Homework n' Hoops Week 4
Well today was intriguing. A number of the kids had done a project in school prior to arriving at Hn’H. They built catapults. At first I was a bit worried (with good reason) I have to admit, because several of the kids (Angel included) seemed intent on launching everything in sight from coins to paper to pens. Angel actually decided to skip playing basketball or soccer or whatever they were playing in the gym during recreation time to launch wads of paper at a picture of a castle that I sketched quickly. I guess there was actually some extra credit involved if the students measured and recorded the distance of several fired objects from each of the three changeable fulcrum locations. So, during our study time, Angel and I went down to the hall to let loose some granola bars, markers, paper, and more.
The experience made me think of how Maurie told us during the orientation that the program focuses mainly on English and math although they are trying to incorporate other subjects. Angel made me realize that it is really important to include a variety of different areas of learning because children have different interests. Angel’s excitement of comparing the different distances, rambling on about fulcrums and loads, and trying to figure out why the granola bar made the least distance was a highly enjoyable experience.