Family Game Night began in our house a little over a month ago as a way to bring the family together at least once a week to do something fun. My hopes was that it would help to curb some of the issues that T Man has during the day at school. We just don't see the same issues here at home.
My thoughts were two-fold really... by bonding more closely as a family & practicing team work and cooperatively play during game night... T Man would begin to exhibit some of these same life skills during the day at school. I am not really sure how this has effected school, but I have noticed that the boys are playing without as much arguing and seem to be getting along a little better. 4 years apart doesn't seem like much but it does make a difference in what each of them is capable to do ability wise.
Besides the social learning that has occurred, I have noticed an increase in JJs academic abilities as well. I really hadn't put much thought into the value of these games beyond what my focused had been. Now, I see a whole new reason for continuing this Family Game Night tradition.
Learning Through Games:
- Uno: number recognition, color recognition, patience, observation skills (watching for the other players to have one card in their hand, etc.), etc.
- Skip Bo: number recognition, number sequencing, patience, observation skills, deductive reasoning, etc.
- Go Fish: number recognition, name of numerals, memory (remembering the cards in the other players' hands), etc.
- Pentago: observation skills, deductive reasoning, problem solving, counting to 5, etc.
- Battle Ship: locating coordinates, letter recognition, letter name recognition, number recognition, name of numerals, observation skills, deductive reasoning, problem solving, etc.
- Connect 4: observations skills, deductive reasoning, problem solving, counting to 4, etc.
- Trouble: deductive reasoning, problem solving, number recognition, name of numerals, counting, strategy, etc.