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    I am currently looking into different methods to keep my kids learning and stumbled upon this idea of using "drills vs. games" in addition to their schoolwork. I wanted to see what everyone's thoughts were regarding educational games and drills as an addition to their normal curriculum. What games do you like to use with your kids? Do you also utilise any drills?

    I recently mentioned in another post that we have been using a program called Beestar with our kids at home. We have also used relay race games to make learning fun as well. What has worked best for you?

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    ThinkFun has lots of fun toys / games. Other popular learning games on here that I see come up - Ticket to Ride, Apples to Apples

    Drills - I do use some drills, mostly when the kids were younger, to learn multiplication but also to learn parts of speech (think preposition list, state of being verbs. . .). You can often find facts like that set to music so, making it a little more catchy and easy to learn.
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    You don't mention the ages of your kids, so I will post a variety of games we played. We used lots of board and card games for learning. They are almost too many to mention. For example, here is a list for math:

    Board & Card Games

    Sum Swamp | Addition & subtraction from 0-6 (Purchase additional dice for an increase in addition problems or have a multiplication dice for additional learning later on.)
    Money Bags Coin Value | Learn the value of U.S. coins as well as the addition of combinations of coins
    Allowance | Counting money, money management, the addition of 2 and 3 digit numbers, use of decimals
    Monopoly | Count money, money management, addition and subtraction of simple 2 and 3 digit numbers, without carrying.
    Mille Bornes | Addition of simple, 2 and 3 digit numbers
    PayDay | Money management, counting money, the addition of 2 and 3 digit numbers
    Yahtzee | Probability, multiplication, and addition, learn how to carry 2 and 3 digit numbers
    Cribbage | Addition and multiplication
    Head Full of Numbers | addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
    Dino Math Tracks | Place value through thousands. It only an ok way to learn place value. Also, not all of the characters are dinosaurs.
    Pizza Fraction Fun | Understanding fractions from basic to more advanced levels.
    Tangrams | Geometry. There are many different sets of tangrams. You can purchase a set of tangram shapes and separate books with simpler and more complicated patterns.
    Uno | For young kids, good for learning colors and numbers. For older kids, if you keep track of points, learn addition of 2 and 3 digit numbers, with learning how to carry numbers.

    Books with math games

    Math Games & Activities from Around the World and More Math Games & Activities from Around the World by Zaslavsky, Claudia
    The Everything Kids' Math Puzzles Book: Brain Teasers, Games, and Activities for Hours of Fun
    Games for Math by Peggy Kaye
    Murderous Maths - They have a newly revised set for younger students which includes Brain-Bending Basics, Magic Maths, The Secrets of Sums, and Shapes and Sizes. These books are very entertaining and make for interesting discussions about math. This does not have lots of games, but there are a few.

    For language arts:
    Snap It Up - Phonics
    Magnet Poetry - Create silly stories with words on magnets.

    Mad Libs - Basics of grammar, reviewing nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs
    Rory's Story Cubes - Ideas to start a story.

    You can use Ticket to Ride, Risk, or Pandemic for geography. Timeline for history.

    I think you can see my point. Also, lots of games are great for critical thinking. Go to your local game store and see what looks fun and interesting.

    For social studies, I would also recommend the National Park Service Jr. Ranger badge program. While most people think of it as something to do when you are at the parks, you can also download the books and complete them from home and submit them for the badge. There are fun games in the booklets.

    Also, check out Kids can complete activities for badges. Some of the badges are scout-like, some are silly, and some are academic.

    Finally, not game focused but Chicago Review Press and Nomad Press are publishers that have great activities related to history and science.

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