Pokemon is Educational?? Geeky Educational Link-Up


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Logan is a huge Pokemon fan and an avid card collector. Not until recently did I fully understand what it took to be both or the educational aspects behind the game.  I decided to ask Logan to explain Pokemon to me and give his perspective on why he feels it is an educational game. Let’s get the Q & A started!!

 

Q & A with Logan about Pokemon:

1. Mom: What got you interested in Pokemon?

Logan: When I was about 8 years old my friend who lived across the street introduced me to the game and I quickly fell in love with it.

2. Mom: Why did you fall in love with the game of Pokemon?

Logan: The idea of powerful mythical creatures appealed to me along with the idea of taking those creatures into battle.

3. Mom: What are your favorite details about the card game?

Logan: Winning! Having the satisfaction of knowing that I built a deck that could beat another player.

4. Mom: How do you think Pokemon is educational?

Logan: It improves your social skills, math, how to strategize & a lot critical thinking all of which are important in being successful.  It also is a great way for kids who are just starting to read

5. Mom: What are some ways Pokemon has improved your social skills?

Logan: You can join a Pokemon league, you play in local tournaments as well as play national tournaments if your good enough.  I have met some really nice kids who have the same interest in Pokemon as I do.

6. Mom: Is Pokemon for kids of all ages?

Logan: Yes and if you join a league you will play with other kids your own age.

7. Mom: In what other ways can Pokemon be educational?

Logan: It has encouraged me to draw more; I have always loved to draw but drawing my favorite characters and creating my own Pokemon cards has been a lot of fun!

8. Mom: Have you found other imaginative was to share your love for Pokemon?

Logan: Yes, I have created my own YouTube channel where I share my most recent Pokemon card pack purchases. Here is my latest video

9. Mom: How would someone get started playing Pokemon?

Logan: I would suggest you  purchase a theme deck from your local Walmart or Target. A theme deck gives you your first full deck so you can start playing against other opponents as well a game mat and damage counters. Find out more here!

10. Mom: What advice would give parents whose children want to start to play Pokemon?

Logan: First, I would buy the theme deck I suggested, then I would have them join a small group or league so they can learn how to play. Also I found watching videos on game strategy and deck profiles helpful when I first started playing.

 

Since so many children from elementary to teenage love to play Pokémon; I think it could be easily implemented in several types of lesson plans. Here are a few links to help you get started in adding Pokemon to your school day:

Pokemon Project Based Lesson Plan Idea: Habitats

Pokemon 101 for Teachers & Librarians

 

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The Appalachian Trail: A Unit Study..The Old Schoolhouse Review


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Homeschooling is a series of choices, and one of the most important ones is curriculum.  This year our homeschool has embraced the idea of researching topics through Unit Studies. So, when the Review Crew Blog at The Old Schoolhouse asked us to share our impression of Donna Rees, Appalachian Trail Unit Study with our readers we jumped at the chance . We were so impressed with how well-appointed  this unit study was for both student and teacher. I was pleased at how adaptable it was too; I could utilize it for both our  4th & 7th grader.  With such easy to follow instructions and activities our 7th grader was able to do  a lot of the work independently. This allowed me to spend more time exploring with our 4th grader; who requires some additional assistance.  Donna also leaves  no stone unturned covering  every subject from Science, Math, Reading  & Spelling to Art and even Physical Education. In addition to her very well laid out syllabus there are a plethora of resources so student & teacher are able to take the subject as far as they desire.

 

 

 

If you’re looking for a fun and exciting new way to bring materials to your children allow me to suggest Unit Studies.  Make sure to start your adventure into this amazing style of learning with Donna Rees, Appalachian Trail Unit Study you will enjoy every minute hiking through this academic trail.

To find out more information about The Old Schoolhouse or Donna Rees click here

Homeschool Adjustments: 10 AHA Moments


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Lately, our homeschool days have looked more like a battle ground then a peaceful learning environment.  I even questioned whether or not I was up to the task of homeschooling anymore? I was hoping  to find some homeschool blogs writing about days like this but all of their days looked magical!  I felt defeated; I blog about homeschooling and my days looked nothing like what I was discovering on the web. How could I share about our homeschooling journey when most days I wanted to run out the door?  Don’t get me wrong I truly applaud these women who can keep their kids in line and get hours of homeschooling done but where were the mom’s who struggled like me? I have to admit I never found them on the web but I did find them in my own community and it was a relief!

Even after I found a clan of homeschool challenged mom’s; I still felt the desire to turn and run when our school day started.  The push back was getting stronger, my resiliency was weakening with every passing day and our relationships were tattered. I needed to find a resolution quickly! Then I remembered something I heard at one of Barbara Dewey’s teacher training sessions;” look at the child in front of you.”  At the on set of this revelation I was not sure what to do with it or even how to begin. So, I decided to keep a journal; I began to pay attention at play time, watch their interaction with friends and intently listen to our daily conversations.  After a few weeks I concluded that our children were articulating their own interests beautifully ; I just had stopped listening.  I got so caught up in the image of what I wanted, what others expected; I stopped listening to our children.

After journaling for a weeks I decided to deconstruct of our school day; keeping what worked and tossing what didn’t. During this time we all had AHA moments; like when Logan said..” Man I love to write when it’s something I am interested in.” Or when Sophia picked up a chapter book written by her favorite author and read it in two days; jumping up afterwards and shouting” I love reading”!

I had several AHA Moments:

1. I  was no longer going to be beholden to one set style or curriculum.

2. When the push back starts we need to step away and let it go.

3. Observation is invaluable.

4. One size does not fit all.

5. Experiences matter most!!!!!!! (this one is  a game changer) Thanks Alison:)

6. I need to throw out my measuring stick.

7. Accepting I do not have all the answers.

8. Children love learning they just need the freedom to learn.

9. Let go of your image of what should be and allow it to unfold organically.

10. Be present.

Our path is still unfolding and we may never have a defined route but I am no longer running to the front door on a daily basis.

Constantly Evolving.

-Andrea