Swap, Share, Give Linky!

It's time again to link up with my Aussie Friends for a Swap, Share, Give Linky! 

How does it work? Well we have all been teamed up with a friend to Swap a Resource, then we will Share a Freebie with you, then Give you a chance to win all the packs swapped in our linky. Sounds pretty good, doesn't it!

Firstly, I SWAPPED with Jem from Jem's Bright Buttons. Jem is a Foundation/Kindergarten teacher in Victoria like me! I live by the river, she lives by the sea - in one of my favourite cities actually! 
Jem's Bright Buttons
Jem let me have a peak at her pack ABC Foldable Readers and I LOVE it!

First of all, she has two versions; one for teachers in Victoria, Australia and another for teachers in the rest of the world! I'll show you an example of both so you can see the differences in font.


Five for Friday!

Its Friday! Not that days of the week really matter too much to me at the moment with a 4 week old baby, but I'm excited for all my teacher friends! Its time to link up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday!

My week has been full with looking after this little one! I miss the routine of school but love the daily newborn cuddles that I get! I loved it even more when I received the Term 2 Reporting Timeline on my work email today and know that I don't have to write them!

A friend recommended watching a video associated with The Happiest Baby on the Block and it is amazing how well the strategies work. We are learning everyday and this video was a game changer for us in dealing with newborn cries! You can watch it here. 


Teaching Key Words with a Freebie!

When you are teaching the Four Operations, do you find yourself saying Addition, the Plus, then Add Together? Does this matter? What do you think?

I always seem to switch and change and strongly believe there is nothing wrong with that! Children should be encouraged to learn all the words that could be used for each operations - we know here in Australia they always put some different terminology in our National tests!

So this being said, your students should know the difference being sum and product. They should also know that Subtraction also means take away, remove, decrease, minus, left over etc.

So here is a freebie for you to download to print out, enlarge if you like, laminate, put up on your Smartboard, whatever you need to do to get through to to your class that their are multiple names for each operation.

Click here to download.

Math Game Monday!

I hope everyone enjoyed their Easter Break! I'm just excited that Lent is finished and I get to eat too much chocolate again. Hmmm, love Cadbury Easter Eggs!! 

This week for Math Game Monday I am going to review a website that I discovered last year and loved! Have you visited abcya.com

Firstly, I love it because you can choose your Grade level straight away. 

Then there are sub-categories of:

More (including space, geometry, patterns and art)
Just for Fun

and heaps of games under each sub-category. 

This is an example of Grade 2 Numbers!

I clicked on Comparing Number Values and got to choose whole numbers or facts and the level easy, medium or hard. Each game is clear, fun, has sound and interactive! 

I used it on the Smartboard during the week as warm up activities, then children played the games by themselves on a Friday during our ICT time. 

abcya.com soon became our go to website when teaching a new concepts. The parents loved the kids playing it at home too!


April Currently

I'm linking up with Farley at Oh'Boy 4th Grade for another Currently and what a month it has been!

It is Good Friday in Australia and that means the Good Friday Appeal in Victoria. Every year on Good Friday we “Give that they shall grow” and raise money for the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. A wonderful cause I am sure you agree! They telecast it all day and I enjoy seeing how much my home town and surrounding towns raise.

Loving and Eggs-Plain your name
We are loving our new little boy! Eli Donald arrived on the 23rd of March so is not even 2 weeks old yet. I am loving everything about him, especially the new baby smell! We got his name from a boy who I taught once called Eli (lovely child and my husband said at the time how much he loved the name). His middle name Donald is both my father’s and my grandfather’s name.

Next weekend we are having a big family get together and Eli will get to meet his Great Grandma, cousins, aunts and uncles. I am excited to see everyone again – love my big family!

I would love some new clothes now I’m not pregnant anymore. Although we probably should get a few things for Eli first – we didn’t know what we were having so didn’t buy a lot ahead of time. Eli was a smaller baby (6lbs 12oz) but is growing now! I would love a baby carrier of some sort – sling perhaps?


I have been procrastinating getting some things finished for school. Hopefully in the next few weeks I can get a few more things organised, although I would rather play with Eli and our puppy dog Lexi!

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