I like Minecraft best. It, too, isn’t a shoot ‘em up, adrenaline-dumping game. It requires kids to decide what to do and how to get it done.
- Planning skills are required to achieve goals within a time frame.
- Anticipating the materials needed and using mental representation to envision the finished goal are critical.
When Jake plays, watch over his shoulder for a bit. Then, connect that thinking with everyday tasks by relating back to the game.
So, when it’s homework time, ask him to tell you what materials he needs and how he’s going to tackle the assignments.
These skills are essential for academic success and a healthy adjustment to adult life. Practice does make perfect.
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