Over the summer, in speaking with one of my client's parents, I realized how this generation of kids really doesn't play games like my generation did. WAIT! That made me sound really, really old.
What I mean is, that we have become so used to electronics and "doing things" (which I think are FINE and GREAT) that we forget how important and valuable playing a regular ol' board game can be.
Let me explain...
I'm planning a series of blog posts, as well as an episode or two on my BlogTalk Radio show http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thera, about Executive Functions and how important they are for learning.
So, what exactly ARE Executive Function Skills? Basically, they are a set of mental processes that helps connect past experience with present action. We use these skills whenever we do activities involve planning, organizing, strategizing, paying attention to and remembering details, and managing time and space.
Hmmm. Sounds strangely familiar to the "skill set" we need to play a good ol' fashioned board game, doesn't it? This is great news for parents, teachers and therapists because kids LOVE board games and don't realize they are using, and learning, valuable skills when they play them.
Woo hoo! Love activities like that.
So pull out all of those favorite games or go buy some new ones and GET PLAYING.
What are some of your favorites?
I love Clue, Monopoly, card games and many, many more!
As always, thanks for reading.