Solutions for Active Children in the Middle of Fasting
Written by: Angelica Irena Lontoh & Donna Marietha
Entering the month of Ramadan, ten schools that are members of the Build Our Kids’ Success (BOKS) program in Jakarta have significantly absorbed heavy physical activity for their school students. PE teachers also provide learning in the form of theory rather than practice. To answer this challenge, BOKS introduced the BOKS Ladders to facilitate children to move actively on a light scale. There are questions related to other subjects such as mathematics, social studies, citizenship, etc. This game can be played indoors or outdoors, depending on weather conditions and the availability of fields at school.
Photo caption 1: Grade 4 students at SDN Cipinang Melayu 07 trying to play BOKS Ladders
Even though it was carried out during the fasting month, teachers and children still found the BOKS Ladders game interesting and fun. As a variation, teachers can also change the questions in each box so that children are even more challenged to answer them. In several schools, such as SDN Cipinang Muara 18 and SDN Balimester 06, teachers and principals also play together with other children. This is especially fun for children because they can see teachers and even principals giving examples of BOKS movements and answering questions given in each box.
Photo caption 2: Teachers at SDN Cipinang Muara 18 participate in the BOKS Ladder
In several schools, the BOKS Ladder also involves students with special needs. The teachers adjusted some of the questions that were easier for students with special needs to answer. "I see that this is a fun game for all students, we can adjust the questions according to student's abilities, and it turns out that it is also suitable to do during this fasting period so that we can keep moving lightly," said Mintarsih, the principal of SDN Cipinang Muara 18 who was happy to present BOKS Ladder to their school.