My 8-year-old son loves Minecraft. I wanted to find a way to incorporate his passion for Minecraft and for gaming into our homeschooling. I’m not a gamer, so I researched online. Thankfully, I found Minecraft Homeschool.
In Minecraft Homeschool, the students start the week by logging into the website for their assignments. A weekly assignment would either be watching 1 or 2 online videos or reading an online article (links provided on the website). The students will then answer a short quiz about their topic for that week. After answering the online quiz, they can join their class server to do their assigned individual and team builds. Students coming from different parts of the world communicate by in-game chat or TeamSpeak. Classes run for 5 weeks.
Last January, my son joined the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World Lite Class. (It was his first Minecraft Homeschool class and I just wanted him to try it and enjoy so we opted for the Lite class which is not graded. Advanced classes, which are graded, are also offered.) Of all the homeschooling that we did then, Minecraft Homeschool was his favorite by far! Everyday, he looked forward to joining the server, making his builds and chatting with his classmates. With the assigned viewing and reading, I had to sit with him and sometimes help him understand. But when it came to playing and building in Minecraft, he was having fun and learning (yay!).
During a dinner with extended family, my son wanted to talk about Minecraft Homeschool. I started to explain to the grown-ups what it was. Then, we were all surprised when he said, “We built the Statue of Zeus, Colossus of Rhodes, the Great Pyramid, Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Lighthouse of Alexandria, Temple of Artemis and the Mausoleum.”