Sunday, April 10, 2011

St. Mary's Run for the Stars 5k run/walk!

The volunteer crew making it over the finish line :)
 This Saturday we got up bright and early to help out with St. Mary's 5k/1k run and walk. It was a lot of fun to see some of the kids that we teach in lab there with their families, tryin to raise money for the school. As volunteers we got to stand on the corners for the little kid run to make sure that they didn't go out into the street. We then moved over and set out some healthy foods for those participating in the event, and of course we had to make sure the runners were hydrated when they finished the race so we handed out water bottles. It reminded me of being home with all the families and teachers coming together as a community to raise money for the school. Everyone got to be a part of something fun, while exercising or cheering on those that they knew in the race.
some of the food!


Friday, April 8, 2011

Dinosaur Train!

This week at St. Mary's our theme was Dinosaur Train. Based on a PBS show on dinosaurs (of course), where buddy a t-rex ends up in Mrs. Pteranodon nest as a baby egg. When he hatches they find that he is not theirs but they adapt him into the family. When we first go to St. Mary's we obserrved kids on their throwing and catching skills. We split up and my group was located with the older students, where we played my game, capture the dinosaur eggs.  I used plastic easter eggs as the dinosaur eggs, which made the game colorful, but it could have been dangerous if the students had stepped and slipped on them. Next time I will us the resources in the gym and just us the balls in the gym. I think that I need to find better games for the students that get them moving and having fun. I saw that the students weren't having as much, maybe because they were tired but good games should still get them excited and active.