As a homeschool mom, the highlight of my day is when fun collides with learning! It is a win-win situation! My kids are enjoying themselves and gaining knowledge at the same time. As an educator, what more could you ask for?
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That is exactly what happened when I pulled out the À La Carte Projects from Home School in the Woods! Most recently we have been using some of their history file folder games. The excitement began before we even began playing the games!
Printable History File Folder Games
The file folder games are digital downloads. I had them downloaded and was printing them in no time! As soon as the pages began shooting out of the printer, the kids started asking to play the games!
I elicited the kids help and had them color some of the game boards and game pieces. As we prepped the games, they continually asked when they were going to get to play! They wanted to know the directions. They wanted to know the object of the games! They wanted to know when…exactly…the could start playing them!
Once the coloring was complete, I began assembling the games. The pdf files contain step-by-step instructions on how to assemble each of the games. In order to assemble the games, you will need supplies such as file folders, glue, and scissors. I also used my paper cutter and my laminator. (Laminating is not required, but I like to laminate everything I can for durability purposes).
Fun, Hands-on History
The next, and most fun step, is to play the games. My kids have thoroughly enjoyed the file folder games. And, they are learning all about history at the same time! It is amazing how much more they retain when they learn the material in a fun, hands-on, interactive manner! So, perhaps you’re wondering what exact file folder games we have been playing.
The War to End All Wars: This file folder game is a game of strategy involving the battlefields of World War I. My boys were intrigued with the tactics of trench warfare and the new military inventions of the era.
Tomb Dash!: This file folder game pairs wonderfully with Ancient Egyptian studies. It was hands-down our most favorite game! The kids worked together to beat the timer by answering questions from the era and gathering artifacts before the walls of the pyramid collapsed. It was high intensity fun for my adventure-loving boys!
Westward, Ho!: This file folder game is perfect for those learning about the early 19th century in America. My boys answered questions about the era in order to gather the necessary supplies for their journey. After choosing their trail, they continued to answer questions as they moved along their route headed to the Wild, Wild, West!
Get Your Kicks on Route 66: This file folder game is an excellent supplement for those learning about the early American time periods from the Industrial Revolution through the Great Depression. The kids moved along Route 66 in their jalopies by answering questions about the era!
Name That State!: This file folder game is so simple, but so effective! It is a great way to drill the state names, shapes, capitals, abbreviations, regions, and more! The game can be adapted for beginners or more advanced players. My kids thoroughly enjoyed the competition in “claiming” their states!
I can’t begin to express how happy it makes me to see my children having fun while learning! Honestly, to me, it is one of the best parts of homeschooling!
Add More Fun to Learning:
Want to add more fun to your homeschool? Be sure to check out all of the À La Carte Projects from Home School in the Woods. And, it’s not just history! They’ve got literary, music, art, and Bible projects as well!
Compared to their larger studies, which come already filled with many different project options, the À La Carte projects are small, “bite-size” activities allowing the teacher to pick and choose exactly what they want for their current schooling needs. With dozens already available, Home School in the Woods has many, many more À La Carte projects are planned for the near future!
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