This year, when we decided to celebrate Field Day, it confused a lot of parents. We had mothers and fathers calling us up to ask “What is Field Day? We’ve heard of sports day, but not Field Day!”
“Well”, we replied. “That’s because we just invented it”
In our effort to constantly remain ahead of the learning curve with child development, we realized that we needed a forum where children could interact with other children and parents on a larger platform (like a sports day or an annual day), and just let loose and have fun!
However, we also realized that in todays world, having a sports day would mean that the day consisted of events and activities that were competitive, but not really focused on getting each individual child to develop certain skills. How many of you parents out there have ever attended a sporting event where the child who came last was congratulated on his improvement from the last race he ran?
Putting all this together, we decided to have a Field Day instead. We decided that Field Day would be a time when students could let loose and have fun with all their friends. The day consisted of a variety of events and games that everyone could enjoy. These activities offered physical exercise, and at the same time, allowed you to develop other relevant skills.
But what makes a Wunderbar Kids field day unique, is that the whole point of it is to have fun! So, we continuously prepped the children to finish whatever task they were doing, instead of worrying about who came first. The other steep learning curve they were facing was that they were to meet a large crowd, probably for the first time in their lives.
So what did we do on Field Day this year? For really young children (age 1.5-3) we ensured that they weren’t simply racing against each other… We didn’t judge them on who was the fastest, or strongest or any of these parameters related to sports. We only encouraged them to exercise other, more relevant skills according to their age. For example: Balancing a glass of water on a tray, buttoning their shirts etc. Even the act of rolling rotis was made great fun!
What we ensured was that all activities had a particular skill based objective, and were selected to be age/grade relevant. For e.g. in the case of Physical Skills, it was: Roti Rolling for Playgroup, Balancing Water for Nursery and Walking Backwards for Kindergarten students.
One of our biggest challenges was to break the stereotype of ‘doing well’, even among our own teachers. On the day, the adults present there had to keep in mind to be very patient. We encouraged kids to be perseverant and finish what they were doing. That was our most important role!
At the end, we came to see that it wasn’t the awards of medals that really mattered. It amazed our parents when our students in Playgroup who finished rolling rotis turned to the other kids and started helping them!
At Wunderbar Kids, that is our philosophy. We celebrate the uniqueness of each child.