One mom reviews homeschooling lessons that make learning fun for young Minecraft lovers of all learning abilities.
This curriculum is all about presentation. You won’t find reading passages or any text-heavy information on any particular subject. Rather, this program is setup to guide your student in their daily lessons and encourages independent learning in all subjects, including reading, handwriting, creative writing, math, spelling, computer skills, history, science, social studies, creative comics, drawing, and much, much more.
This curriculum is best for student-led interest learning. At the beginning, your child sits down and draws or writes a list of eight things they’d like to learn about. Afterward, go to your local library and allow your child to select eight books; four of them just for fun, and the other four on the following school subjects: science, math, history, and social studies.
Lessons are Special Needs-Friendly
One of the great things about this curriculum is that it uses a specific font to help dyslexic learners easily use the curriculum. It’s also a fantastic way to get reluctant learners excited about school, especially if they enjoy Minecraft.
Great for reluctant learners and special needs students
Children are expected to read a few pages in their various subject books each day and complete activities or assignments from the book as they go. In addition, the Minecraft curriculum has worksheets that can be completed before, after, or in between subjects. They are fun activities, most requiring some research on the student’s part.
For example, one activity prompts your student to look up a country on Google Earth and then create something from that country in Minecraft. I had my kids create a new Minecraft world on their computer that is to be used only for school. They’re also encouraged to learn about current events related to that country.
Other worksheets guide students in their learning. Here are some of the prompts:
- Watch educational films, record their thoughts, rate the film and write a review.
- Go on a nature walk and record what they see on a journal page.
- Compare items or events found in Minecraft with real word ones.
- Complete Minecraft building challenges to strengthen their engineering skills.
- Listen to classical music or audiobooks.
- Write stories.
In addition to the educational prompts above, there are also quite a few projects that are included just for fun, such as coloring pages.
This curriculum is available in a digital PDF format. After purchasing, you can download it directly from your Educents account and open it using your PDF reader. I prefer to print pages as I go, but I can see where some parents might prefer to take the file to their local print shop and have the entire packet printed and bound so that students can use it like a workbook, completing their assigned number of pages each day.
Children under 10 are expected to complete 5 pages daily, while those 10 to 17 are expected to complete 10 pages each day. However, I don’t think that this curriculum is meaty enough for high-school, but is best suited for middle schoolers.
This isn’t a stand-alone homeschool curriculum. It must be supplemented with textbooks or living books and online tools, such as Google Earth and Minecraft. Some prep work is required, but for parents who are hands-on teachers this creative curriculum can be truly effective for engaging young students.
Click here to learn more about the Funschooling with Minecraft Curriculum.
About the Blogger
Monica Olivera is a homeschooling mother of two and a freelance education writer. Her site, MommyMaestra.com, helps Hispanic parents get more involved in their children’s education by providing resources, tips, and opportunities. She is also the co-founder of Latinas for Latino Lit and the content creator of the Latino Children’s Summer Reading Program, the first national, online program designed specifically for Latino families. Her education articles have appeared in numerous online sites such as NBCNews, latinamom.me, and PBSParents. To learn more, visit her About.me page.