Over the past two weeks, we have taught all PK-5th grade students a series of games that can be played during recess periods either outside or inside–depending on the weather. The goal of these games is to provide many opportunities for healthy sharing, interaction and PLAY.
Some children do not want to play traditional games such as football, soccer, hopscotch and jump rope. Yet, they want to interact with others and don’t know how. These games are designed to give children common games to play that can be with one, two or several other friends.
At the conclusion of each day of “gaming”, the children were asked to share words or phrases that represented recess at Georgetown. These words were combined into a WORDLE poster (above) by Mrs. Jurewicz. It is her team (members shown below in the group photo) that organized these events. They truly made these “recess learning days” possible for all of us.
Curt Kooiker, Mike Gort, Jamie Kooiker, Rachel Stadt, Ann McDonald, Chris Bowen, Amy Jurewicz
During the second week of school, we continued to focus on climate (BE NICE) in the classroom, hallways, lunchroom and playground. To help students learn games for the playground, we paired upper el students with lower el students focused on fun, trouble free games.
Mrs. Jurewicz and a team of teachers led outside recess game training on September 18th. You can view photos from this day on Mrs. Quigley’s blog. We will hold another day of training for grades 3,4 and 5 — and this training will culminate in a PULL (tug-o-war) to determine which local college is tops (Hope or Calvin). This will be held on September 25 which is also our first popcorn day. Details coming about how to pick your team in a post later this week.
We also created a video tutorial for inside recess games during rainy or very cold Michigan days. Actors featured are from Mrs. Boersma, Mr. Gort, Mrs. Jurewicz, and Mrs. Bouwen’s classes. These are games that can be played at home, too.
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