Do you wonder why teachers use games in their classrooms? According to Michael Okrim, Chicago School Supply, games can increase motivation, participation and retention among students. They can be especially beneficial in classrooms where there are many learning levels and struggling learners.
Researcher Lee Su Kim writes in “Creative Games for the Language Class” that games
- are a welcome break from the usual routine of the class.
- are motivating and challenging.
- help students make and sustain the effort of learning.
- provide language practice in various skills—speaking, writing, listening and reading.
- encourage students to interact and communicate.
- create a meaningful context for language use.
There is a social value of games too. At the very least, playing can encourage community and teamwork. And isn’t that what our children need to order to succeed as adults in the world?
When choosing games, keep these guidelines in mind to give your child the greatest opportunity for social growth and learning. A game should
- be more than fun. Make sure there is an educational component involved.
- promote friendly competition.
- keep all of the students involved and interested.
- encourage students to focus on the content involved.
- give students a chance to learn, practice or review.
Some families have instituted a Friday Family Night with pizza and a game. So dust off that game of Operation in the closet or find a brand-new game to get everyone re-energized about family time. You will be building those community and teamwork skills that will last your child a lifetime.