Using Creativity to Help Your Child With LD

As mentioned in my previous blog post, I was going to be creating a board game for my sons to help them to retain information that they often loose during the school year.  The unofficial title is: The Richmond Pursuit! 

OK – so, it is not a very original name.

What did I sacrifice:

My dinning room table (it can always be covered when we have company), a sharpie marker, paint (we are still in the process of painting it), a cardboard box, printer paper, and lots of time.

What did that sacrifice buy us:

Time as a family, some fun time on the computer, and what we hope will be a great tool for studying.

How does it work?

  1. We use one of our tokens (action figures we created online) to advance around the board.
  2. We answer questions in the following subjects:
    1. Science
    2. Social Studies
    3. Language Arts
    4. Math
    5. World Languages
    6. Computers
    7. Bonus Questions (of various subjects)
    8. Mega Bonus Questions: Very difficult Questions created by Mom and Dad.

The winner will make one full loop around the board game first.

What are the rules?

Our rules are specific to our game board, but they are still being created. Once the rules are finished, I promise to let you all in.

How do we determine the questions?

Each of my sons has subjects that they are taking in school. Every week (throughout the week as well), they will take what they are learning in school and develop questions that they then place on index cards or type onto note cards. They write both the question and the answer on one side of the card. These become our trivia questions for the remainder of the year.  We eventually plan to have colors for every subject on the board and on the back of the card.

How does the project look so far?

Take a look at our photos of the project so far – again we will update as soon as we have more to show.  We will play a few games with this board even through there is not much color.  We chose superhero’s as our token and used a website designed by Marvel Comics to create superhero’s for each member of our house (we also created our own arch nemeses’ for every player). Marvel Comics can be found here:

(http://marvel.com/games/cyos) Marvel Comics has not allowed permission to use their name or image, but I always give credit. We are not selling any games, only using these made up characters as tokens in a home game. For this reason, I am not providing full photos of those characters – you can only see the back of each token as they lay on the game board we have been drawing.

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Parents as you begin to try to help your children, look around your home and see what you can find. Not everyone is willing to sacrifice a table. I chose this table because it was large and it was in a neutral place – a place where my sons already do homework, which makes it easy to keep up with (I hope).

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