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TOPIC: Describe 2 activities you could incorporate into the curriculum based on the topics in chapter 6 (curriculum areas – physical activity, health and general safety, social-emotional health). Explain factors you are taking into consideration and why or how this activity is beneficial to children.You may only do one activity per topic (as in, they cannot both pertain to physical activity). Your additional considerations (sentence 2 of the topic) should be specific to each activity/curriculum area.
Student #1 Comment: Response must be exactly 100 words. NO WORK CITED PAGES!!!
Physical movement and activity are essential for healthy growth and development and can provide many opportunities for both fine and gross motor skill development. The goal for physical activity is to promote healthy growth, positive self esteem, increased attentionand concertration and creates lifetime possitive habits and children enjoy their time outdoors.
Activity 1: Red light Green light/ Ages: 4-5 years old
Red light, green light is a game where children can run and use their listen skills. Children will be in a line or in one area when teachers says “Green Light ” they will run or began moving forward. Red light means “stop” and if you dont stop you have to start all over. The purpose if this game is for children to practice listing skills (directions) and have some type of physical body movement (exercises ) at the same time.
Activity 2/Age:4-5 years old
Another activity our book provides is “Frog Jump” The children assume a squatting position with hands on the floor. They move forward with springy jump, extending their kegs and landing first in hands and then on feet. The purpose of this activity is for children to use movement skills, and enhances their coordination,and improve balance. At the same time we can modify this activity by having children name one letter of there name as they jump.
Student #2 Comment: Response must be exactly 100 words. NO WORK CITED PAGES!!!
The subjects I will incorporate in my curriculum will be physical activity and social-emotional health. These two subjects are essential for children to develop their maximum potential. If they are not included in the curriculum, you will see more behavior issues in the classroom. Physical activity promotes the student’s locomotor, axial, manipulate, and fine motor skills development. Physical activity helps the child with coordination, concentration, and will benefit the child’s self-esteem. For example, I promote a lot of movement in the classroom, and we do dancing and yoga. We also play indoor games as four corners, around the world, Simon says, etc. The students have physical education, do exercises and even play games, as the tag, find the leader and potato head. During their workouts, we promote balance and coordination: they play with balls, hula hoops , and jump rope.
Regarding social-emotional development, every week, we focus on a topic, and we create activities where they applied the concepts. For example, if they learn about working as a team, I will create activities where they need the support of their friends. In this way, children learn to communicate and express their needs and find relief from their classmates. For example, in my classroom, we have a peace corner, where children solve their problems or disagreements. First, I introduce the lesson of the peace rose, where they express their feeling and their concerns.
Then, they can come out with a solution to the problem. If children learn to express their emotions and are accepted, it will benefit their self-esteem. The same will happen with daily physical activities because they wouldn’t be overweight and feel better about themselves too. Both subjects are connected and are essential to integrate into our curriculum to stimulate their brain and their mental health.
Student #3 Comment: Response must be exactly 100 words. NO WORK CITED PAGES!!!
For social emotional health I would choose an all about me self-portrait. They can draw themselves and one thing they really enjoy doing. The teacher can dictate what the children are saying about the portrait. The goal of this activity is to teach the child to acknowledge and express who they are in their own way. They will be encouraged to talk about their picture. The self portraits will also be hung on the wall to encourage conversation and self-identity.
For the topic of health, I would discuss, show, and model hand washing. To gather the children’s attention, I would sing a song about washing your hands. If available I would read a book giving visuals to show the proper way to wash your hands. There would also be an opportunity for the children to go individually to show what they’ve learned about hand washing. To add to the learning experience we can make green slime with glitter and call it germ slime. After playing with the slime I would encourage hand washing.