Our Title I school is made up of a diverse community of learners. Approximately 80% of the students at our school qualify for free or reduced-cost meals. We are internationally diverse, and our families speak over 30 different languages. Many of our students are in the process of learning english while also trying to master the curriculum.
In addition to academics, school is a place where our students foster play and social development.
We provide a safe environment where students are taught how to connect with peers, share, problem solve, and manage emotions. Learning goes far beyond books and standards.
In today's world, children spend hours each day connected to a screen. They occupy their time with video games, tablets, Social Media, YouTube, and streaming television shows, to name a few. These activities are generally done independently and often in isolation from others, encouraging children to tune out the world around them.
Rarely do children sit down, face-to-face, with peers or members of their family to play classic board games.
We often forget how beneficial these games can be. The humble board game can provide a child with the opportunity to strengthen life skills such as communication, regulating emotions through winning and losing, critical thinking, strategizing, problem solving and, of course, fun.
I would like to provide my students with a variety of board games to expand learning opportunities and encourage positive interactions with peers. Many of my students have never played a board game or handled a deck of cards outside of the school environment.
The games I have chosen support standards of learning while also focusing on fine motor skills, building community, and encouraging loads of laughter.
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