Educational Games – Learning in Disguise
Games are a brilliant way to build upon and put into practice those key skills taught through more traditional methods in your homeschooling curriculum. Added bonus, your children won’t even know they’re learning. We’d call that a win-win situation.
Learning through games is especially great for teaching those children who learn concepts and skills in a more ‘hands-on’ or interactive way. It’s also perfect for children who don’t respond well to traditional teaching methods – those with behavioral issues or those who are just reluctant learn.
Now, we’ve spent a lot of time exploring the topic (we love a good game here at ChristianBook.com/homeschool), so we’ve jotted down just some of the reasons we think a little educational gaming is a worthy addition to your child’s homeschool curriculum…
- Help little learners – Early learning games are perfect for helping develop a range of important aspects key to your child’s learning – visual discrimination and recognition, motor skills, memory, patterns and much more. Games like Memory and HiHo! Cherry-O are great at teaching pre-schoolers important skills like concentration, number recognition and more. Next stop: baby genius!
- Think outside the box – Games such as Words with Friends, Quiddler, Bananagrams and cryptogram games, are great ways to learn new vocabulary and pick up word definitions all while thinking a little more creatively than your average spelling quiz. Other games we love to encourage a little creative thinking in your students include Apples to Apples (this one is even a Mensa select game!), Scattegories, and Settlers of Catan.
- Making memorization fun – Instead of simply using flashcards as a drill to memorize things like capitals, states, multiplication and other basic memory-work, mix it up with a little trivia fun. Trivia games will help to inject some spark into topics or areas of study that your child may consider “boring” or tedious. Just sit back and watch how a little competition (even if it is just against a previous score!) can help to provide some much-needed motivation.
- Games for subjects – Do your children struggle with a particular subject? Dislike math? Try Yahtzee! Not get along with English? Break out Taboo! Games have a great way of presenting a topic in a new and often more enjoyable light for your children. You may find, that by trying a different approach, your children respond much more favorably to a particular subject. Who knows, it could become their new favorite pastime!
- Putting skills to the test (without a test!) – Educational games are a great way to discover what your children do and do not know – without the stress of an actual test. It’s a great way to find out if your children are able to take the concepts and skills learned through their curriculum and put them into practice.
- Promoting family time – Perhaps one of the more important benefits of using games in education. Games are great way of bringing the whole family together with an activity that everyone can enjoy. This valuable family time helps to build relationships and a little healthy competition all while providing a sense of inclusive fun (without everyone glued to those pesky electronic screens!).
So go on, crack open that dusty old board game, download the latest gaming app sensation, and watch as your children grow and learn through a little educational fun. We’re sure your children won’t have any complaints about the latest addition to their curriculum… everybody wins!
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