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Anyone have any experience with (or knowledge of) this homeschooling site that uses Minecraft as its spine? http://minecrafthomeschool.com/


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I had never heard about it, but it looks like something my nine-year-old would love.
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My kids would love this.  I wish it had more examples of the "assignments" and "quizzes".


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Someone shared this review with me:  https://www.facebook.com/TheLibertarianHomeschooler/posts/10152010464474424

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I am glad you posted this question because I had never heard of Minecraft homeschool  before.  I have emailed them and I am considering having the children attend the camp in the summer.  That will give us a feel for whether or not it might be a good fit for us.  The classes are only 5ish weeks long, so we will probably join one in the Fall.

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I know my kids would be thrilled with this but what do they consider "out of game" assignments, and how would you be "linked up" (for lack of a better term) for them to do the in-game part. Like xbox live??? IDK how I feel about xbox live... I also don't know if that's actually anything like what is used here

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You need to use the PC version of Minecraft.
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If I can afford it, I want to sign DS for the next intro class.
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Wow!  Thanks so much for sharing the link, OP!  I had no idea there was such a thing as Minecraft homeschool.  I know the age range on these say 5-15 and my son is 12.  We're going to try one and see if he likes it.  


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My son is doing the Castles and Cannons now and it's been great. The out of game assignments are videos to watch on various aspects of the time period, ranging from half an hour to an hour. He then has to take a ten question quiz that covers the out of game learning. Then he is allowed to go in and work on the assignment for the week, which involves building structures that are historically accurate and also creative. They are on teams and must work together to accomplish their weekly goals. The server is secure and the game play is moderated with logs reviewed daily and there is usually a "game master" available online to answer questions. (Game masters are older kids who have been selected for the position). Hope that helps!

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My son is doing the Castles and Cannons now and it's been great. The out of game assignments are videos to watch on various aspects of the time period, ranging from half an hour to an hour. He then has to take a ten question quiz that covers the out of game learning. Then he is allowed to go in and work on the assignment for the week, which involves building structures that are historically accurate and also creative. They are on teams and must work together to accomplish their weekly goals. The server is secure and the game play is moderated with logs reviewed daily and there is usually a "game master" available online to answer questions. (Game masters are older kids who have been selected for the position). Hope that helps!
Thanks for the information. How old is your son?
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He is 9 and doing the lite version.

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Thanks!
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Ok that is more enlightening. Is there different subjects? I'm thinking, what about math, reading, etc...?

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I have a couple friends whose kids have loved it. We're signed up for the next session. 

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This is very interesting! All of my kids love the game... I will to look into this further.

 

Edit: I just purchased two lite classes for my two older boys. If they like it, then I will purchase the advanced and graded versions, in all topics.

 

I will also use these two classes, to grasp an idea of whether my little girls would enjoy the challenges, or not.


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My son started his minecraft homeschool class this week. He is studying the 7 wonders of the ancient world. This week's lesson is about Greek architecture. He watched a slide show and a video. Next he went into minecraft to build a house using Greek architecture. When he's done with that he has to help the group re-create the Parthenon. If we email in photos of a local example of Greek architecture he gets an in-game bonus. This is the video he had to watch:
 
 
This is the 5 week class schedule:
CURRENT WEEK > Week 1 - Wonders Overview & Greek Architecture 
Week 2 – More About Wonders & Ostia Antica
Week 3 -Obelisk & Wonders
Week 4 – Colosseum & Wonder Build + Nemi Ships
Week 5 - War Machines & Wonders

 

If anyone is interested, here is the agenda for their summer camp:

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Oh, and someone said there's also this group www.whenyouriseup.com.

 

They may be a Christian group, I'm not sure. I don't know much about them but they're supposed to have some interesting class titles.


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Has anyone tried this one and homeschoolwithminecraft classes?  We just did the first class last week (I didn't get to pay much attention to what they were doing...dh was overseeing), and I'm wondering how they compare... we're doing the Magic Tree House:  A Knight at Dawn class now.  I'd love to do a castle and cannons class next. (we're doing the midieval thing here currently)..

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