Schooling with Minecraft

Minecraft can be used for educating children. It helps establish that fundamentals can be fun, and makes school more enjoyable. Minecraft makes learning easy. It gives students viewable goals and a good way to reinforce topics.


In traditional school, learning can be tedious and boring, but combined with fun, learning becomes easier. Minecraft can add this element of fun with its creativeness and openness. David Elkind said the fun of play is “an expression of having attained mastery, and portrays in action the joy of being in control” (Elkind 137). Minecraft even allows people to manipulate it, making it more exciting.
Kids want to study more if they can see the result of their studying, and it is an enjoyable and worthwhile goal to them at the time. According to Holt,  “. . . we learn something from any and all kinds of experiences in our lives” (Holt, “Learning All The Time” 158). Minecraft lets kids see a short term goal, like building a castle, and completing it, so that they will not think their effort was for naught. It can help kids pursue and enjoy many different topics.
Minecraft can help kids study in many ways. A wide range of possible topics can be explored with it, such as perimeter and area math when building shapes, reconstruction of historical scenes, and even spelling with blocks. John Holt said, “Very young children children seem to have what could be called an Instinct of Workmanship . . . They want to make [things] as well as they can, not to please someone else, but to satisfy themselves” (Holt, “How Children Learn” 37-38).
Minecraft is the perfect element for incorporating fun and viewable goals into the school day. It covers a number of different topics for studying, like spelling and math. Minecraft is a key for making school fun and enjoyable for everyone.

Works Cited
Elkind, David. Child Development and Education. New York: Oxford University Press, Inc., ©1976

Holt, John. How Children Learn. New York: Dell Publishing, ©1967

Holt, John. Learning All The Time. Reading: Addison-Wesley, ©1989

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