Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Middle School Madness: The madness begins

  • 2-6-13: This is my new after school program - just for middle schoolers! It's going to be roughly once a month during the school year. I really, really hope it works! I am offering wii gaming, snacks, projects, and new books. It worked! I didn't write this until afterwards, so I kinda figured out how it would work as we went along. About 20 6th grade girls came and stayed for over an hour, with another 10 or so 7th graders looking in, random drop-ins getting cookies, etc. The older kids won't come with the younger ones there, but since most of our problem kids are these 7th graders, that's fine by me. It did get a bit twirly near the end, and I think some music would help, but there's a huge disparity in musical tastes and family rules, so I'm not sure what I'd play. Having the middle school announce it on the PA that same day did the trick.
The Challenge
  • This challenge was marshmallows and pretzel sticks! You couldn't eat any until you'd made something. Things made included random structures, mini-weights, and a car.
DIY Projects
  • We painted a variety of wooden things I had left in the closet and I bought some tops from School Discount Supply. The butterflies and snakes were the most popular (also from School Discount Supply)
  • I baked cookies and banana bread and our director baked cookies as well. The kids also ate a lot of pretzels and marshmallows. They would have liked soda, but I don't want to clean up spills nor do I wish to give them any more unhealthy sugar.
Passive: Wii and New Book Table
  • The girls (and a couple boys) pretty much took turns playing Just Dance 3 the whole time. There was mild interest in the books, specifically Zachary Sherman's Bloodlines, Ayun Halliday's Peanut, and the latest wolf book by Kathryn Lasky, but nobody had a library card. Some kids were going to ask their parents to bring their cards when they got picked up so they could check stuff out.
  • Wii games (put on hold on Monday)
  • New books (saved behind my desk until the program)
  • Cookies and banana bread (baked by myself and director)
  • Paper napkins and serving dishes (liberated from the staff room)
  • Marshmallows (found in my storage room)
  • Pretzels (Purchased - $2)
  • Paper plates (Purchased - I use these for a gazillion things and just buy more when I need them)
  • Acrylic paint (Purchased - I use this for different things and just add more when I run out)
  • Paintbrushes (storage room - I dispose of these after they're used, not worth cleaning)
  • Plastic tablecloths (Purchased - $2)
  • Wooden tops, butterflies, and snakes (Bought the tops for about $10, the other things were left over)
  • Wax paper (storage room)
  • Water cups
  • Disinfectant wipes (for clean-up)
Yasmin meets the challenge
Marshmallow challenge

More marshmallow challenges

Splatter-paint butterfly

Dancing to Wii

Giovanna's creation

It's a car!

Heavy weights!

Painting stuff

Robot zombie snowman

Joanna  (sp?) shows off her creation

A happy butterfly

Everybody dance!

Look at the detail and shading! Best snake!