Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Neighborhood Math Game Night

A good friend and neighbor of One Zillion Games will be bringing her family over for a night of games.

Why is this worthy of a post?

After a lengthy discussion about our children and their education, it ended in our shared dislike of all of the worksheets we have been seeing lately. Don't get me wrong, we love our kids' teachers and respect them for the hard work they do, but do the worksheets they bring home for homework really do any good in teaching them? I don't know, I haven't read the research.  I am just going on a gut feeling here.  So we decided to take a more active role in supplementing the kids' education. At home teaching happens every day, of course; setting good examples, story time, assigning of household tasks, etc; but rarely in a "let's teach our kids about..." sort of way.

But how to teach kids without making them feel like we are making them fill out more worksheets? Games!

We have chosen three specific games ahead of time which will all provide adding and slight multiplication skill practice:
Can't Stop (past review)
Reiner Knizia's Kingdoms (Board Game Geek description)
Over and Out (past review)

I hope this will be the first of many game nights where we can look at many different skill sets.

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