Exploring Addition with Regrouping 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 Addition with Spielgaben


Exploring Addition

We have been using our Spielgaben set to explore addition and addition with re-grouping this month.

Math Manual, Part 1, Chapter 2 ~ Play 9: Addition Matrix

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I love a good Spielgaben math game and so does Ladybug! First I prepared the triangles and the cube.

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This game reviewed facts equaling 7-12.  Each time we rolled the cube we created an index card with all of the facts that totaled that number.

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Then she found the matching numbers to create the fact, like Dominoes.

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As we went on it became more challenging but she really enjoyed this simple way of reviewing facts.

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Math Manual, Part 1 Chapter 2 ~ Play 10: Monsters That Re-Group

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I love exploring math concepts in a hands on low-pressure way before a child is expected to master the skill on paper.  This lesson on addition with re-grouping was perfect! We began with a pile of small dots and she estimated how many she thought there were.  She then divided them into groups of ten into the rings and we counted.

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To make things more interesting, we added a set of green dots and then grouped those to add the two numbers together!  I modeled the equation for her on a card just so she could see it but the main purpose of this lesson was to just get the feel for grouping and regrouping.

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We did one example with re-grouping as shown below. I started by giving her 14 greens and 8 blacks and then she divided them into groups of ten, and got the answer.

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See more math fun we have had with Spielgaben!

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2nd Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

2nd Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

My daughter is 7 and going into 2nd grade this year. Below are the 2nd grade homeschool curriculum choices we have made for Ladybug! Changes may come, but this is the plan for now!

Curious to see what she did in the past?

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2nd Grade Subjects

We will not be doing all of these every day. Follow along with us and I will share throughout the year so you can see how it all fits in!

More Thoughts

Math ~ We have chosen to start Teaching Textbooks with Ladybug because we love it so much!  Both of our boys use TT and we plan to continue with all kids.  Ladybug will also continue on with Life of Fred, simply because we love those too. Spielgaben is a fun way for us to do some fun hands-on math each month.

Reading ~ Ladybug reads above grade level and can comprehend above grade level also.  She LOVES to read and spends lots of her free time reading.  At this point she doesn’t need a reading curriculum to teach her how to read so we are going to read together!  I did get her a Reading Comprehension workbook, to be sure she stays on top of those skills.

Spelling ~ All About Spelling Level 2~  We used level 1 and it works well for her so we will be moving on to level 2!

Grammar ~ We will be using First Language Lessons Level 2 and Growing with Grammar Level 2.  I really like the differing approaches, and both are very simple and don’t take a lot of time each day. I also created a set of PowerPoints to go along with the poems she will be memorizing this year through First Language Lessons.

Handwriting ~ Logic of English Cursive ~ She learned her lowercase letters last year and got through some of the uppercase.  We will finish learning the uppercase and work more on cursive handwriting.

Science ~ My husband teaches our kids science and while at Teach Them Diligently, he decided on Apologia’s Swimming Creatures for Ladybug and Krash. They are all thrilled and I am just thrilled that he teaches science!

Bible ~ Picture Smart Bible K-3 Old/New Testament ~ She will do this with Krash {5th grade}.

Art ~ Although I am horrible at keeping up with art, I decided to buy the Home Art Studio 2nd grade DVD and the Holiday Arts and Crafts to use with Ladybug.  Hopefully between those two I will do a few projects with her!

Geography ~ I got her Evan-Moor Beginning Geography just to be sure she know basic geography skills. I wanted a simple workbook format for this year and this was my favorite after looking at several options.

History and World Geography  ~ Ladybug will join Krash for world history, world geography. We are using the same plan as last year…just continuing on!


The Visual Version

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Stick around and see our homeschool year unfold!

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Drawing Tutorial Printables G through L

Let's Draw Printables - G, H, I, J, K, L

We have a new set of Let’s Draw A-Z Printables for you! Letters G, H, I, J, K and L are free to download here and other free sets will be coming. If you don’t want to wait, you can grab the full set here in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop.

Each page features  a heading which can be colored, the drawing tutorial, and a space for drawing. The space is at the bottom of the page so you can easily trim it off to just keep your child’s drawing. Let’s Draw an giraffe, hippo, iguana, jellyfish, koala and ladybug!

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Download G, H, I, J, K, L for free here!

Grab the entire set here in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop 

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Exploring Angles 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 Angles with Spielgaben


Exploring Angles

We have been using our Spielgaben set to explore angles this month.

Math Manual, Part 3, Chapter 1 ~ Play 30: Spreading a Paper Fan

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I knew she would love this lesson, it was fun!  First we created a fan together to talk about angles in a very hands on way.

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I introduced her to the concept of a protractor and we practiced a bit with our fan.

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We created angles using pieces from set #8 and traced them to form angles.  Then she colored those in.

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Placing stickers to reinforce the angle point.

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Once we were done, we discussed the sizes of the different angles and compared them.

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Math Manual, Part 3 Chapter 1 ~ Play 31: Fish Are Eating a Right AngleSpielgaben Math Play 31

Again, I had no doubts that she would love this lesson.  She saw the fish and she was all in. I premade the fish, and we got right to it, using them to discuss right angles.

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We used different shapes to see if the right angle fish could “eat” them, to help determine which shapes had right angles.

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We drew little corners to show which had right angles and where they were.

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Then we took our fish around the room to find other right angles!

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Unrelated to angles, here’s a photo of one of her creations from the Nature Guide!

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See more math fun we have had with Spielgaben!

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1st Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices Year-End Review

1st Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices Year End Review

The homeschool curriculum choices blog posts are great, but what I really want to know is what families thought AFTER they used the curriculum they chose!

Next up, 1st grade!  Here’s a reminder of the original 1st Grade Curriculum Choices post.

1st Grade Subjects

    Below I will give a small review of each subject, if you have more specific questions about anything, just leave me a comment and I will do my best to answer!

Reading All About Reading Level 2

A perfect fit for her! She loved it! By the end of AAR Level 2 she was extremely fluent and reading above grade level. I highly recommend AAR! 

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We did LOADS of supplemental reading, she is my bookworm.  We began and are still reading through the Little House books together.  We also read the My Father’s Dragon Series.

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We went to the library a lot and I documented many of her favorite books from the year in this post!

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Spelling All About Spelling Level 1

We love All About Spelling and level 1 was a great fit for her this year.  We spaced out the lessons over the year, although she probably could have done level 1 and 2 this year – I am in no rush. Our basic routine was to do the lesson on the board, using the app when we learned new sounds, then she would write her words in a notebook.

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Grammar First Language Lessons Level 1 & Growing with Grammar 1

We aren’t completely done with these books yet and will be finishing over the summer before beginning level 2 of each in the fall. She has more free time in the summer so as we worked with the boys to complete all of their schoolwork, she got a few weeks of lighter work.

These are both great programs and certainly don’t need to be used together, I just really like both. I love the workbook format of GWG and the oral format of FLL.

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Writing Write Shop Primary A  & Story Starters

Ladybug naturally likes to write {unlike my boys at this age}, which is a joy. We used Write Shop A as our base curriculum but didn’t finish the entire program. It got a bit easy for her and I don’t own level B so once I noticed it was too easy, we just stopped and she wrote for fun. She used our Story Starters to inspire free writing also.

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Handwriting Logic of English Cursive Handwriting

Doing cursive with her this year was a good decision, she was ready.  Although she didn’t always love learning new letters and practicing old letters, she was totally capable.  My goal this year was to introduce her to the lowercase letters and we accomplished that. We even got started on upper case letters.

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For each letter she created a drawing, and we ended up with a cute collection!

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For 2nd grade I will continue teaching the upper case letters and begin working with her on using cursive naturally when doing some of her assignments.

Math Life of Fred, Mathseeds {the math portion of Reading Eggs}, Spielgaben

Our laid back math plans were perfect for her this year. She was too advanced for a traditional 1st grade math program, but we weren’t wanting to rush her. Life of Fred was perfect and we will be continuing with LOF as a supplement next year also. Mathseeds was a great fit for her also.

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She loves our Spielgaben lessons, which I chose throughout the year as we went along.  I picked lessons from the manual that I thought she would enjoy and would enhance her math skills. Below you can see direct links to all we did. We will continue to supplement with Spielgaben.

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She will begin a more traditional math program in the fall, Teaching Textbooks 3

Science Evan Moor Skill Sharpeners Science Grade 1, The Curious Kid’s Science Book

We oved using these books!  She did too!  The Evan-Moor book was her main science curriculum and she did extra science activities and experiments from the other book.  Daddy led all of this and for that I am SO thankful!

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Unit Studies

I love doing unit studies with my kids, just wish I took time to do more!  We had fun with 3 of our own, and then were blessed to begin reviewing product for Ivy Kids Kits and got to enjoy 3 more units thanks to those kits!  She LOVED all of these!  Click on graphics to see the posts!

Bat Unit Study  Exploring Frogs Unit Study and Lapbook  Owl Unit Study and Lapbook 

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Character We Choose Virtues

We made it through all of the virtues and she really enjoyed this! It was a great fit for her this year!

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Art Home Art Studio

I am such an art slacker. I am actually impressed that we completed 2 entire projects from our Home Art Studio Disc. Ladybug is naturally creative and artistic so she did tons of spontaneous artwork on her own, but these are the only two from our actual curriculum!

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Bible ~ Picture Smart Bible K-3 Old Testament {with Krash}

See why we love Picture Smart Bible here!

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US Geography ~ {with Krash}

See our USA Geography Wrap-Up here!


Group Subjects ~ Mystery of History, World Geography

Daddy taught History to all 3 kids. We continue to love The Mystery of History and we will be continuing on with it next year for the younger 2 kids.

Daddy and I both taught World Geography this year, and it is a great fit. We will be using the same plan with the little 2 next year also.



Stay tuned, I will be sharing our curriculum choices for 9th grade, 5th grade, and 2nd Grade soon!

See our Year End Review for 8th Grade here and our Year-End Review for 4th Grade here!

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See last year’s Year-End Review posts by clicking on each grade level below!

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