Thursday, 14 August 2014

School is Cool ~ Back to School Activity

It's not 'Back to School' down here in Australia. 
We are in the middle of our school year.

I thought I might share an activity that I have added to my 
Kissing Hand pack.

I love making Chester 
(you can see my activity HERE)
 with my little ones but I especially liked this activity because it brightens the classroom at the beginning of the year.


For the first half of the day, I do Reading Recovery. 
After that I take classes Kinder to Year 2.


 I did the same craft activity with all the classes but changed the writing activity.

For the pattern around the edge, 
I had the students do a 2, 3, 4 or 5 colour pattern. 

There you are... Maths!

I did this writing activity with Year 1 and Year 2







I changed the Worksheet for my Kinders.


Most of the kids played it safe with a 2 colour pattern but
 I was impressed with the 5 colour pattern that this little kinder did.



 I have added this activity and more to my 
Kissing Hand pack available on TPT

For my other activities about the kissing hand go HERE.

If you have already purchased this pack, you can download it again to get the extra activities.

 
Happy Teaching

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Swap, Share, Give ~ A Linky From 'Down Under'!

There are many talented teachers all around the world and I consider myself so lucky to make many friendships and connections through the blogging world.


Today I get to link up with my special and very talented Aussie friends for this Swap, Share, Give Linky from Down Under.


The lovely Bec over at Books Bugs & Boxes is hosting this linky.


What is it?

Swap
Each of us (Aussies) have partnered with another Aussie
and swapped a product. 
We try out the product and share it with you to let you know how it works and what we thought of it.

Share
A present for you...we offer you a product for free.

Give
This is the BEST part. We will be giving away all the awesome products that we have swapped. 


* SWAP *


I am teaming up with Shanyn from 


Shanyn has so many amazing products in her TPT Store, it was hard for me to choose one.

I chose 


and WOW what a fantastic product!


Do you struggle to get your students to write sentences that are not
B-O-R-I-N-G?

You probably spend time on it every day.

Well this product is just the thing to help.

Shanyn has put together a collection of worksheets to help your students think about the sentences they write.

 She has broken the activity in three easy parts,
Simple   Bigger   Better!

 We started with a Simple Sentence
I see my teddy.
We talked about making the sentence 
Bigger  by adding more information 
 I see my teddy on the bed.

Then we made the sentence Better by adding adjectives.
 I see my shaggy brown teddy on the bed.

Here are some the sentences my students did using Shanyn's worksheets. 

I must say I was impressed with the results.






Building Better Sentences 
would be a fantastic activity for a writing station.

And what makes it even better, it's
 NO PREP!
Easy peasy, just print and do.


Thank you for sharing this great product with me, Shanyn.

* SHARE *

Learning About Numbers to 10 Freebie.
Here are some No Prep Worksheets to help your little ones count and recognise numbers to 10




You can download your free copy HERE


* GIVE *

Would you like to win a copy of Shanyn's Building Better Sentences pack?
Enter our Giveaway to win a copy of this pack as well as a copy of all the products swapped! 
Simply follow each of our stores 
It's that easy!


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Sunday, 3 August 2014

Corduroy

I have always loved Teddy bears. 

I still have a teddy that I got when I was eight years old. 
He looks a little shaggy but he takes pride of place in my bedroom.

I love doing a Teddy Bear theme with my children at school. It is always so much fun. I enjoy it as much as the kids. 
I know I am still a kid at heart.

This year I did some fun activities for 
Corduroy 
and 
A Pocket for Corduroy 
by Don Freeman. 

We did a Text to self connection for Corduroy.

In the story, Lisa wants her Mum to buy Corduroy but her Mother tells her that she has already spent enough money.
So Lisa went home and got the money from her piggy bank.

I used this as an opportunity to discuss with the children about working and saving to buy the things that we want.
We talked about something special the children would like to buy and what jobs they could do at home to earn some pocket money.

I loved reading some of their responses.







We also made Corduroy. 
I let the children choose the colour of the overalls for their Corduroy.

After we read A pocket for Corduroy, 
the children gave their Corduroy a pocket and put his name in the pocket.


After reading the stories, 
we noticed that Corduroy has a favourite saying,

I've always wanted...

We did this text to self connection activity.
The children wrote  something Corduroy always wanted and then they wrote something they have always wanted.



We did lots of other fun activities. 

I have just posted my Corduroy pack on Teachers Pay Teachers if you would like to take a peak HERE


By the way...

There is a big Back to School sale happening at TPT on 
August 4th & 5th.

You can get up to 28% off so now is the time to go shopping.



Happy shopping 
and
Happy teaching!





Wednesday, 23 July 2014

In Memory of Michael Clancy

When Malaysian flight MH-17 was shot down from the sky the world was shocked. 

Our thoughts and prayers went out to the loved ones of the those on the plane. 

Who would ever imagine that one of those loved ones was one of your own.

Two of those passengers on Flight MH-17 were 
Michael and Carol Clancy.

Michael was the Deputy Principal of my school. 
Due to ill health he was forced into early retirement at the end of last year.
He had been at my school for 22 years.

He was much loved by teachers, students, parents and the community.

The whole school community is shocked and saddened by this tragic loss of such a wonderful man.

I have very fond memories of him not just as a leader of our school but also as a friend.

One of those fond memories was when I did a Gingerbread Man hunt with my little Kinders. 
Michael's office was one our stops.

I remember how wonderful he was playing along with the kids. They were opening drawers and cupboards in his office looking for the Gingerbread Man. 



 I blogged about it HERE

I am deeply saddened by this loss and my thoughts and prayers go to the hundreds of families and friends who have lost a loved one in this senseless tragedy.

Michael and his wife Carol were returning from a European holiday.
Their lives have been stolen.

Michael, we will never forget you.




Forever in our hearts


Sunday, 2 February 2014

Currently

I have decided that this year I will try extra hard to blog more often... well that is my plan, so I hope I can stick to it.


Anyway a good start is to link up with Farley 
from Oh' Boy 4th Grade for this month's Currently. 



I have only done it once before but I do enjoy reading everyone's blogs when they post a currently.




If you haven't seen Jonathon and Charlotte from Britain's Got talent, you should hop on to You Tube and watch their audition. They are amazing singers and they have a beautiful friendship. You will be amazed. And they are only 17 and 18.
They didn't win the show but they have become successful performers and have made two albums. I am hoping they will come to Australia to perform one day.







My house is surrounded by reserve and lots of very tall gum trees. We get a lot of bird life visiting our yard (and there has been the odd snake or two but I won't go there). In fact we found a little baby bird yesterday that must have fallen out of it's nest. It has a few feathers on it and the mother and father bird are still looking after it on the ground. We had a nesting box that we put it in to keep it safe and the mother and father bird go into the box to feed it. 


When I looked out the window yesterday and there was a gorgeous King Parrot on our deck. These birds are so beautiful. I manged to get a photo of it. I love sitting and watching the birds that visit especially when they go into the bird bath and splash around.




I haven't been to the movies for several months. We forget to go, we get too busy... so I said to my hubby we should go to see a movie. I like watching a movie on the big screen at the cinema.

Sometimes I want to get into the slow lane. Life can be so hectic and busy. How do we stop. I guess life would be boring if you weren't busy!

Exercise... enough said. You know the big E word. I should but I don't. I don't have the time. I know that's an excuse... I'm working up to it....

You see I am really a 'home body'. I am happiest when I am hanging out at home but my hubby is the opposite. He loves music(all kinds of music), dancing and traveling... 
and does not like staying at home. It's all doom and gloom for him if he has to hang out at home.
In fact we just got back from Tamworth where they have a big Country music festival every year. I do enjoy music but if I had a choice, I would stay at home and listen to the music. Last year we went to Parkes to the Elvis festival. My hubby likes to go here and there where ever he can hear music and he especially likes live bands. 
We have been on several overseas trips and my hubby organises everything. He knows if he left it up to me we would be staying at home!!!

Curries, I LOVE curries. One of my dearest friends was born in India and she makes the best curry and she often cooks for us. Her curries are better than you would get in any restaurant. 

When I was growing up my brother and sister had horses and competed in shows but I was the odd one out. I never liked riding a horse. Yes I love horses, they are lovely animals but I don't like riding them.

Well it's off to bed.  We have just gone back to school. I am teaching Reading Recovery again this year as well as taking some K-2 classes.


Happy teaching








Thursday, 12 December 2013

Silly Elf Sentences Freebie

Last year I did these silly elf sentences  with my students.

They loved working on this activity and would ask me every day if they could write their elf sentences.

First we created an elf adjectives anchor chart for the children to use when they were writing their sentences.



There were three parts to the sentences. 

1. Who ~ this is where the children used the adjectives on the anchor chart.
2. What ~ the elf did
3. Where ~ the elf did it.






They wrote their sentences and illustrated them in the elf books I made.







If you would like to do this activity with your students you can get it from 




Happy Teaching

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Christmas Plum Pudding Craft and a Sale

TPT is having a sale for two days.
My whole store will have 20% off.
And if you put in the Promo Code
CYBER
you will get an extra 10% off.
That's 28% off altogether.




As I told you, we are putting on a Christmas concert and it is hectic at school.

We have been practicing every day and are counting down till we perform our "major production". 
 
It has been a lot of hard work for everyone, teachers and children.

The children are very excited to be going up on stage and I know the parents will love it whatever happens.

I have managed to sneak in some Christmas craft with the classes I teach.

We made these cute plum puddings last week.


They are included in my latest pack on TPT HERE.




Happy teaching
 

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Christmas 'Down Under' Blog Hop & Pete the Cat Freebie



Thanks for stopping by.





I am joining up with my friend Jodie 
at 
and some other Aussie bloggers for a fantastic blog hop. 




If you are looking for some fun activities for Christmas, you really should come 'down under' and check out what pressies are waiting for you.


Everyone LOVES Pete the Cat!
He is one cool cat.

When Santa got sick, Pete was there to help out. 
Just quietly, I think he just wanted an opportunity to visit us down here in the land of OZ!! 
And... who wouldn't?
Australia is a beautiful country.

 Enough said... I did this activity with my children last year. Take a peek.

I thought you might like to do this with your little ones this year.


I would love you to show your thanks by following my blog 
and...
 I LOVE reading your comments.



You can download your 


Pop on over to 
and see Casey at
for more fun freebies.
 Don't forget to follow the other bloggers' blogs
 but most of all thank them for your pressie.



 May the spirit of Christmas be with you throughout the coming year.