I am a bibliophile. There! I admitted it publicly. I am passionate about reading books for facts, information, and fun. However, throughout 15 years of homeschooling I have found that sometimes a game or interactive device can be used to help kids understand subjects. It was hard for me to admit. But, once I decided that I did not need to be the “fountain of all wisdom” for my children, I actually became sort of excited about exploring the possibilities and wisdom of using computers. I set out to find the best apps on the internet.
So, today I’d like to introduce you to my very favorite internet site for educational games, apps, and research in nearly every subject area: www.mrnussbaum.com. Mr. Nussbaum is a genius at making educational concepts fun for students from Pre-k through middle school. But, this site is SO much more than just a “games portal”. Mr. Nussbaum has worksheets, art projects, printables, research, and much more! It is subdivided in an easy-to-navigate and intuitive fashion. The website is divided by both subject matter (math, language arts, social studies, geography, and science) as well as grade level.
You’ll find links to 167 educational games. I am very particular about the content of games. I don’t like “twaddle” or time-wasters. Mr. Nussbaum’s games are both fun AND educational. Not only that, you can use the games in what I call a “ladder” fashion. For instance, your kindergartner can learn the foundation of the alphabet, then add some phonics, then blending sounds, some reading of simple words and finally, stories. You can do it all with games on Mr. Nussbaum’s website. It’s so easy (and inspiring) to envision adding these games to your curriculum to insure that your students are sequentially grasping important concepts.