Every now and then in your homeschool you will have one of “those” days. Everyone is edgy, or nothing seems to be going right, or there is stress elsewhere in the family and it is affecting everyone. Every now and then it can be helpful to keep the books and programmed curriculum on the shelf, and take a day to play. Don’t think I am necessarily advocating a day off academics completely (although that can have a place too). I am talking about having a day to remind everyone-including Mom- how much we love being together as a family, and why we chose to homeschool in the first place. One of the highest goals in our home was to love learning, and have joy in our time together. That is not possible if we are so busy being “school-marms” that we forget that we are teaching our children whether or not we are “teaching” them. It is so important that we show them how to have fun as well as how to work!
Here are some of our favorite games for various academic subjects.
Scrabble by Milton Bradley
UpWords by Milton Bradley
Password by Milton Bradley
Whiz Kids by Discovery Toys
ABSeas by Discovery Toys
Brainy Daze by The Learning Cottage
puzzles- both tabletop jigsaw and 3D
Five-State Rummy by School Zone Publishing Corp.
USA Bingo by Trend Enterprises
Dem Bones by The Learning Cottage
Go to the park, have a picnic, and draw. (Okay. Not really a game, but a great way to decompress!)
Made for Trade by Astroplay
Risk by Hasbro Games
Constitution IQ by National Center for Constitutional Studies
Blokus by Educational Insights
Labrynth by Ravensburger
Labyrinth by Ravensburger
Q-Bitz by MindWare
Just about anything from ThinkFun
Just for fun:
Apples to Apples or Apples to Apples, Jr. by Out of the Box
Blink by Out of the Box
Twister by Hasbro
Leverage by Milton Bradley
What is your favorite way to let your hair down as a family?