Dice Child

‘Dice Child,’ by Margaret Reitz, in the July/August 2009 Home Education Magazine: Seventeen year old homeschooler Margaret Reitz loves playing games. She was brought up with games that required critical thinking and strategy gave her a thorough grounding in mathematics, language arts, science, history, geography and logic.

An excerpt from the article:

Here in the United States, games are usually viewed as something for kids only. That view is changing as European influences are being imported along with European games. In Europe, games are a lifelong pastime, and game designers are viewed much as authors are in the U.S. The reason for this is that people across the ocean have realized what we are only beginning to: games teach useful skills and learning techniques that last a lifetime, and provide fellowship with other human beings. Using games as educational tools is just a conscious extension of those benefits.

Complete content for the July/August issue can be seen at the link above.

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One Response to Dice Child

  1. Tracy on August 11, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    Thanks for informing more homeschooling parents about the values of games in educating young students. Games do indeed teach us incredibly useful skills. We can apply these techniques later on in our lives.

    I’ve been developing a math learning game with a team of software designers. Our goal is to create a math game for Kindergarten through Second grade students that educate and engage through fun learning games. We’re offering a two week free trial, so come check us out at Dreambox Learning site. Thanks again for the post!