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Great article about Educational board games!;)

"All children can benefit from playful learning, but game-based learning is

an excellent choice when teaching children who need to learn in a more
visual, hands-on, or active way, and for those with attentional issues.”

Full-text article here: http://www.homeschooldiner.com/guide/educational_games.html

 

The Homeschool Diner's Guide to
Educational Games for Homeschoolers

“Educational games and puzzles are a great supplement to any
homeschool method or curriculum.  Let's face it - kids love to play!   
Whether it is a homemade board game that you and your student have
created together, a purchased skill-specific game, or an educational
arcade game, games are a wonderful way to promote joyful learning.  

All children can benefit from playful learning, but game-based learning is
an excellent choice when teaching children who need to learn in a more
visual, hands-on, or active way, and for those with attentional issues.  It is
also helpful in teaching "reluctant learners" and children who have been
turned off of learning by a bad school experience.  Learning the rules
and strategies of a new game just doesn't feel like "school", and this is
exactly why many children (and parents) prefer this method.  If you
happen to have a child who has trouble "losing gracefully" you may want
to choose games that do not have a clear winner or loser (for instance,
avoid board games that involve moving markers to a winning square).  

Games are also a low-stress way to find out what your student knows,
and how well he or she can apply knowledge to new situations.  A
well-designed game can take the place of flash-card memorization, timed
drills, and fill-in-the-blank worksheets.  Success at progressively harder
skill-based games offers tangible proof of skill mastery... without the
stress of "pencil and paper" testing.   

Educational games can be purchased at teacher supply stores and
specialty toy stores, and are also available thru catalog and Internet
suppliers.” 

by Julie Shepherd Knapp, copyright 2006

 

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