Saturday, 24 January 2015

First Five for Friday

I made it to my first five for Friday for this year!  Woo hoo!  Here they are :)

We arrived back from our holidays last weekend so I had a bit of a holiday hangover for a few days.  We spent 3 weeks in Townsville with my family which included my niece getting married, it was a very special day and I was so happy to be able to be there.
However arriving back from holidays means unpacking, washing and the letdown that there is no pool in my backyard.

We have had some very up and down weather here (which I hate!) sunny, gorgeous days and then windy, rainy days.  This beautiful double rainbow came out at the end of a rain filled day and just made me smile!

I put this helpful little freebie in my store this week.  Head over and download your copy by clicking on the pic below

Ice Creams by the seashore, a great way to spend an afternoon

My friends and I have gotten together to throw a little Back To School giveaway for all of the teachers heading back in to the classroom.  Make sure you pop in and enter the Rafflecopters to win either a Literacy Bundle, Maths Bundle or a $10 TpT voucher.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

BTS Bounty Giveaway!

My friends and I have gotten together to commiserate celebrate heading Back to School! Even though the end of the holidays is met with sighs and "why didn't I do ..... on the holidays?" We have decided to cheer you all up with a giveaway!

My friends and I have teamed up to give you a chance to win 2 fabulous prizes!

All you have to do is enter via the Rafflecopter below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Not only can you win these fabulous prizes above but you also have the chance to win a $10 TpT voucher by entering the Rafflecopter below

a Rafflecopter giveaway

But wait there's it is not a set of steak knives :) you also get a FREEBIEEEE!!  Just click on the pic below to get a copy of my Reminder Bracelets, an easy way to send quick reminder notes home.

If you are heading back to the classroom best of luck and look for my upcoming post on my 5 Top Tips for your first day in the classroom.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Back to work!

I have been MIA for a few weeks now as I have been on a family vacation up North in Queensland visiting my sister, her family and my Mum and Dad.   It was hot and humid and we spent many hours swimming in the pool which was a lovely change from the cold weather we have been having in Tasmania.

I managed to catch up with some teaching buddies while I was 'back home' which included 2 teachers who taught my kids when we lived there, it was so sweet seeing their faces when they saw how much my kids had grown!

While I was away I managed to unplug from the internet and the computer for most of the time so I am ready to start creating again and hope to have some items ready for uploading soon so watch this space.

I have been home for a couple of days now and am still unpacking and washing (do you think your clothes breed in your suitcase?) I'm still torn on which I dislike more...packing or unpacking?

I'll leave you with some photos of my holiday which also included my niece getting married!  I cannot believe I am old enough to have a married niece.  My son was one of the groomsmen in the wedding party with his cousin as his partner, lordy they were so cute together!  My daughter played the keyboard with a trio as the wedding party walked down the "aisle", she was amazing as usual!  My role included doing hair for the bridesmaids and the bride....I will point out here that I am not aiming for a second career in hairdressing in the near future.  I was the emergency replacement for the original hairdresser that had to pull out of the job at the last minute, no wedding is a wedding without some small dramas!

Soooo cute! These two are mischief together, a rare moment when they look well behaved, heehee

The happy couple

The musician
Hanging out in the pool, this was my second home while I was vacaying (yes I think that should be a word!)

Well I am back home now and it is time to get back to work before I head back to school.  Our state starts back to school quite late (as in Feb) so I still have a couple of weeks before I have to start thinking about what I need to do for the classroom.  For all of those still on hols, enjoy!  For those who have headed back into the fray....enjoy?

Monday, 15 December 2014

Counting down!

Well friends we are on the downhill run to the end of our school year.  Reports have been written, proofread and edited and sent home.  IEP meetings have been scheduled, I only have 2 more on Monday then they are done!  We have started Christmas crafts and the classroom is looking very festive, we have had our Christmas assemblies and have only our Graduation assembly in the last week.

So with only 4 more school days  I want to share a little story with you about a little group of kiddos I have been working with.

I have had 2 little boys who have delays in so many areas the list would be too long for a single blog post.  These 2 little boys have a seperate education program that has a focus on literacy and numeracy as well as a social program.  The social program among other things involved social play, which I believe is very underrated in schools.  To help achieve this we took the boys to the Kinder/Pre school room which is on our campus and didn't have the Kinder/Pre-School students attending on this day during the week.  The Kinder teacher would let us use the play based resources that were out for her kids that week and we would guide the boys through appropriate turn taking, oral language development and imaginative play.  We also had a focus on gross motor skills by using the outdoor equipment and fine motor skills.  During the year our little group grew to 3 boys and for me to say that this visit was the highlight of the week for the boys is to downplay how much they loved going.
We were only able to do this with the co-operation of the Kinder teacher and the support of our Principal both of these amazing people went above and beyond what I expected.  The Kinder teacher would greet the boys at the door and show them the new items she had put out, this was her planning day and she would take time out of her day to interact with the boys and create a welcoming environment for them.  Our Principal very early on saw the benefits of play based learning and valued the gains the boys made.

Well our final visit was last week and we were all sad.  The Kinder teacher and I decided that we would have a morning tea with some fairy bread and fruit skewers as a little surprise for the boys.  The boys made her a card to say thank you and gave her a bunch of flowers which made her cry.....then made me cry.

The boys followed a procedure to make their fairy bread.

We made some great gains in fine motor over the year together!

This was my fave part of our little morning tea party, how cute are they!

I just love that we as teachers all feel that we have made a difference for these boys and help each other to increase their development.  It has been a special part of my year in a role I have never done before and I am grateful to have been part of it.

Sunday, 30 November 2014


I am happy to say that I did manage to get a new file finished just before the Cyber Sale that is happening very shortly on December 1-2.

Here she is!  A-MAZE-ing Alphabet!

All the way from a-z!!  These are going to be great for fast finishers or those littles that need a little bit of extra practice.  
I have also included 2 extra mazes that is alphabetical order in both letters and pictures.

Now these are in my store now for sale but if you can wait just a little while the Cyber Sale will be happening on December 1 and 2.  My whole store will be on sale for 20% and by using the code TPTCYBER you will get an extra 10% off at the checkout.  

Just click on any of the pics to head over to my store and start clearing out your wishlist!  Happy shopping :)

Monday, 24 November 2014

Christmas Fun

I started this earlier in the week and said I would have it finished by the weekend, I am happy to say that I got there!!!  I even finished up reports in time as well, this is a red letter day friends.

So I am happy to bring you my Christmas Activity Book, this would be suitable for Grade 1 or 2.  It is chock full of literacy and numeracy activities and also includes a craft and a game for kiddos to play.  All you need to do is print and staple, this would be great for fast finishers or to send home with kiddos to finish off over the holidays.
Or you could just pick and choose which activities you would like your kiddos to do, personally I think the Bouncy Gingerbread people would be soooo cute on a bulletin board or hanging up.

Just click on any of the pics to get your copy!

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Five for Friday

Well I made it through the week!  This was a tough week guys.....I was sick, not just I have a sniffle kind of sick but an I can't get off the couch or out of bed kind of sick.  I do not do sick well,  I moan and whinge and make sure everybody feels sorry for me....except they don't and now they mostly ignore me, so I have to give myself sympathy.  

So I was sick.  I am still sick, please feel sorry for me.

But!  On Tuesday night I got a call from my Principal asking if I would be at school the next day....ummm yes is what you say when your Principal calls and because I think I am Superwoman I said I WAS feeling better ( I kind of was).  I was needed people, that is right somebody needed me :)  I was needed to go on an excursion with a Prep class to support one of the students, sure I said, I can go on an excursion.  
The excursion was a bushwalk around Mt Wellington.....a bushwalk people...... on a mountain.  
So I went, because it was my Principal calling and I really like her and I really need to have a job next year.  Anyway the weather was lovely and I figured it would be good to get some fresh air.

Look!  A curly fern!

I love this pic, it looks like they are really walking through the bush, but they were on a pathway and I was below them.

Anywho, apparently it was not a good idea because even though I felt ok that day, the next day I was down again and had to take the day off.  

It is report writing season and I am still going, in fact I am supposed to be doing them right now.....I am not.

I DID get to school by the end of the week I was told many, many times how terrible I looked and perhaps I should have taken the day off.  I wore make up people!  I thought I looked ok, even my Principal said I didn't look great.  It was a no win situation.  
Anyway enough about me, my Grade 2's are still looking at arrays and we made some array cities after being inspired by this pin
I love them!
Oh, want to hear a funny, not funny story?  Last week I told my kiddos to see if they could find some arrays at home and to draw or take a pic of it to bring in this week.  That afternoon I got a call from a parent asking why her son had to bring in a razor...A RAZOR!  No, no, no!  I said, an array, we are looking for arrays, you know rows of things.  
See funny, not funny.

So while I was sick, (did I mention I was sick?)  I whipped up this fun file folder game ( I love alliteration)  for making time.  I did this because I didn't want to do reports.  Just click on the pic to get your FREE copy!

Want to check out some other fun Five for Friday posts, maybe they will be from healthy people :)  Head over to Doodlebugs to check them out or to link up for yourself!