Gameschooling is gaining ground on living room floors and dining tables as more families realize the benefits of rolling the dice and following the rules for new and classic board games and video games. The rules for gameschooling for kids are there are no rules. There is no one way to gameschool, but there is so much to learn from games for kids. Treasure hunts at home can roll in math, critical thinking and reading.
Meg Grooms started her Facebook group Gameschooling (Teaching with Games) and website, Homeschool Gameschool, as a way to connect with other families who were using games as a way to teach not only math and reading but critical thinking, sharing, working with others and other life skills. Gameschooling for kids has become a hot topic online, with parents asking more questions about the best games for certain interests and special needs.
Rolling the Dice
Why did you start your Gameschooling site?
Many years ago my son was having trouble with subtraction. I printed a game for him and afterward he told me that he would rather play games to learn math. As a serial blogger, that gave me a huge idea. We started off as a tiny blog but have grown so fast I’ve taken the blog to a full-fledged website. It’s a lot of fun to do and my playtesters (my 6 kids and 2 grandkids) think so, too.
Our goal is to open the eyes of adults to see how much we all benefit from playing games.
What are the benefits of gameschooling for kids?
There are so many. Of course, there is math and reading, and other core subjects, but there are also so many games that teach what I call “soft skills”. These skills are things like memory, visual discrimination, motor skills. For more information, you can check out the benefits of gameschooling.
Gameschooling is also a great way to teach subjects you aren’t sure how to teach. Music Theory? Chemistry? Art? There is a game for that!
Gameschooling for Homeschool
Is this relatively new or have we been doing this all along and now it has a name?
Well, I consider myself to have coined the term, but I imagine some others used it before I did.
And, yeah, I believe this has always been a thing, but people didn’t realize how MUCH of a thing it can be. However, our goal is to open the eyes of adults to see how much we all benefit from playing games.
Who should consider gameschooling?
-Anyone who teaches, parents or watches after children, too.
-Students who need practice with “soft skills”.
-Roadschoolers who need something to fill the driving time.
-Families who wish to increase their family bonding time.
-People who don’t like playing games. We hope that we cover so many types and subjects that they can find at least one they like, or tolerate anyhow.
Best Games for Homeschool
Finally, what are some games for homeschoool that you recommend?
This is a very broad question & difficult to answer because it depends on so many things.
Here are two of my favorite games for each subject. You can see more by visiting HomeschoolGameschool.com.
Science – Engineering Ants, Phylo (Phylo is FREE! https://phylogame.org/)
Math- Happy Bunny, Dragon Times
Anatomy- Anatomy Fluxx, Virulence
Nature- Wildcraft, Camp?”
Reading- Zingo World Builder, Play on Words
Writing- No Thank You E.V.I.L., Dungeons & Dragongamess