Using Learning Games in Our Homeschool

I'm always looking for new and fun way to reach my boys.  Games and hands on activities are vital to our homeschooling days.  Today I decided to implement a few new games and thought I'd share them with you.

Catch a sight word--- I wrote a bunch of sight words on a small beach ball and Evan and I played pass.  Wherever our hands landed we had to read the words under our hands.  Not surprisingly his brothers wanted to join in too!

Our ball

Evan playing the game and reading his words
Clothespin drop game-- remember playing fun party games when you were a kid and you had to try and drop a clothespin into a bottle?  I took this fun kids games and turned it into a subtraction game.  I gave Evan 10 clothespins to start with; I had him count how many he had and then I had him try and drop them in a bottle.  He had to subtract the ones that fell on the floor and tell me a number sentence to go with what happened  (such as: 10- 6= 4 in the jar!)

counting his clothes pins

dropping his clothespins

counting them up to come up with his number sentences
Division Bang-  While Evan was working on subtraction his brothers worked on division again.  Using the same idea as the sight word Bang game that Evan and I played the other day I made up a multiplication bang game.  I took a bunch of Popsicle sticks and wrote various division equations on each sticks.  They had to reach into the jar pull out a stick and if they got it right they got to keep the stick.  If they got it wrong they put the stick back in the jar.  If they got the stick that said bang they had to return all their sticks to the jar.  I've also seen it where people have written Zap or Buzz on their sticks as well so it just depends on what you want to call your game.  We set a timer for this game and the one with the most sticks at the end won!

Our sticks

our container all ready for our game

Alec is so happy to be winning for once!

The boys amazed themselves with their understanding today 
 Evan thought the boys game looked like so much fun that he wanted to play sight word bang again so we pulled out his container of words and we played a game.  He did great with most of these 20 words that we've been practicing.  He told me that next time (Monday) he wanted to play memory again using these words AND the bang card and if you flip over a bang you get to take a card from one of your opponents.  I think that sounds like great fun and we'll definitely have to try it.

He beat me again in Sight word Bang!

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  1. Such creative ways to make learning fun! I remember when my oldest was young and her dad would have her sound out words on stickies for items around our house and if she got it right she was able to place the sticky on the item. My house was covered with stickies....and thinking back that should have made me so much more thrilled than annoyed haha.

    1. I used to put sticky notes on things like the remote or the tv and they weren't allowed to play until they could read the words to me... but yeah after awhile the "messiness" of it got to me. I should have realized that it was a short lived a time.


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