Fraction Fun with Spielgaben

Fraction Fun with Spielgaben

{We were given the Spielgaben set to review and are honored to have them as a blog sponsor.}

I am going to be super honest with you today. I am so thankful that I am hired to write a blog post sharing Spielgaben activities with you. Why? Because the hands-on learning is SOOOOO good for her and my lazy self might ignore doing this if I didn’t have to. There have been seasons of life where I have been a rock-star with hands-on learning and curriculum extension, but this year we are just getting the basics done. When I pulled out this lesson for her to extend her math she beamed with joy and begged me to play over and over again.

She is reviewing fractions in her math and it’s always something that is easily forgotten in the early elementary years. We played a game to reinforce basic fractions.

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Using a sticky note as a base, the challenge was to roll the cube and place the correct fraction piece on the square paper. Once the paper was covered, we had a winner! Before playing I created a cube with different fractions on it to match the 1/4, 1/2, and whole pieces we had.

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I also created a second cube without pictures, which we played with second. This was much harder as there wasn’t a visual reminder for which piece to grab.

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See a bit of our fraction fun in action in the video below…

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This was a fabulous game to play for fraction review and also just to see her smile and hear her giggle.

See more fun we have had with Spielgaben!

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A Peaceful Homeschool Environment

Just typing that title makes me giggle. There are many days the homeschool environment is FAR from peaceful. I do strive for peace, as I am guessing we all do. I have been using essential oils for almost 5 years now and I know many of you do too. We use our oils to help support our peaceful-selves during the homeschool day and have found a few key things that really help us.

Supporting focus…

I have a little roll-on bottle with a label that says chill-out. It contains vetiver, cedarwood and lavender. I usually add about equal amounts of each and some carrier oil. Originally I created this roll-on and researched the oils in this blend for my son Krash. Then I found that it was beneficial for ME too. So, it sits on my desk and honestly I use it even more than he does now.

Other options to help with focus: GenYus, Clarity, Brain Power, Peppermint, Rosemary, and Lime.


A peaceful aroma…

We have a diffuser in the schoolroom and we all enjoy it. I found a blend I love and my kids love it too so it is often in the diffuser. I combine Northern Lights Black Spruce with lemon, bergamot and orange, about 3 drops of NLBS, 2 orange, 1 lemon and 1 bergamot. I am almost always using NLBS as a base and some days I just and some lemon, or one of the others and some days I mix all of them. The NLBS is very grounding and has an aroma I just love. It is a favorite for my kids too.

Our new favorite diffuser is the Desert Mist {shown in the graphic below}, but we also love the Dewdrop diffuser which comes with a Premium Starter Kit!


When the emotions run high…

I have a few things that I love when the stress gets the best of us. Sometimes homeschool is full of emotional children and adults and at times there are battles. For these moments, I turn first to the Lord and ask for HIS divine intervention to help us. Additionally, our oils have a way of helping us during these moments too and we all have different preferences. My daughter loves her Stress Away roll on, my middle son likes Northern Lights Black Spruce, Frankincense and Valor. He often wears a diffuser necklace with NLBS. My older son likes the uplifting aroma of orange, and often combines it with lavender in his diffuser in his room. Personally, I turn to NLBS and Frankincense most often. I also really like Stress Away, Valor, Peace & Calming, Joy, & Bergamot,


What are YOUR favorite oils to use during the homeschool day?

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October Calendars for Kids

2017 Calendars for Kids October

We have all new 2017 calendars for you! You can download both the tracing and dot version of our calendars for October for free in this post!

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Learning ideas to go along with the tracing printables ~

  • At the beginning of each new month, trace the name of the month, the year, and color the focus picture.
  • Each new day, trace the number and talk about what day it is.
  • Practice counting each day up to the date.
  • Use 2 or 3 colors to write in each month to create a pattern.
  • At the beginning of each month go through and mark the special days {holidays, birthdays, anniversaries or anything your family celebrates}.  Have your child decorate those special dates so you can look forward to them!

Learning ideas to go along with the dot fun printables ~


  • At the beginning of each new month, color the focus picture. If your child doesn’t like to color, color together…make it fun!
  • Each new day, dot paint the day, or use a dot sticker and talk about what day it is.
  • Practice counting each day up to the date.
  • Use 2 or 3 colors to create a pattern.

Don’t have Dot Paint {or don’t want to be messy with little ones}?  Use Dot Stickers instead!

Download your free October 2017 Calendars here!

We added some calendar fun to our collection this year and have some sets for sale in our Teacher’s Notebook Shop for those of you who want more! You can buy the entire year of either, or a blank version to use any year! You can also buy all 3 in a bundle deal. There’s notebook covers and a year-at-a glance in the sets!

Click on each image to see the individual sets…

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Or click here to get them all in a bundle deal!


Get your Calendar Notebook covers here

Calendar Notebook Covers

Looking for more calendar fun?

Add these printables to our Calendar Notebook printables!


Here’s one set up for homeschool calendar time we have had.  Lots of free printables!


Here’s our Calendar Connections for more fun learning!


Fall Printables and Crafts

Fall Printables and Crafts

As fall arrives this week for many of us, I wanted to share all of our fall themed resources in one post for you!

See our fall book list, fall leaves q-tip painting and some of our favorite fall songs!

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Watch a video showing my kids in action years ago with our fall sensory bin, see a wrap-up of our fall preschool theme week and grab some free fall q-tip painting printables.

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Explore some fun art techniques using fall leaves, make a cute fall tree craft, and download some free fall coloring pages!

Fall Tree Craft Fun Fall Art ~ Fall leaves Many Ways Fall Coloring Printables

If you like to color, you might enjoy these fall coloring pages, and grab our free Scarecrow printable pack for your kids!

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If you have beginning writers, our Fall Story Starters are great. See our fall Kindergarten theme week and make a fun fall leaves craft.

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Use acorns and leaves from nature to make some acorn friends and some leaf rubbings!

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Grab more fall coloring pages here, as well as some fun graphing printables!

Free Fall Counting and Graphing Printables Fall Coloring Pages

Fall Play Dough mats are fun for all kids, and our fall theme finish the picture printables give kids even more fall fun!

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Remember, our Fall Mega Bundle is on sale through Sept 20th! Grab this awesome bundle to save yourself time this fall season!

Fall Mega Bundle

Fall Mega Bundle Deal!

In honor of fall coming soon, you can grab our Fall Mega Bundle for 30% off! This huge bundle is filled with printable activities to take you from the beginning of fall with leaves and apples, through October with pumpkins and scarecrows, all the way until Thanksgiving in November! Keep your planning simple by having it all in one bundle!

30% off!!

through September 20, 2017

Grab the Fall Mega Bundle here from our shop on Teacher’s Notebook!

Fall Mega Bundle


You can see some of the printable activities in action below!

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The Fall Mega Bundle is filled with over 50 pages containing 36 different activities for tots-Kindergartners.   

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36 different activities!!!

  • Letters in My Name

  • Letter Tracing

  • Mini Books

  • Beginning Sounds

  • Shapes

  • Play Dough Mats

  • Colors

  • Numbers

  • Counting

  • Patterns

  • Sorting

  • 3 Part Cards

  • Clip & Learn Wheel

  • 100’s Chart Mystery Picture

  • Labeling

  • & MORE!

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through September 20, 2017

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