Playful Learning with Spielgaben ~ January 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 January 2015

Lessons We Enjoyed

This month we had more fun with Play Guide 2. I took a small screen shot of the manual for you so you can see how the lessons are laid out.  They are very easy to follow and help me so much. I keep the user guide on my iPad and we use it for the lessons.  She likes that she can enlarge each step if needed to see exactly how something was built. it’s a nice bonus to a PDF digitally instead of printed!

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She wanted to draw her own picture, which was great!  Before we began drawing, we counted out nine blocks, and carefully measured our paper to be the correct size. Then I cut it out for her and she began drawing her picture!

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She loves using tape and helped me tape the squares onto the blocks.

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She LOVED this!!!

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She loved it so much she immediately wanted to make another one!

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This was such a fun and simple lesson that I had never thought to do.  I am so thankful for the play guide that inspire me to think of new ways to use our set!


Free Play

As you may have noticed, Spielgaben upgraded the set to the new Version 4.0.  Since we write this monthly post to share Spielgaben, they graciously sent us the updated set so we could see the changes and you could see them in action through our posts!  Below is the first time Ladybug played with the new set.  She loves the new play board and the new building materials {vertex balls and rods that all connect together}!

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My boys were equally intrigued.  My 12 year old REALLY enjoyed the new building materials and has played with them quite a bit.

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Ladybug has always loved the little tiny colored circles and the new play board can be flipped over as shown below.  The circles fit perfectly into the square holes to make designs.  She was so excited about this!

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Her creation, that’s a white cat, and a brown cat with a purple caterpillar on it’s back.

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Mommy Inspired Play

We used the new vertex balls and rods to make our You Can Read Sight words from unit 9!

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One day while working with our IG word family, we made some of our words using the tiny circles.  At the top she made a fig.

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This is a shovel in the grass for the word “dig.”

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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 14% off! As a 1+1+1=1 reader, you can get the discounted price of US $390 including shipping to Continental USA. You can place a pre-order to receive your product by the end of March.

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

Playful Learning with Spielgaben ~ December 2014

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 December 2014

 

Lessons We Enjoyed

This month we had fun with Play Guide 2. I took small screen shots of the manual for you so you can see how the lessons are laid out.  They are very easy to follow and help me so much. I keep the user guide on my iPad and we use it for the lessons.  She likes that she can enlarge each step if needed to see exactly how something was built. it’s a nice bonus to a PDF digitally instead of printed!

 

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We enjoyed making dinosaurs together using Play Guide 2, section 05.  She LOVES dinosaurs, and this was tons of fun to do together.

When we build together, I let her figure out as much as she can on her own. She gathers the shapes she needs and follows the graphic using my ipad.

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If she gets stuck, we examine it together and I gently help her figure it out, still allowing her as much independence as possible. 

When building something she really loves, we will tape the pieces together so they can be played with a bit before taking them apart.  These were a big time favorite!

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Free Play

Once I got our new schoolroom  in our new house semi-clean she noticed the Spielgaben set and got busy creating.  She made a flower…

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We made a Christmas tree together…

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We sorted and stacked colored rings, and the added colored pom poms to our play.

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We then used the rings to play BINGO in one of her Logic of English lessons.

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Nature & Inspiration Guide Play

I have our Nature Guide on the iPad also, I just set it up for her if she asks, or if I set up an inspired play. Below she was making a flower!

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See the brand new version 4.0 here!

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Playful Learning with Spielgaben ~ November 2014

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 November 2014

 

Below you will see I have divided the post into 4 categories ~ Lessons We Enjoyed, Free Play, Mommy Inspired Play, and Nature & Inspiration Guide Play.

Lessons We Enjoyed

This month we continued our work with Set 9. I took small screen shots of the manual for you so you can see how the lessons are laid out.  They are very easy to follow and help me so much. I keep the user guide on my iPad and we use it for the lessons.  She likes that she can enlarge each step if needed to see exactly how something was built. it’s a nice bonus to a PDF digitally instead of printed!

We worked on Lesson 9-5, Center Pattern Design Play.

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We talked a lot about patterns, and symmetry all while we built something beautiful together.

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She loved seeing it grow as we took turns building.

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We also used a worksheet focusing on symmetry from set 9 Level 2. At first she couldn’t tell what it was and when she found out she was so excited!  She loves butterflies.

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Mommy Inspired Play

Recently my older son came to me and said, did you know L can add in her head?  I did not know this and he quizzed her on a few addition problems and sure enough she had it.  She was VERY proud of herself so I decided to expand on her joy.  I set up this simple addition activity and instantly she loved it.  I made three problems and wrote the answer choices on sticky notes and she put them in the right place.

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Then, she wanted to make problems for me, and even figured out the answers on her own and made me sticky notes to choose from!

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We went back and forth a few times, eventually ending up with a bunch of answers on sticky notes and a fun time of practicing addition together!

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Free Play

She loves Wikki Stix and she loves Spielgaben.  She asked if she could make something for each family member and got busy.  I am still not exactly sure what they are supposed to be, but we all got one.

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Two had already been handed out by the time I got the photo, we all love our little treats!

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Nature & Inspiration Guide Play

I have our Nature Guide on the iPad also, I just set it up for her if she asks, or if I set up an inspired play. Below you can see she had a fun building afternoon, making one right after another!

A fox…

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A tiger…

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Spielgaben has a special deal for our readers for a new upcoming version.

See the brand new version 4.0 here!

It will be retailed at US $449.50 which will be higher than the current version 3.0 since a lot more materials & processes will be involved when the product is officially launched. But 1+1+1=1 readers can own this new version for over 15% off with a discounted price of US $380 including shipping if you ORDER before Nov. 30, 2014.

Pre Order Special:  US $380 | AU $425 | GBP $237

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!

If reading this after Nov. 30, 2014, Please check directly with Spielgaben via email for current discount available, prices change with version updates and conversion rates.

Playful Learning with Spielgaben ~ September 2014

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 September 2014



We have had a pretty normal month of school, after a week long vacation during the first week of September.  We are currently doing about 1-2 Spielgaben lessons per week.

Below you will see I have divided the post into 4 categories ~ Lessons We Enjoyed, Free Play, Mommy Inspired Play, and Nature & Inspiration Guide Play It is a long post, I hope these categories help you find what you are interested in reading.


Lessons We Enjoyed

This month we finished up our work with Set 7 and began our work with Set 8. I took small screen shots of the manual for you so you can see how the lessons are laid out.  They are very easy to follow and help me so much. I keep the user guide on my iPad and we use it for the lessons.  She likes that she can enlarge each step if needed to see exactly how something was built. it’s a nice bonus to a PDF digitally instead of printed!

We worked on Lesson 7-7 Tessellation.

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This lesson was difficult for her but she enjoyed it.  The final result was really cool and she liked it!

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We also completed Lesson 7-8 Center Pattern Play

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Similar to tessellation, but with a center shape to build around. Again, this was a challenge but one she enjoyed.

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We started our lessons with set 8, beginning with Lesson 8-1, Smiley Sun.

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After exploring for a bit, we jumped right into the lesson.

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She insisted the sun needed a smiley face wince the lesson was called Smiley Sun.

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A flower…

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Free Play

I walked into the schoolroom one day to find that my oldest son had built a Creeper from Minecraft.

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Mommy Inspired Play

This one was a big flop.  I had hoped to inspire her to count apples with me, build more apple trees, and just have some fun.  Not her thing.  At all.  But still, isn’t it cute? {note ~ the letters are not from the Spielgaben set, but from a bead set we have}

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Nature & Inspiration Guide Play

I have our Nature Guide on the iPad also, I just set it up for her if she asks.  Here she was building flowers in a flowerpot, which she loved.

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In honor of our Selfish Crocodile theme, we built the crocodile again.  below you can see her enlarging the portion she was working on – a great feature of having the guide on the iPad.

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Spielgaben has a special deal for our readers for a new upcoming version.

See the brand new version 4.0 here!

It will be retailed at US $449.50 which will be higher than the current version 3.0 since a lot more materials & processes will be involved when the product is officially launched. But 1+1+1=1 readers can own this new version for over 20% off with a discounted price of US $360 including shipping if you PRE-ORDER before October 21, 2014.

Pre Order Special:  US $360 | AU $400 | GBP $222

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!

If reading this after October 21, 2014, Please check directly with Spielgaben via email for current discount available, prices change with version updates and conversion rates.

Playful Learning with Spielgaben ~ August 2014

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 August 2014
We officially started school August 11, with a 4 day week, and then a 2 day week.  So yes, we started but we don’t really get into a consistent 5 day routine until after Labor Day. Below you will see I have divided the post into 4 categories ~ Lessons We Enjoyed, Free Play, Mommy Inspired Play, and Nature & Inspiration Guide Play It is a long post, I hope these categories help you find what you are interested in reading.


Lessons We Enjoyed

This month we continued our work with Set 7. I took small screen shots of the manual for you so you can see how the lessons are laid out.  They are very easy to follow and help me so much. I keep the user guide on my iPad and we use it for the lessons.  She likes that she can enlarge each step if needed to see exactly how something was built. it’s a nice bonus to a PDF digitally instead of printed!

We worked on Lesson 7-2 Finding a Parent Shape. Spielgaben 7-2

This was a pretty easy lesson for her, but as usual she enjoyed it. we built parent shapes by using the single shapes.  Gradually we expanded each shape also.

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We also completed Lesson 7-3 A Building Game. Spielgaben 7-3

Again, this one was pretty easy, as she matched solid shapes to flat shapes. We do lots of talking during these lessons, so even if it’s easier, the vocabulary is learned and reinforced.

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She struggled a bit more with Lesson 7-5, Spinning Top Game.

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First we built different stars together, this is the part that was a challenge for her.

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After we built various stars using different shapes, we added a few small circles to one of them to make a top.  The guide said to use double sided tape but we didn’t have any so we used school glue.

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This was a BIG hit, she loved it.  It was pretty fragile but it did spin well!

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Free Play

I don’t always catch her free play creations, but I did capture this one.  It’s Stitch from Lili & Stitch.

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Mommy Inspired Play

I like setting up different challenges for her.This was a basic color sorting game, with a fine motor emphasis.  At first she told me she didn’t like my game. I nonchalantly said, “OK, I am going to play, you can join me if you want!”

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Look who was with me before even a few seconds passed.  She loved it!  Girl can be so stubborn when something isn’t her initial idea!

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Nature & Inspiration Guide Play

I have our Nature Guide on the iPad also, I just set it up for her if she asks.  Here she was building a butterfly.  This one was difficult for her and she needed a bit of help to get the design going. Spielgaben -0180 We talked a lot about symmetry as she worked on this one! Spielgaben -0195


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including shipping to AU | USA | UK, which is over 15% off of the already discounted online price. 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 via email for current discount available, prices change with version updates and conversion rates.