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“Amazing!” “Brilliant!” “Fun!” “Different!” These are just some of the words that children themselves have used to describe our Game of Actual Life life skills lessons.
It’s not just all fun and games though. They also used words such as: “educational”, “learning”, “interesting” and “useful”!
That’s the incredible thing about Game of Actual Life – it captures the imagination of pupils with engaging roleplay and teaches valuable life skills which offer a multitude of benefits as they grow older.
Here are 5 ways our Game of Actual Life sessions are bringing fantastic new experiences to the classroom:
Helping children to develop the skills needed to problem solve is imperative for the child to be able to make healthy decisions. Developing a ‘can-do’ attitude in children enables them to process their thoughts and actions throughout the school day and helps them use their initiative and not be phased by new tasks. This in turn leads to improved self-belief, giving them newfound confidence in their daily activities.
Responsibility is one of the main traits that parents want their children to possess from a young age. Giving age appropriate responsibilities helps build this skill as the child grows and matures. Game of Actual Life highlights to the child why taking responsibility is important. For example, unless you take responsibility to pay your rent or mortgage on time, you may lose your house.
Our programme also teaches the children that their actions have consequences, especially in adult life. While roleplaying as a 22-year-old, the child will be exposed to how their actions can impact on others. We’ve had many parents tell us how much more responsible and sensible their children are at home after participating in this programme, even trying to save on bills, eat healthily and help around the house.
Building good communication skills in primary years is fundamental to adults succeeding in all walks of life. By giving children presentation tasks during the role-playing set-up, they are put in situations that may differ from everyday school activities.
The combined effects of the first three factors all lead to increased levels of confidence! More confidence leads to better self-esteem and belief in your own capabilities. Being confident enables you to self-motivate, take on new challenges and reflect better on mistakes. Kids with confidence and good self-esteem are proud of what they do and always try their best. Vitally, they are more likely to stand up for themselves and others, which can be an invaluable skill!
Has your child ever asked why they need to learn maths? Game of Actual Life shows children just why maths is so important and how they will need to apply it in adult life. They will understand how their maths skills will help them pay their bills, manage the money, and make crucial decisions later in life.