Love-a-Bug Screen Wallpaper

Ladybugs are one of my most favorite things to draw! I've added some love bugs to my screens this week and I can't wait to share it with you too. Make your home and classroom electronic boards, iPads, computers and phones happy and bright this week with these cuties:

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.

I slipped it into the cover of my new teacher diary and love how it looks!

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. Have a beautiful, happy week.

Ladybug Coloring

Ladybug Coloring Page

Did you know we have a Coloring Club? It started because of our lovely fans who tune in every Saturday over on Instagram to watch me draw. So many of you wanted my illustrations to color. We've created a special place so you can have them. 

The Pond Coloring Club is free to join the club if you have not already done so. 

This week I have a ladybug cloring page for you and just today I whipped up an additional page 'Be-leaf in yourself' after my drawing time.

Ladybug Coloring Page

Ladybug Coloring Page

We add new pages to the club each week and would love to have you join us - head over to our website to read all about it! 

Problem and Solution in Comprehension

The Koala Who Could (Amazon Affiliate link) by Rachel Bright is a lovely rhyming text that tells of Kevin the koala and his journey from 'I can't' to 'I can'!

Kevin loves the comfort of his lofty position high in the gum tree. He would love to play with his animal friends on the ground, but the thought of leaving his tree is just too much.  He

...was never too keen to try anything new. 

He has a series of excuses for his friends as to why he should stay in his comfort zone. Your students could find these and list them out.

Whatever the reason, ultimately the text presents a problem - Kevin is essentially stuck up a tree. 

This book is perfect for exploring the concept of a growth mindset and changing can't to can. I think it also provides for a worthwhile discussion on how life can change for the better after a devastating event - remember, poor old Kevin had his house destroyed. What seems like a complete change of life as you know it can result in new ground to explore - quite literally!

Problem and Solution

To help learners comprehend what they read, they need to understand the structure that authors use to create their stories and how ideas are connected. 

One top-level structure that a writer will use is problem and solution. There may be one or many in a text. Most often the characters will solve the problem. 


The comprehension strategy of questioning may help learners find the problem and solution in a story. As they read, they may ask themselves:
  • Who are the characters?
  • What do the pictures tell me about the characters and storyline?
  • What is happening in the story?
  • What will happen next in the story?
  • How did the characters change in the story?
  • What problems were encountered in the story? Who solved them and how?
Older students may identify that indeed it was Kevin's mindset that was the real 'problem'. The tree being a physical manifestation of his refusal to consider other ways to live.

Help students develop questioning skills so that they can reveal the 'problem and solution' in texts they read. Recording some pictures or ideas from some shared reading you do as a class will help this development.

We would love to provide this poster and worksheet to you from Google Drive: Problem and Solution Comprehension Poster and Worksheet

We do hope you love this gorgeous text written by Rachel Field and illustrated by Jim Field, as much as we did. If you would like a copy of the book, please consider using our Amazon Affiliate link: The Koala Who Could

Reading and Writing Numbers to 100

Reading and Writing Numbers to 100

We just listed Math Pack 31 which includes 5 sequenced learning activities for learning to read and write numbers to 100. 

This pack encourages the provision of dedicated time for students to learn how to say, identify, read and write numbers and number words to 100.

The 5 games are:

Number House

On each house shaped card students will trace a short sequence of numbers. Encourage them to learn correct stroke formation and say the numbers as they trace. Pay particular attention to the easily confused numbers - thirteen and thirty, fourteen and forty, fifteen and fifty, and so on. 

Reading and Writing Numbers to 100

Match It

In this game, students will match the puzzle pieces for numerals and number words. 

Reading and Writing Numbers to 100

Read and Write It

Here students will read the number word on each card and write the matching numeral.

Reading and Writing Numbers to 100

Reading and Writing Numbers to 100

Number Street

In this next edition of Number Street (easier versions included in previous packs), students will write numbers in short sequences, starting at various positions in the range 31-100.

Reading and Writing Numbers to 100

Number Words

In this activity you can chose from tracing or writing. Students will look at the number and write the matching number word in the space provided.

Reading and Writing Numbers to 100

Reading and Writing Numbers to 100

Math Pack 31 is ready for you to implement in the classroom tomorrow! Just print, laminate, some easy cutting and you are good to go!

Reading and Writing Numbers to 100

Love Koala Screen Wallpaper

I have a new wallpaper design ready for you, and I absolutely loved making this one! I think loving koalas is a given, isn't it. Cute. Cuddly. Character. Cruisy. They really are perfectly made.

Adding a new fun design to our screens each fortnight makes us reinvigorated for inspiration and ideas!

I'd love to share this fun 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}

We've also added a koala coloring page over in the Coloring Club! We'd love to have you joing the free club which also offers access to our Pond Update email.

Brett is loving the new koala design on our range of home goodies - tote bags, mugs, stickers and T Shirts. Find easy links to Red Bubble through our website HERE

Thank you so much for visiting us here on the blog, stay tuned for some more koala themed learning materials through the week!

Winter Wombat Craft

We made a one page snow wombat craft after reading this endearing children's book and we would love to share it with you today!

Wombat Craft For Kids

One Page Crafts are perfect for when you need an engaging practical craft activity that takes just minutes to prep.

You will simply copy one page per student to complete the craft.

Students color or paint their page before cutting and assembling their wombat. 

Wombat Craft For Kids

Wombat Craft For Kids

As an extension use one of the coordinating 'writing papers' to complete a written project to display with the project. There are no prompts on each writing paper, which will allow you to create your own myriad of writing lessons!

Wombat Craft For Kids

Find the wombat templates in Google Drive: Snow Wombat One Page Craft

We also have an 'animal' collection of one page crafts, that includes an animal for each letter of the alphabet. 

It includes the following projects:

1. aardvark
2. beetle
3. cow
4. dragonfly
5. eagle
6. fly
7. giraffe
8. hen
9. ibis
10. jaguar
11. kitten
12. lobster
13. monkey
14. numbat
15. ostrich
16. peacock
17. quokka
18. rat
19. sheep
20. tortoise
21. unicorn
22. vole
23. wombat
24. ox
25. Yorkshire Terrier
26. zebu

You can find it in our TpT store HERE

And if you are keen to see more of our One Page Craft packets in my collection, find them HERE