Welcome to this week’s Blog Cruise!
It’s a well-known facts that many games, most games, if chosen well, can have educational value. But can you actually use games to homeschool?
The clear answer is, “YES!” and this week, members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew share exactly how they do just that.
Gwen @ Tolivers to Texas — Game Round-up
“For geography, a fast paced, competitive game like Brainbox World is perfect! First, you draw a country card and identify its location on our big wall map. Then you have a certain amount of time to study the card and accompanying facts. Throw the dice and answer the questions about that country. My older kids get the least amount of time to study the card…. you get the idea. It works well for my four older kids ages 9-14.
But, shhh…. don’t tell my younger ones who are holding the cards, the timer, and the dice …. they’re learning too!”
Jennifer @ A Glimpse of Our Life — Homeschooling with Games
Jennifer has updated a former review of games for learning that were created by another member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew.
Brittney @ Mom’s Heart — Teaching Preschool and Kindergarten with Games
“Consider the topics you want to cover in a typical Preschool or Kindergarten curriculum, and I guarantee you can explore it with a game!”
Alyson @ Family Style School — Games, Games Everywhere
“My family definitely bonds over games. They teach us good sportsmanship, how to have fun and they give us together time as a family.”
Tonia @ The Sunny Patch — Cruisin’ with the Crew! Adding some fun to our homeschool day!
“None of the games we play are very elaborate, we just use things around the house (though I do seem to go through A LOT of index cards!). Games are a great tool for reviewing subjects that your children are working on. And really, wouldn’t you rather play a game than fill out a worksheet?”
Karyn @ Teach Beside Me — Learning with Play
“We do a lot of hands-on learning fames in our house. My kids really respond well to them and we all have fun while still learning. I have so many posts dedicated to different learning games that I thought I would do a little “Round-Up” post of some of our favorites over time.”
Debbie @ Debbie’s Homeschool Corner — Adding some fun to our school day . . .
” I’ve often made my own games to reinforce what we’re studying. This takes a bit of time, but it’s the perfect way to review exactly what we’ve learned. Games are always a welcome alternative to a test!”
Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break — Game On!
“In history studies, we find that in most cultures and during most periods of history, we know something about how people – and children, in particular – spent some of their leisure time. When we find a tidbit of information like this, we like to give the game a try if possible.”
Tracey @ A Learning Journey — Making Math Memorable with Games
“Okay, I have to admit something to you all … I am a junkie! I am an educational game junkie! It’s the truth. It feels good to get that off my shoulders.”
Tess @ Circling Through This Life — Games: They’re Not Just for Fun!
“Education is a way of life for us. We desire our children to love learning. What better way than to play games that subtly reinforce or even introduce subjects we’re formally studying.”
Hillary @ Our Homeschool Studio — Learning Can Be Fun and Games
“I am thrilled to have a collection of great games that allow us to have fun (even if we are learning something stealthily). When Daddy comes home and asks what we did for school and the children answer “Nothing, we played games all day”, I call that success.”
Marcy @ Ben and Me — Just Playin’ Around
“Or if we’re just having a particularly difficult day (every has bad days, right?), I can usually salvage the homeschool day with a few games. “
Thank you for joining us for this week’s Blog Cruise. Join us next week when our topic will be Exploring the Great Outdoors.