Small People

Small People

Monday, April 8, 2013

Playing Games

**For those of you joining me from the AtoZ Challenge, welcome! I'm homeschooling through the alphabet.**

When you think school - homeschool or brick and mortar - you probably think books, paper, pencils. There's much more to learning than books, though. Any time you can bring fun into the learning process, the small people are much more engaged.

G is for Games

Board games. Card games. Computer games. Games are a great way to have the small people practice skills they are learning or review content they have learned. Games also provide opportunities for children to utilize critical thinking skills that will benefit them outside of the classroom or homeschool setting. Another important quality that may be acquired through the use of games is good sportsmanship. Of course, as adults, we have to model this.

Here are some games we love to play:  

Ticket to Ride - This is a great game to work on critical thinking skills. Players build railway routes across the United States, trying to gain the most points.

Settlers of Catan - Another great game for critical thinking skills. Players collect resources in order to build roads, settlements, and cities.
Word on the Street Junior - This game helps build vocabulary and spelling skills. Teams try to collect letters by spelling words for specific categories.
Apples to Apples - Building vocabulary skills, players make comparisons between various things, which can get really funny.

Pharaoh's Phonics - This game builds reading and spelling skills. Players fill their pyramids with words that contain their vowel sound.
What is your favorite game?

All images from Amazon.com.

17 comments:

  1. LOVE Ticket to Ride and Settlers.

    For my 4-year old we just got the game HISS... it's super cute and fun (you connect snakes by color, no reading required, which is nice for the younger kiddos) and you can play a round in 20 minutes or less.

    We also love the "memory" games. And she's starting to learn Blockus, which makes me happy, because I love that game.

    We're big board game fans. :) So I can't wait until the little ones are old enough to play things like "Letters from White Chapel" and "Dominion" and "History of the World" ... but it'll probably be a few years yet...

    Stoppin' by from A-Z... http://jenelleschmidt.com/blog

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    1. Jenelle,
      Those sound like great games. Now I need to go check them out and start my wish list. :)

      TaMara

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  2. My kids are big fans of Apples to Apples. My favorite is Blockus, both the flat and 3D version.

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    1. Jean,
      We also like Blockus, but we only have the flat version. Now I'll need to put the 3D version on my wish list.

      TaMara

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  3. We have a lot of fun with You've Been Sentenced and Spot It. My husband and I used to play Pente, but when the boys were younger they used the stones for pirate treasure and we never got them all back :-)

    Jenny at Choice City Native

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    1. Jenny,
      I haven't heard of any of those, so I need to check them out.

      TaMara

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  4. we are gamers o hard to pin down a favorite.
    Games are a wonderful thing to use as teaching tools in the classroom or as an incentive


    nice to meet you through the A to Z challenge

    we are Lady's Knight
    Our fantasys are kid friendly. Would love your input as we are starting down the publishing path

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    1. I love using games to teach.

      Thanks for stopping by! I'll hop over to check out your site.

      TaMara

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  5. When I was growing up, my family used to play board games together on the weekend. I loved it! Now I'm going to have to.come over and play with you and your kids, those games sound so fun! :)

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    1. Kianwi,
      I would be happy to have you over to play games with us! :)

      TaMara

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  6. I used to love Monopoly when I was growing up. Now I think I would just get bored of the length of the game. I'm not sure what that says about me to be honest.

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    1. Rebecca,
      It says the same thing about you that it does about me. I used to LOVE to play Monopoly, but now it makes my skin crawl.

      TaMara

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  7. I always loved Cluedo (Clue). Murder mysteries are always a favourite. :) I don't play a lot of computer games but my favourite growing up was Crash Bandicoot and now I often play World of Warcraft.

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    1. Robin,
      I haven't played Clue since my childhood. I'd forgotten all about that one. My mystery loving child would love that game.

      TaMara

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  8. Scrabble and Trivial Pursuit are a couple of our favorites here. We also like Empire Builders, which is similar to Ticket to Ride, I think. I also grew playing Clue and Risk up having monopoly marathons and always losing to my older siblings. Not fun. :(

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    1. Marcy,
      My husband and I used to play Trivial Pursuit, but he beat me every time. My son loves Risk.

      TaMara

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  9. We play a lot of games in our homeschooling too. One of our favourites is Sleeping Queens, which has some great maths in it.

    I don't know any of these games. I wonder if we have different ones available in Australia?

    Rinelle Grey

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