Sunday, March 30, 2014

Swap, Share, Give: A blog linky from Down Under!

Some friends and I have swapped some of our products with each other to try them out and we have decided to give you all a sneak peek at what we used!
I was lucky enough to try out Mrs Poultney's Reading Response sheets.
I was so excited to try these out with my class because they fit perfectly with my literacy rotations. I have 5 rotations - Guided Reading, Reading Response, Read to Self, Word Work and Work on Writing.

I only remembered to take pictures of one of the sheets we completed :( BUT they really enjoyed filling them in and did such a great job! The children found them easy to understand and follow which is total bonus!

My five reading groups each have different texts so I was relieved to find that these reading response sheets worked with each of their books! I have often come across response activities that don't work with any book.
Here are some of the other response sheets in the pack:
Mrs Poultney has a bunch of freebies on her blog so make sure you go and visit her here to get your own copies!

Guess what?! We have decided to give all of the wonderful products that we have reviewed away to one lucky winner! Just enter via the rafflecopter below!

Make sure you head back to Love, Laughter and Learning in Prep's post to check out some other product reviews!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Winner Winner Winner!

Congratulations Lyndall, Judith and Lori for each winning a copy of my When I was the Easter Bunny writing craft!

I will email you all shortly.

In the meantime, I've created an Easter freebie for everyone. Feel free to share the link back to my store so your friends can download their own copy! Click on the picture to get your copy :)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Easter Giveaway

OK, I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry!

I have actually been THE worst blogger! Forgive me! I've taken on new responsibilities as a year level mentor this year AND I'm trying to plan a wedding so I have been completely swamped.

However, I would love to try and kick-start my blogging again by having a little giveaway! I want to give away three of my 'When I was the Easter Bunny' writing craft packets.

Here is what is inside:
If you'd like a chance to win this, just enter via the Rafflecopter below
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Fun writing!

Just a quick post today!
I wanted to share with you a really great way that Stef over at Miss Galvin Learns uses sentence scrambles.

I lover her silly sentences! The kids love them. They are engaging and easy to use. She's included differentiated tasks, too.

Visit her post here that has lots of photos sharing all about the activities.

It's also included in the Educents bundle "The Write Stuff" with my Building Better Sentences Bundle!
It's only available for one more day so head on over before it runs out!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

My Back to School Plans and an AMAZING offer!

I start my 2014 school year on Tuesday. I'm really excited to meet my new kids and get to know them.

I've been very busy putting my classroom together and planning our first week. I have the same room this year and have been trying to change it up a bit from last year (more for me than the kids). I will come back with some snaps of my 2014 room and my first day during the we but for today I thought I would share some of the reading and writing activities that we will be doing in our first week.

I want to get straight into some writing and reading activities on the first day! It's a great way to see where the kids are at with their basic skills. After creating some class rules together, I want us to talk about and create our own Star Jars from A Cupcake for the Teacher. We will talk about ways to earn stars in our class jar (I'm hoping they mention the class rules that they would have just created!!).

During fruit break, we will read the first story in Millie Starts School by Jane Godwin.
My teaching partner actually found this book in the library and it is just so sweet! I teach second grade but I know I have some anxious ones coming to me on Tuesday. This is perfect to talk through those feelings of coming into a new classroom and meeting new friends. The best part is that this book actually has four stories about Millie.

We will be writing about our first day of second grade and creating these ADORABLE school kids by Mel at From the Pond.
 Photo: Aussie teachers - try this craftivity when you head back for school in a few weeks! Link in comments :)
I'm going to take photos of the kids' faces and somehow strategically paste them on the heads.

I will also be using my Building Better Sentences worksheets over the first week to see what my new class know about writing sentences.
My class last year were addicted to these in their rotations! They loved seeing what the picture stimulus was going to be each day.

If you like the look of my Building Better Sentences worksheets then you are going to love this amazing deal over at Educents!  I have teamed up with 17 other amazing sellers to load your classrooms with 27 outstanding resources for writing!  I've included my bundled sets of Building Better Sentences AND Building Complex Sentences

Here's a look at my Building Complex Sentences packet!

For a limited time it is $29.99 from Educents which is over 71% off!  It also includes these other great products so there is sure to things you love!  (They even have $10 off for first time customers… so it can be even cheaper if you have never bought anything from Educents!) Click on any picture to check out the other amazing products that you will receive!

Now I need your help! I want to give the kids a cute little gift on the first day. I've found a lot of ideas on Pinterest but I would love to hear what you have done for your students!

Sunday, January 19, 2014


I have been gone a VERY long time so I feel I first need to apologise...Sorry!

Here in Australia, we are just wrapping up our Summer holiday break. I have actually taken a break from school work these holidays (hence the lack of posts). Instead, I have been incredibly busy planning my wedding. Stressful, but very exciting!

I am going into my classroom this coming week to put everything back together for my new 2014 class. I will be back during the week to post some pics.

For now, however, I wanted to share with you an exciting new product of mine.
I am a very visual person and need to see examples of things before I use or do them so I thought I would share the activity pages for the mini booklets.

The booklets cover the digraphs ch, sh, ph, th, wh and ck. Each booklet has 5 short activities to complete - one for each day of the school week! The same activities repeat in each booklet but, obviously, the digraph changes. Here's what is inside.
All fonts in images below by KG Fonts
 DAY 1
 DAY 2
  DAY 4
  DAY 5 - I noticed a teeny mistake on this page (which has now been corrected)
I've put these on sale for the next 48 hours - 50% off! Click on any picture to head on over to check them out :)


Saturday, November 2, 2013

November Currently!

I apologise for the lack in blogging! It has been crazy busy at school, as you can all imagine and understand.

I've popped back in to link up with Farley for November Currently!
Listening - The hubby-to-be is playing a soccer game on the Play Station that I am not in the slightest bit interested in. Hence, me being on the computer!

Loving - my new Scentsy! Oh.My.GOODNESS!!! So DELICIOUS! The lovely Alison over at Teaching Maths with Meaning introduced me to this wonderful invention and I have to say that I am now addicted. For those who haven't heard of it, they are electronic warmers that fragrant your home. AMAZING! You can get scents like Sugar Cookies and Cinnamon Bun...**drool** You should definitely Google it...

Thinking - My teaching besty is a good girl and prepares all of her delicious lunches for the week on a Sunday. I think it's a brilliant idea and am going to try reeeeeeeeeeally hard to start doing this! Does anyone have any super ideas for teacher lunches and snacks?

Wanting - I was trying to decide if this belonged in the 'Needing' section...I love the look of those robot vacuums! A few of my friends have them and say they are amazing. I want/need one! I'm just not too sure how my puppies would go with a little vacuum whizzing around the house all day...

Needing - MY BIRTHDAY IS ON FRIDAY!!!!! Yay! Follow me on Facebook and I mayyyyy have some birthday surprises happening ;)

A yummy pin - I pinned this AGES ago and am yet to try it. I think it looks like a deliciously healthy breakfast and can't wait to give it a go! You can find the original post at exPress-o here or click on the picture below.
 Link up with Farley!
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