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Many people make the decision to move abroad or live nomadically when their children are young and not yet of formal schooling age. Then there are those of us that decide to do it later in life. Our first year I had grand plans. In fact I had a plan, a back up plan, and a back back up plan (or three). Education is very important to us and it is what worried and excited me the most about moving to Morocco. When we left the US we weren’t sure where or if our kids would be going to school. My schooling plans were;
A. Enroll them in a Moroccan/French private school near the house. OR
B. Hire a tutor to come to the house and work with them for several hours a day on language and homeschool them in English for the rest. Then send them to a Moroccan school. OR
C. Plan A plus do additional homeschooling in English.
Plus some other variations of the above. No matter which plan we went with I knew I wanted to do some supplementary learning in English with them so that they would stay on track with their US peers. I did a lot of research and found different programs to help them with things like Spelling, Reading, and Math. One thing I didn’t think about, but may just be the single most important skill/lesson they need to learn is ethics.
Every culture has its own definition of what is and isn’t ethical. To some point that’s ok but for kids and parents that are straddling a cultural divide it becomes a bit more tricky. When I heard about a new game called Quandary that develops ethical thinking skills I was really intrigued. Lately we have been talking a lot about what we will do for our children’s secondary education as I believe higher education here is less than ethical and I would rather not raise my children in that system. I can already see them grappling with what is and isn’t ethical.
The game doesn’t focus on how much your child does or doesn’t know. In fact it kind of reminded me of Oregon Trail – which is the greatest game ever! Quandary however is set in the future instead of the past and players make decisions to solve problems as the leaders of a colony on a new planet. To make the decision they need to consider facts, opinions, and other input just like in real life. There are no “right” answers, but whatever path they choose does have consequences (good and bad). The game never tells they player they’re “making ethical decisions” or which they should have done, rather it guides them through scenarios that they could face in real life.
Our almost 8 year old and 10 year old sat down together to play the game and enjoyed it but I think it really made more sense to M. It is recommended for 8 and up and while I think younger kids can enjoy playing the concepts may be a little lost on them. Age does make a difference and the older the child, the more real life experiences they are likely to have had. The game is free on their website and also available as tablet apps.
Other Games We Use
While we limit screen time for our kids, we also let them play educational and sometimes not educational games – especially when we’re traveling. Some of our other favorites are;
Hooked on Phonics — this app is a huge favorite for K who is learning to read in English with it.
Spelling City – Add in your own spelling words or school words and play and practice.
Khan Academy – For videos on many subjects but especially Math.
Quandary is a free game – give it a try and let me know what you think! I’d also love to know any of your favorite learning games for kids.
This is a sponsored post and I am receiving compensation for sharing this game however, as always I only share things that I have used and believe in.