Saturday, 20 August 2016

New Banners

  I have added a few new banner sets to my collection. These are practical and simple ways to add some pop to your classroom.

All packets included backline versions if you would prefer to have the students shade or paint the pennants.  

The 'Our Class is Happy' banner includes a prompt for students to write about 5 things that make the classroom a happy place.

'Our Teeth' set includes elements that will help celebrate and encourage dental care or students losing teeth through the year. 

They will love when it is their turn to fill in the details of their lost tooth.


The 'Our Names' welcome banner provides several backline template pieces that can be decorated by the students to create a very unique display. Students will look for letters that are featured in their name and color them. 

Find all of these banner packets in my TpT store! Don't forget to follow me so you can get advance notice of daily listings and early-bird savings!

Thanks so much for stopping by - have a wonderful day!

Monday, 15 August 2016

Number Match

Hi friends! I hope your week is off to a wonderful start - mine sure is.

Over the weekend, I revised one of my mini game bundles. Cat Match, Bunny Match, Bee Match and Bear Match will help get your little learners off and counting with excitement!

Each packet has the same 4 game ideas and a different worksheet to follow-up your students' learning. 

How can cute bunnies, bees, bears and cats not making learning more fun?! 

If you have purchased this from me in the past, be sure to download the revised copies from your tab of licenses on TpT!

Wishing you a wonderful day, thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Adding Apples

I recently revised my 'Adding Apples' pack on TpT and just went live on FB to show you some of the activities in action. My kiddos are a little obsessed with 'breakfast games' as they are now known. We pull up a stool at the bench and play a few every Saturday morning. 

Adding Apples will help your learners model and show how to combine groups for addition.

Apple Tree Addition will encourage your learners to 'count on' to find a total. You can extend and differentiate this activity by using a variety of dice. 

Apple Match will introduce your kiddos to the 'plus sign' (+) and get them starting to think about turnaround facts.

Apple Draw More is lots of fun and can be used with dry-erase markers or seeds. Students 'add more' to give the total. 

Find these activities in my TpT store, as a featured item today:

A few people have messaged me and asked about the numbered bunting in the background of my photo - you can find that on sale in my store today also:

Have a wonderful weekend and thank you so much for stopping by! 


Saturday, 6 August 2016

Early Number Game {Counting Candles}

Counting Candles is one of my absolute favourite math games! I am a little sentimental about it too. It has been with me right through my From the Pond  life - from eBay to website, and now including my own illustrations onto TpT. 


The basic idea with this activity is that students roll a standard die, count out a set of candles and place them on their cake. They keep rolling and counting to practice and eventually compare cakes with a friend to determine the 'winner'. 

Like everything in the classroom though, there are multiple ways to differentiate and utilise the equipment. Here are just a few ideas - some of which I shared on a Facebook Live video today as I played this game with my sweet boy. 

1. Addition. 

Roll the die twice, make 2 groups and find the total. Record on a whiteboard. 

2. Patterns

Create and build repeating-patterns with the candles.

3. Take-Away

Commence the game with a big stack of candles on your cake, and play in reverse. Take candles OFF the cake (tell the kiddos they are blowing them out) as they roll. 

4. Alternative Equipment

Use plastic plates, popsticks and play dough for cakes and candles! Just a warning though, this can quickly become a 'I want to play with the play dough' the situation quickly if students are not given very explicit instructions. It is very tempting to handle the dough! 

Make the basic game more challenging with a differentiated selection of dice.

1. standard dot dice
2. double dice (add)
3. numeral + dot dice (encourage counting-on)
4. 2 x numeral dice (addition with mental strategy)

5. Multiplication
Play with lots of cakes and candle cards. Students roll the dice twice and make a problem - e.g. 3 x5 by rolling a 3 and a 5. They then build an arrangement of cakes with candles to find the total and model multiplication. 

Thanks so much for stopping by my page today - have a wonderful day! 

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Bus It - with cvc Words!

Bus It is a printable activity for learning to build and read cvc words. Students can place a vowel letter card (or magnetic letter) on each bus to try to create a word.

My printable file also includes a recording worksheet so students can write the words they have made also. 

Students love the bus theme at the beginning of the school year and it will add extra motivation and engagement to their word-making! 

Bus It will encourage your students to differentiate between nonsense and real-world cvc words. Download this additional cvc word worksheet, to reinforce this concept,  by clicking on the image below:

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Monday, 1 August 2016


There is a whole lot of talk about 'best' in the world right now and if you are a teacher I can appreciate that you are probably somewhat interested in giving your best, getting the best from your students and appreciating the best in others. 

It's kind of what we do. 

It reminds me of a discussion I had with my kiddos the other day. I challenged them to have 'perfect' manners while we had a visitor in the classroom. For their effort, they would get a super buck. 

The word 'perfect' seemed to challenge a few of them and make them do this:

So, we had a talk about 'perfect' and that 'perfect' can be perfectly imperfect and that is the perfect thing about it.

I think a few went home early with a headache. 

I kid. They TOTALLY understood. And their manners were really perfect. 

And so it goes with 'best'. My best is just that, mine and I love that yours and my kiddos will be totally different to mine. 

TpT is one of the BEST places for me! I could spend 2 hours writing a big soppy post about my journey with TpT and how it has changed my life.... but to be honest, I really need some sleep and will save it for another day. 

The team at TpT is currently wishing everyone their best teaching year ever and celebrating with a site wide sale. Just enter the code: BestYear when you checkout to secure a bonus 10% discount on your licenses. 

I have joined the fun with 20% off both  my stores!

Find my teaching resources HERE 
clipart HERE

Speaking of 'best' - the best thing I ever did in my K-2 classroom was cater for 'fast finishers' in an engaging and skills-focussed way. 

My 'Bee Busy Drawer' system gives you all the benefits of a structured approach but is open enough to include your own ideas, changes and differentiation. 

The original packet has 16 printable activities to get you set up and moving with this classroom staple!

Just one of them is the cvc write and wipe cards:

Even if you don't set up the drawers, the 16 printable packets are fantastic for centers and rotations. 

Thanks so much for stopping by, I wish you the very BEST of days!

Thursday, 28 July 2016

FREE Fun Straw Reward Printables

Aussie teacher-friends, I just found these adorable animal straws at Kmart and turned them into special rewards for my kiddos! 

$2 for 4 straws, so it is super-kind to the teacher budget!

Simply print and cut the mini flag pennants. 

Slide the animal down the straw and pop the pennant under the straw. Glue one side. 

And fold over and squeeze. 

You made me jump for joy today! (frog) 
You made me hoppy today. (rabbit)
You bamboo-zled me today! (panda)
You had a roar-y good day! (tiger)

Keep them in a cup and hand them out when you want to reward some awesome behaviour! 

Find the printable download in google drive HERE

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Back to School Math Games Update

One of my  Back to School games packets got a freshen up last week! It's a bundle of eight games and perfect for a range of learners in the first weeks of school. 

This is 'Apple Patterns' - students have to create repeating patterns with the apple cards and record their ideas. Simply print a stack of the cards and let them get busy!

Crayon Order is also included in the bundle and will see students order numerals up to 30 from smallest to largest and record on their worksheet. 

If you have already purchased this set from me, be sure to revise your 'My Purchases' in your TpT account and snag the revisions!

A HUGE thank you to Mary who has been helping me with some photography! I'm in LOVE!

While I had 'apple patterns' on the brain I created a fun new classroom banner to complement my existing packets. Use this one as a whole class activity and create a 'repeating pattern' with the pennants to help students create and design their own pattern. I printed the pages for the banner below at 70% scale to achieve a smaller and 'fuller' looking banner!

It is FREE for today! Thank you for your encouraging support of my new banner series, I am really enjoying making them and have so many more to come! 

Have a wonderful day friends!