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A concept note on use of board-games in early primary classes

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A concept note on use of board-games in early primary classes

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A concept note on use of board-games in early primary classes

  1. 1. A concept note on use of board-games in early primary classes Lalit Kishore, CULP, Jaipur Earlier, board-games were used at primary level education of children and research has established their benefits. The use of board-games at elementary school education level need to be revived looking at their benefits in cognitive and social development of children and their suitability for multi-grade situation of small schools. My experience of working with board-games informs that as children approach 5, there is a need to develop sight-based cognitive skills and incorporating number, letter, and word knowledge through board-games related to literacy and numeracy skills. Besides reinforcing literacy-numeracy skills, board-games are helpful in developing logic, spatial reasoning and strategic thinking and social skills. A discussion on the experience of game-boards as learning tools led to the realization that playing board-games provides opportunities for spending enjoyable time together to master new skills and concepts such as sight vocabulary; recognizing abstract symbols, shapes, new words, counting along with eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity. The board games with dice and counters like bingo; matrices; ladder and snake need to be made by the teachers themselves choosing the suitable content and converting it to age-appropriate right game.

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