Homeschool

Gameschooling 101

Why do I homeschool?

Because there’s no way the above would be considered “curriculum” in a public school classroom. My 5yo doesn’t need a stack of work books (though we have a few and she enjoys them), she needs to play and create.

Have you considered “gameschooling” or incorporating it into your days?

It’s a thing!

Children often learn concepts faster when they’re playing a game, so this way of home learning — or supplementing — can be great for nailing down frustrating concepts. Children learn faster and retain more when things are relevant to them. If something doesn’t seem fun or important, they will have a harder time learning.

There are games for literally EVERY subject. Like these two games The Kidd and I have been playing for Biology — Pandemic and Virulence. Note how these also encompass being able to explain current events as they relate to virology and reinforce the reasons behind why we’re staying home and wearing masks when going out.

One of the girls’ favorite games is Sum Swamp. It’s a game of basic addition and subtraction for ages 5 and up. The great thing about playing games for school, is being able to adapt the game play for different abilities. When we play Sum Swamp, the girls use these colored wooden blocks as counters to help with the addition.

How often do you use board, card, video or other games in your home learning?

Looking for gameschooling support? Gameschooling (Teaching with Games) is a secular, safe and inclusive Facebook Group from Meg at Gameschool Academy that can help you find and discuss teaching with games.

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