Why Co-operative games for Home Schooling?
Co-operative games produce less aggressive behaviors during and after play and, that as a result, they require less direct supervision by the teachers, it’s a win/win. Read more below…
I am told that summer is here as I listen to the rain thundering down, watch the road being washed away, and me shivering in the cold room, temp 7 Celsius. The upside? Perfect weather for staying indoors and playing co-operative board games.
What would I suggest? Something in keeping with the season? Something educational? I think we have all that, and games which are even fun to play as well!
FOR THE YOUNG
Aunty’s Apples, working in an apple orchard and learning lotsa stuff
Berries, Bugs & Bullfrogs – learn about our animal friends
Harvest Time – work together to farm the land
Walk in the Woods – an outdoor adventure when you’re stuck inside
Not An Island…let your imaginations soar
Our Co-operative Parlor Games manual is available as an eBook for any mobile device or computer. It’s loaded with games for all ages which require little or no equipment. Your choice of Kindle, Kobo, or Mac iBook formats.
One of our perennial favorite board games, Max the Cat, is available as an app for iPad/iPhone. All the same action and suspense in the palm of your hand. It’s a purrfect cooperative distraction for that long car trip. Kids 4 and up can work together to save the little creatures from Max.
Games make learning fun. But competitive games pit learners against each other, so someone always ends up feeling bad, or left out.
Play as friends, not as enemies! Our games foster the spirit of co-operation. Players help each other climb a mountain, make a community, bring in the harvest, complete a space exploration… They are never against each other.
After all, the initial impulse to play a game is social; that is, we bring out a game because we want to do something together. How ironic then that in most games, we spend all our efforts trying to bankrupt someone, destroy their armies — in other words, to get rid of one another! We soon learn how to pick on the other person’s weaknesses in order to win the game.
In sharing and working together teacher and students foster a sense of community. When there are no winners and losers, aggressive behavior decreases and less time is wasted sorting out disputes.
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis actually investigated the effects of competitive and cooperative games on aggressive and cooperative behaviors of 70 children (4 to 5 years old) from four classes in three preschools using some of our games including Max®, Harvest Time®, Granny’s House®, and Sleeping Grump® and some of our Cooperative Physical Activities).
The key conclusions of the study are that co-operative games produce less aggressive behaviors during and after play and, that as a result, they require less direct supervision by the teachers, it’s a win/win. It could be argued that they would pay for themselves in saved teacher work-hours.