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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Patch-Up Post....

I'm sorry! So sorry!

Well I have been on holidays for 5 weeks. In the words of Barney Stinson it has been
 legen----wait for it-----dary.

Unfortunately, my blog seems to have been enjoying a similar holiday.

A group of my bloggy buddies and I were talking about it and decided a fun way to get back to it would be a linky. So here it is!

Your post can be about anything! Back to school, snow days, a new freebie. You pick! Its just a way to show your blog you care.

Just grab the image, stick it in your post and link back here. It would be great if you could visit another blog and comment!

I am getting ready for BTS here in Sydney Australia! My first week back will look a little sonething like this:
*Monday - Day off for Australia Day
*Tuesday - Staff only professional development day
*Wednesday - Friday - meet new Kindergartens one on one for their Best Start Assessment. This is a sit down one on one assessment which takes about 30minutes per child. It goes through basic literacy and math skills and gives teachers an indication of where they need to begin with each child. More info can be found HERE. I'll also tidy my classroom up a bit.
Photo: New class display coming along nicely. Stay tuned!

My second week is when the fun will begin! The kids start on Monday and we try to keep them as a big group at least for a week (at this stage we have 48 enrolled). This way we can get a better look at which personalities should be separated, who is ESL, evenly spread boys and girls etc. Although this isn't an exact science, we try to make it even across the classes. We will be having 2 Kinder classes and a K/1 class with 8-10 kinders.

A few of my first week back activities will be making bees to go with our school rules (Be Kind Be Safe Be Fair) and buses (because we are on the road to learning). I definitely share these with you when we are there! We will also start with our first alphabet letter focus (a) and introduce our first 3 sounds (a m t), as well as our number focus (0). 

I have uploaded the 'a' pages to google drive for you to use. 

Happy Back To School!


  1. Thanks for the freebie Brooke,
    I LOVE your colour posters, did you make them?

  2. I just found your blog (linked on Frogspot). I wish my district would start kindergarten the way yours does. We just get whoever we get--no pre-assessment or anything!

  3. Those writing pages are great! Hope you have an awesome first week back & good luck with the assessments {we spread ours out over the first month- I'd rather do them in one hit}. And with having all the kiddos in one room!
    Books, Bugs and Boxes

  4. I love, love, love the way you start kindergarten. What a great way to set up classes. Good luck with your first week back to school.
    First Grade Funtastic

  5. I just found your blog today! I love it! I linked up with your Patch Up Post today. Thanks!

    Teaching Tomorrow's Leaders