(Better late than never, right. Actually, it was perfect timing. My illustrator, Steve McGinnis, was finishing up my basketball book, "Swish." The students got to see the story with pictures- it was awesome!)
Sorry, I digress..............
So, anyway, I'm setting up for my basketball lesson. The first ball-handling lesson involves every student having a ball. So I inflated 63 balls today, to be exact! I am fortunate to have this many balls and to be able to have all children moving at the same time. However, I have serious issues with students touching the balls while I am speaking. So, to solve the problem, I placed every ball on a deck ring. (I prefer to call them donuts but the professional jargon is deck ring.)
Whenever, I was speaking the students placed the ball on the deck ring. The problem was not eliminated but it definitely reduced the, non-productive waiting for attention time, and increased activity time.
Anyway, the first lesson ended and I was maneuvering the donuts around for the next class by using my feet. "Holy Cow Batman", I thought and then said to my colleague, "These deck rings are perfect indoor soccer balls for dribbling and passing!" Each pass of a doughnut was like a perfect Olympic curling shot! They slide across the floor beautifully!
My soccer lessons are like my basketball lessons, every student has a ball on the first day. However, when inclement weather hits, indoor soccer is another issue for me. Even the slowest Nerf ball moves too fast for my best Kindergarten student, so you can imagine how happy I was to kick a doughnut! I wanted to shout hooray at the top of my lungs! ............Really hoping it works!
Do you think it is too soon to start soccer?