Today, as we stumbled across our file box of File Folder Games, it reminded us of happy days playing them. However, my children haven’t used these in years. In part, because I never finished putting the games together; in part, because they are no longer the way we need to learn – we’ve moved past these.
As any student, finding the methodology which works for you in the moment is key to effective learning. We’ve always found having fun is the best way to learn – playing games is a natural progression from the fun to the skill set learning.
When my oldest son was very young, he attended Montessori preschool. After our move cross-country, and subsequent dismissal of private school for homeschooling, we kept with a general idea of Montessori learning: Hands-on, Interest-driven Learning.
The file folder games were a great fit to fill the gaps of allowing our children to play games on their own, at their own pace, and learn in the process. I would cut out hundreds of little pieces of paper, take them for lamination, put them all together, and *tah-dah* — learning! The process to cut up, laminate, and assemble all the pieces to these games always paled in comparison to the amount of time the children used the items per game. However, the effort was always worth it to see the boys get excited to learn on their own.
Over the years, and several moves between homes, many of these games were packed away. When we got them out a couple of years ago, my older son had already outgrown them and my younger son played them for nostalgic purposes, not learning. So he asked if we could keep them, I did, and they haven’t seen the light of day again until this morning – when they accidentally got knocked over while purging homeschooling tools, books, and supplies in our office.
We enjoyed them, we thanked them, and now we’re passing them on — the one tid-bit of information I enjoyed adding to my repertoire from The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
What are you growing past, thanking, and letting go?
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