Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes at EEDI

Education. One of the most important pillars, and this is all thanks to those who teach us. School serves as a foundation for all future paths in life, and it is unquestionable that every child deserves the right to an education. Teaching has always been a career choice I was interested in, it has everything I’d love in a job. It’s a mixture of performance and public speaking. So whenever we were assigned to give classes at EEDI to primary school children, I was absolutely ecstatic, albeit a little nervous. We were assigned to teach the kids about body parts through activities, both physical and written.

Teaching

The first thing that Haya, my partner, and I did was ask the children to face whoever was sitting beside them. My partner and I then demonstrated the activity, which was whenever I say a body part they had to point at it. They were very bright and immediately picked up the game and found it fun! I then decided to mix it up by saying a body part and then pointing at a completely different one at Haya, for example, I’d say shoulder while pointing at Haya’s knees. The children were confused at first, but then they quickly picked up that it was all a trick and giggled. I tried tricking them again, but they soon learned to follow what they hear as opposed to see. 

After that we played a game of heads, shoulders, knees and toes. The kids absolutely loved this segment and sang loudly with me. We did this for a couple of minutes as the children really enjoyed it. I then selected children with Haya to perform it to the class and lead it the same way I did. I then promised them that if we finish our worksheets early that we would play the game again. 

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Once the worksheets were handed out, we copied what the worksheet asked on the board, which was to draw out a person and then label the body parts accordingly. We asked the kids to come to the board and label the body parts on the whiteboard. The children loved writing and drawing on the whiteboard, the teacher told us this to include an activity that had that as a part of our plan.

After that, we played a few games of head, shoulders, knees and toes. Everyone came to watch, children from other classes, teachers and parents. It was a little embarrassing at first having everyone watch me, but I quickly adjusted to it and had tons of fun with it. All in all it was a fantastic, eye-opening experience that I will never forget.