My kids are 7 and 8 and are at that school age when English is starting to get interesting. They have reasonable English skills, they can read and write stories etc, but I wanted to improve their skills and get them to use their imagination and what better than teaching them Dungeons and Dragons!
When I resurrected my old D&D books, both the Basic (red) and Expert (blue) rule books, the fond memories started flooding back. When I again see the words 'Dungeons and Dragons' in the oh so recognisable TSR font, backed by the red cover with a female magic user and fighter facing off against a green dragon, I knew then that we would all have a great time learning English!
I started reading the Basic rule book like a bedtime story, both children were listening with intent, and every so often questions were asked to clarify points and understand the mechanics of the game. Whilst reading the rules I realised how well the rules were written. What a absolute work of art!
The clear steps, descriptions, and content are all easy to understand and a pleasure to read.
I will be DM and the kids the adventurers.
Back to the English lesson. I figure that when they work their way through the dungeon, they can describe what they are doing to me, they can reason and interact with the NPC's as well as describe what they do when the odd wandering monster emerges from behind a secret door!
Later they will become DM's themselves and then with their new English skills, they can build an adventure themselves. Not only will it improve their descriptive imagery, and verbal descriptive skills, they'll also learn maths, through armour class vs 'to hit' calculations and how to work out puzzles, like disarming traps etc.
It's going to be so much fun! Who said learning school subjects can't be fun!
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