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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Professor Noggin’s Wonders of Science – educational card game combining, trivia, multiple choice and true or false.
- Science Ninja’s Valence – teaches chemistry the fun way! Created by a rocket scientist and alternate energy expert. For all ages.
- Professor Noggin’s Earth Science – card game teaching earth science using trivia, multiple choice and true or false. Also available: Professor Noggin’s Human Body, Professor Noggin’s Life in the Ocean.
- Rock On! – Geology game which comes with a rock and mineral collection.
- Elementeo – Chemistry card game where you create compounds, win electrons and explore the periodic table.
- Dr Microbe Science Speed Logic – a board game for the whole family. Race to get the right microbes, follow the research rules and use logic to find out the missing microbes you need.
- Dr Beaker Science Speed Logic – a board game for the whole family. Race to rearrange molecules and match the formula.
- Escape Evil – Chemistry board game for ages 8+.
- Wildcraft! – learn about herbs, edible plants and medicinal plants as you and your children play. Ages 4+.
- Into The Forest – nature board game for ages 7+. Learn about the food chain in the forest.
- Bird Bingo – learn all about bird species with this game. Great family game. Ages 3+. Also available – Wildlife Bingo, Wildflower Bingo, Nature Bingo, Ocean Bingo.
- Ion: A Compound Building Game – great and accurate chemistry game teaching how ions bond to make ionic compounds.
- Herd Your Horses – do you have a child who is mad about horses? This is the perfect game. Learn about horse breeds and ranch life with multi-level play.
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,
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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.