The Best Language Arts Games for Your Homeschool

Games have been a big part of our family long before we even considered homeschooling. Games are an excellent way to spend quality time together as a family.

Gameschooling” is something that I did not find valuable to our homeschool in the beginning. I found games valuable to our family culture but not to academics. I did not see them as a resource for learning.

That was until I Emily could NOT learn her math facts. It was like they would fall out of her head. I was so frustrated with her and myself. My husband suggested we just take some time off from “school” and enjoy the holidays together (it was the week of Thanksgiving).

We ended up taking from Thanksgiving through the first of the year off. While we did not do any structured school we played A LOT of games as a family. The one we played the most was Yahtzee (it is my husbands favorite).

Guess what? When we began school again in January Emily knew ALL of her math facts. Not even just the simple ones we were focusing on either, but more complex problems like 6+6+6=18. We all know that is from her playing Yahtzee.

That is when I realized games were not only great for learning but they were going to be ESSENTIAL in our homeschool. That my friends is the day we became gameschoolers.

Games are not only great for learning but they were going to be ESSENTIAL in our homeschool. Here are the top 50 games for language arts.

All games are educational in numerous ways.

Even the simplest games teach turn taking and losing/winning gracefully. I get asked questions all the time about games, so I decided to do a gameschooling series. This series will feature our favorite games broken down into subjects. This post will be all about language arts games.

ALPHABET & LETTER SOUND GAMES

 Learning Resources Pop for Letters, Early Briarpatch Super Why ABC Game PBS School Zone – Go Fish Alphabet Alphabet Slap Jack – a Fun Briarpatch The World of Eric Carle Learning Resources Alphabet Island, Letter & Educational Insights Frida’s Fruit Fiesta Game, Deeplay Alphabet Bingo Game Card Board Peaceable Kingdom Alphabet Bingo! Letter Learning Learning Resources Alphabet Marks The Spot Alphabet Bingo Games Peaceable Kingdom Alphabet Go Fish Letter

 SPELLING GAMES

 ThinkFun Zingo Word Builder Early Reading Boggle Junior, Preschool Game, First Boggle Upwords, Fun and Challenging Family Word Quiddler Word Game Bananagrams: Multi-Award-Winning Word Game Junior Learning Spelligator, Multicolor, Model:JL100 Hasbro Boggle Winning Moves Tile Lock Scrabble Word Shout Dice Game Educational Insights Wordical Educational Insights Word on the Street Smart Start Cheese Dip

LEARN TO READ GAMES

 uKloo Early Reader Treasure Hunt Game Learning Resources Snap It Up! Phonics Bob Books Happy Hats Beginning Reading Learning Resources Sight Word Swat a ThinkFun Zingo Sight Words Award Winning Learning Resources Pop for Blends Game, Learning Resources Pop for Sight Words Sight Words Bingo – language building

VOCABULARY GAMES

 ThinkFun Word A Round Game – APPLES to APPLES JUNIOR The Game Educational Insights Super Sleuth Vocabulary Game Educational Insights Blurt! Word Game, Includes Pressman Don’t Say It Where a Rhyme Antics-The Hilarious Rhyming Vocabulary Game! Play On Words Card Game – Cheatwell Games Pickles to Penguins

GRAMMAR GAMES

 Parts of Speech Bingo Game Miss Bernard is a Wild Card Looney Labs Mad Libs The Game Very Silly Sentences (DK Toys &

STORY TELLING GAMES

 Tell Tale Card Game SCS Direct, Tall Tales Story Telling eeBoo Create and Tell Me A Rory’s Story Cubes Ravensburger Tell-A-Story Game Atlas Once Upon A Time 3rd Dixit Brotherwise Games Call to Adventure, Multi-Colored

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Tracking Your Language Arts Game Play

Being able to quantify game playing as “school” doesn’t have to be hard. You can just keep track of the games you play. I reccomend using this free printable game log. It is perfect for logging the games you’ve played and easy to add into a homeschool portfolio if you have to keep one.

FREE Game Log