Working with a local elementary school, a Board Game Buddies program was developed by Daniela O'Neill and run with several teachers at the school for several years (except in 2020 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!
This initiative is described in more detail below and relevant materials are provided openly for other interested libraries or institutions to use and adapt according to a CC BY-NC license. This license allows reusers to distribute, remix, adapt, and build upon the material in any medium or format for noncommercial purposes only, and only so long as attribution is given to the creator. (The creator for the text of these materials should be indicated to be Daniela O'Neill. Some items may have other stated attributions within them, such as photographs, but none of the materials presented here include material that would be incompatible with the CC BY-NC license).
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