Ok, so it’s likely many, many people knew other than me! In case you’re totally living under a rock and don’t know anything about it, or you just haven’t played yet here is a summary. It’s really fun. This coming from a person who pretty much goes against the majority of all things “trendy.”
We are actually learning some good skills from the game. The boys have had some Pokemon cards for a while now and not really played with them. Now they are playing with the cards a bunch and asking friends to bring their cards over too. They are comparing (reading) the names of the Pokemon in the app with the ones on their cardsor in the TV show. They are playing Pokemon in real life with their friends too, rolling around on the floor and pretending to be different creatures with unique powers. When we are out and about we often turn on the app and catch what we can or walk to hatch an egg, or keep an eye on the map for nearby Pokestops. Since we’re wading further into the unschooling pool these days I can easily see the learning in the game. I know some of you like to hear those good ol’ words like reading, writing and arithmetic though so here you go:
They are reading the names of the Pokemon and their powers.
They are using the app to learn map skills to find nearby Pokestops or Gyms.
They are learning to convert miles from kilometers in order to know how far we need to walk to hatch an egg. Also estimating distances.
They are counting and estimating the number of Pokemon they need to trade in to evolve or power up a Pokemon.
They are counting and estimating the number of pokeballs we need to have.
They are learning how best to take turns and negotiate time playing the app.
We are making Pokemon related origami.
So, no real writing involved I guess, but all of the above and probably other stuff I forgot are really great things to work on, all the while just having fun playing a game.