So, no cute Leap Year games here – we didn’t even talk about Leap Year at our house tonight. Instead we talked about making better choices when you’re feeling really angry, and why telling the truth when you mess up is better in the long run. Is there a game for that? I’m sure there is, but certain moments in parenting don’t call for pulling the perfect game off the shelf.
Tonight we needed to slow down and re-connect, so we did. Then we randomly started playing “I Went on a Picnic” over dinner, which made both of the kids laugh (we brought a violin, a watermelon, X-rays, yogurt, and zebras, among other things).
The whole evening reminded me that so much of the important learning we all do is spontaneous. Parents and teachers can try to be purposeful and plan for certain learning experiences with kids, but there are countless other unplanned moments that will be just as important in the long run of our lives together.
I started making a big matrix connecting learning styles and all of the games we played this month, but I ended up scrapping it. While the games we play at home may support our kids in building skills in literacy, math, visual/spatial awareness, speaking, listening, and physical development, those aren’t the most important things for our family.
The most important things did end up in the mix tonight…
If a game helps us bring those elements into our home, then I’m all for it, whether it gets an educational seal of approval or not.
If you’ve been playing along this month, what important elements have risen to the top for you? What makes a game worth playing?