And Another Week Down! 1 Week to Go!

I can't believe that it is only 1 more week until it is holidays in Victoria - crazy! Two weeks off - then only 11 more weeks of my fabulous kiddos! I don't want the year to end yet! Here are some great things to share about last week - including a couple of great finds!
I picked up this book to demonstrate the CAFE trait "Use of Punctuation" - forgetting just how good this story is! Have you read it? If not, you must! It is a great introduction into learning about water displacement - with some illustrations that every child will love!
Do you know how to make your own spinner? Use a paperclip, stick a pencil through it and place it in the center. Then flick the paperclip - yes it requires one child to hold and the other to spin, but it saves us adding split pins to all our spinners and saves on storage too! You can download this spinner here. We LOVE it!
I was cleaning up and found this icypole sticks I had written numbers on and said "Eureka" (that is what Mr Archimedes says in that great story) we will use them today!
So I put them in a container...
Then we used them to help us understand vertical addition with trading. First we pulled two numbers out of the container and made them on our place value board using place value blocks (MAB). Then we wrote the sum on our mini whiteboards as well.
Then using trading of the place value blocks, we found out the answer, then worked it out using vertical addition! The children had said the day before how confused they were with this concept so I took it back a few steps - now they all say they are experts! Yay!
If you want to download my place value board, there are 9 different boards to choose from in this updated FREEBIE!

I made it to 100 followers! I can't believe it! I am definitely going to have a giveaway - please let me know if you are interested in being involved! Should happen in the next few weeks! Thanks all for your support in advance!
Happy Weekend!

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