It is no secret that we have a lot of fun in this home. As a matter of fact, my 6 year-old daughter has been riding her bike around the apartment for the last two days.
We also had a full-size tent set up in our older girls bedroom for two nights compliments of my husband. (It had to come down today because the girls were a bit hard to get to sleep with such excitement!)
|Keeping the Fun in FUNdamentals|
We have a family game night that we try to do at least once a week. Last week our kids asked to put together a puzzle of the world. How’s that for some sneaky geography. The kids had a blast figuring out where all the different countries belonged. And they pleasantly shocked me on a lot of it.
We also play a lot of board games that get the kids thinking like Triominos, Scrabble, Dominos, Guess Who?, and Monopoly (their favorite/my arch nemesis).
I have lots of fond memories of playing games with my family growing up. Going next door to my grandma’s house and playing Othello with her even though she beat me every time. Countless games of Canasta and Double Solitare with my mom. Big group games like Spoons and 500 with my extended family. There was never a family get together without a card game.
From what I hear, a lot kids now don’t have these experiences to remember. Shuffled from school to extracurricular activities. Hours of homework in grade school. The digital age. It’s sad.
I would love to know that every child had the opportunity to bond with others through playing games. That’s a big reason that my teacher-made resources are almost all games.
For kids who aren’t getting these interactions at home, games can be a way for them to build relationships and learn to express themselves properly. Educational games help students to meet those objectives and the fundamental learning objectives that they need to meet to be successful.
A child who never loses can have a hard time accepting failure. They don’t learn to get back up from that failure and try again. Games help children learn that sometimes chance is against us, but we have to keep trying anyway. And we can sure have fun while trying.
My second daughter, is a major competitor. At anything. (I think it’s a second child thing…*whistles innocently*…no, you may not ask my mother.) Anyway, she generally hates to lose. But as we have introduced a LOT of games into our home school day, she has began to have fun no matter the outcome. Not every game is a winner with her attitude, but there is strong improvement.
How do you involve games in your classroom? I’d love to hear about it. Do you feel that it is a positive method for your students?