Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Back to School Blowout!!! with Educents


 I am so excited to announce that is having a HUGE back-to-school blowout sale and I am going to be featured in one of the curriculum bundles! From July 30 - August 2 (Wednesday - Saturday), they are bringing back all of their favorite and most popular bundles for INSTANT download at up to 77% OFF! There is something for everyone and it is their BIGGEST sale of the year! Take a peak into what is on sale! Tell your friends, because there is something for everyone who teaches children in PreK-8th grade!

Kindergarten Full-Year Curriculum Bundle - 75% OFF


In the Kindergarten bundle from me, you will get Say It Write It Find It Bundle - which includes 4 packs: Letter ID, Sight Words, Sight Words #2 and Colour and Number Words.  I know you will love it because it is simply print and go! After modeling this activity is it an activity which will be an easy to implement, independent workstation.

Preschool Full-Year Curriculum Bundle - 72% OFF


K-2 The Write Stuff ELA Bundle - 68% OFF


First Grade Literacy Bundle - 74% OFF


School Year Curriculum Bundle (Grades 2-3) - 74% OFF


Poetry Curriculum & Activities Bundle (Grades 2-6) - 75% OFF


Tricky Math Curriculum Bundle (Grades 3-5) - 69% OFF


Complete Full-Year Curriculum Bundle (Grades 6-8) - 77% OFF

Management, Decor & Organization Bundle - 76% OFF


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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Colour Code your Cards! July Bright Idea

 How fabulous is the

Always lot of ideas for you to use in your classroom with things FROM your classroom!

This month I am going to talk about a pet peeve of mine - sets getting mixed up. You have multiple sets of number cards, sight words or playing cards so that lots of kids can work with them at once. You spend time sorting them, warning kids not to sit to close together, to look after 'their' set.

And then

Three sets are returned missing all the red cards and the other set has no 2's.

I hear you nodding.

Why not colour code your cards?

I recently bought some new jumbo playing cards (show below)
And some colourful dots.
I put one colour sticker on the back of each set of cards and then a matching spot on the front (if you have more sets than colours, just use multiple dots!) Hopefully this means that students can find their missing cards more easily and quickly

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Two for Tuesday and Meet me Monday!

I know I am a little behind, but I am going to participate in The Teaching Tribune Summer linkies :)

First my Dice and Card Games is 50% off - only $3.75! You could use these games from K-2.

and second is Alphabands which at 50% off is only $2! (and this one is on my list for a revision, so if you buy it now, you get the revisions for free!)

Click on the pictures to go to the product!

And to catch up......

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Currently July!!! and New FB Fan Freebie

Can you believe it is July? How fast is this year going?
I love linking up with 

Listening - My kids are really enjoying not having to rush to get ready for school in the morning. They go to before and after school care every day so we are normally out the door at 7.15 each morning. But today (its 8.16am now) they are in PJs dancing to One Direction! Love me some holidays!

Loving - My creative juices are going at the moment! I posted a new FB fan freebie this week which if you havent grabbed click HERE to go to my page and get it!. I am also working on a HUGE new pack...its going to be a long time in the making I think :)

Thinking - This term for the first time, we are going to be looking at DINOSAURS! I am so excited and I have so many to get them all on paper? Our new syllabus for English has a huge emphasis on multi-modal texts so I am making a list of TV shows and movies to incorporate into the study. So far I am thinking TV - Dino Dan, Dinosaur Train and Movies - Land Before Time, Walking with Dinosaurs. Have you got some other awesome suggestions?

Wanting - It is the middle of winter, although sometimes its hard to remember. Yesterday we went to the park to play and I ended up in a singlet top I was that warm! You do feel it at night and in morning though. Bring on SPRING!

Needing - This year is my first year back at work full time since before having my kids and I am struggling a bit with keeping the house in order. Its all I can do to cook the dinner, run the dishwasher and wash the clothes. Any tips for keeping me more organised?

4th Plans - In Australia, we don't acknowledge the 4th BUT my kids are both going out with friends on Friday so I am planning on catching up on trashy TV :)

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Friends of Ten Bracelets - Bright Ideas!

If you haven't seen the Bright Ideas link up before, you have been missing out! Ideas from 100+ bloggers for you to implement in your classroom and all the ideas are FREE! No products to buy! How great is that?

This month my Bright Idea is Friends of Ten bracelets. We have been talking about which numbers make ten in class and although we have been working a lot with ten frames, I thought we needed to see it a little differently.

You will need some pipe cleaners and some beads (here I had a jar of cut up straw which certainly worked fine!)

We sat in a big circle and talked about the Friends of Ten. Then I distributed bowls of straws and asked the kids to thread ten pieces onto their pipe cleaner (fine motor skills and maths unite!)
As we went through the Friends of Ten, we were able to separate the straws into two separate groups. Here you can see the friends of ten are 2 (on the left) and 8.
After we had had some fun moving the straws around, I handed out whietboards and textas and we recorded what we saw.
Of course sometimes we make mistakes, but having the concrete example there was easy to draw that students attention back to the friends of ten they had had a problem with and get them to remake it. Instant assessment!

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Another Free Font Friday!!!

Here is my font for you for this week. It is a little 'rough' but I think it still is a fun alternative font for you to use :) Personal and commercial ok (simple credit would be great!)

Click the picture to go and download it for FREE!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Science Day!

Last week, we had a day which was suggested by our SRC (which is the Student Representative Council). They told the teachers they didnt think we were doing enough science and would like a science day. They compiled a list of experiments they would like to do and shared it with the teachers. Then the teachers chose some and ran the session.

In Kinder, we divided our 2 classes into 8 small groups and ran 4 activities in each room. In the other K room there was bubbles with varying sizes and shapes of wands, sinking and floating, oil and water and making paper planes. I would love to share pics of those but I dont have any without kids front and centre.

In my room I had the following activities - magnets, building with cups, water beads and making a reaction with baking soda and vinegar.

1. Magnets - Here I used my magnetic wands and magnetic counters. The kids were experimenting with putting the counters in patterns and trying to pick them up in one whole sweep. They really enjoyed it!

 2. Building with plastic cups - This activity is not unfamiliar to our classes and is an activity that they ask for often in developmental play time. The difference today was they were trying to 'outbuild' each other by making the tallest tower.
3. Making reactions - This was my station. The kids had to add a small scoop of bicarb soda to their plate and then gently drip the vinegar (mixed with food colouring) onto the little pile. The result is a fizzing pile which the kids really enjoyed. We then experimented with putting the piles quite close together and seeing if the colours mixed. Definitely a lot of fun and the materials for this were SUPER cheap, if you are thinking about doing it in your own classroom.

 4. Water Beads - This was the last station in my room and did they have a great time with these balls. We added the water the day before and they enlarge while soaking. They feel pretty cool! The kids were given a spoon and tweezers and they were trying to move them around to different bowls. They even had a game of bouncing the balls on the table and trying to get them into the bowl. Needless to say, there was a HUGE mess under the table at the end.

Do you ever have Science Day at your school?