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Games to Improve Kids' Grades

by Debra Pachucki

Whether you’re supplementing school lessons throughout the year or helping to keep kids’ skills sharp over the summer months, use games to engage children in amusing, effective learning activities. Learning-based games reinforce skills and concepts and give kids’ extra practice in an array of content areas, which can help students improve their grades in school.

Brainteasers

Brainteasers seem like games, but they actually provide vigorous workouts for the mind. Challenging, yet fun, brainteasers can help improve student grades within a few weeks or months. Brainteasers help improve memory, enhance literacy and increase numeracy and IQ, which can help children of all ages with lessons in their core curriculum courses. Video games, activity books and Internet websites are a few places where kids can locate and play brainteasers at home.

Role-Playing Games

When kids role play, they rely upon imagination. When kids actively use their imaginations, they build social, emotional, language and thinking skills -- all of which can benefit a student’s grades. Role-playing games come in many forms -- dolls, costumes, kitchen sets, play work benches and other toys and props all promote imaginative role play, as do some video and board games.

Contests

Relay races, dance-offs and other physical contests do more than just promote physical activity. According to a 2005 study published in the "Journal of Exercise Physiology," student participants’ grade scores improved as they improved in overall fitness. Get the kids outside and see who can run the fastest, jump the highest, hula-hoop the longest, or turn other physical activities into fun contests to promote academic performance.

Other Activities

Sneak educational opportunities into a kid’s fun time without him even knowing it with other learning-based activities. If your child enjoys video games, choose ones that promote hand-eye coordination or problem-solving skills. Puzzles provide an enjoyable family activity that helps promote cognitive development. Word games can encourage reading and language skills, while card games or number games can boost math skills.

About the Author

Debra Pachucki has been writing in the journalistic, scholastic and educational sectors since 2003. Pachucki holds a Bachelor's degree in education and currently teaches in New Jersey. She has worked professionally with children of all ages and is pursuing a second Masters degree in education from Monmouth University.

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