Thursday, 27 February 2014

Sailing Through Spring! A Sale AND A Giveaway!



Soooo - Spring!? Yeah, I am at the end of summer here in Australia. We have just had a very hot and humid week, and I am HANGING for Autumn. Autumn is my favourite month! I have 2 Autumn babies and I just love that a 'bad' Autumn day here, swings back to Summer and is usually warm and dry. A bad Spring day, on the other hand, will swing back to Winter and be cold and miserable. BUT my blog-hopping friends are SUPER happy to be heading into THEIR Spring and have the idea of a summer break already on their minds, I am sure!


We decided we would give you a little blog-hop of teacher tips for getting through Spring with ease! And teachers here in Australia will love these ideas for the beginning of the school year too!

A tip I have for helping you cruise through the last (or first) months of school, is this little gem of a behaviour management strategy - Self Control Bubbles! You can find it FREE at TpT in the store of Lauren, a fellow Aussie seller! Click on the image below to find it!



The idea is that you blow some bubbles in front of your students and let them go crazy, popping them all over the place. And on a second turn, they must practice self control and not reach out to touch or play with the bubbles at all. SUCH a clever idea for getting kids to FEEL self control! I am going to use my mega bubble blower machine to get some serious bubble time!


I have made a fun "Bubbles of Self Control" take home note that you can award students in your class that are demonstrating good self control in the days after this lesson. Just click on the image below to grab it from Google Drive. 


If you need more Take Home Notes, try this product in my store "Star of the Day and So Much More" - I have ALMOST finished an upgrade to this product, it will double in size at least. If you buy it during the sale, you will be able to get the new additions for free in the next week or so!




Whiel y ou are here, I will show you a couple more resources I am super excited about. There is a HUGE TpT sale going on soon, and you may want to take advantage and get 28% off these!


My "5 L's For Learning" will help you introduce and encourage behaviours for learning on the mat - Look, Listen, Lips, Legs and Lap. Find it on my store on sale now!



My latest collaboration with Deanna Jump is "Bump Jump and Build". Lots of teachers had emailed Deanna wanting some "Bump and Jumps" with a phonics theme - so here they are! We made these slightly different, to keep your little ones on their toes!


Another couple of resources that are very close to my heart. These ones have been in the making for 10 years. It has taken me that long to foster the skills to put together these packs, and I had various parts of them, as ideas in my mind a decade ago. And people say I move fast. If only they knew!!

SO happy to have them complete.  One is my "Book of Blends Mega Pack". 


And "Blends Bonanza" - both perfect for when you are ready to MOVE ON from cvc!



Have a look around the blogs of some of my blogging pals and see what tips they can give you for helping you sail through Spring!




Wednesday, 26 February 2014

3 Million Strong!


TeacherspayTeachers (TpT) has just announced that they are 3 million teachers strong!!

Wowza! I am so proud to have been a part of TpT since 2010 and so glad to be joining them in this celebration.

The site is giving you 10% off all purchases made between 27th and 28th February (USA time). 

But the BEST part is, most stores will also reduce their prices by 20% - meaning you can save UP TO 28% off the AMAZING purchases you make!

My 2 TpT stores will be on sale! Find my stores, by clicking on the links below:



I have some collaborations with Deanna Jump, that you can find in her store by clicking on the image below:



I would LOVE to give you the chance to win a $100 TpT gift voucher for being a fabulous blog follower of mine! All you need to do, is enter the rafflecopter below and I will draw it soon. Good luck! 
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Also, if you are a TpT seller and your store will be on sale, please add a link to your store here! Let's get this 3 million strong party started!!









Sunday, 23 February 2014

A Pot of Gold

Hi friends! I wanted to share a couple of new things with you, and some free files that you might be able to use to help celebrate St Patrick's Day in your classroom. 


Firstly, I have added a new Write'n' Wipe file to my first Mega Pack of cards. 

This one, "Pot of Gold" will help your students practice forward number counting sequences between 1 and 100. 



You can find this file, sold separately, by clicking on the image below:

I also added a set of Spring themed write'n'wipe cards to help with learning ccvc and cvcc words. The flower visuals will help your students understand 4 letters, 3 parts (or chunks) of the word! 




Find this file by clicking on the image below:

Or if you have the Mega Pack, you can download the new additions by going to your My Purchases tab! 


Here is a simple but FUN free game you can make for your students. It is easily differentiated to cater for multiple ability groups in your classroom. 

1. Students can count and match yellow pom-poms (coins) to each pot
2. Students can roll 2 dice, find the total, retrieve the matching card and THEN count out the matching "coins"
3. Students can take a card and then put the number of coins on the card that will add with the numeral to make a total of ten or twenty


Download the FREE game templates, by clicking on the image below:



And it includes a bonus worksheet too!


I used some FUN and FABULOUS clipart from 2 Super Teachers to make this file. If you have not seen their blog, hop right over NOW! These 2 sweet ladies came on my radar because of the gorgeous feedback they consistently left me, and encouraging sweet messages and comments they made on my posts and social media. Thank you '2 Super Teachers' for the support and encouragement you have shown me - you rock! AND I adore your clipart! 

2 Super Teachers

Where would we be without a Scrappy Coloring Sheet to celebrate St. Patricks day!? Grab one from google drive by clicking on the image below!

Thanks for stopping by my friends!


Friday, 14 February 2014

Write and Wipe Center

I love Write and Wipe Cards in my classroom! They make PERFECT center and small-group-rotation activities and they are always a HIT with my students! 

They are also fabulous for FAST FINISHERS and really are a 'task card' equivalent for the Kinder and First Grade classroom!

I have just made some poster cards to help you create a center in your classroom. I like to have permanent corner of my room set up with Write'n'Wipe cards at the ready! Store them in a pocket chart, shoe organiser or in little plastic tubs. Include a tub of markers and cleaners and you are all set. 

A good idea is to also include some clipboards, pencils and paper or worksheets. Ask students to RECORD some of the learning that took place on their cards BEFORE they WIPE it all away! 



Write and Wipe cards can cover just about ANY skill or content area in your program! You can also prepare additional cards easily, by just laminating page from a textbook or worksheets. I did this in my first year of teaching, when my budget was minuscule! 



You can use these posters to introduce and reinforce the procedures you would like your students to follow when they are in the Write'n'Wipe Center. I have also included BLANK versions of each poster, so you can create your own rules!

Write'n'Wipe is a great activity to teach your students INDEPENDENCE, so some basic rules will be a great addition to your classroom structure and management. It will help foster that independence that you are aiming for!



You can find the posters in my TpT store by clicking on the image below:


And these new 'Tracing Line' cards. 


I have also listed a Mega Pack, that includes both these new files! It also has 6 of our most favourite sets of cards and will include my next 4 'write'n'wipe' packets! It is on sale now and you can find it by clicking on the image below: 



Thank you so much for stopping by friends! 

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Fold and Create


I like teaching a variety of paper craft skills in Kindergarten and 1st Grade. I blogged about paper tearing HERE

Another essential skill is paper folding. Children need lots of practice (and a patient teacher or helper) with paper folding. Once your students have been shown a few times, they will love being able to apply this skill to a range of their own creative projects. Paper folding is such a great activity of fine motor development.

I developed a resource to help you implement a range of craft projects that utilise a paper folding technique called 'pleating'. You may also know it as the 'concertina fold'.  Your students will create a series of parallel folds in alternate directions to create a pleated effect. This adds some depth to your creative projects and they look GREAT on the display wall!


To pleat, you need to teach your students to make a small fold at the bottom of the page.


Flip the paper, and fold again.


Keep flipping and folding, all the way up to the top...


And then open the page up to create a pleated panel of paper. They are used mostly in these projects as bodies or the main chuck of an object.


Here are a few of my favourite projects in my new 'Fold and Create" file. The file includes 26 projects - one for each letter of the alphabet.


A dog for the letter sound d....




a hive for the letter sound h.....


a nurse for n.... 


and a koala for k .... 



As well as using a pleated piece of paper for these crafts, you could also use a paper bag...


or paper plate... 


I would love you to try one for free! Find the templates for the koala (in Google Drive)  by clicking on the image below:



or by clicking on the link HERE


If you need other quick and easy craft for the letters of the alphabet, you can find my A-Z with Paper Circle in my TpT store also!



Fold and Create is on sale for the next few days only!



Thanks so much for stopping by to see my new resource! Have a great day!