Wednesday, 22 October 2014

One Million Celebration!

My little 'ol blog reached 1 million views today! What?! How!? 

I remember getting to a couple of hundred hits, like it was yesterday. Except it was 2011 when that happened.

Well, I DO still have a 2011 calendar up. True story. I don't live for the moment. I live like it was 3 years ago. All. The. Time. 

THANK YOU! I am so humbled. It is not so grand compared to some of the super-teaching-blogs out there, but it is HUGE to me. 

I started my blog, having never really read many blogs before (me? .... who would have thought?!). I still don't feel like a 'blogger' or actually really know what I am 'supposed' to be doing. I was just very much attracted to the idea of having a free space to write a few thoughts, and most importantly connect with my 'buyers' in a more personal way. And post photos! Facebook for teachers was minimal back then, and Pinterest was not around.

My blog has always had a strong link to my digital teaching resources - I wanted them to have a voice and be able to explain themselves! I have long had a love for teaching resources, and was excited to find that there were other people like me around the world that wanted to 'see' and 'read' more about resources, teaching materials, worksheets, printables and lesson plans. 

I have also enjoyed sharing stories and anecdotes about my life as a wife, mother, teacher and tea drinker as well. Thank you for appreciating my random-ness and hodge podge of postings. 

I  found a reference to my blog once, on another site, where someone called it a 'hodge podge of random inspiration and posts'... 

You know, sometimes in life you just have to 'go with it' - so I am told - so from then on, I accepted, embraced and became comfortable with my 'randomness'. It suits my life right now, and it is truly reflective of 'me' at the moment! This is my life.

I cannot do a post like this without mentioning my 2 biggest blogging inspirations, Mrs Jump and Mrs Wills. I found both blogs early on, and I have been an avid follower ever since. My heart will always be a 'kindergarten heart', and I love that their 'kindergarten-ness' shines through in everything they do. Thank you for all the inspiration and support ladies!


I have also 'met' hundreds of other teachers and bloggers through my posts and feel it is a true blessing to be able to do this!

To celebrate this little milestone, I am giving away 4 $25 TpT gift vouchers. Just enter your details in the rafflecopter. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and I would be thrilled if you kept visiting. 

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A big part of my blogging journey has been about connecting and joining in with other bloggers and teachers. I would love to do that today as well. If you have a teaching blog, please leave your link here, so I can visit and get to know you too! 

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Seeing Green

We made green play dough today, and it was not to make frogs. Although, I am sure that will happen at some stage this week. 

My new 'Fun Play Dough' packet has students making 'monsters' to help with addition and fine motor strength. 

All you need is the printed play dough mats (laminate them), some green doh and wiggly eyes. 

Encourage your students to say the rhyme as they work with their dough. The rhyme will help remind them of the dough-manipulating skills you have taught them!

Rolling a ball to start..... 

and patting with a firm flat hand down on the table to flatten and make a 'pancake shape'. This will make the monster body. 

The rhyme tells the students how many eyes to count out...

And instructs them to share them equally amongst the monster eyelids. Students can finish off their monster by dragging their fingertip through the dough to make a 'frown'.

In this activity, your students are not only learning early skills for division, but essential play-dough skills that will help them bring their own creative ideas to life, and build fine motor strength. They are using different parts of their hands to create different effects with their modelling. 

I am sure, like me, you have been surprised with how many students do not know how to confidently use play dough. A telltale sign is a desk covered in tiny confetti like pieces of play dough. These students just sit and shred the play dough into tiny pieces, rather than working with it effectively. 

Not  long after teaching them the basic skills and providing opportunity for practice, you will see huge improvements in their creations - and even their writing and drawing. 

You can find my new Monster Play Dough Mats at TpT for 50% off this week.

And speaking of green - I was excited to see my friend Deanna has revised her Halloween unit! I am madly prepping some activities for the coming weeks, and I know that these will be some of my students' favourites. 

Here is a Frankenstein Glyph that my daughter just HAD to make when I printed out the packet. 

I am also excited to get this 'Franken Rhyme' game ready! Students can play with  partners or small groups, and listen to words to find rhyming pairs. 

I will be back soon to show you more activities I am prepping for my next few weeks. Oh did I tell you I will be in the classroom full time for a short time. First time in a while.

Just a TINY but excited!

Thanks for stopping by my friends! Have a great day!