Homeschool Wrap-Up November & December 2015 ~ 1st, 4th, 8th

Homeschool Wrap Up 1st grade, 4th grade, 8th grade Nov and Dec 2015

 

You can see our detailed curriculum posts by clicking on the graphics below.

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All Together Learning

 

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We do 3 subjects all together and really enjoy our time with our kids all together {most of the time}.

Daddy teaches Mystery of History which is awesome.  We fnally finished the 1st book and have moved on to book 2. We decided to save ink and use spiral notebooks with the kids and this was a great change!  The love their notebooks and their notes are even better!  Plus – no more printing for me! 

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Below you can see a glimpse of my prep time for book 2.  We use the Timeline Figures from Homeschool in the Woods.  I was printing, cutting and sorting {in baseball card sleeves} for our timeline notebook.

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We still love our Heroes of History books.  We are almost done with George Washington. We are still enjoying Liberty’s Kids DVDs, to help deepen our American Revolution knowledge.

 

You can see our entire World Geography plan here.  Daddy now teaches this too.  They finished all of South America and are well into North America now.  Everyone continues to enjoy this plan. Below is a peek at Daddy writing the notes on our board and that’s a picture of Ladybug’s USA page!

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1st & 4th Together Learning

Ladybug and Krash do two subjects together and it is working well!  We do Picture Smart Bible {K-3 Old Testament} and US Geography twice a week.

They absolutely love US Geography and I think it’s because they both really love coloring and they love birds.  Seeing the bird for each state is very exciting for them!

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We review all the states we have learned each day we do a new one, we use our USA Geography PowerPoint for this.  The PowerPoint show is a favorite and is really great for review.

We have added in a couple more resources to expand our US Geography learning.   The kids absolutely LOVE the awesome USA States song/video by Readeez.

We played Scrambled States for the first time and they really enjoyed it!

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    We also enjoy playing Sequence States and Capitals together!  If you don’t own this game and are working on states and capitals, I highly recommend it!

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      We are enjoying Picture Smart Bible together and have completed Deuteronomy/Joshua.

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      8th Grade

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      #8thGradeWithPacMan[3]

      Pac is by far my least photographed child because a majority of his schooling is done independently or with his Dad. I managed to get NO photos of him doing school at all!

      He does spend a lot of time doing this, so this picture of him is totally accurate. He’d spend way more hours per day playing the guitar {or his ukelele} if he could!

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      He is a pretty easy student and we are thankful.  Sure, we have issues, but overall he does what he is supposed to do. His dad oversees his math, spelling and science completely.  I oversee everything else.  Writing is the only subject I am still teaching directly.

      One of my favorite portions of his homeschooling is his reading.  He is currently Reading To Kill a Mockingbird.  His favorites are in bold.

      Here’s his completed list…

      All of his other subjects are going well, we are pleased with our choices for him this year.


      4th Grade

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      #4thGradewithKrash[3]

      In order to stay committed to his gymnastics he doubles up on his schoolwork 2 days a week so he can be free to practice the other 3 days. He really works hard on his two intense school days. Below he is working on one of his poems from First Language Lessons.

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      Science with Dad continues to be a favorite.  He really enjoyed making a volcano, of course!

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      I think they were exploring waves below..

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      He continues to do Life of Fred Math with Daddy, at a lower level than his Teaching Textbooks Math {he uses level 5}. We do LOF math to help him work on auditory processing skills.

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      We are almost finished reading Mighty Men together, which is a collection of short stories.

      He also reads books on his own at night and currently reading The Indian in the Cupboard.

      His reading list so far this year…

      1st Grade

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      #1stGradewithLadybug[3]

      She now does the following subjects with her Daddy: science, Growing with Gramar, & Life of Fred Math. I teach her the rest of her subejcts. Below you will see a few highlights from November and December!


      Math

      We do a few different things for math and our combination is working beautifully for her.  She continues to LOVE Life of Fred and is finished with book 2 and is enjoying book 3.

      Spielgaben is a great fit for her and we do about 2-3 lessons per week, mostly using the worksheets.  See our recent posts here…

      Hands on 1st Grade Math with Spielgaben Playful Math with Spielgaben December 2015


      Grammar

      Growing with Grammar and First Language Lessons are both wonderful and she enjoys both.  We use both because they are different, yet similar. She now does Growing with Grammar with her Dad so I don’t have any action shots!

      Here she is working on her poems from First Language Lessons{she’s using our Poem PowerPoint}.

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      Reading

      All About Reading 2 is moving along. She loves the games in the lessons. It is a GREAT fit for her!

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      Ways we supplement reading development…

      We go to the library at least twice a month, sometimes more! Her library books are read daily both independently and aloud! 

      Before we take books back I ask her to set out her very favorites and I snap a photo and share on Instagram.  These are some recent favorite stacks…

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      We finished The Dragons of Blueland, the final book in the series.  She LOVED these books!  We continue to read Little House on the Prairie.


      Writing

      She has become quite the independent writer lately.  She loves her word wall folder and her try-it sheets. She uses both daily.

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      Whew!  I think that’s it! It takes me forever to write these posts but they are my favorite to look back on!

      Here’s our other posts from this year…

      Homeschool Wrap-Up The First 6 Weeks with 1st, 4th and 8th Grade[3]  Homeschool Monthly Wrap Up October 2015

       

      You can also see much of our everyday homeschool life on Instagram!

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      Linking up with Weekly Homeschool Wrap-Up



      Spielgaben 1st Grade Math

      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.

       Playful Math with Spielgaben December 2015

      Lessons We Enjoyed

      Spielgaben is a wonderful addition to our 1st grade math curriculum.  For now, I am choosing lessons based on her needs.  She has mastered many 1st grade level skills so I knew she didn’t need a full 1st grade curriculum.  Spielgaben is a great fit for her right now!

      Each week I choose lessons or worksheets for her and write them into our lesson plans.  Yes, this takes a bit more time than following a pre-written math curriculum, but I want her working on what she needs and will enjoy. I wouldn’t have been as confident in doing this years ago, but now I am after homeschooling 2 other kids at this grade level!

      Worksheet Set 8, Level 3, Activity 1 ~ Happy Birthday

      We had fun with this activity although it was easy for her. She had to look at the candles and guess what size stick would match the candle size.

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      We expanded the worksheet by bringing out the play board. She enjoyed putting the sticks in size order on the board!

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      Worksheet Set 8, Level 3, Activity 2 ~ We Are the Same Length

      This worksheet focused on looking at one long stick and deciding how many smaller sticks it would take to equal the long stick.

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      Worksheet Set 8, Level 3, Activity 14 ~ Bundle vs. Pieces

      We reviewed making bundles of 10 and counting on with this worksheet activity. This was a great review!!

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      Worksheet Set 8, Level 1, Activity 15 ~ Rainbow Pencils

      Continuing on from the activity shown above, she used this worksheet to match the correct numbers.  Another great review!

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      See more math fun we have had with Spielgaben!

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       Soma-Cube-with-Spielgaben22 Playful-Learning-with-Spielgaben-Sep Hands-on-Math-with-Spielgaben3_thumb Hands on 1st Grade Math with Spielgaben

       

      See version 4.0 here!

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      Spielgaben offers a special discount to my readers, just send an email to [email protected] mentioning 1+1+1=1 and you will be provided with a discount coupon!



      Hands On 1st Grade Math 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.

      Hands on 1st Grade Math with Spielgaben

       

      Lessons We Enjoyed

      Spielgaben is a wonderful addition to our 1st grade math curriculum.  For now, I am choosing lessons based on her needs.  She has mastered many 1st grade level skills so I knew she didn’t need a full 1st grade curriculum.  Spielgaben is a great fit for her right now!

      Each week I choose lessons or worksheets for her and write them into our lesson plans.  Yes, this takes a bit more time than following a pre-written math curriculum, but I want her working on what she needs and will enjoy. I wouldn’t have been as confident in doing this years ago, but now I am after homeschooling 2 other kids at this grade level!

      Worksheet Set 5b, Level 3, Activity 1 ~ Picking Apples {in case you own Spielgaben and are looking for these specific worksheets, I label them like this so you can easily find them}.

      I chose a few worksheets this month to review adding to 10.  She knows this concept, but reviewing helps solidify the math facts and aids in memorization as she works with her hands to practice. For this activity, she had to look at the baskets of apples and the trees and decide which combos equaled 10. We used the small circles from set 10 to add a more hands-on element to the activity.

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       Worksheet Set 5b, Level 3, Activity 2 ~ Sharing Lollies also worked on making 10, but was focused on breaking 10 down into 2 parts. This was a bit more challenging but she loved it!  We used the small circles again, and also wrote our match facts on the page after we were done.

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      Worksheet Set 5b, Level 3, Activity 3 – Matching Numbers was a simple worksheet to review number bonds of 10.  This was a simple, but good review for her!

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      Worksheet Set 5b, Level 3, Activity 4 – Help the Squirrel was another way to practice matching combinations of 10.

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      Worksheet Set 5b, Level 3, Activity 5 –Pretty Fish was something different, getting back to working with shapes.  She loves these spatial puzzles.

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      See more math fun we have had with Spielgaben!

      Exploring-3D-Shapes-with-Spielgaben3 Exploring-Symmetry-with-Spielgaben2 Math-Play-with-Spielgaben---ideas-fo[1] 

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      See version 4.0 here!

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      Spielgaben offers a special discount to my readers, just send an email to [email protected] mentioning 1+1+1=1 and you will be provided with a discount coupon!



      Monthly Homeschool Wrap-Up October 2015 {1st, 4th, 8th}

      Homeschool Monthly Wrap Up October 2015

      You can see our detailed curriculum posts by clicking on the graphics below.

      1st-Grade-Homeschool-Curriculum-Choi[1] 4th-Grade-Homeschool-Curriculum-Choi[1] 8th-Grade-Homeschool-Curriculum-Choi

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      All Together Learning

       

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      We do 3 subjects all together and really enjoy our time with our kids all together {most of the time}.

      Daddy teaches Mystery of History which is awesome.  We are almost finished with the 1st book and will move on to part 2 when we are done. My kids use the notebooking pages, and my daughter colors the coloring page.  Daddy teaches and I write notes on our board to help guide the kids with their note taking. I love our timeline notebook which is shown below…

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      We still love our Heroes of History books.  We finished up reading Ben Franklin and are well into George Washington now. We are still enjoying Liberty’s Kids DVDs, to help deepen our American Revolution knowledge. 

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      You can see our entire World Geography plan here.  We are LOVING this so far.  We have been focusing on South America and are finishing up the last few countries! Here’s a peek inside of their notebooks…

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      1st & 4th Together Learning

      Ladybug and Krash do 2 subjects together and it is working well!  We do Picture Smart Bible {K-3 Old Testament} and US Geography twice a week.

      They absolutely love US Geography and I think it’s because they both really love coloring and they love birds.  Seeing the bird for each state is very exciting for them! We have completed states through Maryland and they each have a beautiful notebook for review!

      You can see Ladybug flipping through her notebook in the video below…

      We review all the states we have learned each day we do a new one, we use our USA Geography PowerPoint for this.  The PowerPoint show is a favorite and is really great for review.

      We have added in a couple more resources to expand our US Geography learning.   The kids absolutely LOVE the awesome USA States song/video by Readeez

      You can see a bit of it in action in the video below

       

      My kids LOVE this and we listen to it daily now! You can also see Krash playing Stack the States on our iPad.  This is too advanced for Ladybug but she likes to watch. 

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        We enjoyed playing Sequence States and Capitals together and will be using this game much more!  If you don’t own this game and are working on states and capitals, I highly recommend it!

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          We are enjoying Picture Smart Bible together and have completed through Numbers and are working on Deuteronomy/Joshua.

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          8th Grade

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          #8thGradeWithPacMan[3]

          Pac is by far my least photographed child because a majority of his schooling is done independently or with his Dad.  All of my photos of his are usually taken during his science experiments, since that’s the most exciting thing to photograph of an 8th grader’s homeschooling!

          He is awesome about including his siblings when possible. 

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          He is a pretty easy student and we are thankful.  Sure, we have issues, but overall he does what he is supposed to do. His dad oversees his math, spelling and science completely.  I oversee everything else.  Writing is the only subject I am still teaching directly.

          One of my favorite portions of his homeschooling is his reading.  He recently finished Elijah of Buxton.  His favorites are in bold, with Peace Child being the absolute favorite so far.

          Here’s his completed list…

          All of his other subjects are going well, we are pleased with our choices for him this year.


          4th Grade

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          #4thGradewithKrash[3]

          In order to stay committed to his gymnastics he doubles up on his schoolwork 2 days a week so he can be free to practice the other 3 days. I have recently been coming to the gym for an hour on his break to do a few subjects.   

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          I am WAY low on photos of him during school!  Nothing has really changed, we continue to be pleased with his progress.

          We finished our first novel together, Robinson Crusoe which he loved! We were both sad when the book was finished, it was a perfect fit for him.  We are now reading Mighty Men together, which is a collection of short stories. 

          He also reads books on his own at night and currently reading Revolutionary War on Wednesday.

          His reading list so far this year…

          1st Grade

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          I continue to use Lessontrek for her weekly planning and then build her daily work grid from my lesson plan.  She chooses the order of her subjects each day.  She likes to come with me to the gym when I teach Krash so she does some work there too. 

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          In no particular order, here’s a recap of her past month.  You can see her very first week of 1st grade in our post here.

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          Science

            We have been enjoying her science together.  On a whim I decided to use an Evan-Moor science book and I love it!  It is simple, and has a project at the end of each chapter. One of her favorite topics this past month was leaves.  Here’s she was working on her leaf rubbings, which we turned into leaf friends and a leaf family tree.
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          After reviewing The Curious Kid’s Science Book we decided to add it into our curriculum and continue to love it.  She chooses one project to do with Daddy per week.  Here she was exploring how different liquids melted.

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          Below you can see a peek into a really fun paper flower project.

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          I have been letting her choose an animal to study which has been really fun. We finished our fun unit all about FROGS.

          Exploring Frogs Unit Study and Lapbook


          Handwriting

          Handwriting is one of her favorite subjects now and she begs to learn more cursive letters! 

          We are using Logic of English Cursive.  We begin by introducing each letter in the salt tray, she loves this!  We also use the salt tray for review, which is fun and low stress for her since she can easily erase a mistake.

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          Here’s a video clip of a review time…

           

          She started writing words recently and LOVED this!

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          She makes a little card after we learn each letter by turning the letter into some sort of shape!  This is our collection recently…

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          Math

          We do a few different things for math and our combination is working beautifully for her.  She continues to LOVE Life of Fred and is finished with book 1 and well into book 2.

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          Spielgaben is a great fit for her and we do about 2-3 lessons per week, mostly using the worksheets.  See our recent post here…

          Hands on Math with Spielgaben


          Grammar

          Growing with Grammar and First Language Lessons are both wonderful and she enjoys both.  We use both because they are different, yet similar. 

          Here’s a video clip of her working on her second poem she memorized, Work {she’s using our Poem PowerPoint}.


          Reading

          All About Reading 2 is moving along completed through lesson 24. She is moving along as a reader at a pretty rapid pace now, it’s exciting! She loves the games in the lessons.

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          Here’s a video peek of her reading her level 2 reader aloud.  She LOVES these stories!

          Ways we supplement reading development…

          We go to the library at least twice a month, sometimes more! Her library books are read daily both independently and aloud!

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          Before we take books back I ask her to set out her very favorites and I snap a photo and share on Instagram.  These are some recent favorite stacks…

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          We are almost finished with The Dragons of Blueland, the final book in the series.  She LOVES these books!  We also started the first Little House on the Prairie book, MUCH to my JOY!!!

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          We recently got the Life of Fred Beginning Readers for review and she LOVES them!

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          We Choose Virtues has been awesome, we are finishing up our last virtue currently!  She talks about them a lot and loves our display!

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          Whew!  I think that’s it! It takes me forever to write these posts but they are my favorite to look back on!

          Here’s last month’s post…

          Homeschool Wrap-Up The First 6 Weeks with 1st, 4th and 8th Grade[3]

           

          You can also see much of our everyday homeschool life on Instagram!

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          Linking up with Weekly Homeschool Wrap-Up



          Hands on Math 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.

          Hands on Math with Spielgaben

          Lessons We Enjoyed

          Speilgaben is a wonderful addition to our 1st grade math curriculum.  For now, I am choosing lessons based on her needs.  She has mastered many 1st grade level skills so I knew she didn’t need a full 1st grade curriculum.  Spielgaben is a great fit for her right now!

          Each week I choose lessons or worksheets for her and write them into our lesson plans.  Yes, this takes a bit more time than following a pre-written math curriculum, but I want her working on what she needs and will enjoy. I wouldn’t have been as confident in doing this years ago, but now I am after homeschooling 2 other kids at this grade level!

          Worksheet Set 3, Level 3, Activity 6 ~ Counting Levels {in case you own Spielgaben and are looking for these specific worksheets, I label them like this so you can easily find them}.

          She loves the hands on math lessons the Spielgaben worksheets provide.

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          This one was about breaking the figure down and counting the number of blocks used on each level.

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           Worksheet Set 3, Level 3, Activity 5 ~ Missing Parts involved building different figures and then looking at the picture and determining which part{s} are missing.

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          It was just the right challenge for her!

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          Worksheet Set 4, Level 3, Activity 7 – Making a Flower was a simple direction following activity that we then expanded into a creative time!

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          After she followed the directions on the worksheet above, she decided to expand her design and make a sunflower!

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          Worksheet Set 4, Level 3, Activity 8, 9, 10 – Creating Petals was a bit too easy for her, but I wanted her to review a bit.  She know her basic addition facts, but this was a fun review worksheet.

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          Worksheet Set 4, Level 3, Activity 12 –What’s My Number? was also a bit too easy, but I expanded on the worksheet to give her a lesson in fact families.

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          Worksheet Set 4, Level 3, Activity 15 – I Made Doors was fun and a good challenge.  She had to build the structure, then count how many blocks were used and match on the worksheet.

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          See more math fun we have had with Spielgaben!

          Exploring-3D-Shapes-with-Spielgaben3[1] Exploring-Symmetry-with-Spielgaben Math-Play-with-Spielgaben---ideas-fo 

          Math-with-Spielgaben[1] Soma-Cube-with-Spielgaben Playful-Learning-with-Spielgaben-Sep

           

          See version 4.0 here!

          spielgaben-complete-shot-sml10122222

          Spielgaben offers a special discount to my readers, just send an email to [email protected] mentioning 1+1+1=1 and you will be provided with a discount coupon!