Saturday, 25 October 2014

Five for Friday!

Another week down. I can't believe we only have 8 weeks left in the school year. It has gone way too fast! It is going to be hot again this weekend, so I am enjoying the cooler weather this morning (my favourite time of the day!) and getting a few things done! (It's Saturday morning in Australia!).

Anyway, time to link up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday!



We have finished our weekly alphabet activities and are now onto blends. They always want to write so many words with the "l" blends, so we got started on them. We referred to this chart constantly throughout the week!

We are becoming experts at our teen numbers! I am so proud that I now don't have any child that says "fifty" instead of "fifteen" etc. Morning Maths works!

On Wednesday afternoons, we have been doing mixed social groups to get the children used to being with other children from other grades, as well as being in new classrooms with new teachers. It is the start of our transition from Prep (Kindergarten) to Grade 1. The children love this activity where they make pictures on cork!

On Friday we had our Grandparents Day! The children had a great time spending some one-on-one time with their grandparents. We did some reading, play some games, showed off our Morning Maths and had Morning Tea together. 

I love this photo of a boy who beat his Grandpa at Checkers. We only taught them Checkers this week and they love it! 



Friday afternoon, our buddies came to visit and helped us with our Spring Pictures. They were inspired by Tania Poultney's pack Reading, Writing, Calendar Craft. I loved the idea of using corks to paint!


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Sunday, 19 October 2014

Bigger, Better and Now Amazing!

Happy Weekend Everyone! Although it is almost finished here in Australia! We have had a hot weekend. It is only Spring, but Summer has decided to come a little early where I live, it is meant to be hot this week too! Not great for this heat rash I have!

I spent today inside, begin productive. I had finished my Schoolwork by lunchtime (that never happens) then spent the rest of the day playing around with one of my favourite resources that I thought of some new things to add!

This is the one!

It is perfect for Pre-K and Kindergarten (Foundation) classrooms as children are beginning to count to 10 and develop there one-to-one correspondence. Here are some of the new activities I added to the pack! 
Peg the Number of Dots

Add the Counters

Make a Numbers 1 to 10 Book

Matching words, numbers and pictures cut and paste activity

Number Wheels

Draw the Dots!

Roll and Cover

Do you like the look of these activities? There are plenty more in the pack (a total of 140 pages) and they are all suited to center activities, but could easily be replicated for whole class activities. A total of 16 center activities plus resources that require little more than printing and laminating! 

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

P Day for P Week!

We are now at 144 days at school in Australia and have finished our alphabet investigation, currently investigating word families and digraphs. I know many of you in the Northern Hemisphere are working through your alphabet investigation still so I thought I would share our "P Day" celebrations. 

First we decorated Paper Plates with Polka dots!

Then we used english muffins to make Pizza's! We covered them with tomato sauce. 

Then we added ham, Pineapple and cheese. 

Don't they look great on the tray all ready to go in the oven?

While we were waiting for the Pizza's to cook, we Popped some Popcorn! And ate it of course!

Yummy the Pizza's were ready!

We had a wonderful day and had great fun writing about it that afternoon!


Saturday, 11 October 2014

Father's Day - A Little Late...

This is a throwback post! It should have posted this a month ago, but somehow or another the month of September got away from me way too fast! We celebrate Father's Day in September in Australia - I am not sure why it is a different time, but it is! Growing up, we always sent my American Grandfather a Father's Day Card during Australian time since we couldn't ever buy one in June!

We had Bunnings come and create tool boxes with the kids. They loved loved getting to put it all together and use the hammer. Our Grade 5/6 buddies came in very handy with this activity!

The kids also made a canvas of their Dad and themselves. We used markers on the canvas' then coloured in the face using crayons. I painted the background once they were finished. 

We used butchers paper to make wrapping paper. Kids painted a picture of their Dad and his favourite things. The canvas easily fitted inside this wrapping paper!

The we did some Father's Day writing and a Father's Day Card (thanks to Ms Duffy) and put it altogether. The kids were so proud of their gift they had for their father's! The looks on their faces when Dad said he was taking the toolbox to work was priceless!

Friday, 10 October 2014

Five for Friday

Friday, phew, I made it! I was unsure at the start of the week but we got there! As always, I love that it is Friday afternoon already in Australia, I won't be loving Sunday night though, it will still be Sunday morning for most of you! I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday! 

Our school holidays have come and gone - time seems to go by way too quickly! Over the weekend, we finished tidying up our garden and planted our veggies! There is nothing like fresh tomatoes straight from the garden so I hope these three grow as big as last years! Same for the strawberries.

We finally cleaned up this section of our garden. It was getting overgrown. Our dog, Lexi is loving the cleared spaces, she can run through the garden now! 
We have started a new topic this term - we are looking at old and new toys. I just loved the artwork to do with our last terms topic so I just can't bring myself to taking it down! The kids loved making the sea animals! 
Children can't get enough of this book! A few had borrowed it from the school library and today 6 children wanted to borrow it. We read it in class - they loved it! Have you read it to your class?
This week was "th" week - we made thumbprint animals on Thursday! I haven't been able to find any ink pads at our local craft stores, so I made my own! I used kitchen sponges and soaked them in watered down paint over lunchtime. They worked perfectly and dried straight away! 


Here are some samples. Children are so creative - they couldn't wait to take them home to show their Mum's and Dad's!

This is how I feel at the end of today - so tired, my feet are up and I am ready for somebody to cook dinner for me - anyone?

I just looked over, Lexi feels the same way, she is asleep under the recliner on the couch where my husband is sitting. I guess that means I am the only one who can get up to cook dinner. 

Have a lovely weekend! Head on over to Doodle Bugs Teaching to read some more Five for Fridays!


Questions

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