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12-12-13 11:14 AM
Kreuger Yeah, I wouldn't push the paint thing. It likely exists from a previous club where somebody did bring in enamel or other noxious paint, or a simple prejudice. Either way it's not worth it.

Otherwise, it sounds like you are well on your way.

I look forward to seeing how your lesson plans develop.
12-12-13 12:27 AM
Deathypoo This is awesome! I'll definitely be checking back in for updates ;)

That age can definitely be tricky, though... I started playing when I was 7 (and we won't talk about how many years ago THAT was), and tried to get some of my friends going as well. Results were decidedly mixed.
12-11-13 05:34 PM
Wookiepelt This is unfortunately non-negotiable as far as the Head is concerned. So its only gaming. Models will be built/converted/painted by the kids (or their parents) in their own time ANYWHERE else other than in school! Sensible in a way as it simplifies responsibilities and insurance issues for the school.

The only "painting" item that is a constant is the annual painting competition where the kids will bring in their best model (presumably painted by themselves) for judging by their peers. This was the one that the daughter won last year and kick-started (re-kindled in my case) this whole affair with Warhammer.
12-11-13 04:52 PM
JAMOB I think that if they had metal models/stuff that their parents did/etc. then you could probably convince people to let them build because the stuff really is non-toxic. Just teach them about... glue safety... first. Then painting shouldn't be too bad.
12-11-13 04:41 PM
Wookiepelt
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what about the painting for art and improving motor skills?
You're preaching to the preacher here on this one!!! Not much more I can do at the moment...

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Wish you the best Wookie but one question? What age range is this for?
We're looking at kids between the age of 7-10 here.
12-11-13 03:31 PM
SwedeMarine Wish you the best Wookie but one question? What age range is this for?
12-11-13 03:00 PM
lokyar what about the painting for art and improving motor skills?
12-11-13 01:58 PM
Wookiepelt Never pick any battle with "concerned" public school parents... not worth the effort and aggravation unless there are extreme vested interests involved. Even then you definitely one to pick those battles carefully!
12-11-13 01:34 PM
Reaper45
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5. School will only allow the gaming aspect of it. No painting (supposedly toxic fumes by "concerned" parents) or modelling (OMG, they have to use scalpels to cut their toy soldiers?!?) due to the usual Health & Safety risk assessment issues.

Am I the only one who finds it ironic that GW allows 7-10 year olds to assemble and paint models in store Based on the grounds their products are non toxic.
12-11-13 08:36 AM
Wookiepelt Thanks all the advice so far. Its starting to feel very much like a problem solving brain-storming session on a topic close to all our hearts! This is one of the real reasons why I love it here on Heresy Online!!!

I guess at this point I should add a bit more background about the club here.

1. It is an existing club that runs for 1.5 hours every Friday after school and has been active for the past 5 years, lead by one teacher only (no experience in gaming, simply there to supervise kids in terms of discipline and general behaviour).

2. There are about 20 kids typically, mostly boys but with since the daughter joined, there are a couple more girls who have come out of their closets and are now openly and actively participating.

3. Kids in the club all have their own armies, codices, rule books, etc., typically from their past B-days & X'mas presents.

4. Bulk of them tend to be C:SM, Orks & Tyranids (from what I've seen so far when I go pick up the daughter).

5. School will only allow the gaming aspect of it. No painting (supposedly toxic fumes by "concerned" parents) or modelling (OMG, they have to use scalpels to cut their toy soldiers?!?) due to the usual Health & Safety risk assessment issues.


@Kreuger - You've just double my bedtime reading list! Nice! (no... seriously, thanks!)
I like how you've expanded on my initial brain-dump and help organise some of my thoughts. BTW, that initial list were items that would covered over a period of time, definitely not in one lesson! Being a professional engineer working in the subsea oil & gas sector, we have a tendency to look at the issues at hand, come up with viable solutions and get on with the job. The training in us doesn't really catered for the teaching side of things... especially not to 7-10 year olds!

@fatmantis - Agree with your thoughts and toning down of the more graphically descriptive aspects!

@Reaper45 - Definitely so on the topic of research but I am dealing with 7-10 year olds so will have to discuss this a bit with the teachers on the best way forward!

So my currently plan is now to organise all this into two bits. The first is to outline the overall objectives followed by breaking that down into the various sub-topics (i.e. rules, unit types, etc.) and then agree with the Head Teacher and Key Stage Lead on the actual contents for the "lesson" and come to a consensus on what is realistically achievable with the kids.

More on this soon.
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