Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Who Loves Lego? Homeschoolers do!

We love lego in our homeschooling household!

This creation took two of my boys over an hour to construct. I'm not entirely sure what it is but hey, it looks great!

Lego is a brilliant teaching tool whether it be megabloks (as pictured), duplo, lego or any other imitation lego brand. It teaches skills that overlap every curriculum area and can be used in hundreds of different ways.

Here are some of the ways we use lego with our kids aged 0 - 6.

Lego for maths

  • Sorting & classifying (e.g colour, shape, size)
  • Measurement (e.g line up or stack different sized blocks, measure & record results)
  • Words such as length, width, tall, short, wide, 
  • Patterning
  • Counting and ordering (e.g groups to find the largest group)
  • Addition and Subtraction
I also discovered these lego worksheets for simple addition and subtraction.

 Lego for creativity & art
  • With normal lego bricks the creative possibilities are endless
  • Creativity and allowing creative expression is ALWAYS educational 
  • Add some lego figurines or little people or extra doors and windows pieces to extend options
  • Lego can also be used as stampers for art - dip in paint and stamp away!

 Lego for physics (and structural engineering)
  • Ask questions: How can you balance this? Will it tip over? Why do think it might tip over?  

Lego for literacy
  •  If the lego is getting a good workout and the kids are being particularly enthusiastic and creative I get them to write a few sentences about their creation encouraging lots of describing words.
  • I may also get them to illustrate their sentences 

These are just some of the ways that we use lego for homeschooling. There are hundreds of different ways lego can be used for learning so this is merely the tip of the iceberg.

So.....How do you use lego for homeschooling?

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