Exploring 3 Dimensional Shapes 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 3D Shapes with Spielgaben

 

Lessons We Enjoyed

We are using Spielgaben as a portion of her 1st grade math curriculum.  For now, I am choosing lessons based on her needs.  She has mastered many 1st grade level skills so I knew she didn’t need a full 1st grade curriculum.  Spielgaben is a great fit for her right now!

Each week I choose lessons or worksheets for her and write them into our lesson plans.  Yes, this takes a bit more time than following a pre-written math curriculum, but I want her working on what she needs. I wouldn’t have been as confident in doing this years ago, but now I am after homeschooling 2 other kids at this grade level!

Below you can see her lesson which is from Worksheet Set 2, Level 3, Activity 1 {in case you own Spielgaben and are looking for these specific worksheets, I will label them like this so you can easily find them}.

This worksheet introduced Sphere, Cylinder and Cube, which she loved!

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On another day she worked on Worksheet Set 2, Level 3,  Activity 3. Another way to explore these new shapes.

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Much fun was had the day we used Worksheet Set 2, Level 3, Activity 4!

We explored 3D shapes by exploring the side, edge and apex with paint!

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Note- we should have used a brown paint, or put tape over our blocks before stamping with them.  They did absorb the purple paint she chose.  We don’t mind but I figure many of you might!  So, if you do this, be sure to add some tape to the parts of the block that will go in the paint and then peel off when finished.  Also use a color closer to the block itself just in case!

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She loved this so much, she asked to get more shapes out and make mystery pictures.

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When the paint was dry we went back to the worksheet that inspired this lesson and drew in our findings.

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Another recent lesson was from Worksheet Set 2, Level 3, Activity 2.

We used one of the soft yarn spheres and one of the wooden spheres to discuss similarities and differences. 

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This was pretty easy for her so I decided to take the opportunity to introduce her to Venn Diagrams and drew a quick one for her.

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I am so pleased with her interest and learning so far.  I was a bit hesitant to take this route {the more random week to week style} for her math, but so far, so good!  I am enjoying her enthusiasm, she loves her Spielgaben lessons!

 

See version 4.0 here!

I can’t say enough about the new storage system, it is AWESOME!

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Life of Fred Elementary Math Giveaway!

Life of Fred Giveaway

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One of the amazing deals featured at Educents is Life of Fred Math. Up until about 2 years ago I had never even looked at Life of Fred, and had no clue what all the fuss was about.  I bought 4 of the elementary math books to use with Krash last year as a supplemental review and we fell in love! 

We are now using the same books with Ladybug this year, as more of a main math program for 1st grade. Educents kindly sent us the remaining books in the series for this review, since we only owned the first 4 books of the series. The photo below shows all 10 of the elementary math books.

Dr. Schmidt recommends that all students up to 4th grade start with Apples and work their way through the entire elementary series.  Krash is in 4th grade this year and finishing up the series this year {we hope}.  Ladybug is in 1st grade and just started!

Life of Fred

 

These books looked strange to me at first. Take a peek. Does this look like a math book to you?

Life of Fred

 

Not really, huh?  But it is math. presented in a engaging, purposeful and silly way.  Our entire family now really enjoys Life of Fred math! The strangeness is what has really drawn us in.  The characters are quirky, the stories are funny, and the math is practical.

Want a deeper peek?  Scroll down to the product description section on this page and there’s a link to see inside of each book!  There’s also a great overview video!

We just started with Ladybug and I captured a bit of learning with her Dad during her first week. They sit together like this most days and will use a dry erase board to complete the problems at the end of each chapter.

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Here’s a video I made showing them in action.  It’s about 6 minutes long, giving you a peek into chapters 1 & 2 from Apples.

 

For more added fun, invite your dog!

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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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See the brand new version 4.0 here!

I can’t say enough about the new storage system, it is AWESOME!

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Version 4 retails at US $449.50. The price is higher than version 3.0 because there are a lot more materials. My readers can own this new version at 11% off! As a 1+1+1=1 reader, you can get the discounted price of US $399.50 including shipping to Continental USA.

Special: US $399.50 | AU $499  | £268

Prices are approximate depending on conversion rates. All you need to do to claim your discount is send an email to[email protected] mentioning 1+1+1=1 and you will be provided with a discount coupon!

Please check directly with Spielgaben for current discount available, prices change with version updates and conversion rates.



Minecraft Kindergarten Printables

Minecraft Kindergarten Printables

I have had this Minecraft printable pack on my computer for over a year and just got around to finishing it!  All three of my kids love Minecraft and I bet some of your kids do too!

This is a Kindergarten level printable pack, although many younger and older kids will be able to enjoy it also! These theme based packs focus on literacy and math skills.

Kindergarten Math Skills in this pack include number lines, greater/less than, coins, graphing, sorting, counting 1-30.

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Kindergarten Literacy Skills in this pack include… matching sentences to pictures, labeling pictures, easy reader featuring color words, rhyming words, writing, and beginning sounds.

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Download your FREE minecraft printables here on our Kindergarten Printables webpage. 

Scroll down and look for this graphic to find the download link!

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Playful Learning with Spielgaben ~ May 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!

 Exploring Symmetry with Spielgaben

Lessons We Enjoyed

This month learned about symmetry.  Below you can see screenshots from the pdf file we used from the Math Guide, Play 35.

  Spielgaben Math Play Symmetry

 

I used a piece of cardboard with a line drawn down the middle for our play board.  While playing we used the key word {symmetry} and discussed the meaning.  Learning difficult words comes much easier when natural language is used while playing.

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She really enjoyed copying my designs.

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We made a few letters and discussed how some letters are symmetrical and some aren’t!

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Once she grasped the concept, she made some designs for me to copy.

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The following day we worked on the same concept with a different set.  I took a small video for you to show her in action.

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Free Play

Free play happens quite a bit, I just don’t always get photos!  Here’s a few I captured of her enjoying our set as she explored freely.

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Nature & Inspiration Guide Play

She also still enjoys the guides, and uses the iPad to get ideas.  Here she was building with one of the new sets in version 4.0, you can see how she enlarged the image in the iPad to help her get it correct.

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See the brand new version 4.0 here!

I can’t say enough about the new storage system, it is AWESOME!

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Version 4 retails at US $449.50. The price is higher than version 3.0 because there are a lot more materials. My readers can own this new version at 11% off! As a 1+1+1=1 reader, you can get the discounted price of US $399.50 including shipping to Continental USA.

Special: US $399.50 | AU $490 | GBP $270

Prices are approximate depending on conversion rates. All you need to do to claim your discount is send an email to [email protected] mentioning 1+1+1=1 and you will be provided with a discount coupon!

Please check directly with Spielgaben for current discount available, prices change with version updates and conversion rates.