Tuesday, 24 January 2017

The Writing Hub

Hi teacher friends! 

I have been wanting to stop by at some point and show you some new writing resources that I am very excited about.

A super fun Writing Process Pencil Poster to help keep your kiddos on track and achieve independence. 

And a new addition to my Write-A-Story series - "Bees are Cool". This will help get kiddos writing in an opinion or persuasive text structure. 

I've put together a little video to show you how you can use my printable packets to get organised for a week of writing quickly in your classroom. I am a huge advocate for setting up consistent routines and structures that will last the year in your classroom, yet are adaptable to accommodate changing needs, learners and resources. 

The Writing Hub is just that!

Thanks so much for stopping by and watching my first video! I still have a lot to learn but am so happy to be able to more freely share some teaching tips and ideas with you in this format!

Have a great day.

- Mel x


I've felt uneasy about my cat-bum face comments all week, so I drew some cute cats tonight to make amends. 

Actually I fib. I am working through a year long 'doodle-a-day' challenge and today was 'cat'. You can see my Instagram story, over at, well, Instagram to see me draw this one:

The wonders of modern technology. To think that years and years ago people were working out how to put a person on the moon, and now we are watching people draw cats. Amazeballs. 

I turned it into a coloring page too, so you can colour it in. Actually your students can color it in. You can get planning on how to get a cat to the moon. Or some other profound thing. 

Find it to download for free in Google Drive HERE

I used one of my new 'Edge It' borders. These are perfect for worksheets and add a little 'something' when you don't want too much 'something'. 

I must be going meow, I have some sleep to catch up on. Have a lovely day and thanks so much for stopping by! 

- Mel x


Monday, 23 January 2017


It was a relatively quiet day here at my place. We read lots of books. My sweeties got new bookshelves for their bedrooms and seeing all their books in a new place inspired them to read some treasured favourites. 

It led to lots of talking and chatting. And that led to some new ideas. Before we knew it we were all creating something. Banners, sketches, craft, treasure maps, a puppet show script... 

And tomorrow, maybe we will start all over again.

I based much of my teaching last year on high quality fiction and will do the same this year. I am starting to pin titles as I come across them - if you are interested you can follow my board HERE

If you have any favourites that you think I might love to work on with my class of third graders, please let me know - I really need to visit the bookshop with an excuse to buy add some more to my wishlist!

I wish you a wonderful day, and if you're in a bit of a bother with nothing to do - grab a book and see where it leads you. 

- Mel x