Homeschooling: Here are the best online educational games for kids
This quarantine life has parents on their wits end. Whether you’re furloughed, working from home, or essential personnel, you’re now balancing that situation with becoming your child’s teacher. Sure, they’re getting work from school to do, and some may even be having Zoom classes, but that’s not the same.
If your child is struggling with this new homeschool lifestyle, we get it. If you’re struggling to become a homeschool teacher, we get it. So why not try to add some fun into the mix? Not only does it help teach your kids what they need to learn, but it helps keep them busy even outside of school hours.
For those kids who work better with a little more hands on learning, these online games help teach kids the lessons they’re struggling to learn from their computer. Give your child the opportunity to learn through educational video games!
Baamboozle is an educational gaming platform like Kahoot but students don’t need their own devices to play. This makes it super easy to play games with your whole class, either in person or online. There are more than 500,000 pre-made games to choose from, covering every topic imaginable.
Beyond games you’ll find it to be seriously useful for icebreakers, social emotional check-ins, brain breaks, scavenger hunts and all sorts of fun activities that get students in the right mood to learn. You can make your own games for free and students of all ages seem to love it.
Designed for grades K-8, Funbrain offers digital books and great games for your kids to read and play. Whether you got a 1st grader who needs help with addition, or a 7th grader who’s struggling to learn where every country is, there’s a game for them to practice their skills in a fun way.
PBS Kids Games
No matter what show your child loves, there’s a plethora of games themed around it. Sesame Street, Arthur, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, or even Splash and Bubbles, there’s games for all shows. Each game offers a great lesson with it, just like the show its based on.
BrainPOP & BrainPOP Jr.
The educational video website offers videos in every subject matter. Whether you’re trying to learn the basics of computer science, or need a human anatomy lesson, there’s a video, quiz, and fun activities waiting for you. There’s even a separate site for younger learners, that gives them the chance to learn the beginnings of big subjects. Plus, it’s free during the shutdown.
Focusing on english and math games, Turtle Diary has a variety of games teaching younger students what they need to know about those two subjects. From money math, to spelling, to typing assistance, there’s games for grades PreK-5 on here.
Being cooped up is fun for no one, so GoNoodle’s fun games get both brains and bodies moving with fun exercises. Even parents can join in to take a little dance break from the real world craziness. Just make sure you have enough room for your child to jump around and wave their arms.
One of the few games designed for K-12, this website has several levels of difficulty no matter where your kid’s math experience is. If you’re learning basic times tables, there’s room for that. If you’re getting into geometry, learning area and circumference, there’s levels for that. If you’re taking on statistics, there’s games for that. This website covers it all, and it’s free right now.
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