Do you remember Tangrams, where you made shapes out of other shapes? I used to love that game. My fifth grade science teacher always kept a set in her classroom, and my friends and I were constantly challenging each other. Riddle Cube is kind of like a 3-D version of that, taken to the next level. Instead of having…
ThinkFun posted an article in their Education Blog about the Benefits of Toddler Play, including a cool little chart showing their “Top 10 Benefits of Play, Toddler Edition.” Check it out at: http://info.thinkfun.com/stem-education/benefits-of-toddler-games-early-childhood-education
Last school year, L&N Specialties invited teachers and their students to participate in a contest to create trivia questions for the Economics and Inventions versions of their I DECLARE series of games. Congrats to Sontag Elementary for having 14 of their students have trivia questions included!
Before I start writing about Compose Yourself, I need to make something clear. It is not a traditional game. It’s also not a puzzle or a toy. In fact, it’s not any of the things that you’d expect to see reviewed on this site.
It is, however, transformational.
Guest columnist Jeanette Coleman writes this month about games and people with Dyslexia, complete with game recommendations and guidelines for teachers and parents alike. If someone in your life (or classroom) has dyslexia, you need to check this one out.
When was the last time you heard someone talking about a child learning “with joy”? Now that’s a great idea! Read the full article at TheAtlantic.com
Forget History Books — Bring on the Board Games! Classrooms have long used games to teach history, but some education experts say today’s board games are maturing rapidly, allowing designers to tackle unprecedented subjects. Read more on Ozy.com (warning: pop-up ads).
Researchers say playing board games twice a week increased brain speed scores of students by a staggering 27 – 32%! http://www.yourneighborhoodtoystore.org/play-together.asp
The Wall Street Journal is running a story connecting the decline of play with the rise of sensory issues. You’re probably familiar with kids who have sensory issues, even if those issues haven’t been identified. It’s a growing problem that is difficult to identify/diagnose, even for experienced teachers. Children with sensory issues are often labelled as troublemakers or defiant or overly sensitive, so instead of getting the treatment they need, they get discipline.
Issue 77: A New World
To go with the changes to our newsletter, this issue is all about what’s new – new ways to help people with autism, new ways to think about education, and a new tool to help kids with writing. Enjoy!
Over the last year, a new web platform called Night Zookeeper has helped over 100,000 students develop their writing, reading and creative thinking skills. Night Zookeeper team’s World Creative Writing Month initiative generated over 1 million words of original content written by kids in 131 countries. Developed by former school teacher Paul Hutson, along with his close friend Josh Davidson, the…
Last night I had a conversation with my 20 year old son about if it was more important to be happy in the moment or to have a meaningful life which will bring you long term happiness and fulfillment. How do we obtain this meaningful life? By learning and contributing to society? What tools do…