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.

1-20
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?




Thursday, April 2, 2015

Currently April!!!

Forgive me bloggers for I have not blogged.

Life has been somewhat hectic.

It started with me moving from Kindergarten up to Year 5/6 at the beginning of the year - which was a massive mind adjustment.

Then we moved out of our house and knocked it down - very emotional.

Then I applied for a new job - at a different school - and was successful!!!!! - which was awesome.

But then I got extremely unwell and ended up in the hospital on an antibiotic drip, to which I had an allergic reaction, which resulted in 6 doctor visits and 1 hospital visit in under 2 weeks.

I couldnt even start my new job on the agreed date - I had 3 days off school which has NEVER happened.

But now I am there and learning the ropes - will blog about this another time.

Anyway, on to CURRENTLY with Farley

Listening - we are having some family to hang out today on Good Friday. I might get a jump on eating Easter Eggs too

Loving- after what has been going on with me, I am so thankful for 2 weeks break! I am planning some things with my kids and some R&R time for myself.

Thinking - my new school and new job are very very different to my old school. My teaching is one of a mentor to the Year One and Two teachers and is not a teaching position. I have brought home a lot of stuff to read through so I can hit the ground running for Term 2.

Wanting - My poor pup had to have exploratory surgery on her paw this week and she looks a little sad. It seems to have done the trick thought as she is beginning to walk normally. But vets are SOOOOO expensive! I dont even want to think about how many hundreds of dollars it has cost.

Needing - holidays for me usually means haircut, mani and pedi etc. Its the only time I am not rushing and get to enjoy it. Who doesnt love someone else washing your hair (its totally my favourite part of a haircut)

My blog name - no hidden meanings but considering a bit of a blog makeover - what do you think?

Monday, February 9, 2015

Our week in 5/6B

WOW
What a huge week we had!
But what a great start to my new class and a new school year.
We did a lot of work on our class, and how we need to be working together for us all to reach our goals. I took it pretty easy and tried to get an indication of where I am starting from with each child. Here are a few other things we did throughout the week.

We talked about what we would like our class to be like this year and I had everyone write 5 words to describe it. I compiled all of their words into this cute Tagzedo and it is stuck next to our classroom door for us all to read each day.
We completed a class scavenger hunt. Grab this freebie HERE

They received some "Tools for Learning" from me.
And created some learning spaces they would like in their classroom using a variety of things including playdoh, kinetic sand, whiteboards and paint.



We began planning our Minecraft themed self portraits and then....



began creating them with paper! I cut out the strips and it was up to the kids to cut the squares. I can't wait to share the finished product!

It was a great week :) How was yours?





Saturday, January 31, 2015

Class scavenger hunt {freebie}

We are going into week 2 of our new school year and I am looking forward to getting my new class. Besides setting rules and expectations, I am hoping to foster a positive classroom vibe to really make our year successful! This one of the activities I am planning this week.


Students go around and find people who fit each category. I usually make a rule that you can only have each persons name ONCE! This encourages more conversations and mingling among the kids. Click the pic below to download the file. There is two versions included - the one pictured and another, more generic version.


I hope you can use it and your students enjoy getting to know each other :)


Friday, January 30, 2015

Five for Friday!

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Wow, what a week! It is Back to School for 2015 and it has been such a looooong week! I didnt take a whole lot of teaching pics this week as I have not had my new class yet. We have been in holding classes, but should be ready to get to it on Monday.

1. Monday was Australia Day. We are in the middle of summer but Monday was cold and wet! I spent the day packing and trying to look after my poor back which I may have hurt playing pool volleyball with the kids on Friday in the pool.

2. Tuesday was a day I would rather forget. It started with a bad night sleep and a very leaky roof. I then went to put things in my car to go to work and discovered I had left the front passenger door wide open all night - and it had been raining all night! So the car was full of water and mozzies. THEN I had to battle horrendous traffic to drop the kids off. THEN I got lost on my way to our staff development at another school. THEN I was late. Oh.My.Word. 

3. Wednesday was the kids first day back. I looked after the Year 6 kids while in holding classes. Going from Kindergarten to Year 6 is certainly a huge difference - the noise, the discussions, the level of independence, the SIZE. They take up so much space! I was thankful for my classroom with learning spaces, which I think actually gave me more room for them. Once my room is looking more engaging I will be doing a post on it.

4. Thursday - another day in holding classes. I did manage to make some cute stickers for my Erin Condren Life Planner and Teacher Planner.




5. Friday! Nuff said :)
Happy Friday!!!!! :):):) WISH TODAY WAS FRIDAY- I COULDN'T RESIST. LOL