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
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.
Rising EdTech Platform Combines Gaming and Technology to Encourage Literacy In YouthOver 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…
The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them. Albert EinsteinLast 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…
File this one under things I wish were at my local library: kids at the city library in Palmerston North had a chance to play giant board games. Looks like a ton of fun. If you’re a library or a school, this would make for a fantastic event! Click here to learn more.
The American Journal of Play has an interview with Thomas Henricks, professor at Elon University about the importance of play.