Today we had some bowling on the deck ramp, and look how busy and engaged the children are. It started with a child rolling the sellotape down here, and a teacher suddenly remembering about the old bowling mat in the shed. This was a child led inspired moment, and this game then went on for a good 40 minutes with lots of children participating.
We used soft balls instead of the hard bowling balls for safety. Everybody had to line up and take turns. We used phrases like ‘go to the back of the line’ and ‘it’s your turn after…..’ – ‘you are doing great, patiently waiting’. This turn taking and lining up is practicing the learning we do with Jacqui in our super gym sessions. It is also helping children to learn about school readiness, this is a skill they will need when they begin school. To be able to line up, and to wait in a line until it is their turn.
Then there is learning from the bowling itself. Sometimes the ball goes in the hole, and sometimes it doesn’t. Children have to learn to cope with disappointment, and to have another go and try again. They can also celebrate their success together. This is life-long social learning, how do we cope when things go wrong?
There is physical and mathematical skill involved in lining a ball up, and moving it at the right speed, and the right angle to get in the hole. Learning moments happen when we think on our feet, and follow children’s cues.