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“Play is the highest form of research”
– Albert Einstein

Today’s children love games. The history of games goes back thousands of years. Board games, and dice games go back almost 5,000 years.  

In the 21st Century, games still remains a form of socialization. Games appeal to human intuition. Games create the ability to focus and scenario think. Games stress the ability to make choices.

Most significantly games however help build the ability to follow directions and rules; all critical skills for our children. 

Today’s English Language Learner (ELL) children love to compete in games on the I-pad, and the computer. They compete with each other for points. The faster the game goes, the louder students become, until a fight breaks out. Events like this occur, as parents have shared, as an act out of control.  

Mediating and media mentoring from a parent perspective can help our ELL children to look at the emotional effects of competition versus can help to observe the difference between competing and cooperating. That fast-paced competition with its competitive behaviors has become for our children, toxin for the brain.

The more parents leave their children on an iPhone or an iPad, an iMessage, or computer playing a game, the moodier the children become. Parents want to know how to manage and control this new issue. 

Games are important in the world of parent engagement. We play games all day long in my parent trainings, to teach parents of ELL students how the human brain works. 

Did you enjoy this blog? It is a lightly-altered excerpt from my new book ¡Andamio! There is much, much more for you to explore.