We have all had the experience; sitting the middle of a classroom listening to a teacher that has been there, done that, got the tee shirt and expects everyone to understand the subject to the same level the teacher does. Most of do not grasp the detail immediately and panic, disinterest or day dreaming sets in. Educational games for maths for example can help turn this key element of learning around by following a centuries old Chinese proverb from Confucius; “Tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I will understand.”
Educational games put the fun into learning whist injecting the critical element of practice that enhances a child’s understanding of the subject. This crucial element can achieve up to 75 per cent in the retention of learning and compares favourably with the meager 50 per cent achieved with classroom instruction alone.
Designed and developed by teachers and educational specialists educational games are available for virtually every subject area of the national curriculum. Although games have an essential classroom application as a teaching resource they can be hugely constructive if also played at home. Not only do children get to play their favourite games but parents get a dynamic insight into what is being learnt and their child’s progress.