Today was Lab 3 Halloween theme at St. Mary's and me and my fellow Powerful Poptarts were with the First Grade students in the gymnasium. We found out rather quickly that coming prepared with only two games for them to play wasn't nearly enough. They were extra hyper today and their attention spans were very short and some students refused to participate at all. I think if it hadn't been raining all day and they had been able to go outside and stretch their legs earlier in the day and if they weren't anticipating Halloween then they would have been more cooperative and easy to please. We had them play Find Your Partner and Magic Carpet, and made sure to incorporate leaping, horizontal jumping, and sliding into both games. I noticed that Find Your Partner lasted longer and was more successful, perhaps because that was the first game they played and they were less restless and distracted with everything going on around them.
The lab did end on a good note because we played the Parachute Game and the kids absolutely loved it. I plan to come more prepared for next weeks lab and hopefully it will show through the kids attitudes and behaviors.