Saturday, 26 January 2013

Five things for Friday

So, 3 posts in a row this week, clearly I am still on holidays! I just saw this post at Doodle Bugs and figured, why not join in?! Even though it is Saturday here, the sun is shining and I really should be finishing making salads for tonight lol

1. Today is 'Australia Day' which means a public holiday for all on Monday and a weekend of lots of barbeques. Which is why I've been peeling a ton of potatoes.. ick (I really hate peeling) 

2. I'm super-dooper excited about finding out about ClassDojo from Engaged in Education yesterday! I've set up my class, all ready for starting the new year. Pumped to try it out and see how the kids like it on Thursday.

3. Heading back to work on Tuesday with the kiddos having their first official day on Thursday. Preparing to start again with a new bunch of Preppies is exciting and terrifying in equal measure. Currently having lots of "Oh no, they won't be able to do that yet!" moments

4. Have had "What I am" by stuck in my head all week. It's so cute! We are definitely going to learn it this year.

5. Made my super delicious Pad Thai for tea last night and just had the left overs for lunch. Mmm-mmm. I got the recipe from here.

Happy weekend everyone!
x Bec

Friday, 25 January 2013

Writing Freebie

My first year of teaching, I had 22 3/4s and I found prompting them to edit a really difficult task. I had a friend who taught grade 1 who used the acronym CUPS to teach her poppets to edit independently. So, as you do when you begin teaching, I took this idea straight back to my class and was amazed at the difference it made! CUPS stands for Capitals, Understanding, Punctuation and Spelling. 
It was also around this time that my school installed SmartBoards so I turned this acronym into a SmartBoard page with explanations underneath to prompt my poppets. It was also easier to put this on the SmartBoard each writing session, rather than writing it up each time.

I find this is also great for my grade 1's and I introduce a different letter during first semester, for example, we begin by only editing for Capital letters.
If you would like this download it from my store here
What other ideas do you have for editing? Have you used this acronym before?
Hope it's helpful!
x Bec 

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Ready, Set... School!

Heading back to work on Tuesday, so end of holiday blues are approaching but incredibly excited that my room is all ready to go! A bit disappointed that these pics don't show the complete cuteness of my room this year but thought I'd post them anyway- as you can tell my photography skills aren't great

My new ABC rugs are from and were only $30 each.

I've also brought back my reading tent, thanks to my hubby who had great patience late one night and helped me find a place for it. 

I have a couch, which we had last year- it's fantastic for my tired Preppies in the afternoons and for quiet reading time. And my new pencil buckets are from Woolworths. 

All of my kiddos have their own reader boxes and we 'shop' for our 5 books each on Friday's. I have also just brought 23 clipboards which I plan to use for 'write the room' and if we need to write on the floor, rather than leaning on library books. If you can see the flash of red down the back these are my 'finishing folders' (just manilla folders) for work that isn't finished yet. I used to use display folders but found the pockets would get ripped out. The finishing folders really work if you don't use them, things don't get lost and children who are on the ASD spectrum learn that they will have time on Friday's to finish unknown work and that it is ok not to be finished.

Birthday calendar (it's a freebie!) from here and I made the owl cards with the names underneath using free owl clipart. I need to put up a Calendar heading.

If you can see the days, months and seasons cards I got them from K-3 Teachers Resources when I used to have a subscription. I couldn't include pics of my jobs list, math buddies or reading groups because I use the kids photos for these but I put them on my blackboard next to the SmartBoard.

Loving my Welcome Sign this year! I used the free owl clipart as above, found the absolutely adorable owl borders from a local stationary shop. 

 Loving that everything is clean and neat, let's see how long that lasts :) Good luck to anyone else who is heading back to work next week x

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Classroom Set-Up!

And the new year set-up has begun! Was dragged Went into work last night with the hubby to start setting up my room. Not my most favourite part first up- tables and everything stacked up so the the carpets could be cleaned :( 

Room still looking like a disaster zone but reading corner n tables now set up. Put more pics up when the room is finished!

Bought some new supplies for my room as well :) the shopping is always one of my favourite parts!

I bought 2 of the school buses (from Sam's Warehouse), they double as seats and the inside is storage! Think I may have to go back to buy 4 more so I can use these for reading sessions. The blue containers were from WoolWorths and are perfect pencil containers! I managed to buy a few of the $2 stamps from there as well. I got the ducks, bins and dice sharpeners from Kmart for my reward box for about $2 each (I love cheap multi-packs!). The 'new' magazines I found in a thrift shop for 20cents each- love! 
What bargains have you found?

Monday, 14 January 2013

Make 18 Math Game Freebie

It's two weeks tomorrow until we start the new school year here, so I have the 'I have so much to do, my room isn't ready, I need to plan....' blues (a.k.a. panic attack) today! I know I'm not the only one who gets this, right? Anywho, sorry just had to share that, but now onto the freebie!

I've added a new Math game that I use all the time called 'Make 18'. 

My K-1's play this using only addition and 3 dot dice so we can 'count all' the dots. When my kiddos started to know some number facts, I'd swap one dice to a 6-sided number die and they would then start counting on from that number. For this year I have updated the template and made it pretty! If you click on the link above, this will give you instructions on how to play for the year 2+ version (using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division).

I'm only new at my store and blog so I would love you to follow me & leave a comment if you download this! 

Thanks heaps for reading,

x Bec

Friday, 11 January 2013

Freebie for K-1: Counting Assessment

Last night I added my Caterpillar counting assessment to my store! This is a freebie so please download! I made this last year, one for my Preps (Kinders) and another for my grade 1s. I use this first term with my other Math assessment as a quick guide of what my students already know and what they have achieved throughout the term. 

I assess each student one-on-one at the beginning of the year (using the Math Assessment Interview a.k.a. Early Numeracy Interview) and after the assessment I read back through the record sheet and tick what they can do on the white version of the caterpillar. I find it's easier to keep the caterpillars in my assessment folder than the A3 assessment sheet and a copy the caterpillars can also be sent home in the students Journals at the end of Term 1.

A bubble gets coloured in after I have seen this child do this skill 3 times (during daily counting, during a math game, one-on-one, in a small group, etc).

I do not expect all of the bubbles to get coloured in because some are extension, for example, the counting 20 objects for Prep (this is a goal by the end of the year but some students can already do this when they come to school).

Hope this is simple & useful. Sorry if it doesn't sound it but I promise it really is :)

x Bec

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Back to School

I've been a busy bee this week, fancy-ing up a few of the worksheets I have made so I could have them ready for my TpT store. I have finished my "Getting to Know you" pack with lots of activities for the first week back.

So these are only screen shots (sorry I couldn't figure how to get the whole page in one pic- if you do know please.... help!). I have made two versions- one with Australian/UK spelling and the other with US spelling, for the words 'favourite/favorite' and 'color/colour'. Hope this is helpful and not just me being pedantic.

I have also finished my 'Days of the Week' pack with 6 activities I have used with my Preps and 1's to help them remember the days of the week.

I have also had time to do alot of some shopping for new supplies for my classroom. I will post the pics soon. Got some bargains! Thanks to Shanyn from Coffee, Kids and Complusive Lists for her post about the files at Woolworths. Not one of the 4 stores in town had them  :( but they did have some super cute and handy pencil buckets which I'll use for the kiddos. Show you soon.

x Bec

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

All About Me Grid

I have just uploaded my very first resource to TpT! Yay! 

This is my "All About Me" grid which I have used for the last few years, during the first week of school. 

All About Me Grid

I normally enlarge this to A3 for my Preps and Ones to complete more easily and buddy the non-readers up with a confident reader, myself or a parent helper to help them know what goes in each box. 

This has always been a great task for the first day and is a good way for me to get to know my students. 

For any Australian teachers thinking about the new school year and their new class (please tell me it's not just me already??) hope this is an easy task for you to add to your planners! Love to hear a comment back or some of your own ideas!

Hopefully by the end of this week I will have added a pack with a few different versions to my TpT.

Thanks for visiting!

x Bec
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