Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Vrrm Brrm!

I have just listed this new resource to help you explain consonant blends with your students. The file includes 18 pages, each showing a different consonant blend that comes in the initial position of words. The file also includes instructions for a catchy little explanation to help your students understand that a consonant blend can be thought of as one sound cluster, but we hear two single sounds pushed very quickly together.
Lots of fun!
Available on my website, and also through TpT.


Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Free Graphics/Clipart

I have been playing around with some skills I learned in a night course I took at TAFE last year in educational publishing. I do not profess to be an expert by any stretch of the imagination, so am offering my attempts at clip art and graphics for educational products and resources free at this stage!

The only condition in using them is that you provide a courtesy mention of me being the designer and a short link back to my TpT store.

I started making digital teaching resources for sale back in 2006 and at that stage, searched the Internet far and wide for suitable graphics. In the end I contacted and paid individual graphic designers for commercial-use graphics. I was paying up to $50 for some graphics, and he Australian dollar was very weak, so any graphics I bought overseas, were almost double the cost when converted to the $A. There is so much more variety now, in only five short years and whole sets of graphics available for as little as $1! It is good news.

Please don't laugh at my humble beginnings, I am sure I will improve as I practice more - if only you could see the first teaching resource we made back in 2006, to sell on eBay! Cringe! We all start somewhere :)

List of TpT Bloggers

Find this free list of great educational teaching blogs on TeacherspayTachers!

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/List-of-Blogs-from-TpT-Sellers

If you are a TpT seller and you would like your blog added to the file, let me know :)

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Two Cheeky - Teaching Addition

I am planning a unit of work on addition for my Kinders - so have addition on the brain! In Australia we have only had 10 weeks of the school year so far, so my kinders are very new to school. This printable game activity will be great for new kinders such as mine, that really need the support of hands-on or concrete materials to hold, move and touch as they learn to add numbers together.

In Two Cheeky, the children will add freckles (counters) to their game board to model addition. The two cheeks will help reinforce the idea of two different groups. The children can write their numbers down on their worksheet, once they have found the total of their two groups.

My 4 year old daughter has now decided that after her dinner/bath routine each night, we should play one of my games - who am I to argue?

We played Two Cheeky tonight - and she LOVED it! She is still a little young to really understand addition, but she enjoyed rolling the die and counting the dots to find the number. I am sure soon, she will beging to recognise the dice numbers instantly. She practiced counting out the right number of counters and loved adding them to her face game board.

I used the opportunity to encouage lots of math language and talking about numbers and counting. So although we didn't quite play to my instructions, she got so much out of it. I am sure you could think of many ways to use this resource in your math lessons too.

Roll the die, and put your counters on!

One cheek has counters, now for the other side!


Click here to see this resource file on TeacherspayTeachers


Friday, 22 April 2011

Bunny Makes Ten


I played our new game BUNNY MAKES TEN with my 4 year old as a special Good Friday treat this morning - she loved it! Especially at the end when she got to sample the chocolate eggs.

You could play this game in your classroom with counters or little fluffy craft chicks that you buy from the dollar store!


Roll the die and add your eggs or counters!

Who will get to ten first? Remember to record the numbers you rolled that added up to ten!
Click here to find our new game in our TeacherspayTeachers store!

HAPPY EASTER

Two Interactive Activities for Hundreds Chart

I am really enjoying using these two interactives on my Smartboard

Splat Squares is great for talking about numbers and number patterns on the hundreds chart

Give the dog a bone is an exciting game to help children remember numbers and number order on the hundreds chart - I even love to play!

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Just a little bit of talking really!

There are so many wonderful resources available to help children learn that have been created and designed with thoughtful, creative and colorful graphics. Our students are lucky to engage with motivating and interactive activities on the Smartboard, that are equally as colourful and creative.

I often like to take a break from the wonderful visual motivators and learning tools, and focus on auditory activities - learning experiences that help children develop strong auditory memory and skills such as the ability to visualise and imagine! Equally as important are auditory activities that will help with language and literacy.

A simple favorite of mine when I have a few spare minutes, is to have the children listen to me say a series of 4 or 5 letter sounds, e.g. H G K M T and then have the whole class, or individuals repeat them back to me. Challenge the students to say them in reverse order. Put emphasis on one sound in particular, and ask the class which sound was singled out. Ask them to repeat the sequence back with this emphasis.

I also like to say a little communication rhyme with the class. I say "Have you got your loud voice" (in a loud voice), they repeat back in chorus, "yes we have, we really have" (in matching loud voices). I then say "have you got your quiet voice", and they repeat back "yes we have, we really have", and I carry on, with "angry voice", "happy voice" "teacher voice" "baby voice" etc. The children absolutely LOVE playing along. It is quite helpful for students with communication difficulties and also lots of fun!

Letter Detective Printable File

Need some inspiration for the Letter Detective activity?
Printable file to help you get going  now available for purchase!

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Paper Bag Detective!

This is a simple activity to help your students with their letter sounds and also communicate with the class.
You will need consonant letters printed on cards.
The children draw a card from a box or bag. Attach the card to a note (and place it in a paper bag) asking their parent to take them on a home tour looking for objects that begin with the letter sound they drew. One or two small objects may be brought back to school the next day in the paper bag. The letter card should be plainly attached to the bag. 
Your detectives can then be encouraged to describe one of their objects to the class without naming it. Other students can guess the object. You may like to limit the activity to 3-5 "detectives" each day. Perhaps these students could wear a detective badge or hat for part of the day.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Great School Fundraising Idea

Schools can earn $3 out of every $10 with a fundraiser on Surprise Notes - so simple to organize and so much fun for parents and children!
Check out their super cool new website

Monday, 18 April 2011

sqworl

Where can you find us? We now have a sqworl page that will help you to find our Little Green Frog, as he jumps all over the internet! Our sqworl address is http://sqworl.com/bzntoe

Another great sqworl group is Teacher Sites, check it out @  http://sqworl.com/up5d0z

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Cute Easter Card

We listed a cute Easter Bunny Rabbit card to make with your students - just print, photocopy, cut, colour, and paste! Check it out at Teachers Marketplace, or at our website!
http://www.teachersmarketplace.com.au/browse/resource/?cid=760

We did it!

Well we finally did it! We have got a blog to start recording some of our ideas, thoughts and great finds to help and enhance your teaching as well as  ours.

We are on a two week break from school here in NSW Australia, and I am enjoying having a teeny tiny bit more time to create some new resources, get ready for the next term of teaching and spend some quality time with my gorgeous girl.
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