Playful Learning with Spielgaben ~ May 2015

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!

 Exploring Symmetry with Spielgaben

Lessons We Enjoyed

This month learned about symmetry.  Below you can see screenshots from the pdf file we used from the Math Guide, Play 35.

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I used a piece of cardboard with a line drawn down the middle for our play board.  While playing we used the key word {symmetry} and discussed the meaning.  Learning difficult words comes much easier when natural language is used while playing.

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She really enjoyed copying my designs.

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We made a few letters and discussed how some letters are symmetrical and some aren’t!

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Once she grasped the concept, she made some designs for me to copy.

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The following day we worked on the same concept with a different set.  I took a small video for you to show her in action.

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Free Play

Free play happens quite a bit, I just don’t always get photos!  Here’s a few I captured of her enjoying our set as she explored freely.

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Nature & Inspiration Guide Play

She also still enjoys the guides, and uses the iPad to get ideas.  Here she was building with one of the new sets in version 4.0, you can see how she enlarged the image in the iPad to help her get it correct.

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Five Little Chicks Kindergarten Literature Unit Printables

Our next Kindergarten Literature Unit Study Printable Pack is ready, Five Little Chicks  by Nancy Tafuri!  We are technically closer to 1st grade now so I adapted this set to her needs.  It would be a better pack for later in the Kindergarten year for most children.

My daughter has recently developed an obsession with chickens.  I created this unit based on the book Five Little Chicks because of that!

Five Little Chicks Kindergarten Literature Unit

 


In this printable unit you will find a sample lesson plan.  I provide a lesson plan idea, but even I probably won’t follow this, it is just an idea.  Make this work for you and your child!

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For each unit, I am selecting Kindergarten math goals from our list. For this unit I chose greater/less than, numbers 1-30, coin identification, and 100s Chart Mystery Picture.

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Lots of literacy activities; rhyming, sequencing the story, comprehension questions, matching words, unscramble the sentence.

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The science activities: label parts of a chicken, and chicken life cycle. 

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The character connection is focused taking care of living things.

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Coloring page just for fun!

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I share more ideas here on our Pinterest board for this unit.

Five Little Chicks Pinterest Board

 

See books and toys to go along with this unit.

Chickens Books and Toys

 

~~>Download your FREE printables here!<~~

Scroll down and look for the Five Little Chicks section and click on “free printables”

We will be sharing our unit study in action soon!  See other units here!

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See all of our Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum Choices here!

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Monthly Homeschool Wrap-Up April 2015

Another month of learning!  Below you will find highlights from our April homeschool fun! It is a VERY skimpy post.  Everything got done, but photos were lacking when I went back through to gather photos for this post! 

Monthly Homeschool Wrap Up April 2015 Kindergarten, 3rd Grade, 7th Grade

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

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All Together School

We have a wide grade and age range between our three kids, but I am thrilled to say that we have found quite a few subjects to learn all together! 

I have no photos of our together learning time, but we continue to do Mystery of History, YWAM’s Heroes of History – Ben Franklin is almost done, and World Geography together {using Children’s Atlas of God’s World and our printables here}.

Daddy often tag teams the younger two, since he does specific subjects with each of them.  I love seeing him work with our kids!

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The kids loved doing the projects from our ImaginatveU review!  See all that we did here!

Egg Drop Challenge from ImaginativeU


7th Grade

PacMan is almost entirely independent this year thus making him the least photographed child.

He did a cool lung project with Apologia Science and I happened to snap a photo!

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I bought his 8th grade literature guide already so we got an early start.  I chose Sonlight’s American Historical Literature 130 to use for his reading only.  We will work through these books together and have already begun Peace Child. I didn’t use any sort of guide or program for 7th grade and missed it, which is why I chose to use a more intense literature program next. 


3rd Grade

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He is pretty excited to have a few subjects done for 3rd grade! Teaching Textbooks Math 4 is DONE and so is Vocabulary Connections!

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All About Spelling Level 3 is also complete! 

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We are reading Smiling Hill Farm {which we own thanks to doing Calvert with Pac in 3rd grade} together.  He can totally read it on his own but loves me reading to him.  Every few chapters I make him read to me.

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Kindergarten

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I do specific posts for much of Ladybug’s Kindergarten.  Here’s direct links to the posts showing her in action during April {click on the graphic to see the posts}. It has been a much slower month for us.  Honestly I’ve spent more time with the boys helping them finish up knowing I will school with her through the summer.

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She also has other Kindergarten fun that we don’t blog specifically about, and I will include in the wrap up posts here!

We are still using our work drawer method. I set up 6 drawers for her, and printed her some new dinosaur labels, which she loves. I made a very simple rotation plan for myself : 1 – AAR, 2 – Literature Unit, 3 – You Can Read {rotate between sight words and word family}, 4 – RLRS, 5 – Daily Literacy Page, 6 – spelling workbook.

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Daddy is now in charge of box 5 & 6 and has been working on her daily literacy paper and spelling workbook with her. She isn’t always thrilled but he does an awesome job and I am so thankful he is playing a part in her homeschooling!

We are moving right along with All About Reading Level 1 and she still LOVES it.   She recently completed the 2nd book and is well through the third now!

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Reading is a favorite hobby of hers and that makes my heart happy {my boys weren’t like this}. She loves for me to collect a random stack of books and surprise her on my bed.  She sits there and reads through them all!  We also finally went to the library for the first time since we moved, and now have a library books only area which she loves!

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

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Old Wrap Up posts from this year are below!

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Counting is for the Birds Literature Unit in Action

We are loving our Kindergarten Literature Units,  and recently completed Counting is for the Birds!Counting is for the Birds Unit Study in Action

I love setting up a central area for our theme focus and my daughter loves it too.  I gather our toys and books together and display them the night before we begin our unit. It helps to draw her in and get her excited about our learning time together. This was a VERY easy unit to set up for since my kids are obsessed with birds, and I once was and had a lot from my teaching days!

Ladybug just had her 6th birthday and got the cute little bird feeder swing and all of those stuffed birds, the small bird toob birds, and the singing birds.  They came at the perfect time to set up for this unit!

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I had so much, we used the entire length of the shelf!

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Day One

She LOVED the display and went straight for the new 3 part bird cards

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After reading the book, we got straight to work.  Here she was working on ordinal numbers

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B is for Bird and…

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She was SO excited to make a cardinal!

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I got her a little bird sticker pack which she loved!

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Day Two

Her cardinals from the previous day dried so she cut them out and put them together!

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We worked on the character activity…

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Labeling a bird

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Day Three

We worked on the hundreds chart mystery picture.  First I had her circle all of the numbers in the correct color as we went through them one by one together.  Then she went back and colored…

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Sequencing the story…

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Day Four

Skip counting with a little birdy friend

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Unscramble the sentence

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Day Five

Got out our fraction puzzles to go along with our bird fraction page.

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Painting a blue jay

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Day Six

Life cycle of a bird

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Day Seven

We read this book every day, sometimes more than once.  She loves it!

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She is browsing through to show me the answers to the comprehension questions!

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Writing about her favorite bird from the story, a nuthatch!

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Throughout the week she begged for more bird crafts.  I got all of these from Learn, Create Love here!

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All of our work from this unit! Such a FUN unit!

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To top it all off, we got to visit a good friend who has chickens and has just gotten new baby chicks!  My bird girl was in heaven!

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See our FREE printables for this unit here,

our Pinterest board here,

and our book and toy suggestions here!

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Leave a link in a comment, email me, or share on my Facebook page?


See More Kindergarten Literature Units here!

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See other Kindergarten Literature Units in action…

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You Can Read Word Families ~ EN Word Family Printables

Recently we launched our new You Can Read Word Families program!  You can read more about it and see the first set shared, featuring _at word family printables. You can also see the _et Word Family in action here, our _ig Word Family in action here, the _op Word Family in action here, _ug word family in action here and _an here!

This week we are sharing _en word family printables with you!

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We will be releasing 15 sets {three for each short vowel}.  I have already released free _at Q-Tip Painting, _at Word Puzzles, _et Play Dough Mats, _et Funny Font Word Hunt, _ig Mini Book, _op Roll and Graph and _an Worksheets. Sometimes you may also find entire sets free within blog posts!  Full sets will also be listed in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop for $1.25 each and I am almost ready to begin selling the bundled set!

 

How we are Using These…

We are using these alongside of our You Can Read Sight Words. We basically just added this in to our other Kindergarten curriculum.

Here’s a peek at what we used during this unit. She is picking up the word families much quicker now so we aren’t using as many of the activities.  Once she has mastered the words and feels confident, we move on. That’s why you’ll see less in this post than previous posts.

Funny Fonts ~ each word has a color, you can use dot paint or simply circle the words using crayons or markers. We have even used colored stickers to put on the words before!  The words are written in different fonts to give exposure to all sorts of writing.

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Word Search ~ all words are hidden and in left-right order to make it easier for younger kids.

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Sentence Search ~ we use two different colored markers for this activity.  One color for the focus words and one for any other words she can read independently.  Then at the end we read the sentences together her reading circled words and me reading the others. Funny thing, she’s advanced so much that she is circling all of the words on the page now! 

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A sign your child has progressed a lot with reading is when all of the words on the page are circled!

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Mini Book ~ cut out the pictures, color if desired, glue on the correct page!

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I hang her work up by her desk each week, here’s an end of the week photo. Only a few things since the words are being learned quickly!

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Would you like the entire en word family set?  You can grab it for FREE here, only on my blog!

Or you can buy in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop here!

Did you miss the AT word family printables, ET word family printablesIG word family printables, OP word family printables, UG word family printables, or AN word family printables?

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See our Word Family Pinterest board for more printables and ideas!

Follow {1plus1plus1} Carisa’s board Word Family Fun on Pinterest

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