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Thursday 19 December 2013

End of year wrap up

Hi all!
I feel like I have been away for ages!!!  I have recently returned from a mini holiday in Adelaide where I was able to catch up with one of my dearest friends Abbey.  We went to see Bon Jovi in concert which was beyond totally awesome and a dream fulfilled.

I just had the best time and returned with only 2 school days left and all the end of year busyness, including my daughter finishing Year 6 and moving on to High school next year.  I have been far away from blogging.

By the way.....I can't believe I will be the Mum of a high schooler, aaarrrghh!

So with only 1 day left with my class this is how we spent it.  We made Christmas bon bons and went traditional with putting a silly joke and a candy in them.  (Darn it forgot to take photos!) I just loved some of the jokes the kiddos wrote, this one is my favourite.

What kind of shark wouldn't eat a woman?
A man-eating shark!  Bada Boom!

We completed my Candy Cane Acrostic Poem craft, which you can get here for FREE!

So with all of that going on and the arrival of my husbands family which includes 3 teenage girls, oh my! things have been busy, in fact I only started my Christmas shopping this week as well!

So with this rambly around post I will finish up with saying to all the Aussie teachers enjoy your last days with your class and have a relaxing break!

Tuesday 10 December 2013

Mini holiday

Just a quick post to tell you I will be MIA for the next few days as I enjoy a trip to Adelaide sans husband and children to catch up with one of my besties and oh go to the Bon Jovi concert!!!!!!

I have been waiting for this my WHOLE LIFE!!!  (Alright half my life) There will be photos on my return.
I have one week left after I get back before our Christmas holidays kick in, yay.
Enjoy your week friends!

Wednesday 4 December 2013

A note for the teacher

This last part of the year I have been subbing or relief teaching as it is known in Australia.  I thought I would share with you the note I leave for the teacher if the school does not have a set plan for you.  I know at some schools it is expected that the teacher will leave plans for the sub, but at the schools I have been at it is expected that the sub will have something planned.
So in order to let the teacher know what we did I made a quick and easy plan template and I am going to share it with you today!

I use the first one and put in any duties I may have as a reminder to myself!  I also like to let the teacher know which students were helpful and which students may need a follow up with behaviour.  I also like to leave a note for the teacher of any stationery or art resources I may have used.  I have found this really helpful and hope you do too.  Feel free to snag a copy to leave for the sub that takes your class as well.  Just click on any of the pics to get your EXCLUSIVE to blog readers only
FREE copy!

Hope you enjoyed the TpT sale!

Tuesday 3 December 2013

Text Scavenger Hunt!

We are looking at the end of the school year here in Australia and we are all about assessments, report writing and getting ready for Christmas in the classroom.
To help with some assessment in our spelling and grammar area I created a Text Scavenger Hunt.

This can be used with any book your students are reading, we used it with our guided reading books.  The idea is for the students to read a book or text and then identify words that they find, then record it on the recording sheet.  Each sheet has either a spelling or grammar focus and all you need to do is print and use! This is a great way for you to see if your students are understanding the concepts taught or as a way to find what they already know.

I have also found this file to be super handy for subbing or relief teaching.  I used one page with a Year 2 class yesterday and a different page with a Year 3 class last week.......they were SOOOOO quiet!  Seriously quiet, they were so intent on finding the words they forgot all about talking to each other.  That is a rare occurrence for a relief teacher my friends!

I was so glad to get this finished right in the middle of the Cyber Sale at TpT just make sure you use the coupon code CYBER at the checkout.
If you like the look of this you can pick it up right now at a discounted price in my store, just click on one of the pics.


Monday 2 December 2013

Deck the Halls with a Cyber Sale!

 WooHoo!  The TpT Cyber Monday Sale is happening right now!  I am so happy to be participating in the sale with 20% off my entire store then you can use the code CYBER to get an extra 10% off.  I have started clearing out my wishlist and have linked up with Christina from Bunting, Books and Bainbridge with a linky party of some fantastic stores that are all on sale.

So, check out a few of my favourite things!

You can find all of these at my TpT store and much much more!

Sunday 1 December 2013

Sale time is a great time!

Get ready to clear those wishlists!  The TpT Cyber Monday and Tuesday sale is coming your way!  If you are anything like me you are probably already filling your cart.  So for those of you who can't wait my store will be on sale from the 1st December to the 4th December, all my items will be 20% off.  Don't forget if you shop during the Cyber sale you get an extra 10% by using the code CYBER at the checkout.  Thanks to Emma for sharing her button!
So what will you be buying?  Here are a few suggestions for you.

I hope you find some great bargains at the sale!

Credit to Kate Hadfield and KG Fonts


I am so happy to announce the winners from my 200 follower giveaway!

There will be an email coming your way soon!  Congratulations to those lucky winners.  

In case you haven't heard TpT is having a huge sale for Cyber Monday and Tuesday.  My store will be 20% off, then just use the code CYBER for an extra 10% off.  Love a sale!  click on the pic below to head over to my store.

More winners will be announced tomorrow!

Tuesday 26 November 2013

My Truth Monday- Vacation style

I am linking up with Sunny Days in Second Grade for another My Truth Monday.  This time we are talking about dream vacations.....well I have always had the travel bug, in fact I once thought about being a travel journalist, I couldn't think of a more perfect job, apart from teaching :)

So here is mine!

Don't forget to enter my 200 follower giveaway, just click here and here.  There are some fabulous prizes from some awesome TpT sellers and bloggers!

Monday 25 November 2013

200 follower Celebration-Day 2!

Welcome back for Day 2 of my 200 follower Celebration Giveaway!  Today you have the opportunity to win Winners choice from more of these fabulous ladies at their TpT stores, so make sure you head over there to check out what you could win!

What do you have to do?  Enter the Rafflecopter below, I am giving to prizes away again today, so don't miss out!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Don't forget to check out this ELA bundle for Grade 3-4, it ends soon!  Click on the pic to head over to educents

Sunday 24 November 2013

200 follower Celebrations!

I was so excited to see my little blog reach 200 followers!  To celebrate this I am having an awesome giveaway with lots of fabulous TpT sellers contributing!  Have a look at some of these amazing ladies each of these ladies is giving you a winners choice from their store, woohoo!  Mel at Frog the Pond is giving a $10 TpT voucher.

Two lucky winners will get 2 items from my store.

All you have to do is enter the Rafflecopter below....easy peasy!  Then come back tomorrow for the next round!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Don't forget to checkout this Grade 3-4 ELA bundle at ends soon, so click on the pic to get a bargain!

Sunday 17 November 2013


Time to announce the winners of the 3 giveaways that I have had running for the last week.

Congratulations Cherie!  You will receive an email from me soon.  Hope you have your choice ready!

A huge congratulations to Narelle!  You have won the Middle Primary Targeting Maths Book, yay!  Blake Education will be sending you an email soon, with the book to follow.

Finally, congratulations to Judith!  You have won a $20 voucher from Blake Education, you will be receiving an email soon with your code!

I hope all of you enjoy your prizes.......stay tuned there will soon be another celebration for this little blog reaching a 200 followers milestone and I am holding my breath for my FB page to reach 1000 likes!  Hoping for a combined celebration, what fun!

Wait, there's more!  I just found out that Educents is giving a $5 credit on any purchase over $10.  This credit can be used for future purchases.  What a great opportunity to purchase the Grade 3/4 ELA Bundle!  Just click on the pic below to get your copy!

Wednesday 13 November 2013

Fish Feeding Frenzy Freebie

I just love alliteration, which has nothing to do with my freebie for you today!

I listed this yesterday, this game focusses on regrouping ten ones into one ten.  Kiddos will roll a dice and "feed" their fish the correct amount of MAB ones blocks.  When they reach ten or more they will regroup their blocks into one ten and the leftover ones get left in the fish bowl to create the next ten.  The kiddo that reaches 100 (or has the most) wins the game.  

Want a copy?  Just click on the pic above to go to my store.

Want a chance to get something else for free?  There are currently 3 giveaways running on my blog, that's right I said 3!!  
You have the chance to win a Targeting Maths Middle Primary BLM Book or a $20 voucher to spend at Blake Education's end of year sale.

Or you could win any item from my store by entering this Rafflecopter, you could even pick up an awesome deal at Educents.

Last one!  Head over to The Teacher Studio to enter her fabulous Giveaway to win $10 worth of items from my store.

I do love a giveaway, can you tell?  Good luck to you all!

Tuesday 12 November 2013

My Truth Monday- Celebrity Crush!

I just love the topics Denise is coming up with for her My Truth Monday linky's!  This week is no exception and I think I may be about to reveal my latent teenager self but here goes!

Don't we make a cute couple!

Just click above to head over and link up!

Also don't forget about the great Educents for 3rd and 4th grade ELA that is happening right now!