I’m not sure we could successfully homeschool without LEGO® bricks.
(I write this jokingly, but there is some element of truth to the statement.)
LEGO® learning can take place across all subject areas, ages, and interest levels. LEGO® bricks will speak to a child when nothing else will, and sometimes they help make a breakthrough to understanding a critical math or science concept.
Over the years I have written extensively about LEGO® in our homeschool. It would take you a few hours to sort through all of the goodness there.
Want the short version of my LEGO® experience? Here you go… the following are five ways I have had great success with these pesky (but oh so wonderful) little bricks in our homeschool!
Homeschool with LEGO®: Keep Little Hands Busy
LEGO® bricks can be used during read alouds, while you are busy working with siblings, or just when you need to get a few things done.
Give your child a prompt such as “Can you build a scene from the story we are reading?” or “Build me something silly, scary, funny, etc…”
Ask your child to build a scene from the time period in history you are studying, or a holiday that is coming up.
Tip: It really helps to be able to take your LEGO® bricks from room to room. Or, keep a stash of bricks in the rooms where you spend the most time.
Homeschool with LEGO®: Inspire Creative Writing
One of the most successful writing activities in our homeschool is always LEGO® writing prompts.
Simply use these prompts to get your child’s creative juices flowing. I have so many to choose from in the LEGO® area of my site – enjoy!
Homeschool with LEGO®: Cement Geography Knowledge
This is SUCH fun! Recently, my son has started doing LEGO® continents. By simply putting a picture of the continent in front of him, along with some basic bricks from LEGO® Education and large base plates, he is able to recreate continents.
Another super fun activity is to make LEGO® Landmarks. Find a flashcard set of world landmarks (or simply look them up online) and have your child recreate them in LEGOs. So simple and effective!
Homeschool with LEGO®: Make Math Fun
By their very nature, LEGO® bricks are mathematical.
A huge hit in our homeschool was LEGO® Candy Math. (Yes, they make candy shaped like LEGO® bricks – and you can even build with them, too!)
We have also built a Pi Skyline with LEGO® bricks, too.
Start a LEGO® Club or Class
BY FAR the best co-op class I ever taught was a 10-week LEGO® class. We learned about different building techniques, had speed builds, and even learned about famous pieces of art through LEGO®. You can download those FREE LEGO® class plans and teach the class yourself!
We have also started a LEGO® club – nothing fancy, but a TON of fun.
Many people also aren’t aware that LEGO® Education makes specific materials for homeschoolers. We have used these materials in our LEGO® club – everything from storytelling and robotics to math and science. This is a huge resource for homeschoolers.
Do you have a LEGO® fanatic in your homeschool?
Do you use LEGO® bricks to enhance learning? I’d love to know your ideas, too!