My name is Charlotte, and I am a Solitaire Chess addict.
I never touched a chess board growing up, and as an adult I felt I’d ever have a shot at learning the game. When ThinkFun first developed the Solitaire Chess game last year, I nervously waited to be found out as a non-chess player [...]
What a thrill to wake up this morning and see Stephanie Oppenheim on the Today Show in a segment featuring games that support learning through play! Even better? She shared two ThinkFun games that are very close to my heart – Zingo 1-2-3 and Rush Hour – both the physical game and the app!
Came across a fantastic article in the Chronicle of Higher Education that I just had to share. This piece details the challenges that educators, researchers, and parents face today as free play is squeezed out of kids’ academic lives, marginalized by test-driven curricula, and pushed aside in favor of over-scheduled “downtime” by well-meaning adults seeking [...]
Teaching eager young learners to slooooow down and think carefully before racing to a conclusion is a tricky task! Helping students apply the brakes and think their way through a problem is a whole lot easier when you can present a challenge that naturally forces them to do so…much more effective than nagging reminders to [...]
The following guest post is by Maria Rainier, a stay at home mom, freelance writer, and blog junkie. She is currently a resident blogger at First in Education and performs research surrounding online degrees.
It’s no new fact that kids learn when at play, and as parents and teachers, we know that it’s best to [...]
In many classrooms, the day begins with “Morning Work,” an assigned activity to kick start the day. I don’t know about you, but “Morning Work” doesn’t sound like a particularly exciting way to dive into the day. Think about tweaking your terminology and see the response you get when “work” time is transformed into a [...]
With this post I want to introduce an incredible individual, Marvin Hall, whose Halls of Learning organization is dedicated to empowering young learners through education. A former math teacher and lifelong lover of mind challenging puzzle play, Marvin has dedicated his life to creating innovating new learning opportunities for children in Jamaica.
Photography by Joanna [...]
I am thrilled to share the following guest post by Pia Prenevost! In her blog The Crack and the Light, Pia shares her journey raising her son Jonathan who struggles with a severe speech/language disorder.
Teaching J-man To Play
Adorable. That defines my son J-man, with big blue eyes and those lashes that cosmetic companies would [...]
Last week I attended the Sandbox Summit, a conference that explores how technology affects the way kids play, learn, and connect. Fittingly, the Summit was hosted at MIT University with the support of the school’s esteemed Media Lab and the Education Arcade. An incredibly diverse group of individuals came together to share their expertise, [...]
I recently had the pleasure of being introduced to Michele Wong, coFounder of HATCH, the company behind My Plate-Mate. This guard attaches to any standard plate to prevent messy spills at mealtime and promote independent self-feeding… if that isn’t real-life problem solving I don’t know what is, it’s no wonder her family is drawn to [...]