Because it is the last week of school, my teaching partner and I wanted to make the time we have left with our kindergarten class fun and memorable. Instead of doing traditional lessons, we decided to put out board games during literacy and math times today. We divided the students into groups of 4. We chose 5 games that the children could play independently, and 2 games that they may need assistance with. That way, we could sit at those 2 games, if they needed help.
The children were so excited when they saw all of the games set up after recess! They really enjoyed it and asked if we could do it again tomorrow. Seen as it is the last week of school, I think we might do it again!
Children need ample time and activities to develop their gross motor muscles. In a school setting, there are playgrounds where children can run, jump, climb, and use several muscles during physical activity. We also have gymnasiums where students can play sports, and games. However, there are some days that are not easy to give children these opportunities. There are always days that it rains, and we have indoor recess. And, the forecast is calling for a few rainy days in my area. I want to be prepared for those days the students won’t be able to play outside at recess.
Some simple ideas to with young students for indoor recess can be Simon Says, Yoga for Kids, Head & Shoulders, the Hokey Pokey, Shake Your Sillies Out, or simply throw on a CD and play Freeze Dance. As long as the children are safe, and moving, whatever you decide to play with them will help keep them healthy!