Today, I’m sharing a super-simple, hands-on flag study that we recently enjoyed.
It’s so simple that I almost didn’t write about it, but my children have been talking about it nonstop and it’s clear to me that they learned quite a bit about geography and flags.
I call these super-simple studies lazy unit studies because they are so easy that you feel like you’re cheating.
These lazy unit studies involve a quick trip to the library and some organization on my part to find the appropriate materials at home. That’s it.
These super simple unit studies are perfect for summer learning. And, with July 4th on the horizon, this flag study is perfectly timed!
A Super-Simple, Hands-On Flag Study with Spielgaben, Books, & Games!
*Disclosure: I received a Spielgaben set to review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I only choose to share resources that I would use with my own family and those that I believe other families will enjoy. We absolutely adore this set.
A Play-Based Flag Study
One of my absolute favorite things to do is to take a child’s current interest, add a fantastic book, and finish it off with an educational game or activity. So much learning happens in this way… and the kids have a blast in the process!
You can read more about what this looks like in our homeschool here:
This year, I am excited to add Spielgaben to the mix.
If you have been drooling over Spielgaben for years (like me!), be sure to keep reading because I have a special offer for My Little Poppies readers!
Planning a Super-Simple, Hands-On Flag Study
Our flag study was super-simple and absolutely perfect for summer learning.
Here is what we did:
- We grabbed a stack of books about flags from our beloved library
- Read the delicious books together
- Used our favorite play-based learning set, Spielgaben
- Added some Pin It! Maps
- Topped it all off with a favorite flag game
Flag Study Books
When we embark on a super-simple unit study, we love to grab a stack of books from the library. For our super-simple flag study, we gathered a collection of books about flags. We included books about flags of the world as well as books about the U.S. flag.
We love to pair books and games in our homeschool
Flag Study with Spielgaben
Our family has fallen head-over-heels for Spielgaben because it is a high-quality, flexible resource with innumerable options for play-based learning. Spielgaben offers a world of opportunities and can be easily applied to virtually any homeschool activity or unit study.
My children love when they come downstairs in the morning to discover a Spielgaben play invitation!
Spielgaben makes this easy! It doesn’t matter if you have been using Spielgaben effortlessly for years, or if it’s your very first time using the set. Spielgaben offers hard-copy, illustrated guides that are easy to read and follow.
These guides cover a variety of ages and areas of learning including:
- Play (ages 3-9)– This guide works on sensory, fine motor, problem-solving skills and more.
- Math (ages 7-12)– This guide builds a mathematical foundation and builds confidence. They will learn arithmetic, measurement, geometry, angles, weight, volume, and more.
- Fast Track (kindergarten)– These activities and worksheets can be used daily to reinforce important skills.
- Inspiration Cards (all ages)– These play invitation cards encourage creativity and imagination.
- Into the Wild (all ages)– These fantastically fun cards introduce children to nature featuring animals, plants, insects, and more.
- Making Planar Figures (all ages)– Featuring eleven geometrical figures, children will learn the basics of geometry.
For our super-simple flag study, I pulled out a few picture books we had already read and used an inspiration card from our Spielgaben resource pack.
And then I sat back, sipped my coffee, and watched the play- and learning– unfold!
Play is Learning with Spielgaben
There are countless benefits to using Spielgaben. You can read my full review here for more information.
For the uninitiated, Spielgaben offers a sophisticated approach to child development for children ages 3-12 years. Housed in wooden drawers, all 14 Spielgaben play sets are made from non-toxic and sustainable materials. The play sets are absolutely stunning and come with oodles of lesson plans and play invitations. The play sets are designed to be used in sequence in a developmentally appropriate manner.
Learn more about Spielgaben
I have so much planned for our Spielgaben set this year! Here are some related posts:
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Do you want to expand upon your flag study?
Here are some related articles:
- The Best Geography Games for Your Homeschool
- 10 of the Best History and Geography Gifts
- Around the World Stories: Stealth Learning at its Best
- A Literature-Rich Geography Curriculum for Book Lovers
- Pin It! Maps: Making Christmas Eve Fun *and* Educational
Looking for other lazy unit studies?
Here are some examples of past super-simple unit studies:
- Simple Bee Study with Candle Making & Honey
- Super-Simple Pond Study
- Simple Summer Learning Ideas: A Series
Now, it’s your turn. Tell me: What are you studying lately? Share here.
Cait co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters Podcast and is co-founder of Raising Poppies, a community for parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children. Cait is also founder of the Family Book Club at My Little Poppies, a fantastic community of book-loving parents and the Gameschool Community at My Little Poppies, a vibrant community of gameschoolers.
Cait is a contributing writer for Simple Homeschool and GeekMom. Her work has also appeared on The Huffington Post, The Mighty, and Scary Mommy. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram
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