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Board games help students learn effortlessly – edu|FOCUS
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Board games help students learn effortlessly

With the holidays right around the corner, and kids home from school for the winter break, we find it necessary to remind parents of the awesome learning opportunities that exist in their closets and on shelves. Board games can help students learn effortlessly; improving math, reading, logic, reasoning, and even coping and competition skills – which are all necessary for healthy development and scholastic achievement. Sound lofty? Not really. Let’s take a game like Monopoly, for example. Monopoly as a board game, has been around since 1935 and has taught millions of children the fascinating and sometimes rocky world of business. Children have to learn how to count money, strategize on its use, compete with other players for opportunities, and make sound investments to maximize returns. The best part of all is – your child will see it as just a game. If you have a child who is struggling with practical math, this game can really help improve their educational outcomes while building all-too-important family time.

Another great game for older children is the game of Life. Not only are math skills employed, but important lessons about decision-making are added to the mix. These aren’t the types of lessons you should expect your child to learn in school. Board games can make it easy to get your children to learn without having to make a lot of effort. When you play games, let your child be the banker. Get them pencil and paper and help them keep a journal of each player’s account and transactions. Your child will see it as a game, but over time the lessons will stick and you will find your child having a much easier time dealing with numbers.

Games like Scrabble and Yahtzee are also excellent, they teach strategy, concentration, and promote a sense of accomplishment when good words are played or die are used wisely. The electronic versions of these games are just as good as the traditional board game, and can help improve interest in today’s technology-centric world.

So after all the holiday excitement is over, pull out a board game or an electronic one on your favorite technology and turn family time into learning time without your kids even realizing their learning while having fun together.

Do you remember playing board games? What were some of your favorites, and how do you feel they helped you learn and grow as a child? Do you play board games with your children? Share your experiences, we’d love to hear them!

edu|FOCUS Staff
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