Kristi Coughlin                                       Lab #1

1)         I believe there is a big difference between motor behaviors in the St. Mary’s children.  With my time there I got to go play on the playground with some of the older elementary kids, then I went into the pre-k area, then we all met in the gym for the remaining time with everyone.  Being in all these different sections gave me a perspective on the different levels of both ability and grade level.  Within the pre-k area all genders played together.  They would play with each other very well and there were no clicks. I also observed that the ability level was pretty much the same.  The children would play any game but especially liked the tag games.  While in the play ground area I observed that there was a little bit of a gender difference.  The girls mostly played with the girls and the boys mostly played with the boys.  Some of the abilities were different, but I think it was more about the games they were playing.  I played with the girls on the monkey bars while the boys were playing hide and seek and tag.  In the end I do think that grade level and ability do matter in motor behavior not so much gender.  When we were all in the gym you could definitely see these differences.  With the pre-k kids, we were playing games like tag or shooting the basketball at the hoop.  While the older kids were playing tennis against the wall and double ditching.  These are things like the pre-k kids couldn’t do because of grade level and ability.  The older kids get tired of games like tag fast and want more interesting games, while pre-k kids could play them all day.  With social behavior also in the end when we were in a circle someone the pre-k kids couldn’t concentrate and listen to the instructions as well as the older kids.

2)         There were some fine motor skills that I did observe while at St. Mary’s.  While playing with the pre-k children we had to teach them how to throw a football, or shoot a basketball.  They would throw it right into the ground because they could grip the balls right.  Then the older kids could comprehend how to hit a tennis ball into a wall with a tennis racket.  Also another thing we did was we took a rope and swung it around in a circle with the kids in a circle and they had to jump over the rope.  When the pre-k children played this game they couldn’t understand when to jump or jump at the right time, while the older children were able to jump at the right time to jump over the rope. When observing the pre-k kids eat I noticed there fine motor skills were not that up to par with the older kids.  Some of them spilt their milk and couldn’t take smaller sips or get it to their mouth.  Also while eating the cookies taking too big of a bite and watching them struggle a bit with getting it to their mouths.    With these fine motor skills I didn’t really see any difference in gender more in grade level.  There was some in ability because some could perform better than others.