Counting Method / June 6, 2018 / Victoria Muller
There are many games that are fun but not all of them are education. Children love to play games and those that are educational can be somewhat boring and uninteresting. This is changing as people are finding out that games can really help children to learn different concepts. Kindergarten games especially and others geared towards specific ages can assist a child in learning the concepts that they need to learn for their ages and can even help a person get ahead.
The process of counting on allows children to develop their ability to encode the relationship between numbers and spaces, Laski and her colleagues report in the journal article "Learning From Number Board Games: You Learn What You Encode." That, in turn, improved their abilities to estimate the size of numbers on number lines, identify numbers and to count-on. Playing the same game, the standard "count-from-1" method led to considerably less learning, the researchers found. In a second experiment, the researchers found that students who practiced encoding numbers 1 through 100 via methods beyond a board game showed no appreciable gain in number line estimation. The new results suggest that simply playing board games may not yield improvements in counting skills. Instead, parents and teachers need to direct children's attention to the numbers on the game boards to realize those benefits.