board games  

Overview

Working with a local elementary school, a Board Game Buddies program was developed by Daniela O'Neill and carried out with several teachers at the school for several years (except in 2020 and 2021 due to Covid-19). The intention of the program was to provide early grade students, many of whom were learning English as a second language, with a fun opportunity to build their language skills in interaction with older students. This program took place during one 20 minute recess time weekly. It began with the older Grade 5 and 6 children (who volunteered to take part) learning how to play approximately 30 board games with playing times of approximately 10 minutes. Following this, for the remainder of the sessions, Grade 1 students were invited to drop-in and play the games with the older children. This activity fostered much language, social interaction, and laughter! It was amazing what we could do in 20 minutes!

New information and materials are being developed and coming later in 2021! There is overlap with the Board Game Fun game collection, so in the meantime, best to check that section!