Educational online games can be a solution to the age old question of "Mom, I'm Bored!"
My children love to play outside. During the summertime they enjoy playing in the backyard, or riding their bikes, or swimming in a friend's pool. But being outside in 100 degree temperatures for such long periods of time isn't necessarily good for them. So when I have them come inside, such as during the hottest time of the day (and in North Texas, that's quite a few hours on most summer days), I don't want them to get board.
Of course, there are always good books they can read, or I can read aloud to them, which they love. But since they also love playing on the computer, this summer I'm going to be suggesting they spend some of their time playing online games.
Now, I know that sounds like the Lazy Mom's way out, but these aren't just any online games. They're fun—yet very educational—games that might actually help my kids retain some of their math skills during our break from homeschooling over the summer.
Most educational online games I've seen are poorly designed, slow, or both. These games are well-done, fast paced, and what's really cool is that the kids can "compete" online with other kids (either in public or private competitions).
The games review math facts, states and capitals, synonyms/antonyms, homophones, spelling, and parts of speech—but in an arcade style.
So this summer, when my kids come inside and tell me, "Mom, I'm bored!" I just might say, "Go play on the computer."
And I won't feel guilty about it at all. Kids learn while playing these online educational games.
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