Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Personal Space? We all need it.

We read a great story today called, Personal Space Camp, by Julia Cook
This story is about Louis, a self-taught "space expert" who is delighted to learn that his teacher has sent him to the principal's office to attend Personal Space Camp. Eager to learn more about lunar landings, space suits, and other cosmic concepts, Louis soon discovers that he has much to learn about personal space right here on earth. This book addresses the complex issue of respect for another person's physical boundaries.
After reading this story we used hula hoops as our personal spacecraft/personal space bubbles to help represent the area that we consider our personal space. I had multiple sized hula hoops which we tried out in a variety of situations to find out how big/small our personal space is. We found out that with close friends/family we don't need as much personal space, but with people we don't know as well, we need a bit more. Ask your child to tell you a little bit more about this activity.
The purpose of this activity was to help children be more aware of how much space they and/or their neighbor may need when working together in small groups or when sitting together as a class on the floor.

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