If you’re a part of a Classical Conversations community, you know one of the best ways to review the information our Foundations kiddos are learning is through games. During the past six years, I have tried several different review games, some wildly popular with the kids, others…not so much.
Occasionally I will be sharing these various games for tutors and parents who need a few fresh ideas to keep it exciting. This time, I want to share a few simple yet favorite games both in our home and in the classrooms. Sometimes you just need something quick and easy, but it helps when it’s something everyone loves!
- Board games – this is the “go to” way of reviewing at our house. We are a huge game family! So to the kids, it doesn’t even feel like we’re doing school. Before the kids take their turn, they must answer a review question. Easy and fun, but it works! A few of our favorite board games to use with review are…
- 4 Corners – this works well for both home and classroom. Close your eyes and count to ten. The kids pick a corner of the room (numbered 1-4). Pick a corner’s number, and all the kids in that corner must answer a review question.
- Hangman – this is one of my “go to” games for the classroom, but it works great at home too. On the child’s turn, they must answer a review question before they choose a letter.
- Tic-Tac-Toe – at home we’ll play this on paper, but in class we would sometimes play human tic-tac-toe. Make a playing board out of masking tape on the floor, split the kids into teams, and away you go! After they correctly answer a review question, they may choose a spot on the board.
- Hot Potato – Have the kids sit in a circle. Grab an item…any item….give it to one of the students, put on the some music, and send the item around and around the circle. When the music stops, the one with the item must answer a review question.
Review games don’t have to be complicated. The goal is to get as much information reviewed as possible without taking up a ton of your day. There are some super creative games that are fun as well, which I will share with you soon, but I wanted to start by giving you a few that would be easy and effective. So stay tuned for more!
As always, I don’t share anything on this blog that I don’t know and love. All opinions are my own.