5 Reasons to Use Games to Help Children Learn

Sponsored by Night Zookeeper

Whether you call it gameschooling, gamified learning, or gamification, it’s clear that using games to teach children different subjects can be a… *ahem* game-changer. 

But what exactly is gamification? 

Gamification adds games or gamelike elements to something (such as a task) to encourage participation to enhance the learning process, creating a more interactive and motivating learning experience for children. 

According to Finance Online, gamified learning that is challenge-based has led to a student performance increase of 34.75% (2021/2022) and 67% of students state that they prefer a gamified approach to learning. 

Here are five reasons why gamification is a fun and engaging approach to helping children learn.

Gamified learning improves concentration.

Through gamified learning, children learn new content more comprehensively. Educators who’ve utilized gamified learning have pointed out an increase in overall focus, as games usually have a clear goal to achieve. Setting clear objectives for each topic covered can positively impact students’ understanding and information retention.

It’s fun!

One of the most challenging parts of traditional teaching is that many children find it challenging to engage with the activities and lessons, quickly labeling them as “boring” or a “chore.” Gamified learning eliminates the “boring” aspect of education by introducing popular elements used in the gaming industry, such as surprise challenges and battles, which constantly test their knowledge. 

Gamified learning provides more flexibility for parents and educators. 

Gamified learning allows for more flexibility for students, as these resources are readily available anytime. It also provides more flexibility and freedom for parents, as gamification often gives direct guidance to children, allowing parents to take a step back from homework duties!

It promotes diversification and accessibility.

Online educational games can be accessed anywhere, allowing children to connect globally to have a more diverse learning experience. Learning from others can substantially positively impact children with a more well-rounded understanding of specific topics, especially ones based on geographical matters, such as language. 

It allows for personalization. 

Games typically progress in difficulty, providing learners with personalized challenges based on individual aptitude, which differs from traditional learning methods in a classroom setting. Children can move at their own pace, which provides a fairer approach to learning. 

Overall, gamified learning is an accessible and flexible approach that lends itself to what children do best – play! And having excited, engaged learners is one of the best ways to make homeschooling fun. 

Before you go, check out some screenshots from the Night Zookeeper program. It exemplifies how fun and engaging gasified learning can be!

Night Zookeeper is an award-winning online learning program that focuses primarily on helping children improve their reading and writing skills by implementing gamified learning features to create a fun and engaging approach to the language arts curriculum. 

Are you interested in implementing a gamified approach to learning in your homeschool? Register for a free 7-day trial of Night Zookeeper today.

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