Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Homeschooling Through the Alphabet: G is for Games!

We play so many games together that I honestly could not have used G for anything else!  We spent January breezing through a Gameschooling challenge; adding games into our homeschool day for the whole month.



It was a breeze for us!  We have always enjoyed playing games for learning.

I find that games keep our homeschooling days light and fun.  They help keep us focused and motivate us to keep on learning.

Playing Beat the Parents-- the boys did in fact beat the parents!

We've purchased many games over the years but we enjoy making up our own games too!  Just about anything can be turned into a fun game.

Of course we can't always play games... well, we could but it would take up a lot more of our time.

A few years ago the boys convinced me to add regular workbooks into our days and just sprinkle in some games here and there.  We try to play at least one game a day but even on those days we don't manage a game in our school day we often end up playing together as a family in the evening.



Some of our very favorite games for homeschooling include:

Scrambled States of America, Brain Quest States Game, and World GeoBingo for geography.

Yahtzee, Zeus On the Loose, and The Clumsy Thief for math.

Scattergories, Scrabble, and Spill and Spell for Spelling.

American Trivia and Presidential Bingo for History

Harry Potter Scene it 1 & 2, Ooga Booga, and Story Cubes for Language Arts

Ion and Animal Tracks Memory for Science.

Of course we have many, many, many other games that we enjoy playing just for fun or those that span several different courses at once.

You can read about Our 25 Favorite Family Games here:


And 25 More of our Favorite Family Games here.


Homeschooling Through the Alphabet:

A is for Awe
E is for Expectations
F is for Fun

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18 comments :

  1. One of our goals for this year was to include more games. It really helps build anticipation and focus and teaches them skills and knowledge that we don't always appreciate.

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  2. We've had so much fun with games over the years. We love mancala, yahtzee, scrabble, Mexican train and plain ol' dominoes.

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  3. We love playing games at our house.

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    1. I can't say I have always loved it; games were quite painful when the boys were younger but putting in the time to teach them proper sportsmanship was worth it.

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  4. add to your list.. settlers of Caton, wonky, saboteur and more. :)

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  5. What fun! We should play more games--educational and fun!

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    1. We go through spurts when we play a lot of games and then we seem to forget about them for a bit and then we bring them back out and remember what fun they are.

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  6. My family loves games. My husband and son loves all the strategy games.I like the just for fun games that don't require strategies

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    1. My middle son LOVES strategy games; he's beaten me at chess everyday this week!

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  7. We've been adding games to our days more often this year. I enjoy it and we involve dad, too.

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    1. Yeah, I find it's a great way to include my husband with what we're learning about.

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  8. I love using games in our days! I do have to admit, that we have been slacking. I am going to make it a goal to play one game a day for the next month...and I have to look at some of those games you have listed for adding to our collection!

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  9. Love these ideas! My son is in high school now, but I'm going to put some of your ideas to work!

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