Exploring Measurement 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 Measurement with Spielgaben

 

Exploring Measurement

We have been using our Spielgaben set to explore measurement this month. As we continue on with a very loose 1st grade math plan, I choose concepts I want to expose her to before beginning a more formal math program in 2nd grade.

Math Manual, Part 4, Chapter 1 ~ Play 48: Ruler for a GiantSpielgaben Math Play 48 Measurement

 

The lesson was to create a ruler using the metric system but we altered it to create a ruler using the U.S. system. I sure wish we used metric, it’s so much easier! But, since we don’t yet, I wanted to be sure she understood the U.S system of measurement as well.

 

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We counted out all of the tiny lines on a ruler and discussed what each meant as we built a ruler together.Spielgaben -3862

We taped it all together when we were done!

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We measured several items together and talked all about the actual ruler while also using our large version

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Math Manual, Part 4 Chapter 1 ~ Play 49: Could You Give Me a Cup of Juice?

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For our next lesson, we focused on capacity, which she loved!  First we created cups!

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Then, she chose what “liquid” to fill each with. She chose grape juice, milk and orange juice!

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We then dumped the cups and lined up the “liquids” to compare.

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This was a really fun lesson, she is still playing with the cups she made!


See more math fun we have had with Spielgaben!

 

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Exploring Fractions 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 fractions with Spielgaben

 

Exploring Fractions

We have been using our Spielgaben set to explore fractions this month. As we continue on with a very loose 1st grade math plan, I choose concepts I want to expose her to before beginning a more formal math program in 2nd grade.

Math Manual, Part 1, Chapter 4 ~ Play 18: Share a Cake with Friends

Spielgaben Math Ch 4 Fractions Play 18 Share a Cake

The first lesson we did was about sharing a cake with friends.  We got out play plates and a knife, and also some fraction toys we own. We had a great time roll-playing in a fun way to simply introduce & review fraction concepts.

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As the lesson went on we changed the number of blocks in the cake as well as the number of friends to share with.  This was a really fun lesson, she loved it!

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Math Manual, Part 1, Chapter 4 ~ Play 19: Cut the CakeSpielgaben Math Ch 4 Fractions Play 19 Cut the Cake

For our next lesson, a few days later, we continued to explore with the cake concept.  We took it a little farther than just playing, and used the concept to write some fractions too.

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I drew cakes for her and had her write {or copy} the correct fraction in each piece.

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Math Manual, Part 1, Chapter 4 ~ Play 20: 2D Figure PuzzleSpielgaben Math Ch 4 Fractions Play 20 2D Figure Puzzle

For our next lesson, we played a fun game from the Spielgaben manual. I created a die that had different fractions on each side.  We rolled the die and used shapes to create a design to represent the fraction.

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This was REALLY fun, we both enjoyed it a lot!

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Totally unrelated to fractions, but here’s another fun thing I caught her doing with our set this month, an adorable cat creation!  She still builds and creates freely with our set a lot!

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See more math fun we have had with Spielgaben!

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See version 4.0 here!

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Library Love ~ Our Reading Corner, Recent Favorite Books, and why we are finally in LOVE!

Library Book Reading Corner and Favorite Library Books for 1st Graders

Ladies and gentlemen, I am thrilled to announce we are finally in LOVE with the library and have been successfully in love for about a year now.  It took me many years to actually fall in love. I actually avoided the library for years out of my fear of library fines. I think this was due to a few factors;

1 – having young kids who struggled with following “library book” rules,

2 – not really enjoying our neighborhood library where we used to live,

3 – not having a routine in place to keep up with checked out books.

Thankfully all of those issues are now solved and my little bookworm is very happy about that. I regret not getting my act together sooner with this for her, but am pleased that we finally have this routine in our life.

This little area in our homeschool room has solved number 3 for me.  It is a library book only area.  No other books are allowed to mix in and the library books are not allowed to leave this area with out permission.  At age 6, she is old enough to understand this and does really well.  We haven’t had 1 fee since we moved here!

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We get the boys books too, but she is my library partner and loves to go with me.  We have a routine and I know now that I need to allow plenty of time for her to sit and read many of the books she has chosen.

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I have been taking photos of our very favorites before we return them and sharing on Instagram, we even have a hashtag to help you see them all at once #ladybugslibraryfavs. 

Here are some of our “favorites” photos. We have a huge home library so I can’t justify buying more at this point, but I know many of you are still building your home library! So, if you want to see them on Amazon, click the photo to see those specific books!

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1st Grade Library Book Favorites



Homeschool Wrap Up January & February 2016

Homeschool Wrap Up Jan and Feb 2016

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

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All Together Learning

 

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Our most important subject of the day isn’t really a subject, it’s the heart of our family.  Our morning Bible reading and prayer time continues on, although much more peaceful than when I first shared about it here! Currently, all three children takes turns reading aloud each morning and we discuss what we have read. Daddy leads this time and it’s a routine I treasure.

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We do 3 subjects all together and really enjoy our time with our kids all together {most of the time}.

Daddy teaches Mystery of History which is awesome. We are well into book 2.

We still love our Heroes of History books, although we are reading much slower right now – we have had a lot going on.  We are almost done with George Washington. We are still enjoying Liberty’s Kids DVDs, to help deepen our American Revolution knowledge.

You can see our entire World Geography plan here.  Daddy now teaches this too.   


1st & 4th Together Learning

Ladybug and Krash do two subjects together and it is working well!  We do Picture Smart Bible {K-3 Old Testament} and US Geography twice a week.

No Geography pictures this month!

We continue to enjoy Picture Smart Bible together, you can see the pages they have completed recently.  And my daughter’s lovely un-brushed hair.

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8th Grade

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Pac is by far my least photographed child because a majority of his schooling is done independently or with his Dad.

Here’s a peek of him hard at work on math, Teaching Textbooks Algebra 1.

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Science continues to be a family favorite, especially when he has an experiment!

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He is a pretty easy student and we are thankful.  Sure, we have issues, but overall he does what he is supposed to do. His dad oversees his math, spelling and science completely.  I oversee everything else.  Writing is the only subject I am still teaching directly.

One of my favorite portions of his homeschooling is his reading.  His favorites are in bold.

Here’s his completed list…

All of his other subjects are going well, we are pleased with our choices for him this year.


4th Grade

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In order to stay committed to his gymnastics he doubles up on his schoolwork 2 days a week so he can be free to practice the other 3 days. He really works hard on his two intense school days. We are usually working too hard to even remember to take any photos!  Here’s what he has spent most of January and February doing…

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He had 2 meets in January and 2 in February. We are now preparing for States and Regionals {March/April}. You can see more of his gymnastics here on Instagram.

We are almost finished reading  The Island of the Blue Dolphins together, which he LOVES.

He also reads books on his own at night and currently reading I Survived The Joplin Tornado 2011.

His reading list so far this year…

1st Grade

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She now does the following subjects with her Daddy: science, Growing with Grammar, & Life of Fred Math. I teach her the rest of her subjects. Below you will see a few highlights from Jan. and Feb.!


Math

We do a few different things for math and our combination is working beautifully for her.  She continues to LOVE Life of Fred.

Spielgaben is a great fit for her and we do about 2-3 lessons per week. See our recent posts here…

Create a Clock with Spielgaben   Multiplication with Spielgaben


Science

She continues to love our EvanMoor 1st Grade science book, and her teacher, Daddy, agrees.

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Grammar

Growing with Grammar and First Language Lessons are both wonderful and she enjoys both.  We use both because they are different, yet similar. She now does Growing with Grammar with her Dad so I don’t have any action shots!

Here she is working on her poems from First Language Lessons {she’s using our Poem PowerPoint}.

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Spelling

We are almost done with All About Spelling Level 1, I slowed her down since I didn’t really want to move on to level 2 yet.  She is doing really well with her spelling.  Below you can see her notebook, she likes to use my colored pens.

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Handwriting

We are using Logic of English Cursive, and have finished all of the lower case letters!

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Her filled up pocket chart with her drawings for each letter!

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Reading

All About Reading 2 is almost complete!. She loves the games in the lessons. She is now reading beyond the lessons we are doing, she has really taken off with her fluency and ability to just read anything.

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Ways we supplement reading development…

We go to the library at least twice a month, sometimes more! Her library books are read daily both independently and aloud! 

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Before we take books back I ask her to set out her very favorites and I snap a photo and share on Instagram.  These are some recent favorite stacks…

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Here’s our other posts from this year…

Homeschool Wrap-Up The First 6 Weeks with 1st, 4th and 8th Grade[3]  Homeschool Monthly Wrap Up October 2015  Homeschool-Wrap-Up-1st-grade-4th-gra[1]

 

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

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Exploring Time 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.

Create a Clock with Spielgaben

Exploring Time on an Analog Clock

We have been using our Spielgaben set to explore time this month. Ladybug has been learning time in her Life of Fred math book so I naturally took out the Spielgaben math lessons about time to enrich her learning in a hands on way.

Math Manual, Part 2, Chapter 1 ~ Play 24: Analog Clock Spielgaben Math Time

Using the activity presented in the Spielgaben Math Manual {shown above} as a base for our learning, we first created our own clock to work with. She helped me with all of the steps.

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We then reviewed how to tell time to the hour and the half hour.  We went back and forth a lot, all while using our newly created clock.

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She really liked her clock, it’s amazing how creating something simple together can really engage a child.

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On another day, we extended our learning by using cut up sitcky notes to make little hidden doors to remind her of the rest of the multiples of 5 all around the clock. She worked with me again, cutting up the papers, sticking them on and writing the numbers all around the clock.

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We then used this to learn more about telling time to the 5s – the little flaps were great for confidence boosting and by the end of one session with me she really grasped the count by 5s concepts and challenged herself to not peek in the flaps!

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We have continued to use our clock for review and will build even more on this, using other lessons in the Spielgaben Math Manual!


Totally unrelated to telling time, but here’s another fun thing I caught her doing with our set this month, making awesome tops!  She still builds and creates freely with our set a lot!

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See more math fun we have had with Spielgaben!

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See version 4.0 here!

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Spielgaben offers a special discount to my readers, just send an email to [email protected] mentioning 1+1+1=1 and you will be provided with a discount coupon!