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Video Game Revenge

Published December 2, 2015 by lynn k scott

My daughter is slightly oppressed, just ask her, she’ll tell you.  I am a mean mom because I don’t think a soon-to-be 10-year old needs her own phone.  She is never somewhere that an adult can’t contact me, if she’s not with me.

That being said, I do allow some phone borrowing to occur.  I download some games for her to play and she is allowed to borrow my phone to play them, providing chores, homework, etc. has been completed (another version of mean mom).

Every so often, these games will send me a notification.  I get a kick out of them.  Later, I will update my daughter on the “news” of her game status.

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Pirate Kings is her latest game to pass the time.  I admit, I don’t know much about it, other than what my daughter tells me.  The gist of it is, you spin a wheel, get coins, buy an pirate stuff for your island; boat, castle, mermaid….Everything a good pirate would need.  The game also allows you to attack other pirate islands.  They aren’t angels after all.  Some pillaging is a pirate’s prerogative.  ARRRRRR

This morning, the “alert” came though that part of her island was destroyed.  While I was pumping gas, the lil miss dealt with her loss; someone had attacked her.  This game is devious.  It’s bad enough to lose your stuff in an attack, this game will tell you who attacked you.  After all, exacting revenge is expected.

I return to the car, where she informs me the person who attacked her no longer has a castle.  She destroyed it.  “They think they can attack me and I won’t attack back?  If I don’t have a castle, then they don’t have one anymore either.”  The was so serious, it was laughable.

I have to say, this is more amusing than the Subway Surfer updates I used to get.  With those, she would just tell me what city or country she was skating in.

I like the pirates…they are good for moms too…yo ho ho and a bottle of rum, right?

Homeschool is no place for games

Published July 2, 2015 by lynn k scott

That was me when I embarked on my homeschooling journey.  I pulled my daughter out of her first grade class in January of 2011.  I was overwhelmed.  I had planned on starting her with homeschooling for second grade.  Life being what it is, through another curve ball my way and we jumped in the deep end of the homeschooling pool.

Ya know what?  I can swim and we’re staying afloat!

While I admit, it’s definitely a transition from a brick and mortar school to educating at home, it’s not as scary as I thought it would.  We made adjustments.  I’ve done research, I’ve taken “tests” to judge how I teach and it’s a combination; less traditional, some unschooling, a bit of chapter learning and a very hands on approach.

The one thing I love about homeschooling, is it is definitely a place for games.  No need to break the bank, consignment shops, yard sales, thrift stores all have reasonably priced games.  I picked up a Kids’ Monopoly and a children’s Scrabble. Ok, so Elsa is on our Scrabble game.  That game was $5.00 on clearance after Christmas.  I’ll let it go that Elsa’s picture is on the Scrabble board.

When my 9-year old says, “Mom?  Will play Monopoly with me?”  I find myself saying yes more than no.  Here are some things you might now have considered the benefits of playing Monopoly (at least the kids’ version):

  • Uses fine and gross motor skills (stretching across the board, moving pieces…)
  • Teaches math (adding or multiplying fines, counting how much money is left…)
  • Teaches budgeting (can they afford that ticket booth (kids version of a hotel)
  • Teaches strategy
  • Development of reading skills (Chance cards)
  • Teaches how to make change
  • Teaches responsibility (set-up, clean-up)
  • Teaches good sportsmanship (they will lose at some point)
  • Use skip counting to move pieces around the board
  • Bonding time with their mother, father, sibling, etc.

This is just one example of what a game can do.  This would be considered “unschooling”.  Yet, it’s a great way to help kids with math memory if they are struggling.  It’s a challenge in a fun way.

I will also utilize games when my daughter is feeling distracted.  She’s still learning but she refocusing her energy.  Instead of letting her leave her studies we change her learning directive, even for 10-15 minutes.  It lets her get out some energy and when we need to finish up a book lesson, she cooperates a lot more.

That is the freedom I love about homeschooling.  I tailor my daughter’s education to suit her needs.  She is still learning, still absorbing, only this way, she is more apt to remember because she associates the knowledge with something she enjoys.

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