Working with the Denver Children's Home has thus far been a great experience. Last week we sat in class with some of the kids to get to know them and their schedules. Friday was a snow day, and our first taste of how... unique the weather in Denver can be. Because this week the students will be taking standardized tests, we used Friday to come up with fun activities in which they could participate and unwind after a hard morning of testing.
My weekend was moderately eventful. Saturday evening, I went with some local friends to the "X-Treme Challenge Gladiator Fusion Arena," which was as fun as its title suggests. The arena supplied a variety of inventive activities, some of which involved teamwork, others competition, and others still personal strength and will. I only knew a few of the people there, so it was a little weird trying to introduce yourself while jousting with giant padded sticks, or while racing for a foam block of cheese. I can only imagine how enjoyable the experience would be with the whole team
Monday afternoon was our chance to put the activities we had planned earlier into action. Many of them worked well, and the students were excited to participate, though a few of the games took a toll on their attention spans. From this experience we've gained insight as to what games and activities we can plan for the students in the future. So far this project is shaping up to be excellent, and as we grow to know each of the kids better, the service we provide them can only do the same.