PLANT, Inc. Blog
Encouraging Parent Led Education
By Beverly Williams
Want your children to enjoy “school” more? Want to bond as a family better? Want to avoid tears when your child hits a concept s/he can’t understand? Play games!
I’m Beverly Williams, the Brainiac Baroness, also known as the Math Games Mom. As a homeschooling mother of four, birth to the end of high school, with two of them struggling learners, my husband and I have played a lot of games, math and otherwise, with our children.
I developed the Math Games curriculum to give my extremely intuitive (read, “no logic”) daughter* success when she hit an arithmetic wall. Generally, the game would not address the wall at all, but review fundamentals or reinforce logic flow. In this way, the game made it clear to her that she was good at math and gave her brain a break, which allowed some time for her brain to develop to understand the new concept. This is to say, we often played a variety of games for several weeks before getting back to the problem concept.
Did I hear a gasp? Yes, that’s correct: we would sometimes abandon a subject or two of our curriculum for weeks, sometimes months, at a time to build confidence and give time for our children’s brain to catch up.
Other reasons to play games:
None of the above games have actual equations in them. I own those, too, but remember you want your children to want to play. Also, remember that laughter and fun make learning easier.
Logic games, solo:
Make a weekly, biweekly, or monthly family games night if you don’t want to incorporate games into your school.
*Said daughter now has her master’s degree and is working as a technical writer for GoDaddy in Seattle.