Playful Learning with Spielgaben ~ February 2015

Playful Learning with Spielgaben is our monthly post sharing Spielgaben in action!  If you missed the introduction to this series, you can see it here and also see links to our past posts. We were given the Spielgaben set to review and are honored to have them as a blog sponsor.  I will be sharing once a month a detailed post featuring Spielgaben.  You can also see my Learning with Ladybug posts to see what my daughter has done with this learning set!

Playful Learning with Spielgaben February 2015

Lessons We Enjoyed

This month we had more fun with Math Guide 1, Lesson 20. I took a small screen shot of the manual for you so you can see how the lessons are laid out.  They are very easy to follow and help me so much. I keep the user guide on my iPad and we use it for the lessons.  She likes that she can enlarge each step if needed to see exactly how something was built. it’s a nice bonus to a PDF digitally instead of printed!

We made a map together!  I adapted this lesson down to her level, the one in the manual was a bit advanced.  We made each small white piece equal to one mile.

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I let her create the important buildings she wanted.  In addition to creating our home for the center, I gave her some suggestions and asked her to pick the ones we go to the most, or she liked the most.  She chose Pet Store, Aldi, Church, and the Gym. 

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After she chose the blocks to create the buildings, we taped them together.

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We used labels to write names on them.  She also drew something for each one {doors, people, animals, etc.}

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Then we worked together to build “roads” to these places.  I told her how many miles each was from our house and she counted out white circles to represent those miles.

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Tape is our friend.  We taped it all down so she could easily carry it around and show her brothers and Daddy.  She LOVED this lesson!

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Free Play

This is a project she assigned to herself.  It took her a few days to complete, we finished the final part together!

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Mommy Inspired Play

I love finding creative ways to work on basic math skills with Spielgaben pieces.  It’s not hard and she loves anything math related right now!

I used the new balls and rods to create “numbers” and to create a plus sign.  We then wrote the numbers on sticky notes for her to choose from.

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We took turns making problems for each other to solve.

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It was really fun.  She even asked to move on to subtraction problems too!  By that time I had put the camera away, but do have a video here I shared on Instagram!

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Making a top to go along with our OP word family work

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See the brand new version 4.0 here!

I can’t say enough about the new storage system, it is AWESOME!


Lately in Our Life ~ It’s Cold

As I scrolled through 2 weeks of Instagram photos, to gain inspiration for this post, I found that life has been rather boring {aside from the one morning of nice snow for the kids}.  Not bad boring, but more of a chilly winter type boring.  I am finding myself with a bit of “we moved down south and I want it to be warm in the winter now!” attitude.  Even though I know full well that there are cold weeks even here.  I don’t like cold, can ya tell?

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Indoor Fun

My kids have been good at creating their own fun indoors, on days when it has been too cold or wet to go outside.  I “force” them to just go play often and they usually end up like this.  With something elaborately creative, and a huge fun mess.  I love it. As long as they clean it up.

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The cold weather has brought me some indoor fun too. Do you see that standing man below?  He has been hanging things in our new home now that he can stand and walk around again.  He’s still recovering but can function much more normally now!  My pot rack went up recently, as did many other things in the home!

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Decent Southern Snow

We don’t get nice snow down here often, but got a pretty snow that lasted through the early part of the day and was enough for the kids to romp around in and build a snowman, named….yup, you guessed it, Olaf ~ named by the youngest sibling.

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Personally, as a mom, I enjoyed the fact that we now have a garage and could undress them out there!!!  So so much easier than our old house! I am also secretly glad we only got a few inches rather than the 7-10 that was predicted.  It’s already almost melted and there’s a 65 degree day ahead in the 10 day forecast!  I can’t wait for warmth!!!

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Working Together

I have been working a lot behind the scenes.  You may have noticed a few new graphics sharing our Young Living journey.  This is because my husband has decided to join me on the business side of it and really work to build and take care of our team. This is honestly quite surprising since he was not at ALL into my oils two years ago. So encouraging to see how he has grown to really like many of the products and want to work on the business with me. One of his very favorites was shared recently on Instagram.  As well as one of his favorite uses for Young Living products – cleaning!

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When we moved down south for him to go to seminary, we lost our missionary income {our salary was paid by supporters}, and are now living differently. We realized that the foundation we already had with Young Living might be a great opportunity for us. We are following the opportunity and seeing where God leads us. Honestly I am just excited to work together WITH my best friend, my husband.

Don’t worry – this blog is NOT becoming an oil focused blog at all.  We have a brand new platform in the works to share that side of our lives.  1+1+1=1 is my heart and passion, as is connecting with homeschool families and encouraging them in any way I can.  This oily world will have it’s own place online and when it’s ready I will share so those of you interested can follow us there, and those of you not interested won’t have to hear our oily info!


Rough Life

Can I just be the cat for a few days?  Even just one day?

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