Geared to Gameschooling (G2G)

     

     Gameschooling has been around for sometime.  More recently though, it has been popularized by educational psychologist and homeschooling mother, Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley.  For homeschoolers, gameschooling is intentionally using tabletop gaming as part of their personal homeschool philosophy and curriculum.  Gameschooling may be using tabletop gaming as a very essential part of their homeschool day or week or just as a supplement to their day. 

 

     Gameschooling does not have to be limited to just homeschoolers though.  As learning takes place in so many different facets and contexts, gameschooling is applicable to formal educations systems public and private outside of homeschooling, virtual schooling, after-school programs and even community resources. 

 

     Dr. Karyn Purvis, co-founder of the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University, stated that it takes about 400 repetitions to create a new synapse in the brain unless it is done with play, in which case it takes only 10-20 repetitions!   If that is not enough to encourage you to start gameschooling in your home, here are the results from several studies have proven that gameschooling also provides the following benefits:

 

  • Increases Mental Agility
  • Teaches actions and consequences as well as risk and reward
  • Enhances teamwork
  • Learn about the elements of good sportsmanship
  • Reduces screen time
  • Builds bonds, relationships, interpersonal communication skills and self confidence
  • Stimulates creativity
  • Provides an opportunity to learn ethics
  • Benefits physical and mental health by lowering stress, decreasing blood pressure and more
  • Creates memories

 

     Implementing gameschooling to your children should not be complicated or overly involved.  Here are some options:

  • Play a game during breaks.
  • Play a quick game as a part of your morning routine.
  • Select one day a week to play games.
  • Encourage your children to play solo games or with one another while you are assisting another child.
  • Use games as quizzes.

     Allow for a game to introduce a new concept.  Games can teach a variety of subjects from science to math, art to social studies and many more.  Adding tabletop games creates an incredible learning experience.  

     Need help with a lesson plan for gameschooling?  Come into NGU and we will help out.  We will be adding lesson plans to our website soon so be sure to check the website in the future! 

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