Playful Learning with Spielgaben March 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!

 Playful Learning with Spielgaben March 2015

Lessons We Enjoyed

This month we use a couple worksheets to review fractions.  These are from Worksheet Pack #7, Level 2.  Below you can see screenshots from the pdf file we used.

Spielgaben Worlsheet 7 Level 2  Spielgaben Worksheet 7 level 2

We have learned basic fractions before but it has been awhile.  We used these as a discussion tool as she created and wrote. Loads of vocabulary going on in an easy and fun way.

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After we worked together we made more models using other shapes practicing our fraction vocabulary.

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Free Play

The new additions to Spielgaben have been a HUGE hit with my kids.  She gets them out a lot just to play.  This day I captured some of her creations.

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She worked really hard making spinning tops and had a blast spinning them with me!

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This entire creation had a story to it, I wish I had written it down.  She has quite the imagination!

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She loves creating just about anything, I think this was a fish if I remember correctly!

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Mommy Inspired Play

Remember the big project she assigned herself last month?  The clean up became another project this month!  She wasn’t nearly as self-motivated to do this one, so it was “mommy-inspired’ if you know what I mean. 

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You Can Read Sight Words Unit 12

You Can Read Sight Words continues to be a fun part of our homeschool Kindergarten.  Along with adding these new words, we also reviewed the previous words from unit 1, unit 2, unit 3, unit 4, unit 5, unit 6, unit 7, unit 8, unit 9, unit 10 and unit 11.

You can see how we store ALL of our You Can Read stuff here.

Here’s a post sharing You Can Read Unit 12 with Krash when he did it!  See all of Krash’s Kindergarten posts here.

You Can Read Sight Words Unit 12

We are now using these alongside of our new You Can Read Word Family printables.  She is learning 4 new sight words and one word family per week now.  We will slow down if she needs to, but this seems to be just right for her at this time.

Here’s the photo recap of what I captured…

We started with our cubes!  This is always a fun way to practice old words and new words!

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Color by number sight word

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Funny fonts with dot paint.

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Easy reader

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Color by number sight words

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Fun work with the Bitsboard app.  Here’s the basics of how to use Bitsboard and the You Can Read word lists {it’s for Apple only} ~ Download Bitsboard app {free}, open Bitsboard, select "Catalog" over on the right, it’s blue at the top, select "Shared,"  type in the search area on the top right. Scroll until you find the units you’re looking for.

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She loves the word puzzles!

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Roll and graph…

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Sentence search…

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Word puzzles…

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We did some assessment this week.  Here she was doing the writing words assessment.  She also did the reading words assessment.

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Her completed work…

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  Download the FREE printables for You Can Read Unit 12 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, unit 2, unit 3, unit 4, 1-4 review, unit 5, unit 6, unit 7, unit 8, unit 9, unit 10 and unit 11!

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See other reading posts below!

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Bible Verse Printables Letter N

Our Raising Lil’ Rock Stars Bible Verse Printables for the Letter N are available to download for free! N  is for NEIGHBOR! This set is based on Galatians 5:14, For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Bible Verse Printables N is for Neighbor

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

The coloring page,  we worked together on this one.  Lots of discussion about the meaning of the verse occurs during our coloring time. This was a great discussion time for us with lots of role playing.

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Color ~ Trace ~ Write the letter Nn…

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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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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 N in this video!  In case you don’t catch it, 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 N printables here!

Raising Lil' Rock Stars Letter N for Neighbor

 Scroll down until you see the graphic for letter N 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!



See other letters in action by clicking the graphics below!

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You Can Read Word Families ~ UG Word Family in Action

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, and the _op Word Family in action here!

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

ug Word Family Printables

I have not created all of the sets I plan to create, but have several done and am working quickly on them!  Since I am using one set per week with Ladybug, I have to work fast! I plan to release freebies from each unit on my blog and share some ideas for using the printables. I have already released free _at Q-Tip Painting, _at Word Puzzles, _et Play Dough Mats, _et Funny Font Word Hunt, _ig Mini Book and _op Roll and Graph. Sometimes you may also find entire sets free within blog posts or in our newsletters or blog emails!  Full sets will also be listed in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop for $1.25 each and when I am all done I will bundle the entire set at a discounted price!


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. These photos also show the order we used the printables, she helped me choose what to do each day. All of the printables are in a binder so she can easily flip through and choose.


Word Puzzles!

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Roll and Graph ~ She chose to record by drawing animals and people in the boxes, see more ideas for using roll and graph here!

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BINGO! A very simple version of BINGO which she loves!  We play several times in a row!

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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.

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Matching ~ draw a line to match the word to the correct picture.

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Word Search ~ all words are left to right to make it easier for younger kids.

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Using her Perler Bead letters to identify beginning sounds.

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

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Q-Tip Painting {aka Play Dough Dots Printables}, see ideas for using Q-Tip painting printables here! As you can see we used tiny Play Dough dots for a change this week!

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Making Words!

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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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I hang her work up by her desk each week, here’s an end of the week photo.

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Would you like the entire ug 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!

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

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Goose ~ Kindergarten Literature Unit in Action

We are back to doing a Kindergarten Literature Unit, consistently now and just finished Goose! I am finding myself getting sentimental about her Kindergarten year coming to a close and want to fit in as many fun units like this that I can!

Goose Kindergarten Literature Unit in Action

I usually set up a central area for our theme focus but we didn’t own 1 single goose so we compromised and brought a basket of birds along for our unit.  A basket of stuffed birds and the book was the extent of our theme set up…simple and just perfect.  She loved having the birds with us all week!  I forgot to take a picture though!

We spread this unit out over two weeks, doing just a little each day.

Day One

We spent a lot of time just reading and discussing the book on day one!  We then went on to our first and only activity, sorting mammals and birds. This was a new concept for her so we took a long time discussing the differences together!

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Day Two

G is for…

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Making patterns with eggs. adult and baby geese…

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She really enjoyed the character connection which talked about how God made the goose special with her ability to fly.  We then discussed ways he made Ladybug special. She chose the ones she wanted and colored a picture of herself.

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Day Three

Day three, she painted a goose.  That was it.  Then we waited for it to dry and she cut it out and put it together!

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Day Four

Working on reading number words one-ten with our 3 part card matching.

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Life cycle of a goose

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Rhyming words

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Day Five

Sequencing the story…

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Day Seven

We did something new with the tracing numbers printable.  I drew colored starting dots on each number and then laid the markers out.  Before she traced the numbers she had to pick the matching marker to use.  She really liked this!

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Day Eight

We worked on the other character connection, which was VERY applicable to her right now!  She is struggling in her gymnastics class and wanting things to be easier.  We are focusing on making positive statements there and trying, and not saying I can’t!  This activity taught the word perseverance and contrasted it with quitting.  Then we sorted phrases together to discuss the meanings. 

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The Bible verse was also a great fit, as she traced we discussed.

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Day Nine

For our final activity, she did the comprehension questions!  She is even beginning to read some of them herself now!

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All of our work from this unit!

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See our FREE printables for this unit here,

our Pinterest board here,

and our book and toy suggestions here!

Goose Kindergarten Literature Unit Printables  Toys and Books to go along with Goose Kindergarten UnitGoose Pinterest Board


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