Sunday, 10 August 2014

Swap, Share & Give: A Back to School Blog Linky from Down Under

Welcome to the Swap, Share & Give Linky!

I am so excited to be part of this awesome product swap, linky and giveaway with my very talented Aussie blogger friends. We have lots of great products, freebies and a GIVEAWAY to share with you to help as you get back into the swing of a new school year, or for any Aussie teachers, to help you finish the year off well.

The Low-Down

We will each link-up to:
SWAP a product with a partner from the same year level;
SHARE a great Freebie; and
GIVE you a chance to win one of each product from the swap, just enter the giveaway on any of our posts.

Without further ado...

~ SWAP ~
I was very lucky to be partnered up with Alison from Teaching Maths with Meaning

I had the chance to use her Write & Wipe Alphabet Cards. These are AWESOME!

My kiddos were so excited about these as they LOVE any excuse to use whiteboard markers. It's become a bit of weird obsession this year.

I love how clear these are and the size of the font. They were really easy to use and the packet is super cheap at $2. I still have a few kiddos who are confusing their letters so the visual cue was really important for them.

My favourite part of the Write & Wipe Alphabet Cards is the whole abc chart. I have sent extra copies of these home with my poppets who are still writing their letters from the bottom and not the top. 

Inside the pack there are versions of different fonts to suit different states/grade levels. I only took a pic of the kids using the Victorian font but the standard writing font is included too.


My Back to School Bookmarks are a great first week back gift. 

My kidlets absolutely loved them this year. We sent them home in their Welcome to Prep Letters. Download them for free here.

~ GIVE ~

Enter the Rafflecopter below to win a copy of each of the fantastic products that have been included in our linky. Make sure you check out all the other link-ups below to find some more great products & freebies.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks for stopping by, I'm now off to spend a busy afternoon checking out all the other link-ups! Mmm, maybe with a cup of tea.... and a TimTam,
post signature

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Currently August... How did that happen?

I cannot believe it is August already! Freaky, freaky. Linking up with Farley from Oh Boy 4th Grade to share the August love. Warning- we are in the grips of winter here so I'm hoping my cold body has not impacted too much on my sunny attitude!

It has been so cold here lately. Our poor heater needs a break! The sun is out today after a big frost and I plan to head outside soon & enjoy it.

I am finally starting to feel as if I am making some friends at my new job which is really, really nice. We had two days of PD this week and a couple of us went out for drinks afterwards last night, it was great. Moving schools has not been the easiest transition staff & routine wise, I'm really hoping this second half of the year can be better.
I think I say 'life' a lot in these posts for what I am loving but August is especially a hard month. It is a time that I especially remember one of my gorgeous students and her family. I miss her so much, especially this week as we approach the 3rd anniversary of her death. 
Things personally for us lately have been a bit tougher than normal too but I just need to keep putting it into the perspective of I am lucky to be alive, I am so, so lucky to have the beautiful friends and family that I do and life is so freaking precious that there is no point complaining about the small things. I am positive that there is better stuff around the corner, the universe has a plan for us but I'm getting a little impatient!

I need sun! And sun with warmth. Bring on summer, or at least Spring. One month to go. At least it's not snowing here like it is in other parts of Victoria.

The hubs & I are trying to plan a trip for our end of year holidays after Christmas. Fingers crossed something works out.

Journals are looming over my head this term & I keep forgetting about the sale so I need to get a moving.

First Day
Is it sad if I am counting down to December already? I love my kiddos, I don't want to let them go just yet but I am really looking forward to having a fresh start at the end of the year.

Looking forward to reading all of your summer currently's,
post signature
09 10