Catching up on Stephanie's post for Unschooling Tools. This post - games!!
Where do I start? We love games around here. Actually, to be more accurate, Wombat Girl LOVES board games and Video Boy...well, have a little guess about what he loves (ahh - but I see that is a post for another day!).
Have a read of some of the Australian Curriculum guff about proficiencies and then have a look at the games we love and see if you can make some connections:
- Students make connections between related concepts and progressively apply the familiar to develop new ideas.
- Students develop skills in choosing appropriate procedures, carrying out procedures flexibly, accurately, efficiently and appropriately, and recalling factual knowledge and concepts readily.
- Students develop the ability to make choices, interpret, formulate, model and investigate problem situations, and communicate solutions effectively.
- Students formulate and solve problems when they use mathematics to represent unfamiliar or meaningful situations, when they design investigations and plan their approaches, when they apply their existing strategies to seek solutions, and when they verify that their answers are reasonable.
- Students develop an increasingly sophisticated capacity for logical thought and actions, such as analysing, proving, evaluating, explaining, inferring, justifying and generalising.
Games also teach:
- conversational skills
- how to take turns
- concentration and focus
- planning ahead
- listening skills
- sometimes adding, multiplying, spelling, vocabulary
- how to win nicely
- how to lose nicely
- how to pretend you are having fun, when you aren't (oh, wait - that's just me and Monopoly!)
|And the real version (I deserve Bonus Homeschool Mum points!)|
|Uno Stacko (and Uno Attack)|
|Jenga (regular and super-sized!)|
|Zeuss on the Loose|
|Pretty Darn Quick|
|BBC Planet Earth DVD game|
|Rory's Story Cubes|
|Pairs in Pears|
|Electronic (and pen and paper) Sudoku|
|The Amazing Labrinth|
|Puzzle books - Big Frame Games|
|Jigsaws - many and assorted!|
If you like hard ones, the Escher Sphere is a doozy...
|Articulate for Kids|
|Three of a Crime|
|And sometimes we even create out own!|
And there are many, many more on my wish list!!! Yep, we love games around here!