SB Family School's
& Puzzle Week
National Game & Puzzle Week is an annual American event, celebrated Sunday through Saturday of Thanksgiving
Week. In 2016, it's November 20-26.
The purposes of this event
are to increase appreciation of board games and puzzles, and to revive
the tradition of playing games together at home. As an added benefit,
puzzles are good for your brain. So have fun getting smarter while digesting
In preparation for, and during,
Game & Puzzle
SB Family School is hosting several special events.
- Workshops I &
There will be a two-part game-creating and game-playing
workshop the Saturday before Thanksgiving, November 19. You can come for all three hours, or for just the first
hour, or for just the last two hours. Both parts are family activities;
children must be accompanied by parents (or other responsible parties,
maybe even older siblings). During
the first hour, students will be guided through the creation
of their own Product Game game board.
The prerequisite for this activity is being familiar with the concept
of multiplication. Depending on the child, of course, the suggested
age range is 6-11. (Note that this game creation activity is not for
students currently enrolled in a Math Group at SB Family School.) The
cost for this activity is $20 per child and $7 per adult, which includes
instruction, materials (including colored playing pieces) and lamination.
Each child will take home the game [s]he created, so you can play them
at home during and after National
(Note that we used to sell just the game for $10 fifteen years ago.)
The next two hours will
be free-format game playing following an introduction to the pedagogical
value of games.
There will be many different mathematical games and
puzzles available, and information about what they teach,
as well as how to play them. The cost for this segment is $7/person
and includes refreshments.
- Workshop III
On the third day of National
Tuesday evening, November 22, we are offering a special
workshop for kids and/or adults on the game of SET®.
Younger kids will be introduced to set theory concepts
and older kids will be challenged with related combinatorics
puzzles. This workshop will be structured similar to a regular
SB Family School Math Camp or Math Circle meeting.
Space is limited so reservations
are required. To make a reservation, email skona@SBFamilySchool.com
or call Skona at 680-9950. All workshops are held at SB Family School
in Goleta (near Fairview & Cathedral Oaks).
Saturday Nov. 19
Your Own Product Game
your own laminated version of our favorite way to learn the multiplication
table and practice factoring - the fun, educational Product Game.
Also learn tips for playing it, from both pedagogical and strategic
Abalone, ConcenFraction, Continuo, Go, Logicon, Mastermind, Othello, Prime Climb, PriMemory, Qubic, Qwirkle, Rubik's
Race, SET, 'SMath, Traverse, True Math, wff, ...
Game & Puzzles
very fun game can be found both elementary and advanced mathematics,
involving set theory, combinatorics and probability, geometry, and more.