Gift Tags Winner!

I’m waaaaay behind on posting, and for that I apologise.

I do have a post planner for the way I plan for my multiage classroom. I want to try and plan out my next week so that I have complete (or mostly-complete) planners to share with you. (I’m also contemplating doing a video, but that may post-pone it while I wait for my iPad tripod to arrive so I can show you guys properly. I’ll see how I’m tracking!)

I’m also contemplating doing an unboxing video for my recent Bellabox and VioletBox subscription boxes. Anyone interested?

But, now on to the fun stuff!

Congratulations Doreen!

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Check your inbox for an email from me!

This was for the 12 handmade gift tags giveaway that I ran in last week’s Five for Friday post!

Since then, though, I’ve made a collection of tags for my sister, so I thought I’d share them with you.



(Don’t mind the alphabet letters – they’re just for reference!)

Stay tuned tomorrow for another Five for Friday post with lots of pics from my 3-day week!

Enjoy your day, my friends, and I’ll see you later!


Product Swap!

This is my first time joining in the Magical Product Swap and I am SO excited!

I was paired with the very lovely, very inspiring Katie from Teacher to the Core:


I’m sure many of you know her blog, and her work, and know that she is just a very special person. If you’ve never had the chance to stop by your blog, I urge you to go there as soon as you’ve finished reading this post!

I chose to review her Easy Ecology unit – which is fab, and a perfect fit for what my class is doing this term.


This unit is just amazing and if you’re doing a unit on the environment, ecology or simply need something to add that extra special something to your Earth Day units of work, Easy Ecology  is IT!

We’ve only just started using it in my classroom, but my Little Smarties are already in love with their mini-information books, which we’ll be working through this term. They’re also SUPER-EXCITED about making their Earth Smart Art craft on Earth Day!

Definitely visit Katie and check out the rest of her amazing ideas and see her reviews for the Product Swap!

I’m also going to give one lucky reader the chance to choose any 3 items from my TpT store. Just fill in the Rafflecopter below to join in:


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Product Updates

Today’s my last official day of term holidays. 😦

But, back to school next week to see the kiddos! Spent a whole day setting up and rearranging the classroom yesterday so it’s all ready for Monday.

It’s been a little while since I updated my TpT and TN stores, but I’ve recently added 2 items that I’m really proud of, so I’m going to share them with you today.

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Help your students begin to build words using onset and rime, using the really cute clipart by Graphics from the Pond.

This center is available in full colour or black and white for saving on ink.

Build words using cute chicks and word family fences. Record on the I Know My Word Families page.

Build real and nonsense words and record.

Cute, easy to implement and differentiate!

And my second product:

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This pack of number centers is designed to support your students’ developing number fluency, using super-cute peas-in-a-pod clipart.

Pea Pod Number Match (Numbers 0-50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100 and blank cards)

Students match peas to the number cards. The peas come as individuals, or in groups of ten for supporting students working with base 10.

Counting Peas (Numbers 0-20)

Students count the peas and place a peg over the matching numeral.

Ordering Peas (0-50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100)

Individually numbered pea cards for use during whole class focuses or individual centers. Can be supported by the use of the missing number grids provided.

Recording Sheets

Missing Number Sheets – 0-20, 0-30, and 0-50

Peas in a Pod – students select a  number pea, record the number and illustrate that number.

And, because I’m really pleased with how these packs turned out, I’m going to give away a copy of each pack (there’ll be 2 winners, 1 per pack).



Leave a comment telling me which pack you would like to win and why. I’ll be drawing the winners in 24 hours.



The winners have been selected!

Casey has won Chicks Build Words!

Wendy has won Peas in a Pod!

Congratulations. 🙂

Clipart Giveaway!

How do I spent my first, non-Public Holiday day of term holidays? At school. Cleaning. Organising.

You know… the usual.

More particularly, I was labelling, cataloguing and ordering my classroom library. I got through most of my fiction picture books. Need to tackle non-fiction books, chapter books and levelled readers next week. Plus, labelling the containers. Check it out:

Pink boxes = general fiction picture books // Green boxes = favourite series

Aussie authors and books on the top shelf, chapter books (next 2 shelves), favourite authors/star wars/tv and movie books on the last shelf

And now for something completely awesome!

Who loves clipart?

Who loves clipart by Graphics from the Pond? (Insert a mental picture of me jumping up and down like a crazy person!)

The very lovely Mel, from Graphics from the Pond, has a fabulous new set of borders out: Double Trouble Borders!

To celebrate, Mel and I would LOVE to giveaway a set of these fabulous borders to one lucky person!

We would really love for you all to join in!

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Another Freebie & a great giveaway

I forgot to post this yesterday (insert sheepish grin here), but nevertheless, I’m sharing it now!

From my Christmas Fun Literacy Activities pack, I present Ten Little Reindeers. I’m a sucker for songs, and I’m loving coming up with seasonal variations on classic children’s songs (in this case, Ten Little Indians). The freebie is simply the words to my variation with cute Melonheadz illustrations. If you purchase my Christmas Fun pack, there’s also a blackline master and a cloze activity for Ten Little Reindeers.

Click the image to download from TpT!

Katie from Teacher to the Core is having a fabulous giveaway with loads of great prizes from 33 fabulous bloggers! Stop by and enter because there are loads of things up for grabs.

Freebie Fridays

Super Saturday!

It’s hard to believe that there is just 20 more (school) days until the end of the teaching year.

First thing on Monday morning I think I’ll make Count-down Paper Chains with my students so that we can display them on our back wall and count down the days until the end of the year. (I promise to take a photo!)

Not only that, but next week we have our final Prep Transition session (for the 2013 incoming Prep children) and I’ll finally get to meet my students… and find out whether I’m teaching Prep or Prep/1 next year! (That’s actually an important bit of information!) It’s all very exciting. I’ve been involved in 3 out of the 4 Transition sessions this year, and they’re a lovely group of students. Next year will be great!

Don’t forget: I have my ‘sneaky’ Giveaway ending in just a few hours – it’s easy to join in and you can win your choice of one of my paid products on TpT/TN!

However – I do have a fabulous freebie for you today, just in time for Christmas!

Freebie Fridays

A new, FREE font – MGL Write Well for Santa 

Click on the image to download it!

And don’t forget – 2 fabulous sales over the next few days!

Up to 35% off my TeachersNotebook Store. (24/11 – 26/11)

Up to 28% off my TeachersPayTeachers Store(26/11 – 27/11)

I also snuck a new item into both stores last night – an early Valentine’s Day craft (or even just to celebrate the wonderful people in our lives!):

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Mad Monday Maths & 2 Freebies

… or at least that’s what I’d call it if I’d had my class today (and not a Curriculum Day).

I humbly bring you a new product and a freebie to match.

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For those of you who are not familiar with the BUMP games – they’re simply an addition game using 2 dice to find a total. Students cover up the total on the board with a counter. If their partner also rolls that number they can BUMP the person off!

Great addition practise for young students.

This pack features 7 themed BUMP boards – veggie garden, garden insects, rainbows, Autumn leaves, pumpkin patches, Easter and owls. (All, save for the owls, have a blackline version included.)

The first 2 people to leave a comment with their favourite Maths game will get a free copy of this pack! (Don’t forget to leave your email address!)


Click here to download a free BUMP game board




Tomorrow is the Melbourne Cup (hooray for public holidays for horse races!), and to celebrate with my students we’ll be designing names for race horses, designing jockey jumpers, and writing about the long weekend (my kiddos will have had 4 days off!) on Cup-inspired paper. Click here (or on the pic above) to download this freebie!

Please note that these files are for your personal and classroom use only. Please do not distribute or share this file.

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Freebie Fridaysand don’t forget to enter my GIVEAWAY! Lots of great prizes to be won!


Fabulous Followers Giveaway!

I’m very excited to be hosting my first giveaway! I’ve had some incredibly lovely ladies contribute to this giveaway – so there is plenty of great prizes to be won!

So… what’s on offer? So glad you asked!

I’m offering any THREE items from my TeachersPayTeachers store. (New items were just uploaded today!)

Teaching Maths with Meaning

Alison is offering her Decimals and Fractions – Making Connections pack.

Miss V’s Busy Bees

Sara is offering any 2 items from her TeachersPayTeachers store.

Mrs Poultney’s Ponderings

Tania is offering 1 item from her TeachersPayTeachers store.

Coffee, Kids and Compulsive Lists

Shanyn is offering 1 item from her TeachersPayTeachers store.

Taming My Flock of Firsties

Beth Ann is offering 2 items from her TeachersPayTeachers store and a Thanksgiving item.

Bayside Teacher

Liz is offering her Multiplication Tri Ominos Game – 4 Math Centers pack.

The Paper Maid

Deborah is offering her Thanksgiving activities.

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Label Christmas

It’s a scary thought that Christmas is coming up fast.

It’s even scary to think that I’ve already started making resources for Christmas!

Available on my TpT Store and at TeachersNotebook

CURRENTLY ON SALE (until tomorrow morning!)

Featuring the lovely artwork of KPM Doodles, this labelling pack includes 13 pages (7 colour, 6 black and white) of Christmas-themed fun. Santa, Mrs Claus, elves and toys make this a great writing activity for your early years students!

The first 2 people to leave a comment (with their email address) about their favourite Christmas-season activities will get Label Christmas for free!

There’s only 12 hours left until I post my giveaway – if you’d like to contribute prizes towards it, please see this post.

Giveaway Reminder

Just a reminder that I’m hosting a giveaway to go live this weekend!

If you’d like to contribute (or you know someone who would like to contribute) to the giveaway (so far we have 4 fab prizes!), I’d love you to join in.

Send me an email ( with the following details:

  1. What you’d like to contribute
  2. Your preferred email
  3. Your blog/Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter (really, whatever you’d like included!)
  4. Your TpT/TeachersNotebook store