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Fun & Games

Parents, children learn value of board games

Grundy County Preschooler Yoandy Reyes, at far right, and his mom, Magdalena Reyes, at front left, playing “Lucky Ducks.” Grundy County Parent Educator Shirley Thorson, second from right, observes.
Grundy County Preschooler Yoandy Reyes, at far right, and his mom, Magdalena Reyes, at front left, playing “Lucky Ducks.” Grundy County Parent Educator Shirley Thorson, second from right, observes.

Parents whose children participate in the Grundy County preschool program at the White Oak Elementary site came together with their young ones during November’s Grundy County Preschool Parent Meeting entitled “Learning and Growing Through Playing Together.”

Grundy County Parent Educator Shirley Thorson wanted to get the word out to parents that “In today’s world, where  computers, televisions and electronic games take up increasingly larger portions of children’s play time, we may be inadvertently depriving kids of important tools for learning,” she said.

“Simple board games and puzzles, a staple of our own childhoods, serve several important educational functions in the lives of young children,” Thorson added.

“While play things like puzzles or board games may seem like a waste of time, or dull compared to the glitz of electronic media, children love them,” Penelope Leach, author and noted specialist in child development, said. “They provide kids with an opportunity to learn and practice many skills important for success in school.”

Highlights of the meeting included offering parents and children an opportunity to sample, through play, a variety of board games and receive educational information of the various skills that children develop through repetition of  playing various board games and interacting with family members.

Handouts listing best educational board games for children and the different skills they build were distributed to parents.

Families enjoyed hot chocolate, cookies and door prize drawings. It was a wonderful way to kick off the winter season and introduce families to developing a family board game night of their own.

The Grundy County Preschool provides services to children, ages three to five, throughout Grundy County.

The program provides a creative learning environment that encourages the social, physical, emotional and intellectual growth of each child.

For more information, contact Shirley Thorson, parent educator, at (815) 318-6831.

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