Saturday, 28 June 2014

Five for Friday - 27th June 2014
Finally! Winter break here I come!

Here's what we've been up to this past week.

1. 'or' digraph

We looked at the 'or' digraph this week. I saw this image on Pinterest (from
I completely forgot to take a photo of our finished product. I promise I will snap one and put it up next week! They were so cute and they loved making it.

2. ee/ea digraph

Technically, we studied these sounds last week, but, I just had to show you how they turned out.

We made "Jazzy Jeans" and "Buzzy Bees":

3. Measurement

 This week we measured using informal units. We measured small things:

And big things like our classroom:

We then recorded what we found:

4. Sad Goodbye

One of my families is moving to Adelaide so their son has to leave my class :( So sad. I will miss him so much. He was such an adorable character.

The class made a card for him and we had a farewell party yesterday for him. He will be sorely missed.


Well, it is now officially winter break! Yay! My plan for the holidays? Lots of organising. I plan to organise all my classroom resources, re-structure my literacy and maths groups somehow, organise my home office, get organised and put up more TPT products...and the list goes on. But, hey...bring on holidays!

Till next time,

Stay joyful!

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Let's Talk About Books - Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

My family blessed me with a truckload of picture books for my birthday this weekend. There are so many wonderful picture books for children these days. Still, one of the classic staples for every teacher is Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes.

 For those who are unfamiliar with the book, it is about a young mouse who has a very long and beautiful name, ChrysanthemumShe loves her names so much, until she starts school and a another mouse called Victoria teases her about it. So naturally, she dislikes her name after that. Until her music teacher, who also has a long name, teaches the class just how special and beautiful her name is.

My favourite part of the story is when the other "mean" mice discover that they all want long beautiful names too. And then Chrysanthemum dances off all happy with rainbows in the sky :)

It is a fantastic book to start the year off. There are so many great name based activities that can be done after reading this book.

Here's what I get my students to do after reading the book:

*We talk about friendly/unfriendly behaviour first. Listing the things people did in the book that were unfriendly. We discuss name calling and how it is a no-go at school.

*We talk about how special our names are. I usually do some sort of craft such as name rockets, or get the students to print their name and we count and graph the number of letters.

*And then, I get them to draw me what they are good at or like doing and we scribe their responses. I like to hang these up so their classmates can get to know what their peers are good at/like doing.

Hope I gave you some ideas to use in your classroom and convinced you that this is a must own book for every teacher of young children!

Till next time,

Stay joyful!

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Five for Friday - 6th June 2014
I'm linking up with Farley for some 5 for Friday fun!

1. Art for Kids Website

I discovered this website after reading about it here. A.MAH.ZING!

It's called Art for Kids and is made by a Dad who teaches kids how to draw loads of cool things step by step.

I've decided to make directed drawing a part of our Friday timetable from now on :) Maybe, just maybe it will turn what normally becomes Frazzled Friday into Fun Friday!

2. Senses

We have been learning about the senses this past week. For touch I used balloons filled with different things such as popcorn, marshmallows, rice, shampoo etc. For smell I used film canisters filled with things from chocolate to Vegemite, from garlic to lavender!

The students absolutely loved exploring using their senses!

3. Sandbox sight words

To mix up our literacy rotations this week I had one center outside with the sandboxes. They worked in pairs to read out a sight word for their partner to write in the sand.

4. Report Card Writing

Here in Australia, it is nearing the end of term 2. So I am in the thick of writing Semester 1 report cards. Enough said.

5. Long Weekend and My Birthday!!!

It is the Queen's Birthday long weekend! Yay! And my birthday on Sunday. Double Yay!

Till next time,

Stay joyful!