Playful Learning with Spielgaben ~ October 2014

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 October 2014



Lessons We Enjoyed

This month we finished up our work with Set 8 and began our work with Set 9. I took small screen shots 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 worked on Lesson 8-2 My Body Bones.

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Before we began the lesson, I got out a floor puzzle we have and we talked about our skeleton together for awhile.

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This was great to lead into the building of the skeleton with Spielgaben pieces!  She loved it!

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We also completed Lesson 8-3 Building a Spider Web.

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This was such a fun lesson for my bug-loving girl!

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We started our lessons with set 8, beginning with Lesson 9-2, Today’s Weather.

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First, we brainstormed different types of weather and then got busy building them together.

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Once building was done, I made labels for her to add some print awareness.

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She then asked if she could tell me a story about the creations!!  Sure honey, go right ahead!

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Mommy Inspired Play

She loved this one, mostly because she loves pumpkins!  I dug out many yellow shapes and put them in the bucket.  I built a pumpkin and as soon as she saw it, she began her own creations!

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Spielgaben has a special deal for our readers for a new upcoming version.

See the brand new version 4.0 here!

It will be retailed at US $449.50 which will be higher than the current version 3.0 since a lot more materials & processes will be involved when the product is officially launched. But 1+1+1=1 readers can own this new version for over 15% off with a discounted price of US $380 including shipping if you ORDER before Nov. 15, 2014.

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Prices are approximate depending on conversion rates. All you need to do to claim your discount is send an email to [email protected] mentioning 1+1+1=1 and you will be provided with a discount coupon!

If reading this after Nov. 15, 2014, Please check directly with Spielgaben via email for current discount available, prices change with version updates and conversion rates.

Tot School Gathering Place Week 94

Welcome to Tot School™ Gathering Place! Gather together here, gather ideas from other blogs, share your own ideas on your own blog. Browse around at the other posts linked up, leave a few comments if you have time, and be sure to check back to see if your blog was featured!

Each week we will feature photo{s} and ideas from blogs who link up. Remember, provide a link back to Tot School Gathering Place within your post that you link up, so you can be considered for the feature!

Tot School Gathering Place Week 94

The final weekend of October is upon us! Time to gear up for the holidays! Be sure to post your fabulous ideas and activities that you accomplish with your Tots and maybe inspire another Mama!

Does your Tot love cats and dogs? Head on over to Cutting Tiny Bites and check out the fun activities and ideas that Mama Ellen put together for her Tot Maggie.

Cutting Tiny Bites

Do you need some simple activity ideas to keep your Tot busy and learning while working with an older child? Take a look at Mama Amy’s post over at Wildflower Ramblings to see if any of the activities Tot May performed will work for your Tot!

Wildflower Ramblings

Is your Tot learning her shapes? Check out Mama Kimberly’s blog post at Natural Beach Living to see if any of her ideas for her Tot might inspire your Tot!

Natural Beach Living


Tot School on Pinterest

Remember to visit our Pinterest board hosting our featured blogs each week! Be sure to follow the board and re-pin ideas you like, it’s a great way to support each other!

Love Tot Trays™? Check out our Tot Trays for Tot School Pinterest Board!

Using Tot School Printables?  Visit ourTot School Printables Pinterest Board. If you are using Tot School Printables and blogging about it, email me with a link to one of your posts and your Pinterest link so you can pin to this group board!

Our Tot School Ideas Board is filled with ideas from all around the web, maybe even some of yours!

See ideas by ages below!

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Were you featured?

You are welcome to a button but you certainly don’t have to use it! Totally optional!

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Do you have your FREE

Where to Begin with Tot School eBook?

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See the Tot School webpage here!


Are you NEW or have never been featured? Read this!

Basics: write a specific post about what you did with your tot, link up the permalink from your post, link back to Tot School within that post, put your tot’s age in months in ( ) like this: (43 months).

Bible Verse Printables Letter H

RLRS Letter H Psalm 33 Bible Verse Printables


Our Raising Lil’ Rock Stars Bible Verse Printables for the Letter H are available to download for free!  H is for HEARTS! This set is based on Psalm 33:21, “In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.” 

We used the group version in my children’s church class of 4 & 5 year olds. I am using the home bundle with Ladybug as a review, working on the verses again later on.  For example, in my class we are on the letter N right now, but at home we just worked on our review of letter G. She is in my children’s church class so she is getting the group teaching and then getting it again at home with me.

 

Here’s a peek at the work she did at home.

She enjoys the coloring page.

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Color ~ Trace ~ Write the letter Hh, using Wiki Stix for the middle set of letters.

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Cut and Glue the Verse ~ this is a great word work activity for her, identifying individual words and sounds she knows as well as the Bible verse as a whole. She uses the printable that has the light gray matching words on it.

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Here’s the work Ladybug did at home…

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And, here’s Ladybug singing the verse for you!  The verse tune printables are only available in the bundle but you can hear the tune for Letter G in this video!  In case you don’t catch it, the tune is If You’re Happy and You Know It.

 

The free version is ONLY for home use.  If you will be using these printables in a church setting, private group, co-op, preschool or other group you will need to purchase the group bundle here.

Download your free Letter H printables here!

Bible Verse Printables Letter H


Scroll down until you see the graphic for letter H and click on it to download the PDF file.

Download or printing trouble? See tips here!

These printables are from Raising Lil’ Rock Stars, see more info here!

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See other letters in action by clicking the graphics below!

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Teaching Children Music

I am pleased to welcome a new blog sponsor and share a fabulous new website all focused on Teaching Children Music!

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Tamsyn and her husband are launching a brand new membership website all focused on teaching children music.  How cool is that?

FREE Music Activity eBook!

Tamsyn is offering an incredible 60 page eBook, Music Games and Activities,  to give you a FREE sample of her work.  You can download this for free here!

Music Games and Activities

 

There are several different options with the Kickstarter, the best one in my opinion is the $30 option. During the Kickstarter campaign the $30 option will get you access to all the materials in the first two products {Beginning Rythym eBook & The Solfege Train eBook}, PLUS everything added to the membership website during the first SIX months!  The first two products alone are valued individually at over $35, what a great deal!

Get a quick peek at the entire plan for the Teaching Children Music membership site through this short video!

 

I asked Tamsyn what she had in store for the membership site and what we could expect as members.  My main question was focused on how the site will help the music illiterate parent feel comfortable and know where to start. She has several things in the works which are mentioned on the Kickstarter site, I asked her to give us more details about these so we would know what to expect.

Here’s what she told me…

 There will be several mini-courses.

  • For the recorder lessons, I will assume no musical background.  It is for the absolute beginner.
  • The sight-reading videos are sequential and will be great for beginners because they can learn the songs by rote (ear), and pick up the note reading skills as they go along.
  • I do have a course outline in hand for the music theory and ear training materials I’m making, based loosely on my college syllabi.  These will start easy but will progress rapidly and assume some music background.  My goal with this is to make advanced, college-level theory accessible to children.
  • The chord reading/play-by-ear course is not a traditional approach to piano, and would be good for an absolute beginner as well as one who has had lessons but does not know how read, build, and play chords.
  • The story books will stand independent of everything else, as will many of the games and printables I will make on the side.

If you’ve been looking for materials to really teach music literacy, this just might be for you!  be sure to take a peek sometime this month so you can take part in the Kickstarter and get the amazing start up deal to the new membership site.

Tamsyn is available to answer questions, to clarify how to use the materials, and so forth.  You can find contact info at the bottom of the Kickstarter page!

Homeschooling Tots

    Homeschooling Tots is something I write about a lot.  Early childhood education is a passion of mine and empowering parents to feel confident to explore early learning at home is where the depth of my passion lies during this season of life. This is why I chose to write a chapter for The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas entitled, Homeschooling Tots.

    {disclosure ~ affiliate links are used in this post}

    My tots were very different, as you can see from the photo collages below.  Krash was my mover and we rarely had any sort of a plan. Ladybug was my sitter and I couldn’t keep up with her requests demands for more school work. Thus, my need for a plan with her during the Tot School years.
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Ladybug's Tot School

 

The cool thing about the early years is that you can be totally flexible and follow the lead of your child. It is exploring through play and having fun with your tot during these fleeting years!

One of my favorite memories with my daughter was going through our Animal ABCs together.  I developed this program for her based on her love of all things school and all things animals.  We used it as a launching board into much hands on fun together when she was 2-3. I am giving away a copy of our Animal ABC Bundle to one winner! 

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Use Rafflecopter to enter to win below.  Giveaway is open worldwide and ends 10/31/14.

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Read my chapter and over 100 more in The Big Book of Homeschooling Ideas. Right now you can grab it for only $8.99 {this is a $2 discount} using the code: homeschool

Big Book of Homeschooling Ideas

Want even more?  There’s a special bundle including 23 MP3s AND the eBook for just $15. 

Studio and Big Book Bundle


This post is a part of The Big Book of Homeschooling Ideas Blog Tour.

Yesterday, LaToya Edwards from Learning to Let Him Lead shared. LaToya is the author of the chapters Homeschooling Elementary Aged Boys, and Single Parent Homeschooling.

Tomorrow, Shannen Espelien from Middle Way Mom will be sharing.  She is the author of the chapters Getting Started with Credit-by-exam, Where to Buy and Sell Used Curriculum, and Transitioning to a Virtual School from Public School.

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