Need inspiration to start your spring cleaning? Here’s a great reason to dust off that old collection of classic board games!
A recent article from KnoxNews takes a look at how classic games like Monopoly and Scrabble can serve as powerful learning aids! In the hands of a creative teacher (or parent for that matter), a game like Candy Land is transformed into a tool to reinforce number sense, early math, and critical thinking skills!
This article shares results from a 2007 study by Carnegie Mellon University, in which disadvantaged preschoolers played a simple numeric board game four times for 15-20 minutes at a time over a two-week period. At the end of the two weeks, researchers found students’ knowledge of math greatly increased in four different areas of number sense!
School Counselor Vicki Hill uses games not only for academic support, but also to build social skills. “I use Candy Land for a self-esteem building activity,” Vicky describes, “If the student gets a double color card, he must tell something good about himself. ” Similarly, with the game Sorry, “if the student has to send someone back to start, he must say something positive to the player that gets sent back.”
Have ideas for ways to revive an old classic as a learning tool for your children? Please share!