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So your kid is playing a new game on the computer. And it's all about pre-algebra (well, pre-algebra and monsters). It seems to be a lot of fun and it's supposed to help children think like mathematicians. That all sounds pretty good to you, but ... what in the world is your role in all of this?
The short answer, of course, is that it's totally up to you.
And the long answer is ... here are a few suggestions:
Again, it is, of course, just fine if you decide to sit on the sidelines while your kid works with Lure of the Labyrinth. She's still going to learn a lot from it. However, if you do choose to get involved, we think that Lure of the Labyrinth just may give you a wonderful opportunity to connect with your kid around learning ... and playing.
- Ask your kid questions. You don't need to be an expert at digital games or pre-algebra to support children when they play Lure of the Labyrinth. Just ask questions and let them be the experts. Ask about what's happening in the game and what they think of it. Ask about the characters and the math in the game. These kinds of questions will encourage your kid to think a little harder about what she's doing in Lure of the Labyrinth because she'll want to describe it to you. And they'll also increase her confidence - as in, "I must be pretty good at this if I can answer an adult's questions about it!"
- Be patient. Children who've grown up with games understand that you almost always have to fail at a digital game before you can ultimately succeed. They know that their "wrong" moves will help them gather information leading to the right moves or answers. So even if it looks like your kid isn't making much progress in the game, try to be patient. Most children will happily keep at Lure of the Labyrinth and figure it out even if they do move slowly at first.
- But if your kid really does struggle, offer your help. Some children will have a more difficult time than others when playing Lure of the Labyrinth. You can support your kid by reminding her that she's just playing a game, and that it's a lot like other games she's played and eventually mastered. And if she's open to it, you can even work with her on figuring out how to find strategies that solve the game's puzzles (we're certainly open to it - Lure of the Labyrinth is purposely designed to promote teamwork).
- Learn more about Lure of the Labyrinth. Our web site features many articles that can help you learn more about Lure of the Labyrinth, especially in our Library. Your kid will like that you took an interest in her work, and you'll have a better understanding of what and how she's learning.
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