Minecraft…SCHOOL???

Em belongs to a Girl Scout homeschool troop. We meet every two weeks at a local conservancy center and while the girls are busy doing Girl Scout things, the moms sometimes talk or, in yesterday’s case, swap ideas.

I mentioned that Em loves Minecraft. And I do mean loves it. Right now, to the exclusion of everything else. Which in itself is kind of an “oh, duh” moment, now that I think about it.

When Dee showed an interest in art, I bought her tons of art supplies, whatever I could (and sometimes couldn’t) afford. When she showed an interest in books, I bought books too, lots of books. So I guess I’m a little late to the “hey, your kid is enjoying this, figure out a way to boost that interest!” party.

In any case, one of the moms said, “Have you heard of this educational Minecraft company? They have these six week classes they offer.”

Really?!

I looked it up. GameEd Academy – where learning and gaming collide.

I didn’t get much further than learning that an intro six-week class in Minecraft, one of which starts on 9/21 and runs through the end of October, was just $14.95.

There were others. This particular course is called Race for Space Lite. If Em likes it, then we will probably delve into more, there are plenty to choose from. Check out this list of classes!

INTRO COURSES

 

Intro level courses are designed for students, age 6 to 12, that have little or no Minecraft experience. They are also the perfect option for non-readers. For more information on Intro level courses please visit the Picking a Class page.

Price: $14.95 for a 6 week course

Session 1 – Race for Space Lite (Sept. 21 – Oct. 30)
Session 2 – Mad Scientist Party Lite (Nov. 9 – Dec. 18)
Session 3 – Einstein’s Space Lite (Jan. 11 – Feb. 20)
Session 4 – Castles and Cannons Lite (Feb. 29th – Apr. 9)
Session 5 – Redstone Academy – Lite (Apr. 18 – May 29)

 

CORE LEVEL COURSES

 

Core level courses are designed to complement or supplement your existing curriculum. The curriculum assumes that your student is comfortable reading chapter books. For more information on Core level courses, please visit the Picking a Class page.

Core-Ungraded: $15.95 for a 6 week course
Core-Graded: $19.95 for a 6 week course

Session 1 – Sept. 21 thru Oct. 30

7 Wonders of the Ancient World (Ancient History)
Castles and Cannons (Ancient History)
Voyage to a New World (U.S. History)
Trouble in Boston (U.S. History)
This Amazing World (Science/Geography)
Poverty Project (Science/Economics)
WordCraft (Creative Writing)
Stories Alive! (Creative Writing)
Europe – Isn’t it Influential? (World Studies)

Session 2 – Nov. 9 thru Dec. 18

Castles and Cannons (Ancient History)
Viking Victories (Ancient History)
Trouble in Boston (U.S. History)
Revolutionary Ride (U.S. History)
Discovery of Bones (Archeology/Geology)
Einstein’s Space (Science/History)
A World of Imagination (Creative Writing)
Journey to Kokoroe (Creative Writing)
Asia – Isn’t it Exotic? (World Studies)

Session 3 – Jan. 11 thru Feb. 20

Viking Victories (Ancient History)
Mysterious Maya (Ancient History)
Revolutionary Ride (U.S. History)
Underground Railroad (U.S. History)
Creature Planet (Science)
Redstone Academy (Science/Engineering)
Master Chef (Creative Writing)
Flight to the Citadel (Creative Writing)
South America – Isn’t it Interesting? (World Studies)

Session 4 – Feb. 29 thru April 9

Mysterious Maya (Ancient History)
Monumental Travels (Ancient History)
Underground Railroad (U.S. History)
Voyage to a New World (U.S. History)
Race for Space (Science/History)
Redstone Academy (Science/Engineering)
Build Your Own Adventure (Creative Writing)
Into the Valley (Creative Writing)
Africa – Isn’t it Inspiring? (World Studies)

Session 5 – April 18 thru May 29

Monumental Travels (Ancient History)
Castles and Cannons (Ancient History)
7 Wonders of the Ancient World (Ancient History)
Trouble in Boston (U.S. History)
Revolutionary Ride (U.S. History)
Poverty Project (Science/Economics)
Mad Scientist Party (Science/History)
Master Chef (Creative Writing)
Oceania – Isn’t it Unique? (World Studies)

Holy cannoli that is a lot of classes!

This morning I read about the founder’s story on how this whole company got started. I saw similarities in her story and ours – Em’s literary skills have taken off since she started playing with her friends on Minecraft.

When I mentioned the idea of a Minecraft class to Em she sounded so excited. I figured $14.95 was a small price to pay, so she starts on Monday.

Interested in learning more? Check it out here.

I will post updates!

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