Do You Gameschool?

Have you heard about Gameschool?

No, it’s not a place you drop off your homeschoolers so they can play and socialize with others.

It’s incorporating games into your homeschool. Games can be a valuable learning tool. After all, learning is supposed to be fun!

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What types of games can be used to gameschool?

  • Board Games
  • Card Games
  • Dice Games
  • Video Games

That’s right. Even the PlayStation, Wii and Xbox are learning tools.

 

Do You Gameschool?

 

Math Gameschool

There are many different math games out there. But, they are not all fun!

With the emphasis on fun, here are some math games to try:

  • Zeus On The Loose – Great for strategic thinking, addition and subtraction skills
  • Sequence Numbers – Helps with addition and subtraction skills.
  • Cloud Hoppers – Helps with subtraction skills, strategy skills and patience.
  • I Sea 10 – Great for adding up to 10. Players can use 2 or 3 cards to add up to 10, depending on their skill level.
  • Monster Sock Factory – Teaches the basics of multiplication as repeated addition.
  • Sumoko – Crossword style game with numbers. Great for multiplication skill.
  • Prime Climb – Colour coded board makes multiplication and division as easy as counting colours.
  • Speed – Improves skip counting to make multiplication easy.
  • Head Full Of Numbers – Great for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. All ages can play!
  • Albert’s Insomnia – Great mental math game. Can be used at all levels.
  • Minecraft – Teaches geometry, creativity and teamwork.
  • Hasbro Family Fun Pack Conquest Edition – Monopoly, Scrabble, Battle Ship & Risk on your PS4 or Xbox One.
  • Hasbro Family Fun Pack Standard Edition – Monopoly, Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit & Risk on your PS4 or Xbox One.

English Gameschool

There are many different word games out there for younger children. Everything from flash cards to sentence builders.

Here are some more ‘traditional’ board games for older children, teens and adults. There are even ‘junior’ versions of most of these.

  • Scrabble – every letter counts! Use your letters to make a word on the board. Great for spelling skills.
  • Boggle – go head-to-head with your family. The player who finds the most words before the timer runs out wins!
  • Upwords – put your letters on top of an opponent to make a different word and win extra points.
  • Probe – an oldie but a goodie. Great family or party game. Improves vocabulary.
  • Pictionary – definitely makes you think! Especially if you can’t draw! Great for the whole family.

 

Strategy Gameschool

Strategic/critical thinking is an important skill for our children and teens to learn. Strategic thinking helps us make good decisions and work out the consequences of our actions.

Some good strategic thinking games are:

  • Settlers Of Catan – strategic thinking games including resource management and negotiation.
  • Cashflow 101 – basic financial literacy.
  • Pandemic – co-operative board game rather than competitive. Players must work together.
  • Mastermind – a code-breaking board game for two players. One player makes the code, the other tries to break it.
  • Monopoly – buy property, earn rent, build on your assets, but make sure you have enough to pay your debts.
  • Chess – the game of chess improves focus, concentration and logical thinking.

 

 

Science Gameschool

There are some amazing science games that really help improve your child’s (and your) memory and teach all the science skills at the same time.

 

In Conclusion

Adding gameschool to your homeschool is an excellent way to teach your children without stress. If there is a subject they are having trouble with, see if there is a game you can make or buy that will help.

Mr 16 joined our homeschool at the beginning of May and has been amazed at how much he can learn simply by playing board games and card games with his sisters (and parents!) At the moment he is waiting for a video game to come out so he can use it too! (He also loves documentaries, but more about that in another post.)

Gameschooling has worked and continues to work for us. I hope it works for you too.

Let me know your family’s favourite games.

Enjoy the Journey,

Lara xx

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Author: Lara Galea

Lara is a freelance writer, blogger, photographer and homeschooler. When not helping others with their journey, she is either reading, binge-watching Netflix or creating havoc in the kitchen.

4 thoughts

  1. When I first saw the title of this post, I was a little skeptical – but this is a great idea! As my kids get older I will definitely be incorporating games into their homeschooling. 🙂 Thanks!

    1. You won’t regret it Grace. It makes homeschooling relaxed and fun! It’s also really useful if you’re having a bad homeschool day. Take a break, play a game and chill.

  2. I totally agree with the games and content in the “Gameschool” blog! We have enjoyed all kinds of classic games from our childhood to modern electronic games and heldhelds to and homemade games that we create on the go and impromptu. Gaming often seems to be one of the most engaging and information retentive ways for learning around here. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    1. It’s amazing what our children can learn simply from playing games. But, then again, play is the way they learn everything from birth to ‘school age’ so it makes sense to continue with it.

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