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  • Jessica Van Gelder

    “It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them.” – Leo F. Buscaglia

    In having had an international childhood, I came to understand something about the similarities we humans share. We all love to learn, but we want to have fun in learning. And that led me to children, because they are the best learners, and they are fun to be with in the mutual process of learning. This is my second year at OC, and I am now leading the Game Club.

    Intellectual Game Club is a place where we can learn together by exploring a variety of games. The games I choose encourage team work and imagination and include board games, card games, and interactive games. Each time our club meets, we discuss encouragement, strategy, and how to gracefully win and lose. My goal is for our kids to become good team players and understand that the worth of educational games is not determined by wins and losses, but by the experience of playing and learning together.