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What a month I have had! I am working full time currently, and having a wonderful time, apart from catching a few little colds and bugs and being laid up in bed by 4.30 most afternoons! My class of kinders are about half way through their first year of school, and the progress that they have made is amazing. It happens every year, and is one of my favourite things about teaching in the early years. I love watching everything start to "come together". It certainly is the perfect reward for months of hard work.
I am also in the midst of a dusty, smelly, cramped building zone, as we are making our little house a little bigger. It all started 4 years ago, when we added a delightful little girl to our family................and the toys.
It seems that toys, books, games...and all-things-little-girl were starting to take over our house, so we had little choice left that extend the house or move.
We are basically living in two small rooms (+ bedrooms) currently, and although I am aware that many people over the world live in worse conditions, this is certainly starting to take its toll on our sanity. There have been a few benefits - we have been forced out of the house to get some fresh air and space (my husband and I love staying home!), and I have been forced OFF the computer more than usual. Hello world! I do have to say that it has made me aware of just how many hours I was beginning to spend in front of the screen. When everything is back to normal, I do hope I can balance my screen-hours a little more.....lets just wait and see :)
I am very excited as tomorrow we get stairs fitted in the house - no more ladders or walking outside and around the house to get to my computer! I am also teaching my kinders all about subtraction and take-away. Perhaps I can tell them about the ladder being taken-away! Anyhow, here is a little activity I have put together to help introduce the concept to my learners that are still right at the beginning of their understanding of subtraction. They still need to see, touch, count and manipulate objects and numbers.
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