Subtraction Activity Cards

Do you need a practical way to reinforce the subtraction concept to students? Your little learners may be confident with modelling the process of taking away objects from a group to demonstrate subtraction yet struggling with the leap to mental strategies and written algorithms.

We hear you.



Eat the Apples is a fun and practical math center perfect for reinforcing subtraction as 'taking away' from a group while encouraging a move to a more abstract understanding.

Your students will develop a written subtraction problem from a picture that shows apples being eaten taken away from the group.
  • This printable pdf file will allow you to print and make 194 activity cards! Plenty to provide for all stages of learning in your class. 
  • The problems range from 2-1= 1 to 20-19=1
  • You will need to laminate these cards and use them with dry-erase  markers
  • Alternatively, use them as task cards and have students record the problems on paper.



Hop over to TpT if you would love to have this resource. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Happy Pencil Screen Wallpaper



'Happy Pencil' is the name of our new screen wallpaper and it is perfect for back to school.

Changing design on my computer, phone and tablet screens is a great way to become inspired and reinvigorated for a fresh new week.


We'd love to share this new screensaver with you too.

Simply download the images from google drive from the links below. Store them on your camera roll and choose them for your screen saver and/or wallpaper!

Find the Computer Screensaver HERE
and the Phone Screensaver HERE

{These are for your personal use only and cannot be redistributed or shared}

Coordinating Printables

I've also added this design, in print quality to the 'Banner and Paper' pack. This pack allows you to coordinate your home office or classroom elements with printable papers, folder covers and banner pennants.


Do you love decorating your teacher desk space?

Find more posts and goodies for your 'teacher space' HERE
Find more screen wallpapers HERE


Thank you so much for visiting is here on the blog. We would love to see you over at Instagram too!
Wishing you a happy and exciting week!

Cute Classroom Posters Set 2

You loved  Cute Classroom Posters Set 1, and we listened! Set 2 is ready and waiting to brighten your learning space.



They are vibrant, fun and colorful. Use the whole set of 12 classroom posters or just feature one at a time in your learning space. 

A blackline version of all posters is also included for students to color or for running on bright colored paper.

Included are:


  • Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground (turtle)
  • Nothing is perfect that's why pencils have erasers (pencil)
  • No drama llama (llama)
  • Be you (flamingo)
  • Donut give up (donut)
  • Never stop exploring (cat)
  • I am brave, fearless and strong (ant)
  • You're stronger than you know (brain)
  • No rain, no rainbows (cloud, rain, rainbow)
  • Use the whole box of crayons (crayon box)
  • Smile for no reason (happy emoji)
  • It's OK to be different (rainbow fish)











Try using the 'multiple pages' function to create mini poster cards. These could be cut up and used as reward notes, brag tags or once printed on sticky paper, fun cute stickers. 



Hop over to TpT to find this new set.

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Happy Apple Screen Wallpaper

I had a request this week for a super sweet and delicious apple design!

Here she is:



Switching out the background design on my computer, phone and tablet screens always makes us feel ready and creative for the new week.
We'd love to share this new design with you, to make your home and classroom electronic boards, iPads, computers and phones happy and fresh this week.

Simply download the images from google drive from the links below. Store them on your camera roll and choose them for your screen saver and/or wallpaper!

Download the Screen Wallpapers

Find the Computer Screensaver HERE
and the Phone Screensaver HERE
{These are for your personal use only and cannot be redistributed or shared}

Want more wallpapers?


Find more screen wallpapers HEREThank you so much for visiting us here on the blog. We would love to see you over at Instagram too!

Comprehension Strategies

If you loved our Reading Strategies Print Pack you will love our new Comprehension Strategies Printable Pack.


Print the pages of this packet to make some super cute and bright learning resources to support your comprehension strategy lessons.

For each comprehension strategy

The fun animal prompts are provided in the following formats:
  • Page Size Posters 
  • Printable Pennant Banner
  • Strategy Sticks (circle prompt to add to stick or ruler)
  • Blackline coloring page for students to take home

Also included

  • a one page display header 'Our Comprehension Strategies' so you can make a title for your learning or reading space
  • giant bright printable letters spelling 'reading is thinking' for your classroom wall
  • a student bookmark is also included for reference.

Included Comprehension Strategies

The following reading strategies are included:
  1. Spinner Spider - make a connection
  2. Iggy the Inferring Iguana - infer as you read - predict, conclude, reflect
  3. Digger the Dog - find details and main idea
  4. Rocky Raccoon - visualize as you read
  5. Questioning Owl - ask questions and look for answers
  6. Fix Up Bear - stop and fix it 
  7. Jabber the Reteller - retell in your own words










These resources will coordinate perfectly with our reading strategy printables.


Hop over to our TpT store to find them.



Have a lovely day and thank you so much for stopping by!

All About Me In Numbers

An 'All About Me' activity is a super fun way to start the school year. They:
  • help students get to know one another
  • help build classroom community
  • help build self awareness which leads to self esteem
  • provide for a familiar topic to explore in the early days at school, when everything can be somewhat overwhelming for our little ones
  • create endless opportunities for rich, meaningful conversation and class dialogue
  • provide for an opportunity for students to try out newly introduced procedures in your class - where to sit, how to work, what equipment to use, listening to instructions



This newly listed resource will help you combine a math lesson (numbers 1 to 10 in our world) with creativity!

The packet will provide you with a poster template for students to complete with facts about themselves with a number twist.

Students will think of a fun fact that relates to them for each number 1 to 10 and record it on their poster. Encourage them to think about their family, hobbies, me-facts, favorite things etc.
Students can color and decorate their poster for display.

Hop over to TpT if you think this is something you would like.



POND VIP

Would you like to download a fresh new From the Pond printable resource every single week? As a Pond VIP you can do just that in our new member space!

We have 5 brand new resources waiting for you and will add a new one each and every week from now.







These resources will eventually become a part of our regular shop collection, but you can secure them early and instantly with the membership. It is currently just $5 a month (use the code PondVIP18) to secure VIP status.




Head over to our website to find out more about becoming a Pond VIP. We do not want you to miss out! Membership will raise first to $7.50 then to $10 a month over the next year.


Thanks so much for stopping by today, we are so glad to be able to bring you this amazing opportunity.

Rainbow Wave Wallpaper

Add a delightful rainbow wave design to your screens this week! 

Switching out the background design on my computer, phone and tablet screens always makes us feel ready and creative for the new week.




We'd love to share this new design with you, to make your home and classroom electronic boards, iPads, computers and phones happy and bright this week.

Simply download the images from google drive from the links below. Store them on your camera roll and choose them for your screen saver and/or wallpaper!

Find the Computer Screensaver HERE
and the Phone Screensaver HERE

{These are for your personal use only and cannot be redistributed or shared}

Coordinating Printables

I've also added this design, in print quality to the 'Banner and Paper' pack. This pack allows you to coordinate your home office or classroom elements with printable papers, folder covers and banner pennants.

Do you love decorating your teacher desk space?

Find more posts and goodies for your 'teacher space' HERE
Find more screen wallpapers HERE

Thank you so much for visiting us here on the blog. We would love to see you over at Instagram too!

Name Activities for Back to School

Activities for name recognition and awareness are fun for the beginning of the year. For little learners who are growing in self awareness, incorporating name activities will help them become aware of their importance to the class community. They will also become more aware of the special place their peers occupy in the class too.

Today I wanted to remind you of a free resource I shared a few years ago to help you prep an activity for name recognition early in the school year.


Simply copy a page for each student and have them find the letters of their name to color or paint.


Find this original version in Google Drive HERE

I also made a fresh new version of this worksheet - adding some font alternatives and extra letters. 


Find the new version in Google Drive HERE

More letter hunt pages

If you think your little learners would like more letter hunt activities through the year, pop over to my TpT store for this printable pack with an alphabet focus. 


Thanks so much for stopping by to learn more about our teaching resources!

Addition Game Freebie

I have a roll and color addition activity to share with you today. 


How to play this addition game

This addition game is perfect for students to play in pairs. 
  • each player has a different colored pencil
  • players take turns to roll 3 dice and find the total
  • encourage your l earners to 'look for a ten' in the three numbers they have rolled if possible
  • encourage other addition strategies - doubles, doubles +1, known facts to help with finding the total
  • players color a square that matches their roll, if available
  • the player who is last to color a square is the winner

When should I use this activity?


This is perfect for students who are confident with the concept of addition (combining two groups or growing a group). These students can 'count on' (they naturally count from the larger number when finding the total) and are beginning to build a memory of addition facts and mental strategies.
Use it in math centers, small group rotations or for fast finishers. 

Where can I find this printable addition activity?

You can find it right here on our blog - download it from Google Drive, HERE

Thank you so much for stopping by today, we are so happy to have you here!

Llama Wallpaper

A Llama design is ready to add to your screens this week! This one was requested by an Instagram follower, Angela and I am so glad I took the request. It is probably not a theme I would normally naturally sketch and I am very excited about how it turned out.

Switching out the background design on my computer, phone and tablet screens always makes me feel ready and creative for the new week.



We 'd love to share this new design with you, to make your home and classroom electronic boards, iPads, computers and phones happy and bright this week.

Simply download the images from google drive from the links below. Store them on your camera roll and choose them for your screen saver and/or wallpaper!

Find the Computer Screensaver HERE
and the Phone Screensaver HERE

{These are for your personal use only and cannot be redistributed or shared}

Coordinating Printables

I've also added this design, in print quality to the 'Banner and Paper' pack. This pack allows you to coordinate your home office or classroom elements with printable papers, folder covers and banner pennants.

Do you love decorating your teacher desk space?

Find more posts and goodies for your 'teacher space' HERE
Find more screen wallpapers HERE

Thank you so much for visiting us here on the blog. We would love to see you over at Instagram too!

Cute Classroom Posters

We have had some requests over the last few months about providing a poster version of some of the memes we share on Facebook and Instagram.

I was wide awake at 1am this morning and thought I would finally make the first set!


They are vibrant, fun and colorful. Use the whole set of 12 classroom posters or just feature one at a time in your learning space. 

A blackline version of all posters is also included for students to color or for running on bright colored paper.


Included are:

- Be happy (hippo)
- Stand tall, wear a crown, be sweet on the inside (pineapple)
- Keep on moving (school bus)
- Be the reason someone smiles today (frog)
- Be a rainbow in someone's cloud (rainbow)
- An apple a day (apple)
- Be the change (butterfly)
- Have a fancactus day (cactus)
- It's owl good (owl)
- Courage doesn't have to roar (lion
- Have a happy day (sun)
- Tiny seeds grow big ideas (flower)






Here is an exclusive free sample: You are fantastic!




You can find it in Google Drive HERE

Hop over to TpT if you would like the full set.



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