Learning Through Crossword Puzzles

Posted on November 23, 2007 @ 6:29 pm

I have never really been too interested in reading books or doing tests.  Sure I made it through school with good marks, but I didn’t really like it.  I really didn’t care reading things I had no interest in, or doing tests about stuff I didn’t care about.

The one thing that I did like when I was in school was puzzles.  For example, figuring out a Rubix cube, doing a picture puzzle, or playing a game of Clue were the things I enjoyed doing.  These activities made me think, figure things out, and look at situations from different perspectives.

Now as an adult, I don’t do some of the things that I did as a kid.  Instead I have found some other forms of puzzles to do such as Sudoku and crossword puzzles.  These continue my trend of trying to figure things out and making my brain look at things from different angles, while at the same time helping me learn new things.

Lately, I have been doing a lot of free online crossword puzzles.  I can do them when I take a break from working, when I have a free minute at home, and just before I go to bed.  Not only do I work on my spelling, but I also learn new things – without ever having to pickup a book.

I have been trying to make my own puzzles too, using a free crossword puzzle maker to do it.  This lets me look at it from another direction as well, from the creators side, and now I understand what is involved.  I think I will make a few and get my friends to try them – and see how my book smart friends do.

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