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Our version of Spielgaben!

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Ohhh, how I have drooled over all the pretty pictures of cute little kids playing with their beautiful Spielgaben sets!  I’m guessing i’m not the only one who stares longingly on countless blogs at these amazing things.  Well, much to my dismay I couldn’t find anything on addicterest Pinterest for a DIY Spielgaben so I took it upon myself to create my own, SANS Pinterest.  It began with a cartful of pieces like these: Wood Pieces.  here’s the during:

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Yes, i’m sick of painting!!

My poor sister in law was roped into painstaking painting of these uber-tiny pieces, until later I figured out a mega time saving trick (shh, don’t tell her 🙂  I watered down the paint (not much) and put in a flat container, then just dump in your pieces, let ’em roll around and get coated and then let dry.  Voila!  WAY quicker.

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You can find these containers here.

Ahh, beautiful!

Ahh, beautiful!

Yes, I do love this sight! :)

Yes, I do love this sight! 🙂

Her first creation

Her first creation

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You can get these trays here (We LOVE them and use them EVERYDAY)

We’re loving our set already!  Theres some things that we couldn’t completely replicate from the original Spielgaben set but for the most part I think we have the main elements and WAY cheaper!  If you are like me and you prefer a video to pictures heres a link to a video of the set:

Spielgaben Videos 

Kids Virtues!

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I got to spend the best week in Colorado with my dear friend catching up, talking, laughing, crying and talking about our out of control lives and kids! It was great!! 🙂  While we were together we made list upon list of things we wanted to accomplish with our lives and our family.  One thing we did which I loved was make a list of virtues for her family and her kids.  We are both very visual so to have something to stare at helps to remember what in the world we actually do want for our family.   I had never really made a point to sit down and list out what our goals were for our family…I’d seen them thousands of times..the cute little signs “our family loves, kisses, hugs, never yells, is always calm, sweetly disciplines, never gets mad” etc etc… (In the name of full disclosure…I have one of those signs and I love it!)  That being said…All the things listed on my cute sign about our family rules are not put into practice in our family as much as I’d like.  My very creative and artistic friend made a sign for immediate teachable moments with her kids when something listed on that cute sign doesn’t happen (i.e.: like when your kids (or you) begins screaming at the top of your lungs because you find your coffee mug tipped over and coffee spilled all over your couch, or when instead of patience you huff and puff and roll your eyes because your 3 year old is taking 1 billion years to zip up his coat because he HAS to do it himself)…ok maybe these things are just me, again full disclosure, I am most definitely not the most patient person in the world!!  SO because I am not artistic like my amazing friend  (by the way check out her stuff here: http://piperpixiedoodle.com  )  I decided to make my own chart…sans pretty handwriting and beautiful art…but instead on my simple and foolproof computer! I’d love to share it with you and your family!!  Click on the link below for the printable!!

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Loving History Pockets!

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I’ve been seeing these books all over the place but finally made a point to check them out and OH are they fun!!  We are loving learning about Native Americans!  These books do such a great job at teaching at the level they state they’re teaching to…not too deep, not too basic but just the right amount of information for this age to be able to actually remember.  Thanks to Erica @ http://www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com for finally motivating me to actually buy these instead of continuing to just think about it!

You can check out this and other History Pockets here: http://www.amazon.com/History-Pockets-Native-Americans-Grades/dp/1557999015/ref=sr_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1390422189&sr=1-7&keywords=history+pockets

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Some of the work from this weeks study on the Inuit TribeImage

Ice Fishing

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Watching a documentary on the Inuit…I LOVE YOUTUBE!  🙂

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February Calendar Cards

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I’ve been on a bit of creating streak and wanted to make my own Calendar Cards.  I am working on every month but thought i’d share February!

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We love Calendar time.  Not only do the kids love it, it really is a way to smooth myself into the school day.  We love our Calendar pocket chart.  This is ours:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0006PJ136/ref=oh_details_o04_s01_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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Here’s a link to the cards:

February Calendar Cards

More to come!! 🙂

3 Part Card Printables

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We had done lots of matching in school with classic memory games which is always loved by my kids.  Up until recently I never quite understood what “Montessori” was…I kind of felt silly, a bit stupid slow in understanding this style of learning.  I still have much to learn but one really neat thing we have loved and have so much fun with are 3 Part Cards.  You can learn more about the concept and thinking behind 3 Part Cards here:

https://www.montessorird.com/three-part-card-rationaleforest3partcards

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The idea is simple, two sets of pictures and names, match the name to the correct picture for older kids, for preschool and younger match the word with the same word.

I have searched and found up until recently lots of sets of cards to go with the current letter we are on. Check out Pinterest for tons of great free 3 Part Cards!  But I thought i’d give it a go and start making my own sets and I’d love to share them with you!  Who doesn’t love a freebie!?  I’ll be making more, it seems to be hard to find cute fun boy themed sets, so…more to come soon!

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my favorite things

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I am a serial organizer…I love getting new ideas for organizing pretty much anything but especially our school room!  I have gotten so many great ideas from some seriously genius ladies!  Here are some of my favorite things in our school room that have helped us stay organized and keep things fun…

Our school room.  We love it, its where our days play out, where we learn, make a mess, paint, learn more, rinse and repeat:)

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I’ve had this clear dry erase board for years…its been in many different places in our home but we like it here…good reminder of the verse we’re working on each week.

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we LOVE this thing!  We seriously use it every day.  Just a simple paper roll…thats all!  I actually bought this and then found out my mom had gotten one for me for Christmas…whoops! 🙂  You can get it here:

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10149350/

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Another favorite thing we use everyday….Just a simple tray.  We use it for painting, crafts, projects, tv trays.  Im sure there are some much cuter, kid trays out there, these were $1.00 at the time (can’t beat that!) You can get them here:

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40041131/

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Anyone that knows me well knows I LOVE containers!  Don’t ever go shopping with me for organizational items…its dangerous and an addiction I fully admit it!  Some of my favorite ones for the school room are these takeout containers and peanut butter containers. They’re a great size and clear.  The red bowls are used every day for everything they were a great dollar store find!

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And of coarse our new favorite item in our school room and home is our bean bags!  We love them!!  There are so many neat bean bags and lots for a much higher price than we paid but we are loving these!  You can check them out here:

http://www.target.com/p/circo-bean-bag-digital-camouflage/-/A-15007405#prodSlot=medium_1_37&term=bean+bag

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Printable Memory Verse Cards

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“So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. 19 Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. 20 Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, 21 so that as long as the sky remains above the earth, you and your children may flourish in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors.  -Deuteronomy 11:18-21

These verses have been words that ring in my ears very regularly as we go through our days at home.  I had a sweet friend who had scripture written all around her house, on windows, mirrors, on her fridge, on scrap papers…everywhere.  I LOVED that!  verse 20 says just that: write them on your doorposts!  Write God’s word down, have it everywhere, always to see.  It’s amazing what kids will remember and retain.  I have been amazed and slightly dumfounded at how much my 3 year old can remember!  We have done a verse a week and just say it over and over and wow! It not only has been great for our kids but for ME!  Our “D” verse has been repeated, reminded, corrected and talked about on way more than one occasion: (Do ALL things without complaining and grumbling. Philippians 2:14) (and that goes for the kids and for ME!)  I made up a little booklet/flashcards of our memory verses as a helpful way to remind ourselves of our verses…

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I’d love to share this with you!  Feel free to print and use anyway you would like!  memory verse cards