Posts Tagged ‘games’

Sleepover Manners

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

sleepoverGrandma Hattie and Grandpa Dooley were taking their granddaughter, Nellie, to a family wedding a few hours from home. Nellie was to be a flower girl in the wedding. Willie, Nellie’s brother didn’t want to go. Grandma Maureen offered to have a sleepover at her house. Her grandson, Bobby, one of Willie’s friends, was staying with her overnight. She thought Bobby would enjoy the company.

When Willie heard the news, he was thrilled! His very first sleepover! He and Bobby got on the phone and began making plans as to how they would spend the evening and the next day, until Grandma Hattie came to pick him up.

Willie ran upstairs and packed an overnight bag with computer games. Grandpa Dooley came in his room and asked, “What do you have in the bag, Willie?” Willie opened the bag and showed him. Grandpa chuckled and said, “You might want to add a change of clothes for tomorrow and don’t forget clean underwear; you know how Grandma Hattie feels about clean underwear!

Willie nodded and added a clean shirt pants, sock and clean underwear. Then he began to zip the bag closed. “Not so fast, Willie,” said grandpa. “What about a tooth brush, tooth paste, pajamas and slippers?”

Willie let out a big sigh and went about adding the things grandpa told him he needed. “ Boy,” said Willie, “seems like a lot of stuff just for just one sleepover!”

sleepoverWhen Willie was finished packing, he ran down the stairs. He was ready to go. Then he noticed grandma and grandpa were sitting in the living room. They didn’t even have their coats on!

“Come in here, Willie,” said grandma, “there is something I need to talk with you about.” Uh Oh thought Willie, what now?

“We need to talk about sleepover manners,” said grandma. “What’s that,” answered Willie. Grandma smiled and said, “When you are a guest in someone’s home, you need to behave in certain ways.”  “Like what,”  asked Willie.

Grandma began, “Here is a list of things you need to do. Let’s go over it together.

1 As soon as you get to Grandma Maureen’s say hello to her, and thank her for having you as a guest.

2. Give her this box of cookies I made for her.

3. Remember to say please, thank you, no thank you and excuse me.

4 Before you open the frig or go in a room or turn on the TV, be sure to ask permission.

5. Clean up after yourself . Ask if you can help clean off the table. Return everything you use to where you found it.”

“Wow, that is a lot to remember,” said Willie.

“Well if you want to be invited back you need to be a good guest, said grandma. Grandpa is ready to drive you to Grandma Maureen’s . So, give me a big kiss. Remember to mind your manners and have a great time!”

The next day, when grandpa picked Willie up, Grandma Maureen was heard to say,”Willie is welcome for a sleepover anytime. He was the best behaved sleepover guest!”

Goodbye Camp Until Next Year

Friday, August 15th, 2014

campThe last day of camp was sunny and warm, not hot, just right. It was a perfect day for end-of-camp events.

There were sack races and three-legged races the first thing in the morning. Then it was time to enjoy the outdoor pool, one last time, as campers.

The camp lunch was a picnic on the lawn behind the recreation center. The picnic was a present from Grandpa John’s market of sandwiches, bottles of  juice and low-fat ice-cream sandwiches.

After lunch, all the campers assembled in the recreation center auditorium for a play and closing ceremonies for the camp.

Some of the “Can Do” Kids put on a play about the fun things at camp. Then Miss Sue, the Director, got up and spoke about all the good things that were accomplished at camp.

Miss Sue gave out certificates to The “Can Do” Chefs Club for the great smoothies they made for the campers. All the kids in Miss Hattie’s crafts class got a certificate for making the best decoration for the new path …footprint stones!

Then it was time for the closing circle. The “Can Dos” sang the camp song. The girls hugged, the boys shook hands. Then it was over. No more camp until next year. Kind of a sad moment, but filled with the promise of all being together next year.

There was still a week before school started after camp ended. There was still time to play with friends, that is if the moms didn’t have lots of things scheduled for them to do before school started.

Then it’s off to school to learn new things and make new friends!

Just for Fun…Word Jumbles

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

The “Can Dos” are working on word jumbles just to see if their brains got rusty over the summer. Just for fun, see how well you do on the following jumbles.

 

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Just for Fun…Mazes

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Another rainy day at summer camp. The “Can Dos” were getting bored with indoor games and activities. Miss Sue, the camp director,  thought…time for a contest!

Miss Sue distributed mazes to each of the kids at camp, announcing that the first one to finish the mazes correctly would win a prize…free admission to the Friday night movie, popcorn and a soft drink. You could have heard a pibn drop as the “Can Dos” worked hard at solving the mazes.

Here are two of the mazes…let’s see how you do.

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Joining a Team for the 1st Time

Friday, May 16th, 2014

teamIn this story, Coach Campbell helps Bobby overcome his concerns about joining a team for the first time.

Hey Coach!

Hey there Bobby. What’s up? How ya’ doing?

Oh, not much…but, well, you know how you were talking to us last week about joining a team?team

Sure do!

Well, there is a team I want to join, but I am kinda’ nervous about it.

Well, that is totally understandable.

It is?

Sure it is. I mean, you have never been on a team before. So many new things to deal with, like meeting new kids, new adults, going to practices, the list goes on. But, none of these things are too big for you to handle. In fact, you have already done these things before.

  I have?

Yes, you have. Maybe you don’t remember your first time here at the Can Do Rec Center, but I sure do. You were a real wall-flower. You came in, quiet as a church mouse, not getting too far from the nearest wall, and just watching everything with real big eyes. I could tell you were a bit nervous, but that didn’t stop you from coming in, and taking a look around.

Oh yeah, I remember. Yeah, I was nervous. Everyone knew everybody, and you    were pretty scary. Biggest person I ever saw up close.

 Coach Campbell laughs….

 Yeah, well…look at you now. You walk around this place like you own it. You know everybody, everybody knows you, and you are so over being nervous around me! If you could do it then, you can do it now. Now, here are some tips to help you out. First, be sure to listen to your coach. Be coachable.

  Coachable?

Yeah, that means being able to listen to your coaches, and try your hardest to do what they are trying to teach you, the way they are teaching you to do it. It is probably the most important key to being successful on a team. Believe me, I am a coach a long time now, and there is nothing I like better than a kid who listens and works hard.

What if I am not that good at what they want me to do?

Don’t worry; most kids aren’t very good at first. Yeah, there will be some kids that are better than you right now, but don’t let that discourage you. You just keep doing the work, and you will get there. The coaches will recognize that effort, and appreciate it. I say it all the time as a coach, hard work beats talent that doesn’t work. It will take some time, but it is true. Hard work is what it takes to get better.

OK, but what if I don’t make any friends?

Oh, I am not worried about that, not at all. You will make friends, just like you did here. Don’t get me wrong, you may not become friends with every kid on the team. Heck, you might not even like every kid on the team. But, you don’t have to. You will make friends though, and I bet you some of them will be your friends for a real long time.

Remember, you are not the only one that is a bit nervous, and wants to make friends. In the time before, and after practice, you will get to know some kids. You will get to talking, and well, before you know it, you have some new friends.

So, you gonna’ go out for that team?

YEAH! I am going to go there today.

Super deal; let me know how it goes, OK?

You bet Coach. Thanks.

Ned bio imageStory by: Ned Campbell, coach and teacher in Brooklyn, NY.  He is the voice of  Coach Campbell in the “Can Do” Street programs.

 Parent Note: Coach Campbell has a post for parents on this same subject at  http://candostreet.com/blog-parents/