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We love Legos.  We have way too many on some days–like when they are left loose on the floor.  On other days, we don’t have enough–or not enough of certain parts.  The point is we have lots of Legos.  We use them for play and we use them for learning.  Legos have been used for math lessons, science lessons, special Maker Faire projects, and robotics.  Legos have been combined with Snap Circuits, LittleBits, and parts taken out of old/broken electronics.  And, Lego NXT for robot competitions has become a serious hobby!  Both hubby and son have Lego NXT Sumo Bots.  We used to have the Lego easy reader books but now we have all kinds of technical Lego how to books and Lego robotic books.

Legos has become a family affair.  I like building by following directions to create structures and animals.  Hubby and son like building and tweaking robotic creations as well as doing remote control projects.  We keep our most special projects built and stored up high.  And, when we travel to family in WI, they have more Legos up there waiting for us! I must admit, we greatly appreciate the fact that my MIL kept all of the Lego sets with their directions from my hubby and his brother’s childhood.  Thus, Lego is more than play, its family bonding, and it’s definitely fun learning too.

Sadly, many don’t realize the learning potential of Legos and only view them as expensive building toys.  Well, I hope my post will open people’s mind to the unlimited use of Legos.  In fact, many people are unaware that Lego has an educational site separate from their traditional site.  And, homeschoolers can make purchases from there just like any other educational institution.  Lego even has some sets as home school bundles.  Here is the Lego educational site: https://education.lego.com/en-us/lesi/homeschool/homeschool-solutions  Please note that sometimes Homeschool Buyers Coop will have a group discount on various Lego Educational kits.  You can often find bulk lots of Legos on eBay or Craigslist for cheaper too.  And there are even places to buy Legos by individual pieces such as Brick Link.

There is even curriculum out there specifically for Legos as well as neat building projects for kids (or adults) to recreate.  The following are some good ones we have played with:

There are even blogs filled with ideas specifically on homeschooling with Legos.  Yes, you can use Legos for reading, writing, math, science, and engineering lessons.  Hopefully, at least one of these will inspire some great Lego creativity for you and your family:

Pinterest is also loaded with Lego homeschooling ideas:

In addition to traditional sets for building, Lego has several ways to teach robotics such as Lego WeDo, Lego NXT, and Lego EV3.  And, you can even use Scratch (free computer programming from MIT)  with Lego WeDo.  Homeschoolers can also participate in various Lego competitions such as Lego Sumobot, Lego Battlebot, Robofest, EARLY, Jr. FLL, FLL, First Tech Challenge, and Robot Olympiad.

Now, go build something and add Lego to your homeschooling day!

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