Lovin' bloglovin

I read somewhere in blogland that bloglovin was the way to go to check your current blogs you follow. I was dubious - but now convinced. When you search for bloglovin and log in (takes two minutes or less), it automatically picks up those you follow. I love the way you can mark posts as read or mark favourites and then come back to them later when you have more time. There will be no more missing posts now I can keep track in a much more organised way.
I just need a little more time in the day to blog surf.
                                                 There is also an app which does the same thing.

Cute baskets

Sorry these photos are not the right way round - I have tried and tried to get them to rotate and they are very stubborn and keep reverting back every time - you may need to tilt your device.........hehe

These Easter baskets were a hoot to make - our preps just loved them. One of the prep teachers saw this idea somewhere on the internet - so if they are yours please let me know and I will give you credit for this fab idea.

This is what we did
1. Cut the paper plate to look like a basket
2. Paint the paper plates
3. Glue onto card when dry, no glue to close to where you will tuck the eggs in
4. Decorate about six egg shapes
5. Add some sparkle to the eggs
6. Glue the eggs into the basket so they are overlapping and peeking out
7. Take one large egg shape and decorate
8. Add a bead of glue in a line and add special rabbit shaped confetti
9. Glue large egg on
10. Attach the special chick (they come in boxes of 20 from Spotlight and are cute and fluffy) and felt chick
11. Take home and enjoy

Winner of my rafflecopter is....

BrookeB - Congratulations you  have won my
- Me and Family Unit
- Weather Unit
- Mother's Day - A Bouquet

Everyone else can scoot over to my TpT store and get 20% off for the next two days. This is 20% off everything in my shop. Happy Easter

Five for Friday - 29th March

Kasey at Doodlebugs is again hosting Five for Friday and here are my five randoms -  
1. Monday - so early to school as I had so much curriculum planning to do and needed to order another 25 netbooks for our 1:1 program as we have new kids in our school.
2. Tuesday - my coaching day to work with other teachers - Kate who is me on Tuesdays, was away, Chrissy was overseas and away and Victoria who helps with some special needs in our room was away - so three new people in our room. That was a big day for our 42 preps.
3. Wednesday - team celebration and drinks at the Boat Shed, overlooking our gorgeous Lake Wendouree.
4. Thursday - Easter Egg hunt and early finish, kids home at 1.30
5. Friday - no school and feet up doing some blog hopping.

This is a double dip for me this week as the five above also fit for Friday Flashback.

Amanda at Teaching Madness is running this linky as well


A freebie link up -

My Daily Calendar  and

daily 5 anchor charts
are available as a free download along with many other downloads from other teachers.

I have been invited to be part of this as I am a Teaching Blog Addict (TBA) featured A+ blog. 
 They are having their second birthday - hip, hip hooray.
Happy downloading on 5th April.

 I will be posting a couple more freebies over the next few days....

Last day of term

Easter break and the end of Term One is here.

Our lovely Prep Team teachers celebrated the end of term by having our team meeting off site. I took the team to the 'Boat Shed' and we had time to reflect on what we have done and where we will go next term and beyond, while we enjoyed a nice glass of something together.

As a team we celebrated with our students by having an Easter Egg Hunt. Easter Bunny sent me an email (he is very high tech these days!) to say that he may be visiting the school sometime today and may leave us something, somewhere. So we had 82 Preps find 5 eggs each and then we did a recount - I will share this is a later post.

As a school we celebrated by announcing about 50 winners of many, many, many Easter Egg prizes which were all donated by our learning community.

We don't have school for two weeks and on Tuesday my daughter and I are off for a week and half to Bali. So my posts will not be as regular over the next few weeks.

Only two days to go until I announce the winner of my rafflecopter draw and who will get three of my units for free. Enter on the right hand side of my blog......

So to all those enjoying Spring break, Easter break or term break - enjoy, relax and be safe.

Drawings of our walk-a-thon

Aren't these cute? These drawings were done after our walk-a-thon last Friday. I love the detail they have included. We have done lots of talking about colour, background and detail. My preps are five years old and I love their enthusiasm and the way they are easily encouraged to draw and match a text to their work.


Pirate Day

Our Year 1/2's have had an amazing day today.
They have been learning all things to do with the sea.
They have been to the beach, studied sea animals, read, written and shared their learning.
So today was a celebration and a chance to dress up as a pirate.
Even the teachers dressed up!
There were puzzles, chances to build ships, decorate biscuits as pirate faces, word work, craft, writing tasks and a lot of aaarrggghh's

A great day and a super effort from all.

Easter planning

In our Prep space we plan very differently to other spaces. The tasks pictured are from my Easter unit.
I team teach with Chrissy, job share with Kate so I can coach on Tuesdays.
Jan and Pascale team teach in the other end of our open space.
Hope you are still all following.

Jan and I plan for Maths and Discovery Learning.
Pascale and Chrissy plan for English - reading and writing.
Hope you are still all following.
So Jan and I when planning maths for Easter we need to know
- where every child is to plan for differentiation in maths
- copy any worksheets for all groups
- organise all centres for  the space
- take the lead in delivering maths in both ends of our space
The benefits are that we know all 82 preps and where they are, we plan effectively as a team, we need to be super organised so we do not let anyone down.
These Easter tasks are part of my Hop into Easter Unit.

Help me celebrate!

These three units are the prizes for one lucky winner to help me celebrate having
10 000 page views,
40 followers and 500 places mapped.

I have been blogging since October last year and have had a whole new world opened up by visiting all the other great blogs that are out there and I want to say thanks for visiting my blog.
Enter via the rafflecopter on the right hand side.

Mother's Day - A Bouquet

I know, I know, I know very early but I am trying to get ahead organising work so I am not rushed when Mother's Day is here. This day usually sneaks up on me and I am determined that it will not this year.
This unit has instructions on how to make a bouquet of flowers to give to mum on her special day. This is a great task to use with your buddy grade and let the older students help the younger ones.

Five for Friday - 22nd March

Thanks to Doodle Bugs 'Five for Friday' is here again....
1. School Walk-a-thon is over (well the walking bit) and it was a great celebration for all our school community. Now begins the fun of collecting money from sponsorships.
2. Our work on St Patrick's Day was a success and my preps have extended their knowledge of all things number.
3. There are only 4 school days left before our Easter break and we are gearing up for Easter tasks this week.
4. I hosted another successful school tour. A team came from another school to check out our 'daily 5' and 'café literacy'.
5. It has been a big week this week and I made it to Friday. I need to learn to say 'no' and I need to remember how to delegate. http://www.teachersnotebook.com/product/paulajay/st-patricks-day-mathenatics


Today was our school walk-a-thon.
What a great day we have all had - we have walked (some ran), celebrated and received spot prizes.
Our end of week assembly had some great prizes for recognition of student achievement in terms of laps and outfits.
Each lap was about a kilometre and many of our younger students - ran almost all  the way for an hour and half. One of our senior students ran 12 laps!
We have done some recounts, which I will post later.

As the end of term is only a week away - I am off to an end of term celebration with the staff......

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