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.
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, EarlyBriarpatch Super Why ABC Game PBSSchool Zone – Go Fish AlphabetAlphabet Slap Jack – a FunBriarpatch The World of Eric CarleLearning Resources Alphabet Island, Letter &Educational Insights Frida’s Fruit Fiesta Game,Deeplay Alphabet Bingo Game Card BoardPeaceable Kingdom Alphabet Bingo! Letter LearningLearning Resources Alphabet Marks The SpotAlphabet Bingo GamesPeaceable Kingdom Alphabet Go Fish Letter
ThinkFun Zingo Word Builder Early ReadingBoggle Junior, Preschool Game, First BoggleUpwords, Fun and Challenging Family WordQuiddler Word GameBananagrams: Multi-Award-Winning Word GameJunior Learning Spelligator, Multicolor, Model:JL100Hasbro BoggleWinning Moves Tile Lock ScrabbleWord Shout Dice GameEducational Insights WordicalEducational Insights Word on the StreetSmart Start Cheese Dip
LEARN TO READ GAMES
uKloo Early Reader Treasure Hunt GameLearning Resources Snap It Up! PhonicsBob Books Happy Hats Beginning ReadingLearning Resources Sight Word Swat aThinkFun Zingo Sight Words Award WinningLearning Resources Pop for Blends Game,Learning Resources Pop for Sight WordsSight Words Bingo – language building
ThinkFun Word A Round Game –APPLES to APPLES JUNIOR The GameEducational Insights Super Sleuth Vocabulary GameEducational Insights Blurt! Word Game, IncludesPressman Don’t Say It Where aRhyme Antics-The Hilarious Rhyming Vocabulary Game!Play On Words Card Game –Cheatwell Games Pickles to Penguins
STORY TELLING GAMES
Tell Tale Card GameSCS Direct, Tall Tales Story TellingeeBoo Create and Tell Me ARory’s Story CubesRavensburger Tell-A-Story GameAtlas Once Upon A Time 3rdDixitBrotherwise Games Call to Adventure, Multi-Colored
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 a game log. There is one avaliable in my FREE Guide to Gameschooling. It is perfect for logging the games you’ve played and easy to add into a homeschool portfolio if you have to keep one.