Learning Multiplication 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.

Multiplication with Spielgaben

Exploring Multiplication

I decided to take this past month and explore multiplication with Ladybug, using the Spielgaben set.  She really enjoyed this and it was great timing, she was a little sponge!  I love exposing skills in a fun way, before they actually need to master the skills.

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Using the activity presented in the Spielgaben Math Manual, we worked with 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s {all done on different days}. We followed the same plan for each set and explored together in the same way each time.  We used the rings and small dots to explore, and made a new chart for each set.

2s…

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5s…

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3s…

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For 10s, I taught her to use a big dot to repreent 10.

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This was such a fun and simple way to expose her to the basics of multiplication.


Totally unrelated to multiplication, but isn’t her snowman cute!?!

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See more math fun we have had with Spielgaben!

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Spielgaben 1st Grade Math

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.

 Playful Math with Spielgaben December 2015

Lessons We Enjoyed

Spielgaben is a wonderful addition to our 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 and will enjoy. 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!

Worksheet Set 8, Level 3, Activity 1 ~ Happy Birthday

We had fun with this activity although it was easy for her. She had to look at the candles and guess what size stick would match the candle size.

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We expanded the worksheet by bringing out the play board. She enjoyed putting the sticks in size order on the board!

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Worksheet Set 8, Level 3, Activity 2 ~ We Are the Same Length

This worksheet focused on looking at one long stick and deciding how many smaller sticks it would take to equal the long stick.

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Worksheet Set 8, Level 3, Activity 14 ~ Bundle vs. Pieces

We reviewed making bundles of 10 and counting on with this worksheet activity. This was a great review!!

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Worksheet Set 8, Level 1, Activity 15 ~ Rainbow Pencils

Continuing on from the activity shown above, she used this worksheet to match the correct numbers.  Another great review!

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See more math fun we have had with Spielgaben!

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Times Tales DVD Review

Times Tales DVD Review Make Multiplication Fun

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I did not even consider teaching Ladybug to memorize multiplication facts this year until we were asked to review  Times Tales from Educents. She has already learned the basics of multiplication {the how and why}, but I have not emphasized memorization of the facts at all.

I have seen these DVDs online and have mostly overlooked them until now. I recommend YOU do not overlook them! Be sure to watch our video below to get a peek inside and see my daughter recalling what she had just learned!

 

The Basics…

It’s a 2 DVD set, we focused on DVD 1. DVD 1 teaches 3×6, 3×7, 3×8, 3×9, 4×6, 4×7, & 4×8  and DVD 2 teaches 4×9, 6×6, 6×7, 6×8, 6×9, 7×7, 7×8, 7×9, 8×8, 8×9, & 9×9.  They recommend working with only DVD 1 facts for at least a week before moving on.  It doesn’t cover 0, 1, 2, 5, and 10 which isn’t a problem for us since those are so much easier for most kids. 

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Each number has a character and each multiplication fact has a story.  It honestly made NO sense to me until I watched it myself.  Below you can see the characters for 7×4. Mrs. Week {7} sat on a chair {4} to go fishing and she caught 2 boots and 8 trout.  See that?  7×4 is 28!  The story teaches a memory trigger that then helps recall the math fact. 

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Even if it sounds confusing, trust me, it works!  Well, it did for her!  She had never been taught any of these and honestly learned them from this DVD after 1 time through.  These video clips were taken the 2nd time she watched the DVD, only because I didn’t think she would get it the first time so I didn’t bother taking any videos for you during her first viewing.  We watched the DVD once last week and then again this week, once. She could retell the stories and answer the quizzes after 1 viewing!

Here’s a video peek inside

 

During her second viewing, we added in the flashcards and used the printable cubes to play with after the DVD!

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You can by the actual DVDs or the downloads.  You get two 30 minute learning movies and a set of printable items which include flashcards, a quiz {shown below}, crossword puzzle and dice {shown above}.

We used the quiz after we watched the DVD, played with the cubes, and reviewed the flashcards together.  She got them all right with no help!

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I am honestly a bit blown away, I wasn’t expecting it to work so well. If you are looking for a fun way to work on times tables, I highly recommend Times Tales.



Hands On 1st Grade Math 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.

Hands on 1st Grade Math with Spielgaben

 

Lessons We Enjoyed

Spielgaben is a wonderful addition to our 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 and will enjoy. 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!

Worksheet Set 5b, Level 3, Activity 1 ~ Picking Apples {in case you own Spielgaben and are looking for these specific worksheets, I label them like this so you can easily find them}.

I chose a few worksheets this month to review adding to 10.  She knows this concept, but reviewing helps solidify the math facts and aids in memorization as she works with her hands to practice. For this activity, she had to look at the baskets of apples and the trees and decide which combos equaled 10. We used the small circles from set 10 to add a more hands-on element to the activity.

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 Worksheet Set 5b, Level 3, Activity 2 ~ Sharing Lollies also worked on making 10, but was focused on breaking 10 down into 2 parts. This was a bit more challenging but she loved it!  We used the small circles again, and also wrote our match facts on the page after we were done.

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Worksheet Set 5b, Level 3, Activity 3 – Matching Numbers was a simple worksheet to review number bonds of 10.  This was a simple, but good review for her!

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Worksheet Set 5b, Level 3, Activity 4 – Help the Squirrel was another way to practice matching combinations of 10.

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Worksheet Set 5b, Level 3, Activity 5 –Pretty Fish was something different, getting back to working with shapes.  She loves these spatial puzzles.

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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!



Hands on Math 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.

Hands on Math with Spielgaben

Lessons We Enjoyed

Speilgaben is a wonderful addition to our 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 and will enjoy. 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!

Worksheet Set 3, Level 3, Activity 6 ~ Counting Levels {in case you own Spielgaben and are looking for these specific worksheets, I label them like this so you can easily find them}.

She loves the hands on math lessons the Spielgaben worksheets provide.

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This one was about breaking the figure down and counting the number of blocks used on each level.

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 Worksheet Set 3, Level 3, Activity 5 ~ Missing Parts involved building different figures and then looking at the picture and determining which part{s} are missing.

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It was just the right challenge for her!

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Worksheet Set 4, Level 3, Activity 7 – Making a Flower was a simple direction following activity that we then expanded into a creative time!

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After she followed the directions on the worksheet above, she decided to expand her design and make a sunflower!

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Worksheet Set 4, Level 3, Activity 8, 9, 10 – Creating Petals was a bit too easy for her, but I wanted her to review a bit.  She know her basic addition facts, but this was a fun review worksheet.

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Worksheet Set 4, Level 3, Activity 12 –What’s My Number? was also a bit too easy, but I expanded on the worksheet to give her a lesson in fact families.

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Worksheet Set 4, Level 3, Activity 15 – I Made Doors was fun and a good challenge.  She had to build the structure, then count how many blocks were used and match on the worksheet.

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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!