Children LOVE rewards. Sometimes when we (as adults) get out of whack with things, we can learn a lot from children.
My after-school artypops art group finishes next week and its time to look at what worked, what didn't, what can be learnt from and what can improved on...something of a SWOT test (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities & threats? am off too google...be back in a mo) thats right indeed.
Firstly, the children LOVED all the activities, from dip-ink drawings using peacock feathers to making decs for the tree, all the activities were enjoyed. They particularly enjoyed not knowing each week what they were going to be doing, they loved the surprise...perfect.
Secondly, they loved the snacks - marvellous. Jammy dodgers win out every time..
Thirdly, the singing....I know. Helped along am sure by Christmas play preparations but am thinking of taking a small iPod in for the next classes...there are only so many times I can hear 'Away in a Manger' in one day.
Fourthly, the carrying system for getting all our wee treasures home once we bought them. Must get some more paper bags, they worked a treat...(swoon) just imagine if I had 'artypops' printed onto them...they would be just gorgeous...yummy. (get the logo sorted first Sam).
Lastly, certificates. Ah yes, I deliberated but in the end I remembered just how much my babes love recognition. All the children in my class have done so well, kept themselves beautifully occupied and behaved wonderfully, they all deserve one. I have written them out and encapsulated them (not a big fan of lamenating as its not very eco-friendly, but for longevity have gone ahead and done it.)
So there we have it, the first official course of 'artypops after-school classes' are completed. Well done everyone.
If the children get certificates...do I get a medal? And, is it normal to feel quite so sad about them being over?