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8 Fun Games to Help Your Children with Their Homework

Your children routinely seek your help with their homework.  You want to help your children in any way you can.  Traditionally, parents have turned to tried and true methods such as flash cards, but children can quickly tire of direct instructional techniques, as these are often seen by children as “boring”.  In situations such as this, creative parents turn to fun games that can help their children learn math, English, or other subject matter.  What follows below are games parents and babysitters or tutors can use to teach basic skills to their children.  Note that the suggestions below are listed from early learning activities to educational games more appropriate for late elementary education.

1.      Go Fish. This card game teaches children to recognize numbers depicted visually.  What does a “1″ look like?  What does a “7″ look like?

2.      Candy Land. This board game teaches color recognition.

3.      I Spy. This game teaches children to identify and properly name items in their environments.

4.      Operation. This board game teaches basic human anatomy.

5.      Monopoly and Monopoly, Jr. These board games teach your children basic math (i.e.,  counting money) and even a basic understanding of budgeting (i.e., if you spend money purchasing that next property, will you have enough money remaining to fund anticipated expenses until you pass “Go” and collect another $200?).

6.      Scrabble and Scrabble Jr. These board games teach English vocabulary and spelling skills.

7.      The License Plate Game. This game teaches children the names of all 50 states in the USA.

8.      Any of myriad educational video games such as Sesame Street:  Cookie’s Counting Carnival, Brain Quest, and LeapFrog online games.  (Note: educational video games often require interaction only between the learner and the technology . . . thus reducing parent-child interaction during the learning process . . . but educational video games can be useful instructional tools nonetheless.)

If your children absorb information best when it’s presented in an entertaining manner, playing the educational games above may be a wonderful opportunity for your children to have fun without even knowing that they are being taught!

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