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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

2 for Tuesday

So today is 2 for Tuesday and here are my products that you can get for 50% off in my TPT store!!

First up is my Classroom Schedule Cards that I JUST finished!! They're on sale for $2.25 - I think this is a steal!

and finally there's my Window Viewers which are GREAT for science centers, literacy and numeracy centers - or just for kids to have fun with!! I'm going to be putting these in my investigation area in my classroom!

Hope you find something you like!

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Reddit Teacher Gift Exchange

I just thought that I would quickly share this with you all,

This year I signed up for the Reddit Teacher Gift Exchange, I'd never signed up for an exchange before and didn't even know that they did one for teachers!

When I saw how many people had signed up, I wasn't really expecting a match but I got one and a few days later these beautiful goodies landed on my doorstep!!

I received a gorgeous Julia Donaldson book, some super cute reward pencils with lovely phrases on, story cubes to help my kids speaking & listening skills, and a poppin' for sight words game that I have been lusting after since forever!!

I don't know who the kind stranger was who donated these items, but they really have helped me out and I'm really grateful for their generosity!!

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Teacher Week - When plus a Freebie!!

Hi Y'All!!

I can't believe I have posted 4 days in a row!

Today is WHEN and I'm a bit stumped for this blog post because I don't really know for sure when I am teaching anything, haha!

We have half termly topics that we teach using a thematic approach, meaning we try to tie each lesson into the theme, which is really lovely. However, because I'm now a Reception teacher (Kindergarten) we also try to teach from the children's interests - so the topics are VERY loosely planned, and if the children get bored after a week or two and decide they want to learn all about Unicorns or Spacemen, then we get to go with it!! That's the joy of working in Early Years, the children lead the learning and you never know where you're going to end up! 

So this is a VERY loose overview of my topics this year;

The children spend lots of time learning through play, where we support the children in their learning and also provide additional learning opportunities based on their interests. We then have a set phonics sessions every morning for about 20 minutes, a numeracy (math) lesson in the morning for around half hour and a literacy/topic based lesson in the afternoon for another 30 minutes.

I have been working my BUTT off to make my phonics printables to try and make life a little easier when I go back for me and my colleagues, and I have JUST finished up my Phase 2 Phonics Pack - it's perfect for early readers and to celebrate my 50TH blog post (woohoo!!) I've added a freebie sample of the pack - just click on the image to download it!!

If you like it then you can buy the full pack from my TPT Store or my Teacher's Notebook Store which is currently on sale at 20% off until tomorrow! 

I'm also hosting a giveaway of the pack, if you'd like to enter you can below;

a Rafflecopter giveaway  

I can't wait to read how everyone else organises their day, and hopefully get some inspiration!!

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Why Wednesday - Organisation Tips

So I'm back, today it's with some organisations tips - which is quite ironic because at home I'm the LEAST organised person EVER.. although at school it's a little different!

I inherited a SUPER HUGE cupboard this year to store resources - but it came with a catch.. you literally couldn't get through the door it was such a super huge mess. I wish I had took photos of how bad it was before I started! 

Anyway, I ordered a ridiculous amount of storage boxes and had the caretaker put up some shelving units to organise it and turn it in to this beautiful space;

I have a shelf for each area of learning with all of the resources labelled and organised accordingly - in a chevron theme of course!!

There were also lots of books which were all mixed up, so I sorted those out while I was at it too;

I think that labelling is really key to organisation. I've also labelled everything in the classroom so the kiddos knows EXACTLY where everything goes.

I've also tried to organise my thoughts - the children do a lot of 'learning through play' in Reception, and I was trying to think of ways that I could enhance the provision for the children, either based on the topics we are learning about or seasons/holidays etc. I often pin a million things on pinterest, but forget about them until it's too late! 

Therefore I made a document (one for each area of the provision within my classroom - I have malleable/fine motor, home corner, writing area, reading area, puzzles/jigsaws and investigation area) then made some pages for each month of the school year. I then proceeded to search pinterest for ideas and placed them on the relevant page. 

Now all of my ideas are in one place, and I can easily see what I need to make/place in each area month to month! I am so excited about this idea, it is going to make my life SO much easier.. If you click on the picture below you can download my malleable/fine motor area example.

I didn't include the links to pinterest, as I am far too lazy and that would have took FOREVER - but it may give you some ideas or inspiration to make your own!

Happy organising!

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Back to School Boost Sale!

So tomorrow TPT are holding a Back to School Boost sale for just ONE day! This is a perfect opportunity to grab those last minute things you need before starting school (or something to help you along the way if you've already started!)

 Here's links to some of my products that I have found a HUGE help, and I hope you will too!

Classroom Essentials;

These are my phonics helping hands;

Some literacy essentials;

General units;

And a freebie...

Hope there's something here that you find helpful!

Let me know what you've stocked up on