Exploring Fractions with Spielgaben

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

Exploring fractions with Spielgaben


Exploring Fractions

We have been using our Spielgaben set to explore fractions this month. As we continue on with a very loose 1st grade math plan, I choose concepts I want to expose her to before beginning a more formal math program in 2nd grade.

Math Manual, Part 1, Chapter 4 ~ Play 18: Share a Cake with Friends

Spielgaben Math Ch 4 Fractions Play 18 Share a Cake

The first lesson we did was about sharing a cake with friends.  We got out play plates and a knife, and also some fraction toys we own. We had a great time roll-playing in a fun way to simply introduce & review fraction concepts.

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As the lesson went on we changed the number of blocks in the cake as well as the number of friends to share with.  This was a really fun lesson, she loved it!

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Math Manual, Part 1, Chapter 4 ~ Play 19: Cut the CakeSpielgaben Math Ch 4 Fractions Play 19 Cut the Cake

For our next lesson, a few days later, we continued to explore with the cake concept.  We took it a little farther than just playing, and used the concept to write some fractions too.

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I drew cakes for her and had her write {or copy} the correct fraction in each piece.

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Math Manual, Part 1, Chapter 4 ~ Play 20: 2D Figure PuzzleSpielgaben Math Ch 4 Fractions Play 20 2D Figure Puzzle

For our next lesson, we played a fun game from the Spielgaben manual. I created a die that had different fractions on each side.  We rolled the die and used shapes to create a design to represent the fraction.

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This was REALLY fun, we both enjoyed it a lot!

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Totally unrelated to fractions, but here’s another fun thing I caught her doing with our set this month, an adorable cat creation!  She still builds and creates freely with our set a lot!

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See more math fun we have had with Spielgaben!

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U.S.A. States and Capitals Worksheets

USA States and Capitals Worksheets

We have been learning all about the United States of America this year, with an emphasis on locations and capitals. I have been using our U.S.A. geography plan that I shared here with my 1st and 4th grader.  I will expect my 4th grader to master this, the 1st grader is participating mostly for exposure.

USA States and Capitals Worksheets

We are almost done with all 50 states and all along I have wanted review worksheets to use with them but I didn’t like any I found online so I finally took the time to make my own.  We will be using these as a review starting now and working until the end of our homeschool year.

We personally go in ABC order with states, so I am sharing that version for free here!  I have had others ask for a regional version, so I took time to create that version also and put it in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop and Educents Shop.

Each version has a worksheet and an answer key. Here’s a peek at the ABC order version…

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Below you can see my kids using the first worksheet. I scaled it down to print half size to save on printing. I had to help Ladybug a lot, which is fine, she is joining just for exposure.  Krash was able to do it all on his own and actually LOVED it.  He begged to do the rest all in one day!

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We will continue to use these for review, I am glad I finally created something I like!  Hope may of you enjoy it too!

Download the ABC order version for FREE here!

USA States and Capitals Worksheets

Grab the REGIONAL version

here in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop

or here in my Educents Shop!

Teacher's Notebook USA States and Capitals by Region

See our entire USA Geography plan here and our USA PowerPoint here.

United States Geography Homeschool Plan for Elementary USA PowerPoint

Tot School Gathering Place Week 168

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!


Happy Easter!! It is my hope that you are enjoying the day with family and friends, celebrating the risen Savior! Delight in each moment! Savor each experience with your Tot! Don’t forget to share them with us here at the Gathering Place! We’d love to see what you’re up to!

Are you looking for an idea to keep your Tot occupied while you prepare Easter dinner? Head on over to The Practical Mom and see the idea that she has to see if it will do the trick!03272016 The Practical Mom

Do you need some fresh ideas for your Tot shelves? Take a peek at what Mama Isabel and Tot Tutu enjoyed throughout the week over at Uno Zwei Tutu. Maybe one of their activities will be enjoyed by your Tot!

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Does your Tot enjoy sensory activities? Check out The Keeper of the Memories to see Mama Cristi’s new page as a resource for sensory activities! Maybe it will help you and your Tot with some new ideas!

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Do you have your FREE

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See the Tot School webpage here!

Follow {1plus1plus1} Carisa’s board Tot School Ideas on Pinterest.

 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).

Library Love ~ Our Reading Corner, Recent Favorite Books, and why we are finally in LOVE!

Library Book Reading Corner and Favorite Library Books for 1st Graders

Ladies and gentlemen, I am thrilled to announce we are finally in LOVE with the library and have been successfully in love for about a year now.  It took me many years to actually fall in love. I actually avoided the library for years out of my fear of library fines. I think this was due to a few factors;

1 – having young kids who struggled with following “library book” rules,

2 – not really enjoying our neighborhood library where we used to live,

3 – not having a routine in place to keep up with checked out books.

Thankfully all of those issues are now solved and my little bookworm is very happy about that. I regret not getting my act together sooner with this for her, but am pleased that we finally have this routine in our life.

This little area in our homeschool room has solved number 3 for me.  It is a library book only area.  No other books are allowed to mix in and the library books are not allowed to leave this area with out permission.  At age 6, she is old enough to understand this and does really well.  We haven’t had 1 fee since we moved here!

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We get the boys books too, but she is my library partner and loves to go with me.  We have a routine and I know now that I need to allow plenty of time for her to sit and read many of the books she has chosen.

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I have been taking photos of our very favorites before we return them and sharing on Instagram, we even have a hashtag to help you see them all at once #ladybugslibraryfavs. 

Here are some of our “favorites” photos. We have a huge home library so I can’t justify buying more at this point, but I know many of you are still building your home library! So, if you want to see them on Amazon, click the photo to see those specific books!

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Books of the Bible Poster ~ Free Printable

Books of the Bible Poster

A few months ago I shared an updated Books of the Bible Song Book printable. I am still {slowly} working on more printables that are Bible based.  I have a new Bible printable for you today, a color-coded Books of the Bible poster! The books are divided by type of book. I realize there are various ways to divide by type. I chose to use this code:

  • Law: red
  • History: orange
  • Poetry & Wisdom: yellow
  • Major Prophets: dark green
  • Minor Prophets: lime green
  • Gospel: light blue
  • History: aqua
  • Paul’s Letters: dark blue
  • General Letters: purple
  • Prophecy: pink
    This Books of the Bible poster can be printed on plain paper, cardstock, or even photo paper to display however you desire!
    Use it along with the Books of the Bible songs to help your kids memorize the books and also give them a visual for the types of books through the color code. Stay tuned for more printables to go along with this color code!

Download your free Books of the Bible Poster here!

Bible Printables

    Find our Books of the Bible Song Printables on the same page!

    Books of the Bible Songs