Playful Learning with Spielgaben ~ September 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 September 2014



We have had a pretty normal month of school, after a week long vacation during the first week of September.  We are currently doing about 1-2 Spielgaben lessons per week.

Below you will see I have divided the post into 4 categories ~ Lessons We Enjoyed, Free Play, Mommy Inspired Play, and Nature & Inspiration Guide Play It is a long post, I hope these categories help you find what you are interested in reading.


Lessons We Enjoyed

This month we finished up our work with Set 7 and began our work with Set 8. 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 7-7 Tessellation.

Spielgaben Tessellation

This lesson was difficult for her but she enjoyed it.  The final result was really cool and she liked it!

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We also completed Lesson 7-8 Center Pattern Play

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Similar to tessellation, but with a center shape to build around. Again, this was a challenge but one she enjoyed.

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We started our lessons with set 8, beginning with Lesson 8-1, Smiley Sun.

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After exploring for a bit, we jumped right into the lesson.

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She insisted the sun needed a smiley face wince the lesson was called Smiley Sun.

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A flower…

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Free Play

I walked into the schoolroom one day to find that my oldest son had built a Creeper from Minecraft.

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Mommy Inspired Play

This one was a big flop.  I had hoped to inspire her to count apples with me, build more apple trees, and just have some fun.  Not her thing.  At all.  But still, isn’t it cute? {note ~ the letters are not from the Spielgaben set, but from a bead set we have}

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Nature & Inspiration Guide Play

I have our Nature Guide on the iPad also, I just set it up for her if she asks.  Here she was building flowers in a flowerpot, which she loved.

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In honor of our Selfish Crocodile theme, we built the crocodile again.  below you can see her enlarging the portion she was working on – a great feature of having the guide on the iPad.

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Apple Theme Kindergarten Fun

It has been years since I have had an apple theme with my kids.  It was time for some apple theme Kindergarten fun with my girl. Funny part, she told me she did NOT want an apple theme, but I boycotted her on this one.  In the end she loved it and I am glad I didn’t follow her lead in this case.

Apple Theme Homeschool Kindergarten Fun


 

I had a blast setting up her apple theme shelves, focusing on anything I found in our stuff to represent apples.

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She still has pencil grip problems so we continue to do fine motor work.  Transferring pom pom apples with clothespins is just a simple way to sneak in some practice. Apple Theme Kindergarten -1300

 

The bin on the bottom shelf is just to contain all of the fun red and green items we have to work with! Apple Theme Kindergarten -1307

 

I made some apple trees for her using our Spielgaben set.  Sadly, she was not impressed. Apple Theme Kindergarten -1315

I also got a stack of printables I chose specifically for her from various sources which I will link for you when they are shown below. The links will be under the final photo for each day.

 

Day One

We explored together with the theme shelf a lot. I use our Scrabble Alphabet Soup tiles to make the word apple. Apple Theme Kindergarten -1328

 

She loved the apples I made out of wikki stix for her. Apple Theme Kindergarten -1334

 

She asked me to get out the letter A for Apple from our Letter set, then proceeded to make apple patterns with the pegs, all her idea! Apple Theme Kindergarten -1331

 

Here’s the apple printables she chose to complete day one.  I did let her choose what she wanted to do. Apple Theme Kindergarten -1345 {apple dot to dot, apple 100 chart, apple coloring}

 

The pop art apple coloring below was done the night before.  Why?  because She saw me setting up her apple stuff and begged to do it! Apple Theme Kindergarten -1348

 

Day Two

We began by using our Apple Cube Printable.   Apple Theme -1351

 

She asked to tape the apple together and sit it upright!  

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We used our Scrabble Alphabet pieces to find the missing letters on the apples.   Apple Theme -1372     

This cutting activity was a challenge for her but she loved it when it was finished!  

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Of course, apple smiles for snack {sliced apples, peanut butter, mini marshmallows}!

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Here are the printables she chose on day two {links below photo}… Apple Theme -1396 {apple maze, apple missing letters, apple ABC maze, apple cutting spiral}

 

Day Three

I picked up a set of apple stickers last year at Target when the dollar spot went on clearance!  She used these to decorate a tree I drew for her!   Apple Theme -1410      

We had friends over for our apple taste test!

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Here’s the printables she chose on day three, plus the tree she made with stickers {I drew the tree on paper}.  

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   {apple number maze, apple color word coloring}

 

Day Four

Dot painting how many apples.   Apple Theme -1505      

Tracing the apple and Letter A.   Apple Theme -1506      

We worked together to color  the pages of the Apple mini book, then we laminated them and tied them together to make a nice book!   Apple Theme -1507      

My mom is here visiting and led this apple craft for me.  Ladybug got very frustrated with it but she finished three apples!  I love the perseverance and the joy she felt when she had a finished project!  

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This is one of her three final apples she hung around the house! Apple Theme -1532  

 

The Printables she chose {links below}…

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All of her printable work from the week…   Apple Theme -1547

Linking to ~ PreK and K Community

See more apple ideas!

Follow {1plus1plus1} Carisa’s board Apple Theme on Pinterest.

Tot School Gathering Place ~ Week 90

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 90

Apples, pumpkins, falling leaves, crisp weather – all things I just LOVE about this season! What Tot activities are you having fun with to explore this wonderful time of year? Be sure to link up your ideas to share with us! Also, take a peek at what other mamas are doing with their Tots to see if any will create that spark for the love of learning!

Mama Yuliya from Welcome to Mommyhood is taking advantage of these beautiful fall days to bond with her Tot through nature! Take a look at her ideas for discovering the beauty of creation and spending time with her beautiful boy!

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Does your Tot enjoy apples? Check out the fun apple activity that Mama Tiffiny put together to help her Tot Pooky practice counting!

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Over at My Bright Firefly, Mama Laura gets creative with using nature to explore the letter P. Head on over to see the delight that Tot Firefly experienced while learning some basic skills.My Bright Firefly

 


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!

Be sure to visit our new Tot Tray Ideas linky!

Transfer Tot Trays Idea Collection

 


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Sparky and the Case of the Missing Smoke Alarms App

We love books on our iPad and were recently introduced to the Sparky apps, specifically Sparky and the Case of the Missing Smoke Alarms!

{disclaimer ~ we were compensated for this post}Sparky and the case of the Missing Smoke Alarms

 

This is a free app, with a fun focus on fire safety.  I honestly wasn’t sure what Ladybug would think.  I never know with her.  Sometimes she is totally UNimpressed with apps and books on the iPad.  I was excited to see how much she enjoyed the Sparky character and the story itself. Not too sure our dog was impressed.

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The story is longer and was totally appropriate for her, she’s 5.  She listened to it read aloud and then interacted with each page. The kids and Sparky solved the mystery of the missing smoke alarms in the end! It was silly, fun, and educational.

As with most iPad books there are little places in the pictures where you can tap to interact. She loved putting the smoke alarms back where they belong!

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There is also a video and a game in this app, she enjoyed those too.  Many giggles  were heard throughout the entire book as I watched her listen to it and interact with it. “Look, look Mommy!” was said a lot!

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My opinion is that it would be best for ages 4-7, but since it’s free be sure to try it out even if you have a younger or older child. You can download IOS or Android here on the Sparky website! There are also many other fire safety activities on the Sparky website and other resources for you as a parent to explore. 

Sparky was such a big hit with Ladybug, she asked if there were more Sparky books and I was happy to tell her there was another! We downloaded Sparky’s Birthday Surprise also and she had me make a “Sparky” app folder for her.  I’d say that’s confirmation for me, she likes the books and the Sparky character! You can grab the other Sparky book on the website also!

With Fire Prevention Week coming soon {October 5-11, 2014}, it’s a great time to bring some of this fun and free learning into your homeschool or classroom!

Download your FREE app here!

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Tot School Gathering Place ~ Week 89

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 89

Cool crisp sunny days are upon us and what memories can be made and lessons learned by exploring the outdoors! Take a few moments to enjoy the beauty of autumn with your Tots this week and share what fun activities you enjoyed together!

Do you have a Tot that enjoys using scissors? Mama Danielle from Blessedly Busy…Life Abundantly shares an activity that will help your Tot with scissor skills and shape recognition! Take a peek!

Blessedly Busy

 

What do llama, lions, and leaves all have in common? The letter L – which was the focus of Mr. C’s Tot School! Head on over to The Incredible K to see the fun activities that Mrs. Kuba put together!

The Incredible K

 

Are apples a favorite fall treat of you Tot? Check out The Kennedy Adventures for a fun art activity featuring apples!

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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!Tot School Ideas on Pinterest

 


Were you featured?

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

Tot School Feature

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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).