Playful Learning with Spielgaben ~ Soma Cube

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!

Soma Cube with Spielgaben

Recently we did something really fun and all of my kids enjoyed this, even though I did the actual lesson with Ladybug!  Below you can see screenshots from the pdf file we used from the Math Guide, Play 47.

  Spielgaben Math Play 47

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I chose this lesson randomly because I thought it looked fun.  Little did I know it would entertain and challenge all three of my kids for weeks!

I began by getting out the needed cubes for the lesson.  Just setting out the pieces is enough to draw her in and usually gets her asking to do the lesson.

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She went right to work taping up the different combinations, with very little help from me.  She followed the guide on my iPad, and did well.

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The shapes were a bit “flippy” until the backs were taped, she thought this was hilarious!

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Once all of the shapes were complete, she tried to make a cub on her own withoutthe instructions.  We both failed. Winking smile

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I then showed her the guide and didn’t tell her anything.  She followed it all on her own with complete success!

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She was so excited and has since done it again MANY times, without the guide!  She has also challenged her brothers and Daddy too.

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I took a small video for you to show us in action.


Free Play

Free play happens quite a bit, I just don’t always get photos!  She LOVES this board and making designs with the small circles. She doesn’t always like cleaning them up, but she sure like creating with them!

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Exploring Bats ~ Bats Lapbook and Unit Study

Bat Unit Study

This summer we are trying out a few unit study options for Ladybug and Lapbooks were something I wanted to try with her.  I let her choose her first topic, and although it is not what I would have chosen, she enjoyed it because it is what SHE chose ~ BATS!

We got our printables from:

Here is a peek at her completed lapbook…

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She loved learning to draw the bat.  She made a few small ones, and then made the big one that she ended up choosing for the back of her lapbook.

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Coloring is still a favorite, this also ended up on the back of her lapbook.

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Learning about echolocation

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Diurnal and nocturnal animals…

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Carnivore, herbivore and omnivore animal sorting…

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Below she was painting the bat printable craft, she still loves these!

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These are the books we used for our study, all but Stellaluna came from the library.  The National Geographic Kids Bats one is the one we used the most.

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After completing this study she told me she didn’t like the Lapbook as much as I thought she did.  I was a bit disappointed as I thought I might have found her sweet spot!  We are going to try a notebook method with some of the Lapbook printables for her next chosen theme – OWLS!  Stay tuned to see how we do that one and if she likes it!



Bible Verse Printables Letter S

S is for Servant Printables

Our Raising Lil’ Rock Stars Bible Verse Printables for the Letter S are available to download for free! S is for SERVANT! This set is based on Matthew 23:11, “The greatest among you will be your servant.” 

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

Coloring ~ She hasn’t wanted to color lately but she asked if we could color the picture together so of course we did! I love coloring time because it gives such a great opportunity for discussion. 

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Cut and Glue the Verse ~ this is a great word work activity for her, identifying 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. I cut this verse into strips for her instead of individual words since it was so long.

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The verse tune printables are only available in the bundle but you can hear her singing along in the video. The tune is “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.”

 

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 S printables here!

Raising Lil' Rock Stars Letter S for Servant

 Scroll down until you see the graphic for letter S 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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See other letters in action by clicking the graphics below!

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1st Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

1st Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

My daughter is 6 and going into 1st grade this year. Below are the 1st grade homeschool curriculum choices we have made for Ladybug!

Curious to see what she did in the past?

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1st 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!


    The Weekly Plan

    Here’s how I think it will all fit together in a week.  This is my first draft of a weekly outline.  We are very flexible and will adjust as needed.  You will notice her heavier days are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday – this is because these are K’s long gymnastics days and he is gone.  I do his heavier schooling on Monday and Wednesday, which is why those are lighter days for her. 

    1st Grade Weekly

 

More Thoughts

Reading ~ All About Reading Level 2 ~ This is the obvious next step for us as she completes level 1.  We are very pleased with All About Reading and my daughter loves it.

Spelling ~ All About Spelling Level 1 ~  We used this with our boys and are hoping it works just as well for her!

Grammar ~ We will be using First Language Lessons Level 1 and Growing with Grammar Level 1.  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 ~ I am going to try again with her, we will see if it will work.  My oldest learned cursive in 1st grade, my middle learned in 2nd grade.  I may have to postpone this but it’s on my list.

Writing ~ Write Shop Primary A will be our main curriculum.  I bought this years ago and it sat on my shelf.  We will now put it to use!  We will also be doing more free writing using my Story Starters cards.

Daily Literacy Practice ~ We just love this series and will be continuing on.  This is an independent activity for her to get more practice.

Science ~ I chose a simple workbook format to keep things easy.  I looked at a few and landed on Evan-Moor Skill Sharpeners.  I really like the images, lessons, experiments and layout of the book.  She is using the K book right now for the summer and already loves it. I think this is a good fit for us.

Bible ~ Picture Smart Bible K-3 Old Testament ~ She will do this with Krash {4th grade}.

Character ~ We Choose Virtues ~ I decided to go back to this {we used it years ago} because I think Ladybug will really like the illustrations and simple stories to reinforce character qualities. 

USA Geography ~ We will focus on the United States this year with my two youngest {1st and 4th grade}.  You can see our USA Geography plan here

Group Subjects  ~ Ladybug will join the boys for world history, world geography, and US history.  She really enjoys these lessons and fits right in with us!

Math ~ We will be doing loads of math with our Spielgaben set, math apps we love, Kahn Academy online, and using our Life of Fred A-D set.  I have no concrete plan and will adjust as we move along.  I am planning to use Teaching Textbooks 3 {which is closer to a 2nd grade level} when she is ready for a formal curriculum.  That may be near the end of her 1st grade year, or the following year.  They have great placement tests so I will just start her when I feel she is ready!  Follow along with us and you will see when that is!

 

The Visual Version

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You can see our 4th grade choices here and our 8th grade choices here.

4th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices  8th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

 

Stick around and see our homeschool year unfold! 

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Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum Choices ~ Year-End Review

Kindergarten 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!  I will be sharing a series of posts with you; evaluating our choices in each grade level and our group subjects.

Next, Kindergarten! Here’s a reminder of the original Kindergarten Curriculum Choices post, and here are our literacy and math goals.

Homeschool Kindergarten Literacy Goals  Homeschool Kindergarten Math Goals

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Below I will go through each one separately and tell you our thoughts now that the year is complete. But before I do that I want to answer the most frequently asked question I get about our Kindergarten – always about our daily routine!

Although every day was different, and things changed throughout the year, here’s a basic outline of what we did each week…

  • Literature Units ~ almost every day we usually did 1-3 activities per day.
  • YCR Sight Words ~ more intense in the beginning, with up to 3 activities per day, more mild in the end when she was learning the words faster.  1-2 activities per day, only 2-3 days a week.
  • YCR Word Families ~ same as above, more intense and daily in the beginning, only 2 days a week near the end.
  • RLRS ~ we usually did one letter per week, doing 1 activity per day.  For most of the year she did the coloring page, the letter tracing page and the glue the verse page.  This was a small part, although we did spend lots of casual time talking about the verse and learning the verse tune.
  • Logic of English Foundations A~ we did a few lessons per week, depending on the lessons.  I would stop when she seemed done.  Some of the lessons were longer so there wasn’t an exact method to this.
  • All About Reading 1 ~ we started this in the early spring and she flew through it usually doing at least one lesson per day, sometimes more {at her request}
  • Spielgaben ~ we usually only did 1 formal lesson per week, sometimes 2.  There was free play a lot but I usually only planned 1-2 lessons per week.  I loved the simple and engaging math lessons we did with Spielgaben, which we are still doing and will do throughout 1st grade!
  • Daily Literacy & Spelling ~ she did this with Daddy, usually about 3-4 times per week. She really liked both, so it was a pretty simple add in.

Kindergarten Literature Units

I created these units on a whim and they were by far my favorite part of her homeschool year!  This was the core of her math curriculum, building in Kindergarten math skills in a simple way. She loved these units as much as I did. I am so glad I went with this plan, it was a great fit for her.

Here’s a recap of the units she completed during her Kindergarten year, in the order we did them.

Hi Pizza Man Kindergarten Literature Unit Study in Action My Cats Nick and Nora Kindergarten Literature Unit In Action The Selfish Crocodile Kindergarten Literature Unit in Action Goose Kindergarten Literature Unit in Action A Color of His Own Unit Study in ActionThe Dog Who Had Kittens Kindergarten Literature Unit Study In Action Mr. Cookie Baker Kindergarten Literature Unit in Action Counting is for the Birds Unit Study in Action Five Little Chicks Kindergarten Literature Unit in Action

You Can Read Sight Words

This was a great fit for Ladybug, as it was for Krash when he used it. She picked up on sight words quickly and enjoyed the units.  Near the end we actually stopped before the units were complete because I “pretested” her before preparing the next unit and she already knew the words!  Her reading skills really took off in the spring and there was no need to work on words she already knew!  So, we stopped YCR Sight Words after Unit 13 {skipping units 14-18}.  We did very little with the color/number word units also, since she knew those words too.

Here’s a recap of the units she completed this year.

You Can Read Sight Words Kindergarten Year End Review

You Can Read Word Families

I only wish I had created these earlier in the year.  I added them in a bit too late in the year but she still loved them.  After 7 units she had mastered CVC words so I didn’t even use the remaining units I had created with her.  Had we begun earlier we would have been able to use them all I bet.

Here’s a recap of the units she completed, click to see the post!

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Raising Lil’ Rock Stars Through the Bible A-Z

She enjoyed learning verses with me, but this wasn’t her favorite part of homeschooling Kindergarten.  She didn’t dislike it, she just preferred other subjects. It was a very simple way to do a few things ~ memorize and learn verses, work on handwriting, reinforce new words within the verses and practice sight words. We didn’t make it through the entire alphabet, mostly due to life circumstances slowing us down.  We are currently still finishing!

See all of the units we have done here

Raising Lil' Rock Stars Graphic Draft 2

Logic of English Foundations A

We both LOVED LOE Foundations A!  I explained how we used this curriculum along with All About Reading in this post.  We were given LOE to review and I wanted to give it a try.  It ended up being the perfect thing to use right before All About Reading Level 1.

I tried to write out my review of this but just couldn’t so I made a video instead.  It’s about 6 minutes, walking you through the parts I really liked about this curriculum.

All About Reading Level 1

We began AAR 1 after we hit lesson 30 in LOE A, around February. It was the perfect transition and she has breezed through the All About Reading lessons.

She LOVED the books and so do I.  We will be moving on with AAR and beginning level 2 soon! Here’s a post I shared about organizing All About Reading.

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Spielgaben

This was such a fun part of our homeschool and a part that I am really glad we added in.  Much of her math knowledge has come from working with our Spielgaben set. We will be continuing on with Spielgaben for 1st grade, mainly for math.

Spielgaben in Homeschool Kindergarten  Spielgaben ~ Is it Worth it

Playful Learning with Spielgaben August 2014 Playful Learning with Spielgaben September 2014 Playful Learning with Spielgaben October 2014 Playful Learning with Spielgaben November 2014 Playful Learning with Spielgaben December 2014Playful learning with Spielgaben January 2015 Playful Learning with Spielgaben February 2015 Playful Learning with Spielgaben March 2015 Math Play with Spielgaben - ideas for learning addition to 10 Exploring Symmetry with Spielgaben

Integrity Time Bible

I truly love this program, but sadly I had to let it go when we were going through our move, and my husband’s injury recovery.  It was the extra that just had to give. She really, really liked the lessons, I just didn’t make time to add them back in once we moved. Integrity Time Bible -1175

Daily Literacy

We loved our Daily Literacy work and I made a little video to give you a better look…

Spelling

I ordered a simple spelling book using Zulily credit and I am so glad I did.  It ended up being a great fit for my daughter, here’s a peek in a video I made

Kindergarten Apps

We used some great apps this year and I share them in this post.  I love everything listed and we will continue to use our iPad for homeschool learning in 1st grade too!

Kindergarten and 1st Grade Learning Apps

Want to see more of Kindergarten in action? Browse through our wrap-up posts, they are listed in order here and there’s a section for each of my kids in each post.


Stay tuned, I will be sharing our year-end review for our All Together subjects.  I will also be sharing our curriculum choices for 8th grade, 4th grade, 1st grade and All Together subjects.

We already shared our 7th Grade Year-End Review and our 3rd Grade Year-End Review.

3rd Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices Year-End Review  7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices Year-End Review