Saturday, September 4, 2010

Gaming With My Oldest Daughter

This weekend not only sees me going to an IndyCar race in Kentucky (which means I might be scarce around here), but I’m also going to try some for-kids RPGing with my six year-old daughter (I’ll be using NewbieDM’s rpgKids system, which looks like it’ll be a great fit for her age group). As a parent and gamer, I’m excited—my oldest daughter has a wonderful imagination and is a great storyteller, but since my daughter is also currently homeschooled, I’m using this as sort of a trial balloon to see what sort of academic applications it might have. Obviously, writing, math, and art could all figure prominently. It’ll be interesting to see where her likes and dislikes are of gaming.

This is a big step for my daughter, gaming-wise. A lot of our gaming before this has been sort of free-form, choose-your-own-adventure style storytelling. An important thing to remember, I think, is that kids love to make decisions—it gives them a sense of responsibility, of ownership, and of being “grown-up”. There’s certainly plenty of that to be had in gaming.

I'll definitely let everyone know how it goes! Have a great weekend!

6 comments:

bighara said...

My newly-begun homeschooling 7yo daughter plays LL with me, her uncle, and her cousins from time to time. They like it a lot. She's already good at the math part (adding dice), but reading things like tables is something she is still getting the hang of.

Eric Wilde said...

History is another good topic for RPG-based learning.

Chief cook & bottle washer said...

Just dropped my daughter off at college. We homeschooled her all 12 years (I did most off it as the stay-at-home dad). Games were a big part of our curriculum. We were one of the first game stores to specialize in games for education. A good book to use is Homeschooling For Dummies, by Jen Kaufeld; she and her husband, John, are very much into games (John was part of GAMA, and writes a lot of gaming articles). The book has some good ideas for using games in home education. Issue #160 of Knights of the Dinner Table has my article of how to raise a gamer, and my daughter's article, Thest Dice Child, in the July-August 2009 issue of Home Education Magazine (most librarys have it) has a good perspective on being raised with games.
My daughter loves games and learning. She got her RPGA DM certification when she was 13 so she could run certified games for other homeschoolers. She is also quite articulate and knowledgable about using games in education - she helps present the annual workshop at Origins, Learning With Games.
So enjoy. If your daughter is like mine you will be hard pressed to win against her in just a few short years.

Zachary The First said...

I can't thank you guys enough for the feedback. It's really cool to learn there are other gaming, homeschooling families out there.

austrodavicus said...

You'll have to add me to the list - kind of. My gaming group consists of a family of homeschoolers - Dad, Mum and 7 kids - who I introduced to gaming with 1e AD&D five years ago. We now play Labyrinth Lord and the kids run their own games amongst themselves. At the very least, there have certainly been some obvious benefits to their reading and Maths from playing D&D.

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