Homeschooling: Lessons You Can Teach Using Games

Games homeschoolers can use to teach their children.

It is a known fact that children learn more when they are having fun. As homeschoolers you have the ability and freedom to keep learning as fun as possible. Here are some fun games you can use to teach your children.

8 years and younger:

* Armed with a simple deck of playing cards, a child can learn concentration and strengthen their memory. Take all the cards and lay them face down on the table. Have the children turn over two cards at a time. If they match, they keep them; if they do not match, they lose their turn. After a while, they will remember where cards are which will help them turn over more matching pairs.

* Children can learn to play checkers at a relatively young age. Checkers teaches basic geometry because the child is learning the difference between a straight line and an angle. It also teaches a child to form strategies and to plan.

8 years and older:

* Monopoly teaches children how to recognize number value by rolling dice, how to count money, and they get practice reading the cards as well. It also introduces children to real-estate entrepreneurship by having them buy properties, and charge rent.

* Life is a classic family board game that has been around for generations. It mimics real life with paydays, marriages, babies, revenge, and chance. It involves spinning the wheel and moving pieces around the game board and instructions tells you what to do next. It gives children a peek into adult responsibilities.

* By playing Pay Day, children receive invaluable insight on the realties of working and paying bills. You can use this game to illustrate to your children that money really does not "˜grow on trees'. It is also an excellent game to use for teaching children to count money.

* Trivial Pursuit is a fun game for people of all ages. You can purchase trivial pursuit cards within history facts, movie facts, music facts and even current events for each decade. It is a great way to learn history and culture while having fun.

* Improve spelling skills with the game Boggle. The object of the game is to find as many words as possible by linking adjacent letters. This game includes a timer and writing pads for the players to write their words on. This will also give a child handwriting practice. Add the stipulation that if you cannot read their work, it does not count. Boggle is available in board game, computer and handheld versions.

* You can teach children history of different periods from the prehistoric right up to recent times. There are games you can purchase, were the player assumes an identity and attempts to achieve goals, while trying to maintain historical accuracy. Some of these titles are Empire Builder, History of the World, and Vinci: The Rise and Fall of Civilizations.

All ages:

* Although chess is a very difficult game that small children may have a hard time comprehending, many Chess grandmasters learned the game as early as five years old. Playing Chess teaches the child to plan and think before taking action.

* Scrabble is an awesome game to use the teach children spelling and vocabulary. For younger children purchase Up Words, this is an easier version of scrabble. You may have to help them make sense of their letters in the beginning to form words, but before long, they will be making seven letter words by themselves and beating you. The game also teaches addition and basic multiplication through adding up scores.

Remember, many games can be modified to suit the child by changing the rules or length of time played.

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