June, 2014 Newsletter: Preparing for Summer

Whether you're already prepared for summer or not, this newsletter has something for you: games for old and young, tips, a review, even a discussion of how to make games fun for pre-elementary kids.

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Preparing for Summer

I've always enjoyed games. At first, it was games like Cribbage and Backgammon and Checkers. Chess came into the picture fairly quickly, and then I dove headlong into the world of hobby games. By the time I was a teenager, I was used to playing games that took several hours to complete.

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Using Board Games to Build Social and Emotional Skills in Young Children

by June Matthews

As a teacher of 3 to 5 year old children, I often surprise parents by telling them that we play board games in small group time. Games are more than just fun for the kids. With the appropriate pre-teaching, children as young as 2 years old can play and begin to develop life-long social and emotional skills.

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Game Review: Quadrillion

Smart Games put some smart thinking into this solo-player puzzle!

When I was a kid, my math teacher mother prepared for summer by buying math workbooks for us kids. Despite the stickers and cute illustrations, it just felt like more homework.  During the school year there’s a lot of learning to be done; teachers have topics they must cover and criteria they need to meet, and it’s impossible to make every topic enjoyable.  But summer is different.  I believe summer learning should be fun. 

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5 Tools to Develop Critical Thinking Skills before College

Board games and logic puzzles help high school students boost their analytic skills. Click to see the full list of tools you can use to boost critical thinking skills!

Teachers using games

Funded by a $125,000 grant, a workshop at Springdale Junior-Senior High School helped teachers learn how games can help them in the classroom. Click here to see what happened!

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