We’ve all heard of Minecraft. The game of pixelated cubes where kids build and explore the world, braving monsters and the elements to survive. But did you know that this game can be a great tool to help your child learn? It can! Many classrooms worldwide have started to use this fun game to help engage students in active learning, so whether your family is playing this at a Minecraft-themed GameTruck party or at home, this game can be a helpful educational tool. Learning should be fun and exciting. What better way than a video game your kid loves?
If you’ve never played Minecraft before, try playing it with your child. You can be an active member in their academic development by simply having fun playing a video game with them. Here are three skills that Minecraft helps teach kids.
How many minutes until nightfall? Is there a way to divide our resources fairly among all the players? How do we build a town that’ll house everyone? These are all example math questions that kids have asked without realizing they’re learning. To be successful in Minecraft, they must practically apply general math principles. In an educational study of teachers using Minecraft for math instruction, 71% of teachers saw “improvement in student numeracy and computational thinking.” A Los Angeles teacher told ID Tech that his Minecraft Math program helped students grow 65%, going from 18% to 83% during end-of-the-year retesting.
Who wants to memorize a long list of historical dates, places, and facts? Very few people! This is where Minecraft can step in to save the day! You can import in-game, fully reconstructed versions of famous places and landmarks for kids to tour. They can engage in learning from anywhere in the world, creating fun memories with their friends as they learn history. Minecraft presents a fun alternative to memorizing historical lists by encouraging students to be hands-on with history through gaming.
One way we as parents can prepare our kids for their future careers is by teaching them “soft skills.” They are useful for almost any profession. Soft skills include teamwork, problem-solving, creative thinking, and communication. Minecraft can help kids develop these soft skills in a fun, virtual environment.
In a recent educational study of teachers who used Minecraft in the classroom, 98% of teachers said problem-solving was the top skill students took away from playing Minecraft in the classroom. From devising a plan to fend off monsters to building a secure farming compound, the numerous learning opportunities present themselves in engaging ways. Developing and nurturing soft skills are another educational benefit to playing Minecraft.
With all of these benefits, it’s easy to see why teachers and parents use this video game as an educational tool. If you’ve never played before, consider giving it a try with your kids on your next free day! You may not be a teacher, but you can help them engage in active learning by having fun with them playing Minecraft. Give it a try! Book your Minecraft party with GameTruck today!
Looking for tips on creating schedules for children that help them thrive? In life, seasons are rarely the same. Transitioning from summer fun days to heading back to school, can present some challenges for kids. You want your kid to thrive no matter what life throws at them. One way to accomplish this is through a family schedule.
By carefully creating schedules for children, you can address specific problems such as eliminating stress, managing behavior issues, promoting organization, and ensuring ample quality time with family. Moreover, through scheduling you enable your child to feel confident, safe, engaged, and ready to participate. Here are six tips to create an awesome schedule that’ll help your kids thrive.
Tip 1: Think about what you want
First and foremost, think about what problems you are trying to solve. Maybe you are trying to eliminate stress, behavior problems, disorganization, or something else. What goals do you have? Maybe you’re wanting to create a schedule that devotes more time to being with family. Think about the problems and goals that you want your schedule to accomplish.
Tip 2: Brainstorm with the Kids
After you have thought about what you want, involve the kids in the process. Let them have input on the schedule. This will increase the likelihood of them following the new schedule and create a sense of ownership as they helped create it. By engaging them in the brainstorming session, you foster a collaborative and inclusive approach to scheduling.
Tip 3: Be Realistic
Take a step back and examine your goals, priorities, and life as a whole. Simultaneously, ask what is most important to you and your kids. Make these the top priorities.
Moreover, be careful to avoid overscheduling. This can increase stress on the kids and create more problems. It can be good to have free space and down time each day instead of constant activities.
Tip 4: Write it Down
Once you have finalized the schedule, ensure to write it down and post it where everyone can see. Additionally, take the time to discuss the schedule with the kids, addressing any questions or concerns. Focus on clarity and address any questions.
Tip 5: Try it for a Week & Update
To test the effectiveness of the schedule, do a week-long trial run. After the week is over, think about what went well and what needs improvement. Make any changes, and do it again!
This is an area where kids can help contribute as well. Ask them for feedback as well for you to consider when updating it.
Tip 6: Be Patient
Implementing changes can be challenging for everyone involved. Be patient with yourself and your kids as you implement these changes. It can take kids a minute to adjust especially if there are new expectations or limitations added into the schedule such as earlier bedtimes or less screen time.
Be consistent in your approach to the schedule. It’ll take a moment for everyone to adjust, but it’ll be worth it when the process is complete.
While it can take a moment to craft the perfect schedule and get it to stick, they bring many benefits to the whole family!
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Checkout our other blog on tips for parenting!
Friendship is a cornerstone of the human experience. They add so much to our lives, but with the craziness of life and parenthood, it can be overwhelming or hard. It can be lonely.
At GameTruck, we understand the importance of friendship and building community. It’s what we strive to do with each one of our parties. From helping kids make new friends to maintaining current friendships, we believe everyone should have a place to belong. That’s why we’re celebrating friendship day, and here’s how you can celebrate it with those in your life!
Create a Friendship Book
Give your friend a personal gift this year with a friendship book. You can create them online through programs like Shutterfly or by hand. Either way is sure to make your friends smile as they reflect on all the fun memories you have shared.
Do a self Evaluation.
What type of friend have you been this year? The type of friend do you want to be? What are some goals that you have for the friendships in your life? Think about these questions and do a self-evaluation. Focus on what areas you can grow as an individual and how you can grow your friendships.
Social media post
This is the new hallmark card. Show your love and appreciation for your friend with a social media post highlighting your friendship.
Social Media Clean up
Reflect on friendship and what it means to you. Do you need to clean up your social media “friends” list? Do you have many acquaintances on your social media that you don’t really know? Maybe it’s time to clean up your social media and devote it to your family and close friends.
Reply to your messages.
In the craziness of life, it can be easy to get overwhelmed and behind when responding to messages from friends. Dedicate some time to responding to emails, calls, or texts from friends. Take a moment to pause and reconnect with those in your life.
Ask Transformative Questions.
Next time you’re hanging out with your friend, make a point to ask transformative questions. These types of questions go beyond the basic, day-to-day questions such as “how are you doing” or “how was your day?”
Transformative questions focus on getting to know that person on a deeper level. These types of questions are thought-provoking and aim at creating deeper emotional connections.
Write a letter
Who doesn’t love receiving positive mail in their box? It’s way better than bills!
Hand-written notes convey a personal touch and connection. Receiving one is a pleasant surprise bound to brighten your friend’s day.
Make new friends
Are you in a season of life where it’s time to meet some new people? Celebrate this friendship day by making a new friend!
Take a break to see friends.
Dedicate a day or a weekend to your friends. Whether old or new, take a break and invest in your relationship with them. It’s good for your emotional and mental health to reconnect and deepen your friendships with those in your life.
No matter how old we get, friends are essential. Parenthood can be lonely and isolating. Pause and take some time to invest in the friends that are in your life this friendship day. You’ll be happy you did.
To learn more about creating lasting friendships and building community, check out our article on “Friends are made shoulder to shoulder.“
To take your friendship celebrations to the next level, consider hosting a GameTruck party and creating unforgettable memories with your friends.