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Discussion: After school

in: barb; barb > 2016-05-05

May 6, 2016 1:31 PM # 
Those are the very young kids, right? You might try a simple string O with them. And consider trying simple pictorial maps rather than traditional symbols. I've seen some research (I forget where) that the cognitive ability to understand symbolic representations doesn't develop until around age 5; many of these kids are younger.

Baby steps. Try with a very simple string course to guide them. Once they master staying attached to the string, then try a string course with some switchbacks where they can start to figure out shortcutting, then once they get good at following the string and sometimes leaving it to cut off loops, maybe go to closely spaced streamers instead of a solid string.
May 6, 2016 2:10 PM # 
O Joy:
Are you giving them a snack before you start? It can be really hard to focus when you are hungry - no matter how old are.
May 6, 2016 4:06 PM # 
Good ideas, keep them coming.
May 7, 2016 2:14 AM # 
Amen to the snack - we still have to watch that with our 8 year-old...

Afterschool is hard. The kids have a lot of energy and they've been cooped up in school all day (some may even be early drop-off kids) trying to keep calm and still and obeying instructions ( line up, sit down, read this, draw that, and not comprehending half of what is going on if they don't understand English) when all they really want to do is run around. I think you have to just let that flow, especially the boys. Frankly, I think if all you do is get them away from a video screen for an hour, you have done more for their brain development then a dozen map reading exercises ;-)

In Finland they don't even start school until age 7... it would be interesting to know when start teaching O?

So maybe you give them some controls and a map and tell them to take turns hiding and finding controls and let them run around. If they use the map, it's a bonus.

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