Games

Night Time Adventures!

It was 3 am and all I could hear was soft breathing. I paused for a minute before entering because I used to hate to wake him up! I felt irresponsible doing it, but then I realized it would be unfortunate to have my beautiful, inquisitive son miss the spectacular Lunar Eclipse taking place at that very moment. I gently shook him awake and

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One Man’s Treasure is Another Man’s Game!

I can still hear my son’s little voice begging me to play “Grandma’s Treasure” just one more time. Over and over we played it until I started to dread it, like when your favorite song gets played out on the radio . This game would keep him enthralled for hours – the deck of cards enable you to set up a treasure hunt with

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Cool Parties for the Summer

Like many parts of the country, we’re experiencing unusually high temperatures during these summer days. While we love being outdoors, it’s hard to spend time outside when the weather is so hot. If you’re looking for ways for your children to stay cool this summer, why not plan a party? Plan a Pool Party:  If you have a pool in your backyard, invite your

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“What Can I Do?” – Hobbies for Kids

With more free time during the summer, my rising 6th grader has been looking for a hobby. I’ve mentioned several to her, but none have seemed to interest her yet. This has led us to search for even more ideas, as we hope to find her “niche.” If you’re child is coming to you saying, “What can I do?” consider getting her started with

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All the Way Around – Learning Wrap Ups

Lately, my elementary students have needed to review their math facts, so once again we’ve pulled out the old flash cards and made going through them part of our school day. Although the flash cards are helpful, we’ve also been using a more enjoyable, hands-on alternative: Learning Wrap Ups. Wrap Ups come in sets of plastic key-shaped pieces about five inches in length. A

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Lesson Ideas for the Olympics

With the Olympics now in full swing, learning opportunities abound. There are so many possible lesson ideas and unit studies that correlate with the events in Vancouver, from sports lessons to writing to history and geography. If you’re looking to incorporate the games into your schooling, here are some ideas to help get you started: Host your own Olympics. You don’t have to do

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Geography Games

This year, my oldest son has been taking a geography class at our co-op. His teacher recommended the website SheppardSoftware.com to the students; the geography games are not only fun, but they are also very helpful when trying to learn the location and names of the countries and their capitals. My son has been using the site this semester and finding success with his

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Classic Games for Learning

As a home educator, you can take advantage of numerous educational games to supplement your lessons and make learning fun. While you could choose from the almost endless variety of learning games available in teacher resource stores and online, you might also consider some of the classic games you probably enjoyed as a child. Here are a few for you to consider: Hi Ho!

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Summer Homeschool – Make Learning Fun

Summer is generally a more-relaxed time, even if you are schooling year-round. One way to combine fun with learning during the summer months is to play games. While you can purchase educational games from teaching stores or online, you can also make your own. You can even involve your children in crafting the game before you play it. Here are a few of the

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Sudoku

The Japanese puzzle game Sudoku was actually originally created by an American, Howard Garns, in 1979. He called the puzzle Number Place. However, it became popular in Japan in the 1980s, where it was renamed Sudoku, short for “Suji wa dokushin ni kagiru”, which means “the numbers must occur only once.” It wasn’t until 2005 that Sudoku returned to America in force, where it

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