Game club update

game club
Originally uploaded by Liz Henry.

The lunchtime game club at Moomin’s school is going well. It’s chaotic. I expected there to be more kids who knew the basics of game playing. It’s astounding that out of such a big crowd of first and second graders, there were only three of them who knew the rules of checkers.

Is this spectacularly un-punk-rock of me to say? Rules and structure are important. Playing a game by its rules is important. Losing the game is important. Playing it again, and getting better. You can feel and measure your success. It’s competition on an individual level, in small doses that anyone can grasp.

It’s odd how schools seem to have lost this basic principle. Competition is not a bad word! Winning isn’t either! Kids should win and be proud of it. You’d be amazed how anti-winning the culture of public education has become.

I’m starting to learn the kids’ names and personalities. The shy girl who watched for two whole recess periods but wouldn’t play or even speak? It was a pleasure to watch her face finally light up as she double-jumped Moomin’s checkers! I was proud… and also was proud of Moomin’s aplomb, and of the kid who cried but then stuck with the game and had fun.

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5 Responses to Game club update

  1. meno says:

    In my family we spent many nights playing games, yatzee, checkers, scrabble…. I think fondly of those days and the fun we had.

  2. Mary Tsao says:

    This is a cool thing that you are doing and I'm especially glad that the school is letting you do it. This is the kind of thing that a kid might remember long after school is out.

  3. Momma to LG says:

    Is it sad that I don't remember the rules of checkers? I don't have a clue how to play chess. Better figure them out before LG is old enough to play.

  4. Sameer sharma says:

    In search for other games i better play roblox robux because it has option to build new games at the workshop.

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