Monday, January 26, 2015

Back to School...again!


It is here and I am pretty darn excited for this year.

I decided to beat the crowds and begin my new year's resolutions after Christmas, instead of January 1st. It worked out great and I feel more motivated than ever. I get to work with my TBFF (Teaching Bestie Friend Forever) this year, I am back on 1st grade, in a new classroom and on track to becoming a fitter, healthier and better me. Watch out 2015!

Now onto the classroom chit chat:

Back. To. School.

Three words some teachers dread but, to be honest, I always look forward to heading back to school after our Summer break.

I feel refreshed, inspired and have a bunch of energy that I just want to sprinkle like glitter all over my classroom.

So I do. And I have.

Although completely unnecessary and NOT a teaching requirement, I LOVE to make new purchases and do up little bits and pieces for the new school year (I'm sure many of you are with me on this).

Here are some of my 2015 representatives:
My TBFF made an amazing word wall with space to add new words so that was a must have display.
The only alphabet charts that were available at my school were full page size and my tiny room didn't have space to display them properly. I decided to create some of my own which I am in LOVE with! They match the word wall perfectly!
I searched high and low for number posters that I was happy with and Alison over at Teaching Maths with Meaning had the only ones that I was happy with. If you follow me on Facebook, you'll know how excited I was about these.
I kept my daily time schedule from last year, too, because 1) I love the bright colours and 2) I can refer to it when children ask me what time lunch/home time is.
I used these adorable labels from A Sunny Day in First Grade last year for birthday crazy straws and they were a hit so I've used them again this year.
The TBFF and I wanted to have a gift for the kids that was something do with 'sparkling' in Year 1 (what we call First Grade here in Australia). We bought packs of glitter HB pencils from Kmart (a pack of 8 for $2) and I created these cute little labels to stick on them. I wish I could share them with you but I've used clip art that is only for personal use, sorry! They were VERY easy to put together though.
I scored this Snakes and Ladders bargain mat for only $10 at Super Amart.
Now, I don't know if anyone has tried to find bingo dabbers in Australia before but it is VERY hard to find cheap and colourful ones. These are the best we could find and luckily they were MUCH cheaper than the ones at the craft shops and MUCH more fun, too! I got a pack of 5 on special for $7 (I think) at Target. These were extra colours I found at OfficeWorks for $2 each. Can't wait to put them to use!
  Now, these were some more completely unnecessary ESSENTIAL new school year purchases for me :) The drink bottle (that has a fruit infuser!!!) was from Sports Girl and the phone cover was from Forever New.


One of my goals for 2015 is to make more informative blog posts. I don't know about you but I'm getting a little tired of so many TPT product posts (that I am also guilty of!) so I am going to try to take it back to the good ol' days of quality and informative posts. I am an extremely visual person so be prepared for many pictures, too!

I've created a purely teaching and classroom related Instagram (no products, unless it's something I've used and loved in the classroom) so please follow me so I can follow you back:

I am SOOO excited for the new school year!

What are some of your 2015 classroom additions???

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Back to School Bounty Giveaway!

We are in our final week of holidays here in Australia! Its been so nice to have a break and relax.
Instead of suffering the BTS blues, some of my friends and I have decided to cheer you 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!

Monday, December 8, 2014

These are a few of our/my favorite things!

Me and some blogging friends have joined up with Laura over at Where the Magic Happens to share with you all some of our favorite things, this holiday season!

My Festive Fave
One of my absolute favorite things to do during the holiday season is predictable but a must - DECORATING!

 I am so very jealous of my Northern hemisphere friends, who get to enjoy a cold (and sometimes white) Christmas.
Here in Australia it is hot hot HOT during Christmas so we often have the air conditioning cranked right up, if we aren't already in the pool.

However, I still enjoy my decorations. These photos are from last year.
Excuse the tools in the first photo. We were landscaping at the time.

Yes, I am one of those people. My dogs were only in the outfits for about 5 minutes.

Can I also say that in Australia, we don't really do the 'fresh' tree thing. It's all plastic and fake here. I know it's not the same but, to be honest, I'm not too sure how my allergies would cope with the 'real deal' anway!

My Personal Fave

OK, my second favorite thing that I want to share is not exactly holiday season related but I still NEED it in my life!
My bronzer! Some Most days I wake up and just want to NOT look like a zombie.
So, I just brush a little of this baby on and it makes me feel a LOT better :)

During the hot festive season here, it's easy to look drained. This gives me a touch of color, when I need it!

 My Teaching Fave


If you haven't heard of the Book Depository or Fishpond (for my Aussie friends) then you must have been living under a rock!

These have to be two of my all time favorite sites. Not just because I'm a teacher, either! These sites ship free of charge and can be quite competitive with their prices. I have bought so many items from these sites - not just books!

Sadly, Book Depository do not do gift certificates but Apple do!
I have bought quite a few iBooks but you can also use their vouchers for the Apps Store and iTunes, too!

So in the spirit of the festive holiday season, I'm donating a $30 Apple iTunes gift card to the give away for this blog hop!
There are HEAPS of donations to be won so make sure you enter via the Rafflecopter below!

Please make sure you hop on through and see some other bloggers' favorite things, too!

Because we value our followers and wanted to treat you to our favorite things Oprah style, we have put together the best giveaway of the season! My bloggy friends and I welcome you to the best, biggest, most cheerful event of the season:

7 winners for 7 prize packs!

Come and enter the giveaway and check out my bloggy friends' favorite things:

Sunday, December 7, 2014

1st and 2nd grade curriculum resources!

Happy December!  Hope everyone had a great holiday and is ready for the next weeks coming up!  We can do this!!!  

 I have teamed up with some friends to load you up with resources to make teaching a bit easier!  

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 Word Problems
Long Vowels
Synonyms & Antonyms
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Plurals (including irregular)
Nouns & Verbs 
Changing Tenses of Words
Story Elements 
Writing Stories
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Check out the previews... 

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Encourage Creative Writing and Drawing

Does anyone remember this TV show?

Mr Squiggle!

I used to LOVE watching him when I was little. The grouchy blackboard used to crack me up and I LOVED when Mr Squiggle would try to go for a 'space walk'!

For those who are unsure what I'm talking about, here's what he did:

For some reason, I remembered this TV show and it inspired me to create some simple activity sheets to encourage some creative drawing and writing.

Students can create their own 'squiggles' and write about them!

Click on either image to take a look at it in my store.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Happy Snaps Sunday ~ October 26th

It's that time of the week again!
Have you got your happy snaps ready?
Here are mine!
Millie being a cutie patootie!

We had some fireworks go off near our house this week. This cutie is petrified of them...has been since she was a pup!

So, hubby decided to build her a pillow fort to comfort her.

It worked!

She ended up falling asleep in this position.

 Source unknown

My teaching bestie and I like to send each other some motivation every now and then in the mornings before school.

This usually occurs on Fridays, when we like to share our extreme excitement for the weekend.

Today I sent her the one above.

Then the texts below closely followed.

Want to share some happy snaps and make another person smile?

Link up below!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Pinterest inspired Pollution Fun!

What a week!
I'm exhausted.
Student teacher finishing up. Report card comments. Assessments. Assessment. Assessments.
In the middle of it all, we have been learning about saving the Earth.
This week we talked about pollution.
The kids watched this YouTube clip on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
It's not great quality but it sent the right message to the kids. There are lots of other great ones online, too.
We also did a little experiment, inspired from Pinterest.
This is the pin I found.
This is how ours turned out.
 It was a great conversation starter!
I think I could actually see little light bulbs lighting up when we were talking about how easy it was to create the pollution but how hard it was to undo it.

Such a rewarding and simple activity!
Have you had to teach about pollution?
I would love to hear and see your ideas!
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