By: Krystle Crossman
Home-schooling your children does not have to be a grueling experience that leaves you both exhausted by the end of the day. There can be plenty of fun and games that will teach your child and keep them interested at the same time. This will make the rest of the day easier for both. While you and your child are playing a game you are building relationships, strengthening your bond, and also learning about math, reading, and problem-solving skills.
There are two different types of games that you can play with your children. There are cooperative games where you and the child and their siblings work together towards a common goal. Competitive games are where everyone is competing by themselves for a common goal. Both have their own pros and cons. Cooperative games team children team skills and how to communication. Competitive games teach them how to problem-solve on their own and how to be a fair player.
Some of the games that you can play for math skills are Yahtzee, 24, or True Math. For reading skills you can play Scrabble or Scattergories. You don’t have to be so obvious though and can play other types of games that will give kids a little education while still being fun. They can play I-Spy, they can look at books that have hidden pictures within a larger picture, or even play a game like Mindtrap. Puzzles are great too because they have to problem-solve, recognize patterns and shapes, and help them to recognize the shapes of letters while they are reading.
Every week you can set up a family game night to play these kinds of games all together so that they know that it’s not just for school. While in school make the game a part of the lesson plan so that they can take a break from hard work and have a little fun.