Sunday, 14 February 2016

Sorting and Storing Games and Activities

I made a very ugly set of filing cabinets all bright and cute over the summer! 

We got this 'beauty' for $70 when an office was closing down near where my husband works. 

I found fluoro pink spray paint and black chalkboard paint!

The tricky part was masking up and covering the different parts while others were being painted. I had to spray about 6 coats. 

We took the plastic handles off and sprayed them separately. I left the cabinet in the sun to dry for an hour or so between each coat. If I did this again I will look into some sort of primer to go under the first coat. 

I am going to use this cabinet for all my numeracy activities and games. I store each in a clear plastic document wallet and am going to divide them up into ability stages. 

In my state of Australia we can use a Numeracy Continuum to assist our planning and assessing.

It outlines a progression of learning so that students can work on problems within their skill level area. This helps them more easily move to the next level or step on the continuum. 

This cabinet will house all my games and activities divided (roughly) into four different 'groups' (steps). Hundreds of hours could be spent analysing each resource that I have and continue to find. I have been teaching long enough and am confident enough to quickly review an activity and allocate it into a grouping. 

For example, in a selection of 'addition' resources I would roughly divide the activities into:

Group 1 - Students having to physically model/move manipulatives to demonstrate addition (seeing, touching, counting)
Group 2 - Students may still have to count from 1 to find the total, but they can do in their head
Group 3 - Students can 'count on' from one group to add the next (they can hold a number in their mind and add the rest)
Group 4 - Students are beginning to use / are using mental strategies for addition. 

I would use this rough allocation for every aspect of numeracy and divide my resources into the drawers. Nothing too time-consuming - just taking a skill, viewing it as a series of gradual steps and then allocating a drawer for each. If a skill has more than 4 steps, I might combine a few into the one group.

 I also am equally as comfortable and confident in quickly allocating a child to a group to match their area of learning. I like to keep my groups fluid and can easily change students between groups as needed. I will blog in more detail about math groupings in an upcoming post.   

I love the chalkboard drawers - I can quickly write on the front and change them if I need to in the future. 

Thank you so much for stopping by - have a great day!

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Five for Friday - 12th February

Five for Friday with Kacey!

1. Robot Double Digit Addition - new this week!

2. Our beautiful weather has returned - #nofilter

3. 5am drawing and I have graduated to coffee. 

4. Big planner for big plans. 

5. Have a wonderful Valentine's Day. There is only one guaranteed way to be happy - be in love with your life. When you truly are, you will only have love for the lives of others as well. 

 Put your armour on, get out there and don't let anyone dull your sparkle. Ever. 

Find more posts to read over with Kacey!

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Double Digit Addition

Double digit addition may not be pretty. Just putting it out there. 

To save tears and possible 12 hour post-lesson headaches, I created some fun 'visually supportive' worksheets that will help your students understand what you may or may not have spent two hours trying to explain. 

Not that I would know ANYTHING about that. Ahem. Cough cough. 

Even after time spent playing with hands-on equipment and such and such, one may still find that talk of 'tens' and 'ones' and 'mental imagery' and 'partitioning' and 'combining' evokes many glazed-over-eyes. 


THESE worksheets will SHOW students what all the talk is about. They may even assist in 'planting the seed' that creating pictures in your mind helps solve problems. 

They involve numbers less than 99 without regrouping - build confidence with these before moving onto trickier stuff.

They are 50% of today in my TpT store

Tell your students that mental math can be difficult because not only do they need to hold a picture in their mind, but they might have to hold onto that picture and create a second picture, and then come back to the first picture and then combine it with the second. 

Yeah. Glazed-Over-Eyes.......

Perhaps just show them these pictures! They will 'get it'! Along with plenty of hands-on play with blocks.

Try one for free today, by downloading one from Google Drive - HERE

Thank you so much for visiting, have a wonderful day!

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Clipart Updates


Happy weekend! I hope you have a little time to get creative - making things always relaxes me and is a great way to shake off the stresses of the week. 

As promised, I have a post to share with you some of my 'clipart updates' from the last week or so. Click on the thumbnails to find each listing. 

I refreshed my 'squiggle borders and badges' set and created a spin-off with a new color palette combination.


The fourth set of 'pretty dividers' were added to my bundle. Set #4 has a 'hand-drawn / doodle' theme. 

I listed a flash-freebie! "Daily Literacy" is still free, so if you do not have it yet - be fast before it switches to paid.


One of my original Valentine's Day sets was revised. Boy was that needed! Little Bit of Love is feeling all new and loved again! Page Flags, by request - a great addition to cover pages and posters!


I have started two new monthly sets and am having lots of fun drawing each day for these. 

Thank you so much for stopping by - now,  go get your creativity-pants on! 

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Classroom Ideas for Valentine's Day

I have loads of ideas and resources for Valentine's Day in the classroom! Find more information and access to these activities by clicking on each of the pictures. Love Bug Write and Wipe Cards will help your students segment cvc words. 

Making hearts to model addition is just one activity in my Sweet Centers bundle. 

Pop over to one of my previous blog posts to grab a FREE fine motor pinning page. 

Your students can write about things they love in this sweet flippable cupcake book.

Some scrappy colouring will help brighten your classroom! This is another free download!

Why not make some super-easy and cute cupcake-liner butterflies!

Get your students rolling and adding with my chocolate themed Play Dough Mats. You could also use counters or dry erase markers. 

Send a loveable owl home with your students with a list of things they love!

Or make a Hug Bug to give to someone special! 

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today - I hope you have a wonderful week! 

Friday, 29 January 2016

Five for Friday - 29th January

The best time of the week has arrived! Here are 5 random happenings from my week.

1. No sugar Valentines
I found these fun non-food gift ideas for Valentine's Day over at Rachelle's store. Love!

2. Washi Tape Pegs
I got all crafty and actually made something I saw on Pinterest. 

3. Hello Classroom
I have resumed a 5 day teaching program. People hate me for saying it, but who cares...... it is actually easier than teaching part time! Love it. I also love that I have a blackboard. And neon chalk.

4. Classroom Ideas
Speaking of classrooms, I love saving cute and practical ideas for the classroom. Find my Pinterest board HERE and follow along if you would like to start saving ideas too!

5. Clipart Addicts

Over the weekend I will post the final images in my January clipart addicts and scrappy addicts sets. Look out for the February listing and early-bird special price. 

Thanks so much for stopping by - have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

'Make Ten' Games

Learning to 'make ten' is such an important skill and will help your students on their journey to developing more complex skills in math. 

I recently added three more activities to accompany my 'Make 10' print-and-play game packet on TpT. 

Each printable game also includes a follow-up or recording worksheet and a cover page to help you organize your resources. I like to keep mine in clear plastic document wallets. 

You can find my mini-bundle in my store HERE

Thanks so much for stopping by - have a great day!

Monday, 25 January 2016

Clipart Updates

Hi friends! I wanted to share with you some updates and new additions to my clipart collection. 

My "Oh So Pretty" teacher-maker set has been updated. This one has elements that you can combine to make a cover for your documents or perhaps a classroom resource. 

I listed a new version of this set also, with a few additional pieces and a new colour palette. 

My 'watermelon' set has been completely remade. 

New colours in my 'counting cubes' set!

Make some fun games and activities with these cupcake puzzle templates. 

I have started a growing bundle of 'pretty dividers' (provided in fun bright colours and line art) to make your worksheets and notes look snazzy. 

And revised my Scrappy Butterflies set! There are now 2 colour options for each design. I apologise for any inconvenience caused with this set - the download was not working correctly and I had accidentally been checking the listing of my other set of scrappy butterflies. 

You can thank a nasty summer storm for all my clipart busyness! I am currently residing in an 'internet connection disaster zone' according to my provider. No more Netflix for a while, and limited online activity... 
The result? I am getting a whole lot of work done! Silver lining to a horrible storm I suppose. 

Thank you so much for stopping by - have a wonderful day!