Rainbow Puzzle Game

We made a rainbow puzzle game today. I posted on Instagram in February how easy it was to use a Sharpie to put numbers on your rainbow 'combinations to 10' puzzle. 

Today we made it a little more challenging with removable numbers!

We printed out some numbers (see end of post for free download). Laminated, cut them and added a velcro spot to each. We also added velcro to the puzzle.

Now your sweeties can be in the driving seat and challenge themselves to remember where the numbers go, and how they are 'linked'. I am asking my sweetie to trace his finger along the rainbow path so he understands the symbolism of the rainbow and how one end of the arc is linked to the other.

You could also play with a dice, roll a number and find the combination.

Grab some printable numbers HERE to make your own. I've included a color and backline version. 

You might also like my rainbow addition pack from TpT to help explain the concept to your class!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

- Mel x


Heart Week Plan

I've added a new week plan to my office wall! You can add it to your teacher office, desk, planner, diary or folder too!

Find it in google drive HERE

Thanks so much for stoping by friends, have a happy Friday!

- Mel x

More Fun Worksheets {Bundle Update}

Friends - happy weekend! I just wanted to stop in quickly and let you know that 3 new worksheets have been added to my growing bundle! 

A writing page to get your kiddos to learn more about bees!

A 'Best of This Year' poster page for students to write or draw about their school year. 

And an addition house (full packet of these coming soon) to review addition facts to 20. 

If you have the bundle, find the updates ready and waiting for you!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

- Mel x

Less is More #4

This is the fourth post in my little series to help you explore the concept of less=more.

I have had several heartfelt emails from followers to say that these posts are really helping. Thank you! To be completely honest, I was worried they were a little too blunt. I do know that changing your lifestyle patterns can be a sensitive issue, challenging and at times - confronting. These are not easy steps. They are ideas. Let them simmer and use some if they seem to resonate with you. 

If you can:
- do less, 
-have less, and 
- need less 

you will have 
-more time, 
-more energy and 
- more resources 

for YOU and your students or family!

Let's further our exploration!

Lesson #4 - dominoes

The challenge this week is to think about how you are creating work for yourself. 

Are there challenging or time consuming aspects of your life, home or classroom, that have been created by another aspect of your life?

Can you rid yourself of the first to in turn, abolish the related tasks or issues - and give yourself more of the things that bring you joy?

Let's look at an example. 

How many hours or minutes do you spend wishing your were healthier, fitter, trimmer? How much 'extra' is added to your day in various ways because of this? How many books have you read? How many devices have you purchased? How many support groups have you joined? 

I am no medically trained nutrition expert - nor am I immune to the constant modern day wish to be 2 dress sizes smaller than I am and ten times fitter. 

But,  I've read enough to know the basics.  
So. Let's keep this simple. 
Halve your meal sizes, and don't eat rubbish. 
If you could stick to that general philosophy, what related exercise/diet time-chewers could you rid yourself of? What other dominoes would not fall or need to be even lined up to begin with?

Are you eating larger portion sizes because you spent 2 hours running on a treadmill and have hunger pains all day? Did the round trip to the gym suck 3 hours from your day?
Do you pay someone to clean your home (which can be very active energetic work) because you are too tired to do it yourself after all the gym visits? Are you training to be an athlete or to be healthy enough for a 'regular' life?

{Please know that I am not encouraging you to abandon your exercise routine. If I was in a different stage of my life, I would be doing daily 5-10km runs like I used to too!}

This example may not relate at all to you, but the notion of creating more work for yourself to dance around a root problem, thinking there may be a better solution, most likely will be. Often we create more work for ourselves, chewing up precious time and never fixing the first problem anyway. 

What other challenges do you face, that with brutal honesty you could solve very simply by facing it head on?

Tired in the morning? Go to bed earlier. 
Struggling to get a job finished? As for help.
Sick of how addicted your child is to video games? Throw them out. 
Can't eat a single cookie with devouring the whole box? Don't buy them.
Looking at your clothes that 'used to fit' make you depressed? Give them away.
Tired of your cluttered messy house? Don't buy more stuff that will need to be looked after.

Even if you are not ready to take the big steps, knowing that you have consciously chosen to not 'fix' something when you know how it could be fixed, will save you time. You will be less likely to spend hours stewing on it, worrying about it, whinging about it or trying to find 'easier' solutions. You just accept it and move on to something happier. 

Not easy - but clear solutions are often the most efficient. 
I wish you the best of luck, I am still working on this one too. I have to say, I love going to a restaurant and being able to order whatever I like - I just eat half.  

Thanks so much for stopping by, I look forward to sharing more things that have worked for me to make more from less over the coming weeks.

- Mel x


Bear Week Planner

I shared this cutie on my Instagram today and wanted to give you a chance to download it from google drive HERE

Use it near your desk, on your desk, in your planner or diary. Write your goals, plans, notes or special treats you have planned for the week!

Who says organisation has to be boring?!

Have a lovely day friends, thanks so much for stopping by!

- Mel x

Pick Me Flower Name Chooser

Make an adorable 'pick me' flower pot for your classroom and get your students excited about being chosen for a special job or task.

I have included 14 flowers in both 'fun face' and 'plain' versions. 
A backline option is also provided.

Once printed, simply write the names of your students on the stem, laminate for durability, stick to a craft stick or drinking straw (for stability) and pop them in a plant pot. 

Your students will love the surprise of who is going to be 'picked' next! 

I have a second plant pot next to the first, so that 'used' names can sit alongside and wait for the others to have a turn. I you prefer the surprise element, keep them all in the one pot and take the risk that some students may miss out and others will have multiple turns.

Find these printables in my TpT store!

- Mel x

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day, friends. 
I should have eaten peas today. And other green things.
But I ate far too much chocolate and delicious sweet things.

See you again soon, thanks so much for popping on by

- Mel x

Math Pack #7 {New Release}

My Math Activity Pack #7 has just been released and is packed with fun and skills based learning. 

These five activities will support your regular classroom learning program. They provide an opportunity for students to engage with the content and skills you have presented and explained in your whole group lessons. 

Little ones love getting stuck into their learning and actively constructing their understanding. To do that, they need to be 'doing' and they need activities at their level. 

The focus for Pack #7 is on number order and relative position of numbers 0-10. 

It includes:

1. Next and Before
Students will identify numbers immediately before and after a given number.

2. Numberpillar
Students will write numbers to complete a 3-digit sequence from various starting positions.

3. Before and After
This activity is a great one to start your week with and will help students conceptualise the position of 'before' and 'after' through looking at real life scenarios. 

4. Super Number
This game will get students making 3-digit sequences that focus on before and after.

5. Number Zoom
In this game, students will need to order number horizontally and identify numbers that come 'after'. 

Pack #7 is in my TpT store HERE

You may be interested in my other Math Activity Packs to help sequence your small group learning. 

Find them in my TpT store:

Thanks so much for stopping by - have a wonderful day

- Mel x

Less=More #3

This is the third post in my little series to help you explore the concept of less=more.

In keeping with the philosophy, I am going to keep this post and tip, very brief. 

If you can:
- do less, 
-have less, and 
- need less 

you will have 
-more time, 
-more energy and 
- more resources 

for YOU and your students or family!

Lesson #3 - one

What repetitive routines in your life can you minimise and do just once?

Here is one example. 'Tidy up' in my household is something I could do all day. In fact, I think there was a time in my life when it did.

Now, we do it once a day. The sweeties help me and we race around the main living areas quickly collecting items that are out of place. We put them in a central location, our kitchen/breakfast bench.

Here is a sneak peek. Toys, books, papers - the usual. 

Once everything is cleaned up, we meet at the table.

Rubbish is gathered first and thrown out. Clothing is taken to the laundry basket if needed. Books are sorted and batched and taken to the correct shelf. 

And so it goes - sorting and packing away in batches. 

It. Saves. So. Much. Time. 

And is almost fun for the sweeties. It also makes you more relaxed about putting up with a little 'chaos' and mess through the day if you know that you have a tidy-up routine which is easier and faster.

Now, you can easily apply this to all areas of your classroom and school life as well as other domestic areas. 

You will do less work and gain more time, I promise!

Thanks so much for stopping by, I look forward to sharing more things that have worked for me to make more from less over the coming weeks.

- Mel x


FREE Mother's Day Poster

A couple of weeks ago I sent an exclusive freebie to my newsletter subscribers - a printable Mother's Day poster!

Your sweeties will love drawing or writing about the 'best mom/mum in the world'! Laminate them to send home as a lovely keepsake to treasure.

To celebrate Teacher's Appreciation Day I am offering it here on my blog as well! Find it in google drive by clicking on the image below:

If you need to stock up on new printables for your learning program, hop on over to TpT for the site wide sale. You can save 28% across my entire store.

Be sure to sign up to my newsletter so you don't miss out on any more exclusive freebies!

Have a wonderful day - and as always, I appreciate you so much!

Cake Wall Weekly Freebie

I have a new menagerie of bits and pieces on my desk wall this week, including a cake-shaped week planner to jot down cake baking ingredients serious ideas and whatnot.

Random tidbit -when I came home from hospital with my beautiful baby boy 5 years ago I was in a cake-baking frenzy. It really took over me quite completely. I baked a full cake each day and was on a mission to perfect as many recipes as possible. I think it lasted about 3 months and I am still walking off the sweet consequence. 
Strange and beautiful memory all wrapped up in one. 
I am hoping to get something baked for Sunday (Mother's Day) to enjoy with the family. 

If you would like the planner for your wall, or diary or planner - or classroom click HERE to find it in Google Dive. 

Thanks so much for stopping by - have a lovely Monday! 

- Mel x

New Clipart

Hi friends!

I've added a bunch of new clipart store and they have just-released discounts that you do not want to miss!

1. Build Another Caterpillar will give you a stack of creative choices and add some fun to your classroom:

2. A new Edge It Bundle! This is bundle #11 and I think it might just be my new favorite. It includes sets 61-65. 

3. I have started a 'Rainbow Math Bundle' to give you a treasure trove of math manipulative clipart to coordinate with your 'Rainbow Club' sets! 

4. And if you just cant get enough rainbow - a new Rainbow Edge It Bundle! #5 includes sets 21-25 and will be sure to add 'just enough' to the edges of your next resource!

5. A much requested set is my finally-done '3D Shapies'. These will coordinate with the 2D set and be sure to get your kiddos happy about geometry!

6. For the scrappy-at-heart, there is a new label set. 

7. And some more robot cuteness!

8. A touch of scrappiness is all it takes to take a resource to the next level sometimes, and scrappy round frames are a versatile addition to your creative stockpile! 

You will love Set #6 

and #7!

Thank you so much for you all kindness and support - and for giving me a reason to stay creative and inspired!

- Mel x

Less=More #2

This is the second post in my little series to help you explore the concept of less=more.

A little journey I have been on for a while too. I am not claiming to be an expert or try to persuade you to do anything. But something I might share could resonate with you and help you make some changes that you are looking for. 

If you can:
- do less, 
-have less, and 
- need less 

you will have 
-more time, 
-more energy and 
- more resources 

for YOU and your students or family!

Let's further our exploration!

Lesson #2 - facts

Time to find that second layer of skin, because this one might be brutal.

Humans tend to exaggerate. Especially about the time it takes to do something. 

For the next week, take a cold hard look at your time. The time it takes you to do things, the time you  have been given and how you are spending your time. 

Time is one thing we cannot change, so it the most practical to start any approach to adjusting your lifestyle with that. 

A few years back I was honestly surprised to learn that my 'teaching day' was 4 hours and 45 minutes. That is, the time I was on my feet, with the children, delivering or fostering content. 

A huge amount of effort and additional hours goes into preparing and enabling those hours, I know. 

But just think about it honestly. 

  • Is it really the teaching day that is hard for you to manage at the moment, or is it the hour and half you spend before school trying to present yourself like a supermodel with perfect hair and 15 outfit changes? 

Sorry, I told you, thick skin required. 

  • Is it really the teaching day that is hard for you to manage at the moment, or is it the hour and half commute? 

  • Is it really the teaching day that is hard for you to manage at the moment, or is it the 30 minutes you spent trying to prep something gourmet and delicious for lunch, at the last minute, with nothing in your fridge because you have not been grocery shopping? 

  • Is it really the teaching day that is hard for you to manage at the moment, or is it the 30 minutes you lined up for pipping hot expresso coffee at the cafe on your way to work?

  • Is it really the teaching day that is hard for you to manage at the moment, or is it the 2 hours you spent getting your lashes, fingernails and toenails tended to on the way home from work?

I'm not saying there is anything wrong with doing any of those lovely things that you truly deserve. At all. But you must be honest about them. To yourself. This will have a huge impact on your mindset and your approach to work. When you are honest and reflective with how you spend your time, you will naturally start to make better choices and prioritise your time, without too much additional planning.

Could it be these things making your life harder, not the 4 hours and 45 minutes you spend doing something you know you were born to do?

Last year I decided to face the huge, seemingly insurmountable mind block I had created in myself that preparing and cooking dinner for my family was something I hated. I could not understand how and why I had started feeling so negative about something that I have always loved. I had convinced myself that I was too busy, too tired, too-everything to devote time happily to this task.

I broke it down. It was the washing, peeling, chopping and preparing fresh vegetables that was the most frustrating for me. It sounds cuh-razy but in my mind it was a huge deal and something I spent a lot of time through the second half of my day dreading. 5 o'clock would loom and I could feel myself getting more and more negative, frustrated and cranky as I anticipated meal preparation.

I set the timer on my phone and timed how long it took me to peel and chop a carrot.

45 seconds.

I had built a huge chunk of negativity in my mind for 45 seconds of my life. Granted, meal prep take a lot longer than this - but after the first carrot, you tend to get into the flow. Now when I find my mind drifting to the comfortable 'I hate cooking dinner' mindset, I recall the absolute truth of how long it really takes me to make dinner, and what little effort it really is.

Another example is my computer work. I have had the computer on most of the day today, completing a few projects. It would be very easy for me to say 'poor me, I've worked all day and I am so tired, this is too hard'.

But I don't, because this timer (downloaded from Mac app store) is on my computer screen and I flick it on and off when I am working. I was truly amazed to find that today I really only did 2 and a half hours work, when it felt like much more. Upon reflection, I  did potter around the house a lot, spent time with my family, did some housework, went for a short brisk walk and had coffee with my dad.

This timer has helped give me perspective and clarity about my days, and when my daughter says 'you are always on the computer' I show her this and she also understands within an honest context.

A timer, although hard to face in many ways, will always tell you the truth. Spend some time this week looking at the facts about how you spend your time and what you are choosing to devote it too, and then be honest with yourself about your choices. 

You cannot start your journey of becoming more efficient with your time until you are honest and reflective about how you currently use it. 

Thanks so much for stopping by, I look forward to sharing more things that have worked for me to make more from less over the coming weeks.

- Mel x

Super Awards

My little Sam had his kindergarten readiness assessment today {insert many tears - mine - how can he be almost-school-age?!}

Anyhow, he had a super fun time and we went to the shops afterwards for a little Lego prize for being so brave!

While at K. Mart we found some awesome $5 superhero capes! Hello! We love fun dress ups! Kiddos in my classes have always loved wearing a cape for a day or session as a reward for various things. I've had writing wizards, super spellers, reading chiefs and various others. 

I've made a set of awards that you can combine with these capes, or to use on their own. You can use them for 'super effort' in any area!

Find them for FREE in my TpT store HERE

You might also like to check out my blog post on having a Writing Wizard to encourage effort in writing - find it HERE

Have a wonderful day!

- Mel x