Photo Courtesy of Richard Johnson
For the month of May, Mi Casita focused on the importance of sportsmanship, teamwork, and hardwork. Over the course of the month, the niños learned about how to create a “juego sano,” or in other words, a fun and fair game. As part of the curriculum, the niños spent the course of the month developing their very own game to be shared with the other classes. Each class spent countless hours dedicated to game design, establishing the rules, and outlining the “dos” and “don’ts” of game play–all of which were done completely by the niños.
By the end of the month, each class had created games to play at our Mi Casita Field Day in the Spring Gardens. The hard work and dedication of the classes was on full display at “Los Juegos,” the game-day challenge that represented a culmination of a month’s worth of planning and game-building.
The games created reflected the unique personalities and interests of each classroom. La clase amarilla devised a simple game of ring toss, or lanzamiento de anillos, made of paper plates and paper towel rolls. They also took their own spin on the game “Red Light! Green Light!” to orchestrate “¡Siga! ¡Pare!,” a racing game. La clase naranja decided on a basketball dribbling game as well an an egg race. As for la clase morada, they facilitated a bag toss—a great way to practice aim and differentiate the colored bags. La clase turquesa decided on a more complex game requiring some serious coordination: a three-legged race! Last, but not least, la clase verde, created a “circle game” in which one player ran around in a circle of players with a beanbag in their hand until they passed the beanbag to the next player and took their seat. As you can see, the ninos creations varied in type and skill level, but none failed to play close attention to details. Most importantly, they had a ton of fun in the process!
The ninos celebrated their creation on a nice, sunny day at garden. Lots of positive energy, cooperation, and laughs were on display throughout “El Juego.” This day exemplified everything that the ninos had learned during the unit: sportsmanship, patience, hard work, sharing, and how to ultimately be a team player—both while playing and during the game-making process. We topped off the fun-filled games with pizza and water ice! Special shout out to Elyana’s parents for supplying the water ice from Jimmy’s Water Ice- truly the best in the city!
Mi Casita Field Day was a success and we are very thankful for all of the parents that came to show their support for the work the niños have accomplished!