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One to One Correspondence

A new school year signifies taking things back to basics for our beginning learners. Children are eager to learn and want to show you how far they can count. But then we take things back a few steps. Most children come to school being about to count, for many only by rote. I know I have a little leaner at home who can tell you 1,2,4 and 8,9,10 but doesn't really understand what that means. That's where One to One Correspondence comes into play.


What is One to One Correspondence?
I was first exposed to the concept of One to One Correspondence as a teacher - of course I knew what it was, I had been doing it since I started school, I just never thought of it as a concept. Put simply, a child has 6 cups and are instructed to put one straw in each cup from a collection of straws. If they can follow this instruction, they have one-to-one correspondence. If the child put all straws in one cup or shared all straws out between the cups or was confused, they don't understand one to one correspondence. It is connecting one object to one object.

25 Resources and Ideas for Teaching Australia Day

Australia Day is nearly upon us for another year. Australia Day sits at a funny spot in the school year doesn't it. Some states are back at school for the new school year, others are still on holidays. Back to school in Victoria always falls around the time of Australia Day, but I still always take the opportunity to celebrate it with the kids, even after the time.

With the back to school craziness I have you covered for great resources, easy preparation and purposeful learning about Australia Day.

Origo Education Big Cubes and Card Set

Another week has flown by, I'm not really sure where that one disappeared to. It's always the way isn't it, weeks you want to go slow go fast and others seem to go on forever! Today I am reviewing the final resource sent to me by Origo Education the Big Cubes and Big Cube Cards. This review is about the Australia resources, for more details on the US resources, please click here.

Above are the new Maths resources recently released by Origo Education for Early Learners. To read my other reviews on these resources, please click on the links below.
Origo Early Learning Big Books
Origo Big Poster Books
Origo Big Cubes and Cards

Review 3 - Origo Early Learning Big Cubes and Big Cube Cards


Origo Education Poster Books

Spring has now sprung in Victoria, the days are getting warmer and longer and my little learner and I are spending more time outside exploring. We did have some time to look at the second lot of resources that I received from Origo Education though and today I am reviewing the Poster Book set. This review is about the Australia resources, for more details on the US resources, please click here.

Above are the new Maths resources recently released by Origo Education for Early Learners. To read my other reviews on these resources, please click on the links below.
Origo Early Learning Big Books
Origo Big Poster Books
Origo Big Cubes and Cards

Review 2 - Origo Early Learning Poster Books


I was intrigued by the Poster Books from the moment I opened the box. The 12 Poster Books arrived in a study, practical box, perfect for long term storage. The Poster Books had a black and white cover, I really had no idea what to expect so started to pull the cover out of the box. What unfolded was a 4 frame, bright and colourful Poster Book about colour!

Origo Education Big Books

I was contacted a few months ago by Origo Education and asked if I would review some of their new early learning products. I had never seen Origo Education resources in the schools I had worked in so was excited to see how their resources compared to other well known companies and what made them that little bit different. I have a real passion for using books to teach maths concepts so was thrilled to find a company that specialise in creating engaging maths resources.
I was sent a set of Big Books, Big Cubes and Cards and a set of Poster Books, the resources shown below, new to their website. This review is about the Australia resources, for more details on the US resources, please click here.


All three sets of resources link to the Australian Early Years Framework and have a solid base in developing verbal skills, listening skills, developing maths terminology and working collaboratively. Resources can work independently of each other, or can be used simultaneously to teach a topic. Origo Education also have an online platform Slate which teachers can sign up for a free trial after purchasing products.

Due to the number of resources Origo Education sent me as well as the online platform, I will be breaking my review into three blogposts;
Origo Early Learning Big Books
Origo Big Poster Books
Origo Big Cubes and Cards

Review 1 - Origo Early Learning Big Books


There are 12 books in the Big Book Set, each book measures 430mm by 330mm, perfect for little eyes to see at a distance and not too big for a teacher to hold or place on a book stand. Each book has a thicker, sturdy front and back cover and each page is high quality paper perfect for little hands to turn. Illustrations are colourful and visually stimulating and text is simple for beginning readers to identify letters. They are simply, a beautiful resource to have in the classroom.

10 Steps to Helping Graduate Teachers

Let's be honest, being a Graduate Teacher is hard work. No university course or placement can fully prepare you for what you are about to be responsible for. The teaching, students, grading, reports, parents, school politics, after-school meetings, before-school meetings and lets be honest, running out of photocopier credits is enough to send us over the edge some days. I remember how hard it was to be a graduate teacher and I was so lucky to have some wonderful mentors in my first school, I just had to do a little bit of searching to find them! No question was ever silly, no assistance was ever knocked back and I received the love and support I needed. Not everyone is this lucky, so when I was given the opportunity to mentor a Graduate teacher, I took the role very seriously. We need to support new teachers and keep them in the profession!

Today I am not posting about advice for new teachers because really, they are already overloaded with information and they simply DO NOT have time to read yet another blogpost. Instead, I am sharing some things we, experienced teachers, can do to help new teachers survive the first month of teaching.


1. Put together a new teacher basket of treasures.
Some items you might include are:
- picture story book
- inside ball for games
- stickers
- whistle
- highlighters
- hand sanitiser
- antibacterial wipes
- foam dice
- sharpies
- correction pens
- bulletin board letters and borders
- sturdy box or container (teachers can never have enough storage)


The Power of Positive Reinforcement

I am a reflective sort, seriously, I am. Like when I had my son I wanted to start again at 12 weeks so I could do a better job. Typical teacher the Midwives told me.... But being a substitute or casual teacher has really had me reflecting lately. What is my behaviour management strategy? Why do I leave (most days) feeling calm and cool? Was teaching always like this for me? The quick answer is OF COURSE NO! But I do feel after more than a decade teaching, and teaching different year levels in different schools and different countries, that I have learnt a thing or two about behaviour management.

Do I have a quick fix for that student who stresses you out everyday, no sorry. Or that student who hurts someone at recess everyday, no, sorry I don't - but I do have some wisdom to share that has made my day to day teaching a better experience. So today I going to share how I use the power of positive reinforcement in my classroom.


As a disclaimer first, I am in no way an expert on behaviour management, I simply love teaching, try to teach as much as I can with minimal interruptions and reflect on my teaching on a daily basis.

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