Sunday, 27 October 2013

Clipart Bundle!

I have been excited about this news for weeks! I am sure that if you like reading my blog, there is a good chance that you like clipart as much as me!

Some of my clipart has been chosen to be included in an awesome educents bundle!


My Christmas Stick Kids are new to my clipart collection and are seriously one of my favourites!








There are 35 other products in our bundle to get your teaching resources and documents looking adorable! 35 sets! Imagine the fun you will have with those!

 Hop along our blog hop to see all the goodies you will get!  

From here, you can hop to my friend Randi's blog - Teaches Third In Georgia!



But before  you hop over to Randi, take a moment to 'pin' an image from my blog if you like. If you do, you can enter the rafflecopter below to win a $25 TpT gift voucher! That means you can spend $25 in my store, or any other store on the entire TpT website! 


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Wednesday, 23 October 2013

We Need Your Help!


I have wanted to make this set for a long time, but it kept getting pushed down my to-do list. Koalas are my favourite animal. Not only are they so darn cute, but I can relate to their behaviour - they are often slow, sleepy and when you watch them, they seem to not care one little bit about much at all - except eating and snoozing - oh the life! They are happy to just chill in the corner branch of a tall Eucalypt (gum) tree. 


For the last week or so, my home state of New South Wales has been battling horrendous bushfires. Our 'woods' or 'forest' here in Australia is called 'The Bush'.

My city of Lake Macquarie has not been sparred - we have had fires to our North, West and South. Thankfully my little suburb has so far been relatively protected, but the fire season is not over yet - we are only in the middle of Spring here and we have a long hot summer ahead. 

Perhaps the worst of the fires near me, were those to the north, in the Port Stephens and Heatherbrae areas - around a 40 minutes drive from me.  I spent many vacations in the Port Stephens area as a child, and just visited again in early October for a few days.
The Port Stephens area has been identified as one of the richest koala sites in my state, and contains prime habitat which supports one of our last viable koala populations (koala's are currently classified as a vulnerable and rare species - this in itself is a huge concern).
Of the many eucalypt trees that grow in Australia, only a few will be suitable for koalas  - you can imagine what that means when we have these horrendous bushfires. If the koalas happen to survive, they are often left struggling to find their favourite trees and leaves. While most Australian wildlife will run when they smell bushfire smoke, the slow moving koala will just move higher into the canopy of their tree. 

I am going to send 100% of the profits from the sale of this set to a non-profit organisation "Wildlife In Need of Care" that cares for injured Australian Wildlife in the Ports Stephens area - not just the koala. 

They care for injured wildlife and nurse them back to health. When it's not  bushfire season, they are helping animals that have been injured by speeding cars and domestic pets. I heard volunteers from this organization on the radio through the week, and I knew I wanted to help somehow. I am house-bound temporarily,  after having some minor surgery myself, so I got  busy creating these koalas today.

Included in this clipart set is a special badge that you can put on your blog IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO to show that you have supported the koalas. Please link back to this post if you can, so we can spread the news. 

If you would like your students to learn  more about Koalas, there is some excellent information on this site HERE

Please visit my TpT clipart store and consider purchasing this set to help me help our wildlife!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, 21 October 2013

Santa is Dropping Gifts!


I love fixing things up and making them better, I always have - I blame my dad for that! I just updated a few items in my store. First one is my popular FREE game - Santa's Sleigh Drop. It has been downloaded  close to 20, 000 times but a super sleuth popped in to tell me she preferred her math sentences with full stops (periods). Well, what better motivation for me than to overhaul the whole thing! 

So I added a few additional pages and refreshed the formatting. You can find it HERE if you would like the updated copy.

The game includes ten AND twenty frames and will help your little learners with early subtraction.


It is best to teach early subtraction with words, not symbols. The difficulty lies in the fact that most little kinder students do not read many words. So I have deliberately kept the language and grammar SIMPLE so that they do not get overwhelmed with too many words! Effective kindergarten teaching is about starting with the most simple language patterns possible, and building up.

You may need to do some prior teaching before you play this game, and introduce the sentences that feature on each card. The first number is in green and the second in red. Teach your students to GO with green and STOP with red! This will scaffold them towards looking just at the numbers, and ignoring the words... which is where you want this to lead. 


Use any classroom equipment as 'gifts' on the sleigh game boards. 





My Gingerbread People got a little makeover too. I also added some plain gingerbread people that would be perfect for activities and centres (you can add content to their tummy!). 




The next review was LONG overdue! Here is the thumbnail (don't laugh) of one of my first eBay products in 2005 - Write'n'Wipe boards for numeral writing review. Featuring some of my very early clipart (yes cupcakes were a theme for me even back then!)



Now they are looking a little different, but still perfect for K-2 learners! 


It also motivated me to get them listed on TpT! The website is next, and yes I will do them in Aussie fonts!


Because I love giving gifts away just as much as Santa, please feel free to enter the rafflecopter below to win a $50 TpT gift voucher. I truly appreciate my kind supporters, and love to give back to you! I may not always get to answer each and every blog comment and feedback comment that you make, but I do read them all. This is my way of saying thanks! 

 I wish I could send you all one, imagine the fun spending that voucher! 

Good luck, and thanks for stopping by!


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Sunday, 20 October 2013

Trick or Treat Blog Hop

Trick or treat! This is Kathy and Susan from The Fun Factory taking over Mel's blog today as our trick!

Keep reading to get your treat!




Several bloggers at {The Teaching Tribune} have joined together for this Trick or Treat Blog Hop. You will find more tricks as well as plenty of treats as you hop from door to door.


 Your treat from The Fun Factory is Halloween Initial Sounds








Your students will have a “spooktacular” time identifying the initial sounds they hear on these 16 task cards. 

 Now it's time to go "next door" to discover the next trickster and collect another treat. Click on the picture below to take you there!



Friday, 18 October 2013

Word Family Flip Flap Houses


The term 'Word Families' really means any set of words that carry a similarity. When I think of word families however, I mainly think of the vowel-consonant combinations that come in cvc words, for example.

After my kindies have learnt a good chunk of their single sounds and short vowel sounds, I am on to these! Get them blending! I got more confident with this after using the Jolly Phonics program. It suggests teaching students to blend cvc words after learning the first 6 sounds.. why not!?

Looking at cvc (and some ccvc and cvcc) words within a framework of 'word families' is a good way of introducing a spelling program of sorts in the kindergarten program. I like to focus on a different short vowel for every 2 week period. 

This new set of worksheets in my TpT store will help you to work with short vowels, word families and cvc words (a few ccvc are included also). You can use them as individual worksheet, or group them together to make a student workbook. 


Each page has a different word family house. Students use the pictures to help them write word-window flaps. 


Students love to lift flaps to see what is underneath, and this book will become a favourite way for them to remember their learning of word families!


You can find it HERE in my TpT store, and I will have it listed at 50% off for the first 24 hours!

And speaking of houses - here is a very cute haunted one - to remind you that there is a super fun blog hop on its way! Stay tuned - you will not want to miss it! 




Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

FREE Classroom "Glasses" Poster


Do you have any sweeties that have recently been prescribed glasses to read in the classroom? I am sure you will make them feel very special - as it can be a big adjustment for them. 

This printable poster will help them - and YOU, remember to have their glasses either on their face - or in the case! 

Find it FREE to download in the FANS ONLY tab of our Facebook page.

Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!

Monday, 14 October 2013

Flip Flap Fall


I wanted to share a few photos with you to show you how my new 'flip flap puzzle pastes' work! 

They work like my previous Puzzle Paste resources - students cut out the squares and match each piece to its correct position on the puzzle. To find the correct position, students may have to recognise or trace  a variety of learning content areas - letters, numbers, rhyming words etc.

IN the following example, students each receive a worksheet..

trace the numbers (1-9)....


cut the puzzle pieces...


and match each dot pattern to a number (subitizing).

However, to create the 'flip-flap' glue is applied to the shaded area only.


The piece is placed down, and students can then create a crease, by folding the tab up to the line. 


When all the tabs are in position, a picture is created..


Students can view the content on and under each tab... 


AND colour their picture in to finish off!


If you would like to try this activity - download the free sample below from Google Drive, by clicking on the image. 




Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Wonderful Word Walls

I have always LOVED using word walls. Both with Kindergarten and the few years I have taught 1st and 2nd grades. I have a standard year-long alphabetically-organised word wall for common sight words and I also create theme-based word walls for units of work and special holidays and events. I enjoy creating fun ways to display the words - for example nursery rhyme themed words on a giant 'Humpty Dumpty's wall). 

I have always found physical space to be an issue however. With SO much to cover in the current curriculum and being rather partial to displaying the students' artwork, classroom display space is at a premium! The value of enhancing vocabulary with a language rich display of words is SO beneficial - oh the dilemma! 

I have considered that conundrum when designing this new series of resources. I wanted a systematic and organised way of both building and using a word wall collection. These sets will be consistent in design. Your students will get very used to the concept AND you will be able to mix and match resources! That my friends is ultimate value! 

I have 5 in the series of Word Wall Wonder Packs to date! You can purchase them in sets

Or individually... 


Each file contains a set of themed based words. A picture and word combination is featured on each card.


They are small in size, making them perfect for little hands and for interactive learning. Your students can easily pick up, move and USE their word cards! Imagine the understanding that will develop when you ask your students to sort the words alphabetically, and they can physically move the words around, rather than just trying to write them.

Don't pin the cards on the wall, where they cannot be handled by your students - put them in a pocket chart low to student eye level, place them in a theme-based tub or container.....


... or clip them around the edge of a theme based poster!


Here is one I created for an apple theme. The words go around the edge, and can be easily unclipped by your students. 


Put a bundle of worksheets in a sleeve in the middle of the poster chart - students can access them independently. 


The idea of these word wall packets is that students USE the cards to assist them in writing or word work. They take 4 cards from the set (you may need to print additional cards to cater for a specific number of students) and place them down on their worksheet. They then complete the writing task or activities using these words. The students around them will be completing similar tasks with DIFFERENT words!




Once the activities are completed, students can then draw and write the words into the spaces, as a record of their learning before returning the word cards to the chart or tub. 

The BEST feature of these resources, is that the 4 worksheets in each file can be used with ANY set of our word cards. That means that you can create new and fun activities just by switching around the cards and sheets. 


Thank you so much for stopping by!