Game-based learning isn’t necessarily a new concept; however, more homeschooling families are starting to incorporate it into their lessons. In the past, playing games didn’t seem very educational. Then, research and studies started to show that there were valuable benefits to using them. In this post, we will look at the benefits of game-based learning and how easy it is to include it in your homeschool! I also have a free printable game for you!
5 Benefits of Game-based Learning
Game-based learning increases a child’s memory capacity.
Most games revolve around subconscious memorization. Children are exposed to the following memorization skills when they play games:
- order of operations
- remembering how to solve the game
- memorizing particular sequences
- tracking narrative elements
Playing games helps with problem solving.
Problem-solving is an academic skill that is linked to other cognitive abilities such as critical and strategic thinking. In order for kids to fashion this skill, they’ll need to be given opportunities to work on it. Most games today require children to think pretty quickly. At the same time, they have to think about how to solve the game’s problem in order to win. This will also help them with logic, accuracy, and the ability to think creatively.
Game-based learning helps develop hand-eye coordination.
Whether your child is playing a computer game, board game, or working a puzzle – there is always a level of hand-eye coordination involved. Most people think this skill comes naturally. While it may look that way, some kids struggle with developing it, especially in the early years. Exposing kids to games that require them to naturally use hand-eye coordination will ensure they are fashioning this skill.
It accommodates most learning styles.
Some children are hands-on learners while others enjoy reading or listening to instruction or information. When it comes to games, you can use them with just about any learning style, especially those who like to physically move while learning. With the variety of games available today, you can find the perfect ones that help your kids educationally thrive.
Game-based learning helps with special needs.
Although there are many types of special needs, most will agree that games can be very beneficial. They help take the mundane out of learning and allow children with special needs the ability to understand at their own level. Some kids learn by working on puzzles while others enjoy computer-based games. The key is to find the type of game that works best for your special needs child.
How to Use Games in Your Homeschool
Consider games your child enjoys playing.
No need to look much further than the games your kids are already enjoying. Just about every game platform has educational games that you can purchase. From Minecraft to Tetris, you may be surprised at what you’ll find.
Slowly introduce new games.
Nothing says game-shock like springing a bunch of new games on your kids and expecting them to not be overwhelmed. Start by introducing one new game at a time that way you can gauge whether or not they truly like the game. If you find them loving it, keep it. If not, figure out which aspect of it isn’t meshing well with their learning style. This will help you determine a skill that may need fostering or a learning style incompatibility.
FREE GAME: Homeschool Doodle History Edition
History can be a tricky subject to both teach and learn. Some kids find it fascinating to learn about things that happened in the past. But for those who need an extra boost to help them learn, this game will help with doing just that.
About This Resource
Homeschool Doodle History Edition is a game similar to Pictionary. It provides you with cards that have different historical vocabulary words on them for your kids to sketch or draw out. I recommend printing the pages on card stock paper and then cutting them out. Stack them all together face down and have your kids take turns drawing one from the pile. Give them ample time to draw it out and have everyone else guess what the historical account is.
This game can be used to teach important concepts and subjects or test what your child has learned in their homeschool lessons. It’s fun, easy, and FREE! Snag your copy below.