Interview with Homeschool Gameschool
Meg from Homeschool Gameschool is producing some amazing stuff, and don’t let the name fool you her content is not just for homeschoolers! I love her reviews focused on what games can teach, and she has some amazing tips for ways to expand the teaching ability of games. AND, as I think you’ll pick up on in the interview, she’s just an all around good person!
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Tell us about your blog.
Homeschool Gameschool was born in 2012 when my son told me that he much preferred playing games over traditional schoolwork. As a serial blogger, I thought to myself “Oh! That’s a cool idea, I can add this to my other blogs!” and before I knew it HSGS took off in popularity and here we are. The mission of HSGS, which is my only blog these days, is to bring the world of tabletop gaming to the masses. We want parents and educators to know the value of playing We aim to encourage players of all abilities and backgrounds to game, this is why we go out of our way to encourage people to adapt their games & why we keep our space a safe one. (Check out her gameschooling 101 page, the BEST resources I have found on gameschooling)
How did you get started in the board game hobby?
Growing up in rural Pennsylvania we spent a lot of time in the snow. It wasn’t unusual to spend snow days alone with my siblings and our friends. We got 4 channels on tv if we were lucky, we couldn’t go outside, and a person can only read the same books so many times. Out of boredom, we reached for the board games. Board games were also frequently gifted. It’s only as a parent that I realized my own parent’s brilliance. A gaming child is an occupied child, an occupied child is a quiet child, and a quiet child means you get a few precious minutes of quiet.
What board games are you enjoying right now?
Our top favorite is Betrayal at House on the Hill, with Mysterium as a close second. I guess we like our games on the spooky side. Dungeons & Dragons is a favorite when our adult son can join in with us vis video chat. In the event you’re wondering, I’m a Hill Dwarf with the power to heal & persuade people to do my bidding. Basically, I’m a parent even in D&D. For more on Meg’s favorite games check out her favorite games page.
What got you into blogging in the first place? What keeps you around?
I have the city of Atlanta, Georgia to thank for that. We left our home in Central Florida for the suburbs of Atlanta in 2006. As we are an ultra-liberal family, Georgia was not kind to us. We had some very lonely years there and I turned to blogging to cope. I’ve always been a writer and had written for publications before, but this time I was able to share my own experiences in my own voice.
Blogging was a lot different then but it helped me learn how to curate content, how to speak up for myself, how to deal with my critics…these are lessons I am still learning today. I guess I stick around because I love it. I feel like I can really make a small change that could affect the future of education, or at least home education anyway. (she is totally succeeding in that regard, you be the judge, check out her Homeschool 101 page!)
If money and time were not an obstacle, what would you be doing right now?
I’d probably be shoveling poop as the owner of Rainbow Ranch, a place for unwanted, retired, and special needs animals. We’d work on rescuing and housing these animals, giving them a safe place to live out the rest of their lives. We’d have hamburger nights for the residents once a week, I’ve already decided, ha!
What is something that people would find surprising about you?
Despite my mostly jovial online personality, I suffer from multiple mental health diagnoses, some of which have necessitated hospital care. I am an advocate for mental health care reform, including mandatory coverage at 100% for as long as a person needs it with no citizenship requirement. Just imagine how much happier and well-balanced we would be as a country if everyone had access to mental health care without financial concern or stigma.
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