Do you remember back in the days before all these electronics were a thing? You’d bring a friend home from school and you’d chat in your room, do your homework, and then sit across from each other playing Dream Phone and drinking Kool-Aid.
I’m totally showing my age but that’s OK, those days were awesome. Parents didn’t have to worry about what their kids were being exposed to on Youtube that day, or what they may stumble upon accidentally online. Their kids were busy playing Operation, and Mousetrap in the living room.
Whenever I go back to New York and visit one of my Aunts I get sucked into a world of nostalgia. She still has every one of the board games my cousins and I played in the 80’s and 90’s. I’m talking old school versions of the most awesome board games. My kids had a field day playing with them the last summer we visited. It brought me back to days of family Monopoly games that lasted forever or rainy days with my cousins playing game after game at the kitchen table, me always wanting to beat my cousin but that rascal was so good at everything.
The point of this jog down memory lane is this, board games are awesome. Not only do they help make amazing memories but your kids will be learning way more than you’d ever realize and having fun at the same time! Here are some ways we use board games in our family.
In our house, there is always some kind of chaos happening. Whether the dogs are furiously barking, one of the twins is scaling the door frame, or my phone is incessantly ringing it is really tough to get a few quiet moments. One of the ways I love to take a time out from all of that is by pulling out one of our favorite games, grabbing a kid or two, and playing our hearts out. My husband and I use board games to reconnect also. P.S. I will own you in Scrabble next time, Bobby. 😉
Playing Board games have been one of the main things we love to do as a whole family. I love to see my sons face when he finally beats his Dad at a strategy game. With electronics taking over, and everyone having crazy schedules, playing a board game together as a family is a great way to connect, laugh and have a blast.
So how crazy is this? You can actually homeschool your kids by playing board games with them! I was first introduced to this idea by another wonderful blogger named Cait, from My Little Poppies .She uses games as an integral part of her homeschool week. Monopoly is teaching math skills, Scrabble for spelling, Timeline for history… you see where I’m going here. Once you start digging you’ll be amazed at how many high quality, educational games are out there. If you’re anything like me your wallet will not like you but you’ll be building a collection that you will use again and again to teach core lessons. I’ll be posting about our favorite games by subject over the next week for you to have a good starting point to make gameschooling a part of your homeschool.
Games have made our family more connected. They have transformed our homeschool days. When I’m trying to facilitate some extra practice in a subject instead of busting out the worksheets I pull out a game. You’ll see how you will become a partner in your child’s fun and learning rather than a teacher standing over them making sure they are filling in their multiplication table correctly. These are memories you’ll cherish forever. I mean its been 20+ years for me and I still remember those family Monopoly games. I’ll never forget playing game after game of Uno when I was in labor with Skyler, my oldest, to keep me from dwelling on the pain of the contractions. I’ll always remember the laughter and banter that goes on at our kitchen table when we are all together. So go ahead and toss those worksheets. Gather your kiddos around the table for some Scrabble instead.