Saturday, July 25, 2015

Writing Folder - A helpful tool for building independence

Hi All!

I have been working on this one for soooo long. It's one of those ones that has sat and marinated, if you get my meaning. When I look up the details of the file, it tells me it was created in September 2014. Hmmmmm....

Introducing Writers Folder - A Student Writing Companion

I'll give you a peek at one I put together!

Print out all the pieces. To make it fit in one manila folder, I printed the inside pages 2 to a page.

Choose the cover you would like to use! I have included vertical and horizontal, color and B&W and girl and boy options which should cover you completely!!

Glue the chosen cover onto the front of your manila folder.

Glue the pages you would like inside. I have chosen to go in order that they are in the pack

Done! A easy-to-use student tool to help during writing time. You could make one for each student to store in their desk or tray, or make a few to place on tables or around the room.

Click any picture to find it on TPT.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Some updates

The nicest thing about reflection is that it allows us to look back and question. I have been working on TPT for a few years now and have been reflecting on some earlier creations of mine - and decided they needed to be freshened up!

Here is a look at a few of my recent updates

Ninja Verbs

From this

To this!!

 Place Value Pack

From this

To this - and over 20 pages added

 Ordinal Numbers

From this...

To this!!!

 and Independent Reading Contracts
with another new contract added to the pack

I'm happy with the updates and I hope you enjoy them too. If you own any of the packs, you can grab all the updates for free in My Purchases.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Scrappy Quote Posters

Hi again.

Yep. I know. Twice in one week.

I can't promise it all the time but just enjoy for now.

Just wanted to share some fun scrappy quote posters that I made with graphics from my girl Mel (Graphics from the Pond). I can't pick my fave!

They are $1 for this weekend only!!!

Click the image to grab them from TPT.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Five For Friday - July 3

Hi. Its me again. I know its been a while and I am sorry. But there has been a lot going on in my life (moved in with in-laws, building house, changing jobs) know. The usual.
But I wanted to blog!!!


1. It is winter break here in Australia! This means lots of lazy mornings

2. I bought some of these gorgeous book boxes from Elizabeth Richards which I have been drooling over. I found it very hard to pick which colour, so I picked all but one (and this is not the whole amount I bought)

3. I took the kids for a swim at Sydney Olympic Park this week - cold outside but warm in the water - they had a fabulous time!

4. In the previous pic was my first-ever-pair of Converse! My kids both have fun Cons boots too. My Instagram comment was "The family who wears Cons together, stays together".

5. On Thursday I spent some time with my girl Mel (From the Pond). She was lovely enough to have me and my kids spend the WHOLE day at her place, including lunch and the beach and dinner. It was such a lovely day and our kids got on like a house on fire. Thanks so much sweet friend.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Learning with Music - Part 2!!

I talked in my last post about learning through music and shared some of my favourite videos with you - which all happened to be Maths related! So I wanted to go back and add my fave ELA based songs too :)

Super E

I love this catchy song - it definitely helps the kids remember this concept.

Vowel Bat

Guru Parents

GuruParents have a great range of videos - we would watch these weekly when trying to brainstorm words for our sound of the week board. 

When Two Vowels Go Walking

Between the Lions have lots of great ideas in their videos - I really like this one for illustrating what happens when there are two vowels together.

Electric Company

Again, another range of videos which have lots of ideas for ways to show your kids different concepts.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Learning with Music!

Music is just one of those things.....It has the power to evoke emotions, the power to uplift, the power to motivate or even the power to make you sad and remember better days.

But the thing I love most about music is that it has the power to teach.

If you have ever taught in a K-2 classroom, you probably hear what I am saying right? I wanted to share my favourite songs, all related to Maths that helped my Kinder class last year.

Perfect for beginning counters!

Count back from 20
Counting backwards can be energetic and motivating!

Big Numbers Song
This covers numbers to 100 - I was amazed at how much this helped my kids!

Count by 2's, 5's and 10's
Skip counting galore!

Days of the Week

Months of the Year
Days and months songs by Mat of Dream English. Super catchy songs.

Do you have any favourite songs to help in the classroom?