Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Monkey Bar Madness and Determination

What a goal! What determination! Watch the video below - can you SEE the learning taking place, see the determination, see the exhilaration.

10 Learning Outcomes Young children accomplish when conquering the Monkey Bars

First - Goal Setting
Monkey bars are an instant goal. Many children set their own time frame when the WILL be able to conquer the Monkey Bars

Second - Risk and Trust.
Children being prepared to take a risk. Children have to trust the first time that when they plummet from the box, they WILL be able to hold their body weight and not plunge to the ground.

Third - Patience.
Waiting until their muscles are strong. They hang from the first bar until their muscles are strong enough to move forward.

Forth - Belief in themselves
Believing that they have the knowledge, skills and desire to actually eventually cross all the monkey bars - just as the children before them have been able to do.

Fifth - Determination, Perseverance
Practicing again and again and again and again. You can SEE this on their faces.

Sixth - Overcoming barriers
Callouses form, blisters burst, muscles ache - but each time they dig deeper and move forward.

Seventh - Knowledge of how their bodies move
Learning to control their bodies. Strength to hold them up, Co-ordination to hold on for dear life AND move one hand off the bar and forward to grab the next bar.

Eighth - Overcoming 'failure'
When children fall (and they do - over and over again), getting back up and trying again.

Ninth - Overcoming all the odds
In their determination, children's bodies sometimes don't react the way they hope and as they grip, determined not to fall, their bodies swing, twist, wriggle, mutate - but with a clear head, and belief in themselves, they hold on tight and gain control to continue the journey across the monkey bar challenge.

Tenth - Celebrating successes and supporting others' achievements.
What inner satisfaction, they feel and celebrate when at last they reach the other side.

You GOTTA watch this!!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Awesome determination! Future Olympic Stars : )
Crystal & Keri Rhodes

Anonymous said...

We are so proud of you Jessica well done!
Love from Mum and Dad

Jill said...

Hello Manaia Kindergarten! I am Jill Holmes, from Brisbane and along with Aynslie Holland was a foundation staff member. Great to see that the enthusiasm is still there in the community to support the kindergarten. I am working in ECE in Queensland, but only now are we catching up to the NZ system curriculum. Best Wishes for the future!

Anonymous said...

What a fantastic show of determination! Well done to all the girls for their big efforts. Its great to be able to watch your learning from my holiday place in Canada. See you all soon!
Anne