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Does Gaming Increase Kids Intelligence?

How Gaming Helps Your Kids Boost Intelligence


Intelligence is the capacity for learning and reasoning, the ability to understand and process things or to deal with new or difficult situations. It's one ability which everyone can't seem to get enough of, even the so-called intelligent ones want to be more intelligent. It is believed that humans are born with intelligence but there are other factors after birth which can positively influence and develop the level of a person's intelligence. So, how can gaming help boost your kid's intelligence? Do video games really improve certain brain functions?

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Intelligence is equally a function of nature, as well as, nurture. While nature is hereditary and almost nothing can be done about it, nurture has to do with the upbringing a person gets, and this can go a long way in intellectual development. One of the things which if included into a child upbringing can increase his or her intelligence, is playing games. Yes, you read right. Playing games. Contrary to the widely held misconception that most games numb the mind, video games can add to a person in many ways; this includes:

  • Gaming Boosts Concentration and Attention.

Playing games involve a lot of focus on the part of the players, unlike activities such as watching TV, listening to music, reading, etc. which can be done absentmindedly, gaming requires you to fully focus on the game and relegate every other thing to the background, and this is why some believe in the addictive power of games. However, gaming increases the usual selective visual attention of the player. This refers to the brain’s ability to focus on relevant visual information while suppressing less relevant information. If children can learn to block out frivolous distractions and focus from an early age, gaming can increase the efficiency of their brain. Thus, if your kid is one with short attention span, playing games is one way through which he/she can improve.

  • Gaming boosts coordination and problem-solving skills.

A person who can focus is better coordinated and makes better decisions. Most games on Friv involve a lot of analysis of unique and complicated situations and usually, these situations require the player be coordinated. There are special moves in games which involve pressing specific keys in a sequence and all of these improve coordination because the player knows that missing a step will affect the outcome of the game. Coordination is also an important skill for problem-solving and the more coordinated a person is, the better a problem solver the person becomes.

  • Gaming Enhances Brain Function and IQ.

Gaming also enhances the cognitive ability and intelligence quotient of a person. So kids can enhances these abilities trough gaming. For this to happen, one has to be selective about the type of games being played. Playing strategic games has been proven to have a considerable impact on developing a child's IQ. Memory games, as well, when played consistently, help to sharpen the memory and make it more receptive to new information. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and the Charite University of Medicine, in one study conducted to determine the influence of games on the brain, took measurements of participants' brain volume before and after playing Super Mario 64. The study showed a significant increase in grey matter of those playing the game compared to the group that did not. Imagine how many times your kid has played Super Mario!

  • Gaming improves brain speed.

In playing games, the gamer is given lots of information to process per second and this helps to improve the speed at which the child processes information even when not playing games. Brain speed has to do with the pace at which a person perceives, analyzes, organizes and acts on a piece of information. Many video games, especially action games and games involving time management, require a quick reaction from the player and the ability to react quickly and still make the right decision is important for measuring intelligence. Your child is boosting reaction time each time the play a game.

  • Gaming improves the ability to solve mathematical and verbal problems via logical games.

By involving your kid in logical games and puzzles, his or her ability to solve mathematical and verbal problems are improved. Games allow for creative and out of the box thinking, as well as, improving memory and attention span. All of these are important skills necessary for understanding and solving mathematical problems.

  • Gaming improves planning, multitasking, prioritization.

The outcome of a game depends on how effective the player's plan is. The chances of failure and tension drive the players to make highly efficient decisions in strategy games and this can be transferred into reality and used to make decision making for daily life tasks. According to research, the areas of the brain that control spatial navigation, strategic planning and working memory are greatly improved through gaming. When playing games, the player's attention is divided as he or she is focused on the joystick, the screen, as well as, on the commands necessary to execute a gaming action. With this ability for multiple focus, a gamer can learn to multitask in real life activities without any task suffering from inadequate attention.

  • Gaming helps to make flexible, faster and more accurate decisions.

With its method of reward in the form of "Next-level" punishment in form of "Game-over." Gaming encourages the player to make the best decisions possible and find his or her way out of complex problems. The player is more adept at making multiple decisions and switching between tasks without errors. This flexibility allows a kid to be faster in making decisions as he or she can make multiple decisions at once.


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Finally, if you encourage your kids to play games, their daily activities should be totally dependent on a proper time management plan. You can get worthwhile games for your wards on Friv. Just remember, everything in moderation! Do you agree that gaming can boost intelligence? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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Learn Multiplication Tables Online Free Homeschooling

Need to Learn your Multiplication Tables Fast Online?

Learn Multiplication Tables Online Free Homeschooling Homeschool
Learn Multiplication Tables Online Free Homeschooling.

If you need to learn multiplication tables fast, you've come to the right place! In this edition of our interactive, free online homeschooling lessons, we explore math and the multiplication tables from 0-12. We share our daily homeschool activities with you each week for FREE! This week, we focused on multiplication. Scroll down for the fun math videos, games, and curriculum.

Suggested for Elementary Mathematics: Grades 2-5

Multiplication Tables







Student Lesson:

Start with the Schoolhouse Rock Multiplication Videos from 0-12. These catchy tunes will stick in your memory... FOREVER!

If you don't have Multiplication Flash Cards, grab some index cards. While you watch the multiplication videos, make flashcards for each set of numbers from 1 to 12. On the front of your flash card, write the problem and on the back write the answer.

Front of Card: 1 x 3 = ?  Back of Card: 3


Zero Multiplication Table Video




One Multiplication Table Video

You know the one's tables. One times anything is the number.
For example, 1 x 1 = 1 and 1 x 6 = 6


Two Multiplication Table Video





Two Times Table Rap Video





Three Multiplication Table Video





Four Multiplication Table Video





Five Multiplication Table Video





Six Multiplication Table Video






Seven Multiplication Table Video





Eight Multiplication Table Video





Nine Multiplication Table Video





Ten Multiplication Table Video





Eleven Multiplication Table Video





Twelve Multiplication Table Video





Cool Math Times Table Trick Video

You can do this with your hands, go ahead get your marker and write on your fingers like the picture below. Then, watch it and practice!






Take this Multiplication Tables Quiz Online to see how much you remember from the videos.

Now, watch Tim and Moby from Brainpop.com, (for Brainpop subscribers only) explain all about learning the multiplication tables.

The video comes with this helpful multiplication question and answer session, make sure you read each question and click on it to uncover the answer. Did you know the answer? Did you guess correctly?

Do this, you can type your answers online and right click to save them for your teacher or parent:




After all that studying you should be able to fill in this multiplication table chart.

Multiplication Review Quiz for Brainpop Subscribers.


Mathematics: Multiplication Games




Gate Math Game: Math Game for Gamers

Math Blocks: Factors Game


Language Arts Component


Grab your Daily Journal or open a Google Doc and define these math words:  

Product, Multiple, Factor, Memorize, Shortcut.


Recommended Reading:

Math with M and M's Chocolate*


Famous Explorers Online Lesson

Math Counting Game for Tens and Ones



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5 Household Items Party Games for Birthdays

5 Birthday Party Games for Kids Using Household Items

Kids want to be entertained, especially on their birthdays. Give your kids a fun, memorable birthday celebration with games for birthdays that use household items. These kid party games are easy to do with little prep, and you probably already have the items in your house. No need to plan ahead when you do these household items party games for Birthdays!


5 Birthday Party Games for Kids Using Household Items

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Playing interactive games that get your kids moving at birthday parties is a great way to introduce them to kid activities that are active and engaging. Perhaps the next time they have a playtime choice, they’ll choose one of these games rather than a video game. After scouring the internet for games to play at birthday parties, we found several games for kids that are simple to set up with common household items. As always, we've updated old games with fun new twists! If you don't want to plan the party activities and implement them yourself, Yabadoo Kids Parties are another fun way to make birthday parties fun and memorable.


5 Household Items Party Games for Birthdays

Keep your kids in the loop. Give them choices and let them help plan their own birthday party by scrolling through this list of kids party games and letting them choose their favorite activity to play with friends and family.

Common Household Items Party Games


  • Life Size Board Game

This great game for kids is suitable for kids of all ages. Life Size Board Game is a  fun party game activity that has players jumping forward two spaces, singing a song, turning in circles, telling jokes, reciting  nursery rhymes, jumping up and down periodically, and moving back three spaces.

During game play, the players begin by rolling oversized  dice to see where to move. The first person to reach the finish line is declared winner.  You can simply use white paper or the inside of recycled cereal boxes to create the game board. To make a permanent yard decoration, use stepping stones.

  • Clothespin Snatch Game

Every player is given a clothespin. Wrapped candy and trinkets (you can even use coins) are sprinkled on the floor. During this game, players will try to pick up as much candy or trinkets as they can using only their clothespins. Set a timer for one minute and let the fun begin!

  • Marshmallow Catch

Marshmallow Catch is super easy to set up. Grab a bag of mini marshmallows a timer, and some plastic party cups. Standing on opposite ends of the room, players try to catch marshmallows that are thrown by other party-goers. After one minute, the team with the most marshmallows in their cup wins.

  • Spoon Relay Race Game

The Spoon Relay is an old party favorite, you can make this party game more complicated by adding fun elements like playing while turning in circles, skipping, walking backward, or any fun way that will make the birthday party game more challenging or difficult for the players.

Any small household object will do, but mini marshmallows and cotton balls are the most common items used with plastic or wooden spoons. In the course of this game, players race against each other to be the first team finish. Divide party guests into two or more teams. Each team is given a marshmallows and a spoon.

Lining up single file, the first person on each  team takes a marshmallow and begins passing it down the line using only their spoon.  The first team to get their marshmallow to the end of the line wins.

  • Balloon Bust Game

Before the party, fill balloons with candy or small prizes. Rub the balloons on your head to give them static cling and then place them on a wall or table. Play begins with birthday party guests choosing a balloon. Tell the kids to hold the balloons with two hands, careful not to pop it. Then, tell them to sit down in a circle using their balloons as chairs. On the count of three, have everyone tries to pop their balloon chair to discover the prizes. First one to pop a balloon, gets a special grand prize in addition to the trinkets inside.

Have you played these games with different variations? Let us know in the comments, we’d love to hear about more fun birthday party games and ideas for kids that use household items.


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Free Educational Games and Videos for Kids

Online Educational Games and Videos


We've all seen those kids with their faces glued to the tablet in their lap. What are they doing? Generally, they're watching some silly and possibly inappropriate video on YouTube. Even if it's just a cartoon, kids' time could be better spent doing something educational. Playing an online educational game, a game that sharpens hand eye coordination, or watching educational videos, keeps kids entertained while they're learning. If you or your kids enjoy learning online, read on for some fun, free ways to add to your classroom curriculum.


Math and English educational games tend to be the most fun when it comes to educational online gaming, These games are more fast paced, but there are also history, science, and foreign language games too. I prefer to watch educational videos to learn about history and science but you can pair educational videos with online games for a lesson students will enjoy.


Our favorite history videos  are from the  Crash Course in U.S. History series on YouTube. Now, they offer Crash Course Science videos too.  Below, I've shared a few science videos that I think your students will enjoy. 


Educational Science Videos From Crash Course


What's a Species?

 


Organic Chemistry

 


Here are 10 more educational videos for teens


Plays.org is a site full of all kinds of games. You don't have to load apps on your phone or tablet and take up extra space. All of these games are played right in your browser, just add it to your favorites for easy access.


To navigate this free gaming site, scroll down to the bottom page footer where you'll find all of the categories of their free online game collection. As you scroll through the alphabetical list, you'll see the education tab.


Here are my picks for fun educational games from plays.org. 


Defense Math



online educational math games


This site has detailed instructions and tips on game play. Here's a sample description:


Defense Math starts out easy, but gets more difficult as you play. This is a fast and challenging addition, subtraction, multiplication and division math solving game for kids and students. Players must answer an infinite amount of questions to send projectiles to the enemy horde. Players must prevent them from reaching their defense tower. Get the highest score you can get. 


Freaky Math is a fast paced game that works like flash cards. I think this game is great for all ages and it's a great game to play to keep your brain sharp.  You'll be surprised how long it takes to solve some of the problems. Think fast!



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Younger children will enjoy this grocery store cashier game from plays.org. The items come across the conveyor belt and you add them all  together, press total and choose the correct amount of cash to pay.


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If you need worksheets and other printable curriculum to pair with these free online educational games videos, check out my store on TeachersPayTeachers.



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Famous Explorers: Lewis and Clark Expedition Led by Sacajawea: Homeschool Social Studies Lesson

Lewis and Clark Expedition: Three Famous Explorers

Most people have heard of the famous explorers, Lewis and Clark. These men led an expedition to uncover the western part of the United States. Like earlier explorers, they befriended Native Americans. A young, Indian woman, named Sacajawea, joined them acting as a guide. 

Learn more with our online homeschool lesson on history. We find games and activities to make your online learning fun and free. Enjoy!

 *Social Studies: Grades 4-12, some sections are suitable for early elementary and preschool.

Famous Explorers: Lewis and Clark Expedition Led by Sacajawea: Homeschool Social Studies Lesson
Famous Explorers: Lewis and Clark Expedition Led by Sacajawea:
Homeschool Social Studies Lesson.


Teacher Resources:
Free Lewis and Clark Lesson Ideas or Teacher Lesson Plans from Brainpop.com

Make your Own Worksheets

A great video to watch as a family is National Geographic's Lewis and Clark, narrated by Jeff Bridges. We found it on Netflix. It runs approx. 45 min.
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Student Lesson

History:

Let's get started with a Schoolhouse Rock Video on Westward Expansion. This video is from Schooltube.com, so you won't find inappropriate ads.
Schoolhouse Rock on SchoolTube: Westward Expansion
Schoolhouse Rock on SchoolTube: Westward Expansion.






For Brainpop Subscribers: 

We love Brainpop for the videos, quizzes, Q&A, and activity options. Each video comes with companion activities and free printables. (If you don't subscribe, you can choose the family option and pay monthly.)

Note: Sacajawea- nobody seems to know how to spell her name. You will see it spelled Sacagawea and Sacajawea. There is also a huge discrepancy in her date of death. 

Watch this video to learn more. When you click over, be sure to click the "x" in the upper right corner of the video to remove the ad.  Sacajawea Video Biography for 4th - 12th grade


Sacajawea Video Biography for 4th - 12th grade social studies lesson Sacagawea
Sacajawea biography on Teachertube.com.

Short Video on Sacajawea for Preschool from Nick Jr.


When do you think is the true death date of Sacajawea?
What makes you believe this theory? Answer in your daily journal.

 _____________________________________________________

______________________________________________________

Science Component:

What are the classifications? ____________________________

Geography:

Interactive Map of Lewis and Clark Expedition. This map shares excerpts from their journals during each section of the journey. Use the map to answer the questions below. Copy and paste this into a Google Doc to answer the questions.


In what state did the expedition begin?


1.___________________________________________________

In what state did the expedition end?


2.___________________________________________________

What does the heart on the map represent?


3.___________________________________________________

What travelling years are depicted on the map?


4.___________________________________________________

Name 3 Native Peoples they met on their journey.


5.___________________________________________________

Language Arts Component:



Use this FREE PRINTABLE CHARACTER MAP to compare Meriwether Lewis and Sacajawea. Note their similarities and differences.

Open up a Google Doc or grab your Daily Journal, and define these Vocabulary Words:

Sacajawea; Meriwether Clark; William Clark; expedition; Louisiana Purchase; corps; navigate; encounter; fort; translator; trek; accurate; species; point of view; perspective.

Read more about the Lewis and Clark Expedition as you research to write a bio paper on Lewis and Clark. 

Click each image in the article to learn more. This is a good resource for images to add to your paper. Just right click on the image, copy or save, and then insert or paste into your document. If you are writing in your daily journal, print the images and glue or staple them onto your paper. Be sure to give your paper a clear title. Early elementary students should write 3-4 paragraphs. Older elementary through high school need to write a minimum of 5 paragraphs.



Tips for writing your Lewis and Clark Research Paper:

For the introductory paragraph, start with an opening sentence, define what you will talk about with clear sentences. Use these sentences to write the main body of your paper. Talk about each sentence in detail using descriptive words. If you mention it in your introductory paragraph, be sure to go in depth in your middle paragraphs. Tell about important dates, places they explored, and troubles they faced on their journey. Finally, use the last paragraph (summary) to summarize what you've just talked about. Don't bring up anything new in the last paragraph - just tell us again briefly what you've already told us. You can even start with, "In summary". For example, In summary, I have described how to write a biography paper on Lewis and Clark. Lewis and Clark were famous United States explorers who travelled with an Indian guide named Sacajawea. Without the work of these, brave people, the West could have remained unknown.

Start with this Printable Cause and Effect Graphic Organizer

To continue your research check out the safe search for kidrex.org


Social Studies Just for Fun Online Games

Here is a fun game that will help you with facts on the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Lewis and Clark Game.

Have you completed our United State Capitals Lesson? This week we played a game to review what we've learned. Review the United States Capitals Game.


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Home School Activities

What Was the Lewis and Clark Expedition?*

How We Crossed The West: The Adventures Of Lewis And Clark*

Lewis and Clark: A Prairie Dog for the President (Step into Reading, Step 3)*

The Story of Sacajawea (Dover History Coloring Book)*



*These are the weekly lessons I do with my children. We supplement these activities with reading a book of your choice for 30 minutes each day (bedtime counts), Khan Academy and Time4Learning Math Lessons, and taking a break every 30 minutes for exercise time (we run up and down the stairs, walk around our yard, ride bicycles, or jump on an indoor trampoline).




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Genetics Activities for Elementary: Lessons and Games

Fun Lessons and Activities about Genetics

Science is fun with lessons and games! These genetics activities for elementary and middle school (suitable for high school too), will teach you about Punnet Squares, DNA, RNA, and more. Be sure to click all of the links, and do the activities. In our homeschool class, we start the lesson on Monday and work through the week doing the experiments and lessons. Don't miss the just for fun section at the end. Watch how Game Theory discovers the parents of Princess Peach. Enjoy!

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Genetics  Activities for Elementary: Lessons and Games
Genetics  Activities for Elementary: Lessons and Games.




First, learn about Probability:





Brainpop Subscribers can learn more here: Basic Probabilty for Elementary.



Print (or do the work online) this Probability Worksheet and this Names Probability Chart.

Preview what you know with these questions about genetics. When you get there, hover over each question to reveal the answer.

More about Gregor Mendel. What traits are dominant?

Start with this FREE Movie on Genetics and Heredity from Brainpop. Do the activities here: Traits Graphic Organizer. Be sure to click through the 3 tabs and do all activities. You can fill out the chart and vocabulary on the screen and then save it and send a copy to your teacher or homeschool instructor. (Mom?)

Take this quiz from BrainPop: Online Genetics Quiz.

Watch the video, and learn What is a Punnet Square.




Scholastics Video on Heredity.

Hand Clasping Experiment 
Have you ever folded your hands together by interlocking your fingers? Do it now without thinking about it. Which thumb is on top – left or your right? A study found that 55% place their left thumb on top, and 45% place their right thumb on top. The other 1% have no preference!

University of Utah shares this Downloadable PDF about dominant and recessive traits. This information is a solid background for a genetics lesson. You'll also find a fun game to learn about genetics.

Watch this Video, The Story of Fido, about DNA and then do the following lesson.





This is a fun lesson to learn about traits. The printable PDF to Make your own Dog Recipe (with DNA) is also form UU.

Play a Free Online Game about Dog breeding.

Science Lab: Genetics with Pasta (Free Printable PDF from University of Washington)

Tip: We're always looking for uses for our leftover Halloween or Easter Candy, so we used different candies in place of the colored pasta. It saves time, reuses, and you can eat it if you want.

What is DNA? Once on the page, click through at the bottom to learn about genetic engineering and more.

Watch this fun Video about DNA. Then do the FYI segment. At the top of the FYI, you'll see images; click each one to learn more. Now, do all the tabs of the DNA activities.

What is RNA?
Find out: What is RNA? at Brainpop.com

Click over to What is RNA? to read about it. If you want to do the activities and watch the video, you'll have to subscribe. If you are a Brainpop subscriber, be sure to watch the video and take a quiz.

Can you answer these questions about RNA?

Review, All About Genetics. When you pop over click the speaker to hear the article.




Just for Fun

Game Theory: Rosalina and Mario Genetics. Peach is her mother, who is her father? Learn about DNA with Super Mario Bros. and Punnet Squares.





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