Brain Games

Teacher Name: Julie Spann
Teacher Phone: 254-214-0707
Tuition: Tuition: $160.00 per year, payable in monthly installments of $20.00 per month or $75/semester.
Discount for Semester Payment: yes
Supply/Materials Fee (due at registration): $10
Deposit (due at registration): $20
Grades: 4th-8th
Minimum Class Size: 6
Maximum Class Size: 20
Midterm Enrollment: Yes
Class Time: 4th hour
Prerequisite: None
Estimated homework hours: None

Required Materials or Books: None

Class Description:
Playing games CAN make you smarter! (see some of the research at http://examinedexistence.com/does-playing-chess-make-you-smarter/ ) In this class, we will be play chess and many other brain-developing games. All games are selected to develop math and logic skills, language-arts ability, brain-processing skills, or occasionally, factual knowledge. They are also specially selected to be fun! No yawn-inducing “educational games” allowed.

Each class starts with short warm-up game of students choice, such as “7 ate 9” or “Bananagrams”. One week this might be followed by a short chess lesson. Another week we might have a “Set” tournament to help students work on visual processing speed. Other weeks we might focus on a language skills with free-choice of games like “Word Search” and “Blurt”, or even play a large group game, such as “Backseat Drawing”. We often wrap up class with a few rounds of charades.

Students have a lot of opportunities to pick games of their choice, but they are also encouraged to try new things and practice skills that are not their strength. The social nature of games also gives us ample opportunity to grow in character as we learn to win and lose as good sports. By varying the types of games we play, many different kids have the opportunity to both win and lose.

During the first semester, students will learn the basics of chess if they do not already know them. Chess lessons will teach all students both opening and endgame strategies, as well as other tactics. We will work on chess puzzles where students look for the best move from a given position.

Supply fees allows us to add new games each year.

About Julie Spann

Julie received her Education Degree from Hardin-Simmons University. She works part-time as the Children’s Associate at her church. She has been married to Shane for 22 years and has an eleven year old boy who loves Legos!