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Learning Through Play: Sneaky Math Games

Posted by Linda Schmidt on

When our kids are really little it's easy to figure out what an educational game looks like.  They're learning colors, numbers, spelling, etc., and there are a whole slew of great games that are overtly educational.  Below are some of my favorite games that are clearly about learning and reinforcing math skills.  (Shown are Math Bingo, Make a Pie, Math Dice, Prime Climb, Mobi, and Monster Math Scale) But what happens when kids are getting a little older, and they don't want to play games that are so obviously educational?  Is there still something to learn from playing games that seem like they're...

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Games we WILL be playing, Summer House edition

Posted by Linda Schmidt on

Tomorrow the family and I will escape the city and hop over to Michigan for a little while.  It's time for us to clear our heads and relax before back-to-school time starts for the guys and pre-holiday craziness starts for me.  Trips to the beach, cooking, reading, and bike riding will fill our days, along with plenty of time for playing games.  We can't wait!  So what do we bring with us when we head out to the country?  Here are the categories of games that are key for us. Light Games for Spontaneous Play If we're lingering after a meal or in the mood for...

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Games We've Been Playing

Posted by Linda Schmidt on

Greetings from the Schlemoine household in lovely Humboldt Park!  These past few weeks we've been getting a lot of gaming in, since both Andre (teacher) and Cyrus (college student) have finished up with school.  The two of them have been particularly busy revisiting a lot of older games that are no longer in print, as well as some more recent medium-heavy weight games.  They've been having a blast, even though Cyrus usually wins.  No need to feel sorry for Andre, though.  He remains undefeated in Viticulture, one of our family favorites, and he's finding some solace in that! In addition to head-to-head...

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Status Update #4 - Open for walk-in shopping!

Posted by Linda Schmidt on

We are welcoming customers back into the store with walk-in shopping every day! Below are the details, but please understand that we might have to revise this as we go along. Monday through Friday 11am-5pm Saturday and Sunday: 10:30am-5pm No more than 6 customers will be allowed in the shop at any one time. To assist us with our reduced ability to accommodate in-store customers, please limit your group to 2 household members and stay for no more than 15 minutes. If you need longer to shop or need to be around fewer people for any reason, we will be offering...

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Status Update #3 - Onward to the next exciting chapter of Adventures in Retailing!

Posted by Linda Schmidt on

Oh boy, so many things have changed over the last few weeks, I'm not sure where to start this update.  Scratch that, because actually, I do. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!   We're still here and doing pretty well, all things considered, and that's entirely due to all of the wonderful people like YOU who have shopped with us and offered kind words of encouragement through all of this.  We miss you terribly, and hope that you and your families are weathering this crisis as best you can.  We truly do have some of the best customers in the whole world.  Thank you SO...

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