Your mileage may vary, of course, but in my experience I have found that when games become little more than repetitive button-pushing, and therefore require no intellectual engagement, kids lose interest very quickly. My ds was the gamer in our family and if I saw him poking away repetitively at buttons in a way that looked mindless, I found that if I asked him what he was doing, what was interesting, where the challenge was, he would almost always describe to me stuff that was very complex and nuanced that I had had no idea about. He would for example, be observing details about orientation and frequency, learning the way the game's algorithms worked, pinning down models in his own mind, making mathematical predictions, improving his game performance by tiny increments based on an incredibly deep understanding of all these various aspects. Looking in from the outside I had no idea.The education value of computer games probably varies, but (most of) the games my son plays (and my little nephew), I would say would have dubious claims on educational value. ... when it is something repetitive without a lot of input from the user, pushing a button over and over and over.... then it becomes like checking out.
Yes, exactly! You just never know where the learning will come. My ds, a reluctant writer for many years, suddenly blossomed into a coherent mature writer at age 11 when he began writing posts on indie-game development forums for help with modding and scripting and level editing. That was an impressive but entirely unanticipated educational result of all those hours of Minecrafting that had caused me so much worry.That being said, my son loves the games soundtracks which has opened up an appreciation for thematic/historic music styles.
Thank you, this site looks awesome! :grin: I'm sure my dd will enjoy herself. She also loves Animal Jam, education.com, PBS kids games and Nick Jr games.Hello!
After a long process of researching and trying different sites with my kids (4 and 7), TurtleDiary.com was the best. Some of the games can get repetitive but in that case they just switch to another game or activity. There are lessons and games for a ton of school (and fun) subjects!
Hope this helps!