Overall, I felt it went all right for a first go. The kids got engaged in the games and were excited about their progress. There were some first-timer discoveries for me: a couple of children found many games too difficult, so I’m making sure there is an easy game to play this week. I also found it a bit hectic attending to multiple calls for assistance, but this week should go more smoothly as I have figured out my routines, and the kids now know how it works. We took a break at half time to do a physical activity, using a wobble board (a toy with a curved bottom that you stand on to see how long you can go), with times varying from 11 to 30 seconds (the cut off). The wobble board requires and encourages balance and self-control.
I had to adjust the program a bit: I had thought I would have the kids do all the games in one category (e.g., Attention) before moving on, but some games were difficult and I ended up putting them on games from other categories, which is all right too. I thought I would be able to record how much time was spent on a particular game, but that’s not possible, so I’m recording which game was played and the levels achieved for each participant. Kids get a sticker when they complete a level, and when they get 10 stickers they get a small prize (not candy). I may have to adjust this, to make sure too many kids aren’t disappointed. Also, levels get harder as you get higher, so perhaps the next thresholds should go by 5’s instead (e.g., 15, 20).
If you have any feedback for me (your child’s reactions, were they happy or not), please let me know, I want each child to have a positive learning experience.