Games For Success: Developing Children's Character Through Recreational Play

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Recreational games provide a primary way for children to interact with, and learn from, their world. Games offer opportunities to practice motor skills, learn social values, and shape personal identity. By carefully choosing the games that children play and changing elements of a game when necessary, leaders in schools, churches, and other community settings can help children acquire positive character values, rather than the negative ones that are often conveyed in the media and the community. Games for Success provides 75 examples of age-appropriate games to play with partners and in small and large groups. Both cooperative and competitive games are suggested and many of the games may be used to increase awareness of other cultures, or to reinforce biblical teachings. The book provides leaders with the rationale and procedures for designing and modifying their own games and includes recommendations for developing healthy self-esteem among children by distinguishing between personhood and performance, and by monitoring the conditions under which children are expected to compete.

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Steven A. Henkel is Associate Professor at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Dr. Henkel challenges us to be sensitive to the needs of every child and to evaluate our approach to the teaching and playing of games in a variety of educational settings. I highly recommend Dr. Henkel's book to anyone involved in Christian Education. (Emily Willecke, Director of Children's Ministries, Grace Church, Roseville, Minnesota)

Whether you work with children as a physical educator, classroom teacher, or youth worker, Games for Success provides you with ideas which involve all individuals with motivating physical activities. (Dan Midura, Elementary School Physical Education Coordinator)

The chapter on 'Values and Recreational Goals' is especially good. (Dan Midura, Elementary School Physical Education Coordinator Christian Education Leadership)

The positive values discussed may be universally applied to Christian or secular settings. (Dr. Warren P. Fraleigh, State University of New York-Brockport)

The positive values discussed may be universally applied to Christian or secular settings. (Dr. Warren P. Fraleigh, State University of New York-Brockport)

Dr. Henkel challenges us to be sensitive to the needs of every child and to evaluate our approach to the teaching and playing of games in a variety of educational settings. I highly recommend Dr. Henkel's book to anyone involved in Christian Education. (Emily Willecke, Director of Children's Ministries, Grace Church, Roseville, Minnesota)

Whether you work with children as a physical educator, classroom teacher, or youth worker, Games for Success provides you with ideas which involve all individuals with motivating physical activities. (Dan Midura, Elementary School Physical Education Coordinator)

The chapter on 'Values and Recreational Goals' is especially good. (Dan Midura, Elementary School Physical Education Coordinator Christian Education Leadership)

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