How to Use Games in Your Homeschool

Incorporating board games into your homeschool changes up routine and makes learning more fun! Some call it gameschooling or play-based learning, but for those who are less formal, just once in a while saying, “Let’s play a game!” is a great way to encourage your children (and the entire family) to try something new.

Benefits of Using Board Games for Homeschool

There are benefits to including board games in your homeschool schedule, such as teaching children critical thinking skills, sportsmanship, and reinforcing their daily language and math lessons. Let’s explore that a bit more!

Behavioral

We all know the term “sore loser” and try to teach our children not to be one. But, it takes time (and intentional training) to help them understand they can’t win all the time and how to deal with that disappointment. Even more importantly, when they lose or stumble, we must teach our children how to pull themselves back up and try again, and then how to offer sincere congratulations to the winning player!

Family board game times are a safe place to model important moral and behavioral lessons, which can be as basic as taking turns or waiting patiently, without the fear of embarrassment or judgment.

Educational

Games push children to think outside their normal everyday lives, solving problems or puzzles that are unique and challenging. Telling time, adding/subtracting money, reading advanced words, critical thinking, forward planning, and so many more skills are taught through board games. 

Games are a great way to combine multiple disciplines into one efficient, but very effective, learning experience. This is something The Good and the Beautiful truly believes in, which is why we incorporate games directly into the lessons of our various curriculum products. Whether doing a matching game to practice sight words or completing a fact puzzle about the International Space Station, games make learning a bit more exciting!

How to Choose Games

By Subject

There are so many options for board games it can be overwhelming. Various websites provide reviews on thousands of games, many homeschool blogs offer ideas, or simply ask friends for their suggestions!

Your children may be interested in certain board games or topics over others. It’s good to start with games they like, and then to encourage younger children to expand into more advanced games and different topics in the future. Games are a great way to expose them to new ideas, industries, historical stories, national and world landmarks, and more. The list of options is nearly endless! 

Challenge your family to try new games. Borrow or trade games with friends. Make game time a special occasion, or simply pick a game that pairs well with a current science lesson or language course. Think sight words, storytelling, animal bingo games, etc. 

By Age

There are age recommendations on all games, but don’t be afraid to go above or below that with your children. Each child learns differently, likes different things, and can handle different levels of competitiveness. Sometimes game time can be simple and fun, and other times it’s nice to take on a more advanced game that requires strategic thinking. Important lessons are being taught from either one! 

Cooperative

And speaking of levels of competition, a good place to start with this skill for younger children is through cooperative games. A cooperative game is one where all players work toward a common goal and need to combine efforts to accomplish that task. A simple online search will reveal many options for these fun, confidence-building games.

Games from The Good and the Beautiful

The Good and the Beautiful curriculum (language arts, math, history, and science courses) incorporates many opportunities to advance learning through playing games. We also offer games that supplement learning that have been enjoyed by tens of thousands of families! 

Find the following learning homeschool games in The Good and the Beautiful Library by clicking the titles below or you can directly add them to your cart !  

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  • Anna Gravino

    I love reading your posts! Can you do a post about teaching children emotional intelligence? I would love to see future curriculum/resources from the good and the beautiful about emotional intelligence. Many experts now agree it is more important than intellectual intelligence. Thanks so much!

    • Customer Support

      Thank you so much for reaching out and for your suggestion! We’re so glad you are enjoying the posts!