Playful Learning with Spielgaben ~ July 2014

Welcome to our monthly Playful Learning with Spielgaben post!  If you missed the introduction to this new 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 is doing with this learning set!

Playful Learning With Spielgaben July 2014



This month we have been a bit off of our regular school schedule but have begun to build our Spielgaben lessons back into our school and free time.

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 began our work with Set 7.  We only did 2 lessons since we are not doing much planned school time right now.

We always begin with free exploration before starting any of the lessons.  She loves this and I try to give her as much time as she wants, even if it means we don’t actually get to a lesson that day!

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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!

The intro to set 7 included a chance to give each shape a nickname as well as learning the proper name.  She loved this!

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In addition to this we made our own chart and wrote the real names and her nicknames.  She only wanted nicknames for the different triangles.

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In the end, she made some of the shapes creatively!

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Lesson 7-1 was called Explore the Circle, and was all about making different things using the circle and semi-circle pieces.

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First, we made butterflies…

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A caterpillar, a boy and girl too!

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In the end we used the square to add to the semi circle to made hearts.  She then created this square heart on her own.

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Free Play

One day I set the trays on the floor an encouraged the kids to work together to create a game.  After a few minutes of encouraging, they had a blast and set up two different games together.

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The first was a ring toss…

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Then, they turned it into a disk toss.  They used the rings as the targets and the little circles to toss into the rings.

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For both games they used tally marks to keep score {the boys, not Ladybug}.

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Mommy Inspired Play

I set this up to go along with her You Can Read unit, she loved seeing her words made with her Spielgaben pieces.  I had hoped she would be interested in recreating them, but she wasn’t!  She just enjoyed reading them!

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I set this up to inspire the kids to add onto it.  I am not sure which kid even did the adding on, but I saw some additions later in the day, but then it was destroyed by another kid!

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I made the yellow spiral in one of the rings, using Wikki Stix.  Ladybug was immediately drawn in and made her own, on the right.

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The play continued and became a big creation.

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Little houses, people and lollipops.

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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.  Summer keeps us busy so there’s not much down time, but she did build this adorable dragonfly one day!

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Home Preschool Year in Review

Home Preschool Ideas



We had an awesome home preschool year and I am a bit sad to know it is over.  My days of homeschool preschool are completely done {sniff, sniff}.  It is such a special and fun time for me, even with all of the trials that preschoolers can bring {especially my little drama mama}.

Here’s a look back at all of our posts in order from start to finish, with my daughter.  I hope this helps you jump around when looking for ideas for home preschool! If you are just looking for preschool letter based ideas, here’s my A-Z home preschool round up.  Those posts are included in the list below also, so you can see how it all fit together.

We began home preschool with my Raising Rock Stars Preschool {RRSP}, and then switched gears. I will link the posts in order so you can see how it all happened. She began preschool in January of 2013, when she was 3.5 years old. We schooled through the summer and then I revaluated near the end and we began a new plan for the fall of 2013.

You can see it all linked in order below…

Here’s a few more of our preschool posts…

All By Myself Preschool Boxes  Hands on the Alphabet  Homeschooling Preschool

Homeschooling Preschoolers and Tots  Home Preschool A to Z from www.1plus1plus1equals1.net  Simple Sensory Bin Collection


We are now enjoying homeschool Kindergarten, if you missed our Kindergarten math and literacy goals they are linked below…

Homeschool Kindergarten Literacy Goals    Homeschool Kindergarten Math Goals

Bible Verse Printables ~ Letter C

RLRS Letter C Genesis 1 1 Bible Verse Printables



Our Raising Lil’ Rock Stars Bible Verse Printables for the Letter C are available to download for free!  C is for CREATED! This set is based on Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  This is one of the easier verse to explain to young children, and a shorter verse so easier to memorize!

We used the group version in my children’s church class of 4 & 5 year olds and really enjoyed it.

I am using the home bundle with Ladybug as a review, working on the verses again later on.  For example, in my class we are on the letter H right now, but at home we just worked on our review of letter C. She is in my children’s church class so she is getting the group teaching and then getting it again at home with me.

Here’s a peek at the work she did at home.

Here she was coloring the coloring page, she LOVES to color.  Again, she wanted to copy the poster graphic so you can see it sitting in front of her.

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Color ~ Trace ~ Write the letter Bb…

She dislikes this page so I changed it up for her and we used glue and string for the first set of letters, she loved this!

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Then, we used Wikki stix for the second set of letters, and she happily wrote the last set!

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Cut and Glue the Verse ~ this is a great word work activity for her, identifying individual words and sounds she knows as well as the Bible verse as a whole. She uses the printable that has the light gray matching words on it.

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I have been asked how we do this activity so I took a video to share what it looks like for her.  By the time we do this activity, she has the verse memorized which makes it easier.  If she didn’t I would read her each word and have her find the match.  You can easily adjust the difficulty level of this to meet the needs of your child. I shared a clip of this video on Instagram here!

 

We have a banner at church, which you can see a glimpse of here on Instagram. Here is  our home banner!

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Here’s the work Ladybug did at home…

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And, here’s Ladybug singing the verse for you!  The verse tune printables are only available in the bundle but you can hear the tune for Letter C in this video!  In case you don’t catch it, the tune is Jingle Bells.

 

The free version is ONLY for home use.  If you will be using these printables in a church setting, private group, co-op, preschool or other group you will need to purchase the group bundle here.

Download your free Letter C printables here!

Scroll down until you see the graphic for letter C and click on it to download the PDF file.

Bible Verse Printables Letter C is for Created

Download or printing trouble? See tips here!

These printables are from Raising Lil’ Rock Stars, see more info here!

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You Can Read Sight Words ~ Unit 2

You Can Read Sight Words Unit 2



We slowed down with You Can Read while we enjoyed a total school break and some vacation time!  We spread this unit out over a few weeks, only working on days she asked me to.  She learned these 4 words so quickly! Along with adding these new words, we also reviewed the previous 4 words.  She is really doing well, it seems I hit the sweet spot of her being ready to read, I am glad I waited!

Here’s a post sharing You Can Read Sight Words Unit Two with Krash when he did it!  See all of Krash’s Kindergarten posts here.

 

Unit Organization

You can see how we store ALL of our You Can Read stuff here.  For current units I use thisYou-Can-Read--7714_thumb1 metal file container {Target} and hanging folders.  The pink ones are You Can Read units, the yellow are her Kindergarten Literature Unit Study Printables {which we are not using during the summer but will pick back up again in August}.  I have a daily lesson plan for both in a sheet protector in the front.  The You Can Read printable lesson plan is here.

I have been asked a lot how we do things so I am trying to outline it for you as much as possible, there’s even a couple of video clips!  I am not sure if I will blog all the way through You Can Read like this, but if it is helpful, I might, let me know! Below you will see exactly what we did on each day and how I spread it out.

 

Day One

Here’s a before shot showing what we did together on the first day with unit two.  We focused a LOT on the sight word caterpillar and instead of hanging him on a wall we are using our pocket chart so we can take the circles down and use them during the lessons.

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After I taught her her the words, she built them…

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We read the book, Me Too! together and then she read it alone. This one is from the Sight Word Readers.

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Word shapes in the dry erase center!

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Day Two

Here is the before shot for day 2.

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She chose stamping words first!

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Next up, word puzzles!

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Then a very creative color by number sight word!  And she was gladly using her pom pom pencil grip correction, we are still working on getting the grip better even with the pom pom helper.

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Finally, tracing to connect words, I was shocked, she read them all without hesitating!  Learned this set way faster than the first set of words.

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Day Three

Our third day of lessons with these words…

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She chose her easy reader first…

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Dot Painting her funny font words…

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We played BINGO, with mini Spielgaben pieces.

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Day Four

Day 4 with these words, by this day she knew them solidly with no hesitation, so it was a fun review.

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She chose play dough words first…

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Happily posing with her finished words {she wanted to move them onto my desk off of the pages}

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Working on the word search, using the display words to help find the words.

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We had an AWESOME time playing throw and read with our Education Cubes inserts!

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Here’s a video clip of us playing…

 

Day Five

 

I set up a few activities for her and she chose what to do first.

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I set up two word play areas, one here with our magnetic letter construction kit, which she was totally UNimpressed by and didn’t even touch, except to redesign my words into a family.

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She loved this one, I made the words using our caterpillar word circles and some of our Spielgaben pieces.  She didn’t want to recreate the words, but loved reading them to me.

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Finding and circling words in sentences…

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Tracing her words…

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Color by word…

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Finally, she played two mini games on Bitsboard.  If you misses our Unit 1 post, I described Bitsboard and how we are using it with You Can Read {and how to find the word lists I created}.

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She learned these words so quickly, I didn’t even do all of the activities with her.  It was time to move on! I will adjust each week based on how quickly she masters the words.  With You Can Read I don’t move on without mastery, or very close to it.  If she doesn’t know them we just keep playing with them until she does, that’s why I provide TONS of activities to choose from to take the units as far as you might need to!

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Download the FREE printables for You Can Read Unit 2 here

Purchase the You Can Read Bundle here {get access to the bonus items}

See our You Can Read YouTube playlist here

See our post featuring Unit 1 here!

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Bible Verse Printables Letter B

RLRS Letter B John 3 16 Bible Verse Printables


 

Our Raising Lil’ Rock Stars Bible Verse Printables for the Letter B are available to download for free!  B is for BELIEVES! This set is based on John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  This is a foundational verse in the Bible, and teaches kids some big words  like perish and eternal {depending on the version you use they may vary}.  We illustrate the word eternal by stretching our arms out wide and pointing on each end to show that it means never ending.

We used the group version in my children’s church class of 4 & 5 year olds and really enjoyed it.

I am using the home bundle with Ladybug as a review, working on the verses again later on.  For example, in my class we are on the letter F right now, but at home we just worked on our review of letter B. She is in my children’s church class so she is getting the group teaching and then getting it again at home with me.

Here’s a peek at the word she did at home.

Here she was coloring the coloring page, she LOVES to color.  Again, she wanted to copy the poster graphic so you can see it sitting beside her.

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Color ~ Trace ~ Write the letter Bb…

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Cut and Glue the Verse ~ this is a great word work activity for her, identifying individual words and sounds she knows as well as the Bible verse as a whole. This verse is a bit longer so I cut the words out in rows for her and gave her one row at a time. She uses the printable that has the light gray matching words on it.

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You can see her verse bracelet below.  She got one when we did it in Children’s Church awhile back too.  She wasn’t too interested in a photo so I had to steal one while she was playing!

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Here’s a shot of how we did the letter page at church, I have all of the kids sign it on the day they are there! I just love all of their little signatures.

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We have a banner at church, which you can see a glimpse of here on Instagram.  Here is  our home banner!

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Here’s the work Ladybug did at home…

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And, here’s Ladybug singing the verse for you!  The verse tune printables are only available in the bundle but you can hear the tune for Letter B in this video!  In case you don’t catch it, the tune is Jesus Loves Me.

 

The free version is ONLY for home use.  If you will be using these printables in a church setting, private group, co-op, preschool or other group you will need to purchase the group bundle here.

Download your free Letter B printables here!

Scroll down until you see the graphic for letter B and click on it to download the PDF file.

Download or printing trouble? See tips here!

These printables are from Raising Lil’ Rock Stars, see more info here!

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