If your child is one of the 200 million registered users who are playing Fortnite, you may be sick of hearing about it. However, there is a way to turn your child’s interest into an educational experience. After all, they are talking about it anyway. You may as well use it to your benefit!
- Have them write about their adventure. You could let them tell the story of a battle they just completed, create a story of a scene they would like to see on the game, write instructions for how to play, or debate their strategy versus that of another player.
- Practice geography by using the maps in the game.
- Math skills are needed throughout the game, whether your child is thinking about it or not. What angle should they use to glide into their drop point? Where is the center of the storm? Have your kids practice figuring out the answers to these questions. If your child isn’t ready for these types of questions, create story problems using characters or scenes from the game.
- How does that bus “float” into the scene? Have your child explore this, as well as other science concepts. Here, a hot air balloon experts weighs in on the possibility of this happening in reality.
- Your child can also learn a lot about themself while playing this game. The game can help your child practice skills like collaboration, strategic thinking, and even imagination. However, the game can also be addictive. Does your child understand the signs of an addiction? Can the recognize when they need to take a break? These are life skills your child will need to learn at some point, so why not use Fortnite to help them with these!?
Like everything, Fortnite should be played in moderation and your family rules should be followed. By embracing your child’s interest rather than trying to shut it down, you may just find a learner that is more eager to complete assignments than normal. How have you used Fortnite in your colearning lessons?