Thursday, January 27, 2011
Who's Homeschooling Whom?
My buddy, the one who traffics in Naples Real Estate, came over the other night and taught me how to play backgammon - at least the basics.
It was one of these things that came up because, in the course of homeschooling my children I'm continually on the prowl for new games (of skill) for them to enjoy and learn from. We've already been all over a bunch of good ones: Bananagrams, Chess, Boggle,..., and the latest I bought was Qwirkle.
I had never really thought that the 5,000 year old game of backgammon was a *game of skill* - even though I hadn't played it more than once or twice as a child. It struck me as a poker-like game where superior skill manifested itself only *in the long run*. Yawn! For the record, I'm not at all a fan of poker. The game just moves too slowly for me.
But after my night of backgammon instruction, I became sort of intrigued by the game. I'm definitely going to introduce it to my kids. Heck, they've been pleading with me all week to teach them how to play - ever since I bought a $4 board from Toys R'Us.
Oh, how much I've already learned from learning them!
See also - Homeschooling - Collateral Education.