A self-regulating mechanism (SRM) is in place (or it’s not) every time we face a challenging situation. Take the annoying -- or utterly frustrating -- experience of being stuck in traffic.
The beginning of a child’s educational years is paramount. A child needs someone to fight for them if there are academic struggles. There are countless ways to reach a child, games being one avenue. Not every child will enjoy games but for the child who does, games create a relaxed atmosphere where a child can learn without frustration and tears. A child will also have the opportunity to walk away with a happy face. There are simple board games that can be combined with dice, e.g., Surprise Slides and Math Dice Jr. There are games that can be played for sheer academic value, e.g., 7 ate 9. Lastly, logic games can be played to develop deduction skills, e.g., Cat Crimes.
With just a smidgen of creativity, most games can become useful tools to help a child grasp a difficult concept. Games can be used to help teach math, English, geography, and other subjects. Ninety-nine or Bust is a math game in which basic skills are repeatedly used. Deer in the Headlights is a regular game where cards are discarded but this game can be easily converted into a math game. Buying games like these do not have to cost a fortune.
It is essential that children have the hunger and will in them to keep learning new things. Childhood is the only opportunity they will have to invest freely in it. Although parents themselves make most of the decisions, those decisions are more likely to pay-off if they take their child's likes and interests into consideration.