Never has my love of teaching been tested more than through doing a unit based on something I truly don’t enjoy at all: sports. However, between the Superbowl at the start of the week and the winter Olympics at the end of the week, doing a sports unit this week only made sense. Plus, my darling Skylar turned two this week (still can’t believe it!), which meant that between celebrating and family visiting, we were not left with a ton of free time, so no reason to try and do a unit that was super intensive. The girls seemed to enjoy the unit and all of the sports that we got to play.
When watching the Superbowl, I gave the girls glow in the dark footballs that they practiced throwing and catching. Then, we set up pillows and Aria asked me to “run into her like they do on tv,” which meant me gently tackling her into pillows. We also played a mini football game using a “flick the football” game from the dollar store. We set up fun football snacks and the kids got to stay up late watching the game. Aria especially loved dancing to the halftime show. By starting our school activities on Sunday, we were able to take Tuesday off to celebrate Skylar’s birthday without missing a day.
We also did a day each of basketball, golf, baseball, and soccer. We tried playing each game and did some learning activities associated with each every day, such as a hide and seek graphing game, alphabet basketball, a golf ball counting game, and simply learning terms for the games we played and the sports that each ball is associated with. The girls were sick early in the week, so it was good to have some physical activities to get their energy out since we couldn’t do our usual activities.
We ended the week watching the Olympics, which allowed us to refresh on the many different countries in the world and the different continents, while also talking about winter sports. We will keep watching the Olympics over the next few weeks so she can get more of a sense of winter sports, since we don’t have many of them here in Georgia. Maybe through my kid’s excitement in sports, someday I will find a love that I have somehow missed or overlooked, but I can’t say that I discovered the love this week! Glad the kids had an active and fun week even though stuck in the house…but I’m so ready to celebrate Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras next week!
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Jessica and Ana
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