For the last week leading up to Christmas we did ball hockey in PE! Given Mr. Oliver needed space in the auditorium to do Christmas concert rehearsals, not all classes got much ball hockey time in so after Christmas we'll continue with this theme.
The students were able to practice controlling the ball with a stick as well as passing to other students in game play. It was a lot of fun and the students were pretty tired from all the running : )
One grade 1 student was particularly enthusiastic and wanted to give the teams names and coordinate team outfits: "The Grinders vs The Northstars." Love it!
One standout cute moment: Two grade 1 boys were after the ball and one of them fell down. The other student immediately knelt down to give this boy a hug and ask if he was ok. I commended the boy for the act of kindness and we had a chuckle imagining if this happened in the NHL. hahahaha
Discussion points for the students:
In many sports there is a winning and a losing team. We talked about the big picture and why we play sports:
*Learn new or improve on skills
*Play with friends
Although it's normal to feel sad if we lose, we talked about focusing on the big picture to cheer us up. Also, to pick one thing we can do better next time. We discussed things to say to the winning team if we lost:
One student offered "Happy Birthday!" as another option. LOL I suppose that could work if it's their birthday : )
For the winning team there is nothing wrong with celebrating but we also discussed being sensitive to the losing team.