Monday, December 28, 2009
Amazing Game for Growing Waldorfers.....
It has been coined the "Monopoly Killer"-and with good reason. While on my way to get the game Monopoly for my older children for Christmas-I discovered this game. I knew about Catan before but this new geography addition, which is filled with German facts, landscapes and ancient landmarks-is a complete package of learning and fun. Because you trade things like wool, stone, wood, etc- makes it a perfect addition to a Waldorf lesson plan. As Waldorfers use real materials like wood and wool to teach their children, their first exposure to the concept of money and buying is really preserved in a pre-step to monetary exchange in this game. It is a long game, about 3 hours, however it is not critical to finish it all at once and I was really surprised when my seven year old joined in and instantly understood the concept of trading. I am excited about the new Catan Geographies that will be coming out soon. This is a great intro to money-I am still planning on getting the game Monopoly or Life, sometime in the future. But until then, we cannot wait to play Catan-again and again!
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