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.




Thursday, 21 November 2013

Christmas Fun

Christmas is just around the corner and it is a very busy time for teachers down here in Australia.

I have made a little pack to keep your students engaged and motivated.


This pack has a ton of literacy and maths activities to keep your children busy and learning over this festive season.
And what make this more appealing, there is no preparation, no coloured ink and no laminating needed.




I have also included a little reader as well as a cute plum pudding craft activity.


If you are interested it is available at 
TPT HERE


Also.... coming soon,

I am joining up with some Aussie bloggers for a fun 
Christmas Down Under Blog Hop.
We have some great freebies for you!
Don't miss out.

Happy Teaching!

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Elf on the Shelf Freebie




I LOVE the festive season.
For us here in Australia, it is nearly the end of our school year.  We begin our summer holidays just before Christmas.

We are expecting a very hot summer. Summer has not yet begun and already we have had several bad bushfires with many people losing their homes. 

I know this is a cliche but I would love to have a white Christmas just once.
It is on my 'bucket list'.

It is C-R-A-Z-Y busy at school at present. We have our end of year reports to write and still try to keep up the momentum in the classroom. 

As well we are putting on a BIG Christmas concert. 
Just quietly, it was my idea!!

I always enjoy all the fun Christmas activities with my children.


Last year I had a heap of fun with The Elf on the Shelf with my little ones. 
Our elf was a girl! I remember one of my children declaring.... "but elves aren't girls!!"

Our elf ~ Twinkles, as the children named her, would pop up in a different place each day. My children would eagerly arrive every morning to see where she was hiding. 









 Oh what fun! 
Kindergarten is such a joy. I love seeing their little beaming faces, full of curiosity.

Of course we made our own little Elf.

We wrote about what we do when we are being 'nice'


I have had many people contact me about my Elf on the Shelf craft activity. 

I will make it available to you for a SHORT TIME.

Happy teaching! 


YOU CAN DOWNLOAD HERE 
 Sorry. This is no longer available.






Sunday, 13 October 2013

Sounds, Words Sentences

This little blog of mine sure has been neglected.
As I told you, I am not in the classroom at present. 
I do miss all the fun that goes with having a class.

For part of the day, when I'm not teaching Reading Recovery, I teach lots of different classes.
I have been doing a Science Unit about Space with my classes. I will be posting this unit on TPT soon. 
As well I have a fun freebie that I will be posting for you, so don't give up on me!!
 

I wanted to show you my sounds / come writing activity that I did with my Kinders last year. 
I call it Sounds Words Sentences.

The purpose behind this activity is to show my little learners the big picture when learning sounds.
Starting with a 'mystery sentence' we find a word beginning with a letter and then the sound in that word.

I have a mystery sentence to go with each letter of the alphabet.

I laminate the words for the sentence and cut them up.  
I put magnetic tape on the back and use it on the big magnetic board. You could also do this with a pocket chart.


It becomes an interactive lesson where we reconstruct the jumbled mystery sentence.
I use this as an opportunity to do some explicit teaching about sentence structure, ie capitals, spaces, and punctuation.





My students do a worksheet where they practise writing the letter and the word.

Then they do the scrambled mystery sentence.



I made some alphabet charts and my students used these to write some more words that begin with the sound.
You can see my little one using the word chart below.

I made a version of this activity which is available on TPT.










I cannot include the Word Charts because some of the clip art I used is for personal use only.
If you are interested, my Sounds Words Sentences pack is available at TPT HERE
It will be on sale for 2 days.

If you are a teacher from NSW and would like this pack in NSW Foundation font, you can email me after you purchase it and I will send it to you.

Happy Teaching

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Stamp It!

I know I have been MIA. 
It seems like forever since I posted on my l'il blog.
Due to some staff changes at my school, I am not teaching my Kindergarten class. 
I am back teaching Reading Recovery for the rest of the year and I also teach RFF K-6. 
WHEW!!! I feel like haven't had time to come up for air.

RFF is Release From Face to Face Teaching. 
Here in NSW Australia, Primary teachers K-6 have 2 hours a week release time for planning and preparation.

When I'm not teaching Reading Recovery, I go onto classes and relieve teachers for their release time.

 Kindergarten is where my heart is! 
Anyway I created my STAMP IT pack for my little Kinders even though I am not teaching them. 

Kids LOVE to stamp! 
This is a fun way for your little ones to learn about letters sounds and words.



            This pack could be used in a centre for the whole year.
I have included a lot of sheets for each part.
All you need are some alphabet stamps and you're done.  
 I have included Alphabet ~ Uppercase and Lowercase Letter matching, High Frequency Words, CVC Words, Rhyming Words, Blends Digraphs~sh & ch, Beginning Sounds and Ending Sounds.

 



I purchased a great alphabet stamping set from Yogee Toys.
This supplier is from Australia.

 If you would like to purchase my pack it is on sale for 24 hours.
It is available from TPT HERE

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Phonics Charts

I was looking for some sound charts and was even thinking I might make some myself. 

Then I found these FANTASTIC Phonics charts on Amy Lemon's Blog.




She has made charts for the alphabet as well as digraphs.
They are SO cute and they are FREE!!

She posted them 2 years ago
I can't believe I have never seen them before.
 
They would make a great display for your classroom.
 
If you haven't seen them, you should check them out. You won't be disappointed. 


Go to Amy's blog HERE