been able to assess them better.

                    Today in lab my group was with the pre-k students.  This group is so fun for me personally to work with.  I love all of their enthusiasm and excitement for them to play with us and our games.  We were first in the classroom due to the rain.  With that age group it’s easiest if my lab group splits up and focuses our attention on a smaller group of kids.  This age group needs personal attention and interaction to stay attentive, and they love being around us.  We were building things, doing puzzles and playing with toys.  Then they had snack and I sat down to read a book.  These kids love to listen to a story and stay the most attentive with this than any game or activity we try.  I was recommended to bring a book and they loved it and were completely attentive and focused and quiet when I was reading the book.  I was advised to try to incorporate letters and numbers into the book while I was reading them to test the children’s ability.  This worked fabulously and made the kids feel and stay involved in the story.  We then moved into the gym to play our games.  We quickly learned that you have to keep the rules of the game short and sweet to get these kids to understand.  All they want to do is run around so we made an obstacle course which worked out pretty well.  We had the kids running through cones, hoping through hula hoops, and jumping over a noodle.  We incorporated all these skills to test their minds and physical ability.  For the first few times we had to go right next to the kids and do the skills with them for them to understand.  Some of the kids quickly picked up like hunter and Gabe, while other like Claire never quite understood the skills.  In young ages like this you can easily see the fundamental development stages they are at.  Claire could hardly do any of the skills while hunter and Gabe could do all.  Also Lucas 3 years old could run and jump but not quite understand the hopping aspect.  I didn’t quite see any difference in gender per say, but definitely in age and ability.  I think for this group the most affective is hands on learning and demonstration.  For these ages you need to do the activity with them the first couple times and demonstrate it non-stop for them to understand it.  They also love that you are participating with them in the game and they get more enthusiastic.  Also with this group, they are huge on acknowledging they are performing the skill right.  Once they see you notice they are completing the skill, they will call you and keep showing you how well they can do it.  I love working with this age group, probably my favorite out of all of them.  However, I am anxious to see how the other age groups will be.  This has been such a helpful experience already and I can’t wait to see how the semester pans out.