Friday, January 11, 2013

Boy Play!

Running and chasing!

      Our Wednesday gathering stirred up lots of fond memories of when my own boys were 3 and 4 years old (they are now men at 21 and almost 20).  As most of you know I have two boys and two girls.  I had my two boys first and I saw such differences between these two being more interested in people, outgoing and athletic and the other needing more cuddle and alone time.   While I do not ever like to make assumptions or generalizations about a child's likes or dislikes because of their gender (I have seen plenty of boys enjoying the dramatic play area), I do know for a fact that there IS a real difference in how they play.  When my boys played there was lots of movement and bursts of energy throughout the day.  We most always ended up at a park and found ourselves outside even if it was raining!  They just needed space!                                                          

    When I attended the Bev Bos teaching workshop years ago there was a whole separate speaker on the subject of Boys.  He shared interesting studies that showed the differences in a "boy" and "girl" brain and gave us lots of important information about how and why they learn differently.  Some of the information I remember includes: Boys need more physical space, boys have a shorter attention span, they have trouble sitting for long periods of time, they can focus on one idea/concept at a time, and they are more competitive.  The speaker also gave us a list of things boys may need more of: lots of space, more visual guidance, less talking and more listening, roughhousing, less directions, more running and more power play! While there may always be a boy who loves dramatic play and prefers quieter activities, for the most part boys play is loud and explosive!    I know all of this information has helped me tremendously as a teacher working with young children!  Understanding what children need (developmentally and gender wise) is super important.  Although, we missed our girls on Wednesday and we love how gender balanced our program has become, it was interesting to witness the just boy energy!  Loved every second of it!  Hard to believe we reigned a few of them in for a story and music to end our day.  I would never insist that a boy sit and join us though because sometimes they just can't!    

   We welcomed another new family this week.  Welcome to Blake (aka Little Blake...this is how he introduced himself to me), his brother Chase and Mother Sha-Toina.  So nice to have you! 

  I was grateful the rain held out and the temperatures were not too cold allowing us some glorious outside time.


We practiced our hammering skills!  Sam found a unique place to keep his treasure safe..perfect!


   We painted!


                          We decorated the sidewalks!

We added birdseed to the volcano (hot lava and water).

 We cooked in the outdoor kitchen...Davis made eggs and hot cocoa pancakes!

A ladybug joined the boys at the play dough table!  We observed it and as gently as we could we held it until it had enough and flew away. Davis said, "The ladybug went to his family again.  He's gone."

 We later decided to go on a bug hunt and see if we could find our ladybug.

We got our measuring tapes and measured everything.

                                        We shared!

We checked out the scarecrow and played on the train!

                               It was a great day boys!

Parent Chat: Jan 26th at 10:30 AM at LCR youth pavilion. Let me know if this works for everyone.

Have a great weekend, Joy  

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