Miss Galvin Learns

August 22, 2014
by Miss Stefanie Galvin

Five For Friday – August 22nd

Back for another week!



I’ve started a youtube channel for my non-teaching videos! Last weekend I put up my first personal planner set-up video and a Memebox unboxing!


This week is Book Week – and our school celebrates by exploring the Shortlisted books and doing a whole host of book-themed art activities!

On Monday we read I’m a Dirty Dinosaur and made these fun dinosaur pictures – using our hands to stamp a shape like a dinosaur.

(These are still a bit of a work in progress – even on Friday! – because we need to add a few more details, but they’re super cute!)


On Tuesday we read The Windy Farm (which is quite a funny little book!) and made our own windy farms with windmills!

These are probably my favourite art activity for the week!



Every year we make an art piece that will be printed on calendars, notecards, notebooks (etc) as a fundraising project.

I got this idea from my good friend, Tania (from Mrs. Poultney’s Ponderings), and read The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds and made these fun little dot/circle pictures to put on the calendars. They’re bright and colourful!



As part of Book Week we have a whole school Book Parade and everyone comes dressed as their favourite book character. This year I made my very own, over-sized paper bag costume and went as Princess Elizabeth, from The Paper Bag Princess.

I felt ridiculous, but it was still a lot of fun!


Have a great Friday, friends!


August 17, 2014
by Miss Stefanie Galvin

A Bright Idea for Managing Pencils


In my class, all supplies are communal and we have pencil/stationary supply holders on each table.


If your classroom is anything like mine, by the end of the day you probably end up with a pile of pencils that started the day all nice and sharp and perfect and end up… well, not so sharp any more!

AND, if I let my gorgeous kiddos at the pencil sharpeners, I end up with pencils the length of a coin, which is not all that useful really.

After getting ridiculously sick of hearing the same old ‘Can you sharpen my pencil, Miss Galvin?!’ question over and over (and always in the middle of a small group!) I implement what has become a great time-saver:

The Pencil Exchange!

During working time, if students have a blunt pencil (that absolutely will not do for whatever task they’re working on) they can place it in the ‘Blunt’ bucket and select a ‘Sharp’ pencil and continue working in their space. No more calling out, no more wandering around from table to table looking for that elusive grey lead pencil.

Generally speaking, I only have out enough pencils for 1 per child plus around 10 extra pencils in case some go walkabout, or we have extra visitors in our room.


(Note: I have it on good authority that my Northern Hemisphere friends like to use the term ‘dull‘ for pencils that need to be sharpened. You’ll have to forgive my Australian-ness!)

I just reused some cute little buckets I purchased last year, along with some chalkboard labels and a chalkboard pen and I was good to go!


At the end of the day, it’s easy to sharpen the pencils in the ‘Blunt’ bucket and have them ready for the following day. I keep all our sharpeners in a little Ikea box next to the buckets.

You could also train up some kids as Pencil Sharpeners who are responsible for ensuring the ‘Blunt’ bucket is emptied at the end of the day.

I’m fortunate enough to teach opposite a Grade 3/4 class and occasionally borrow some of the older students to come and sharpen the pencils, too, which is another great time-saving tip!

If you enjoyed this Bright Idea, I’d love for you to join me on Facebook or Instagram  for more great ideas!

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Thanks for visiting!



August 15, 2014
by Miss Stefanie Galvin

Five for Friday (August 15th)

Can I just say: it’s been an unbelievably exhausting week. Just back from the Grade 1 dinner at school tonight and I’m beat. Not much is going to be happening this weekend, that’s for sure. But I am ready to link up with Doodlebugs Teaching for:




I’ve moved into a personal-sized planner from Kikki-K and I have to say that I’m loving the portable size. I’ve even made my own planner inserts for it. This was this week’s planner layout and I’m kind of in love with it. I’m such a pink person!



I saw this CUTE idea over at Love, Laughter and Learning in Prep. I loved it so much I have a little team of 14 tennis ball pals for fine motor development!



I got this awesome hanging pocket from my aunt – totally out of the blue! I’ve never mentioned to anyone that I’d like one and she randomly gave it to me. It’s been put to good use, as you can see!



Our class veggie patch has been a little bit neglected of late, but we’re heading up next week to harvest our lettuce!




We’ve been exploring location this week – looking at paths and maps.  We spent an hour making paths around the classroom using different classroom materials and then my kiddos had to draw their paths on a classroom map. (This was very interesting to see which students could orientate themselves!) They had a lot of fun, and I loved that some of my boys used their beloved Pokemon cards to mark their paths!


August 13, 2014
by Miss Stefanie Galvin

It’s Back! Back to School Blow Out Bundle Extravaganza!

I am so excited to announce that Educents.com is bringing back their HUGE back-to-school blowout sale and I am going to be featured in one of the curriculum bundles! From August 13 – 15, they are bringing back all of their favorite and most popular bundles for INSTANT download at up to 77% OFF! There is something for everyone and it is their BIGGEST sale of the year!

Take a peak into what is on sale! Tell your friends, because there is something for everyone who teaches children in PreK-8th grade!

Preschool – Kinder Full-Year Curriculum Bundle – 72% OFF


Kindergarten Full-Year Curriculum Bundle – 75% OFF


K-2 The Write Stuff ELA Bundle – 68% OFF


First Grade Literacy Bundle – 74% OFF


School Year Curriculum Bundle (Grades 2-3) – 74% OFF


Poetry Curriculum & Activities Bundle (Grades 2-6) – 75% OFF


Tricky Math Curriculum Bundle (Grades 3-5) – 69% OFF


Complete Full-Year Curriculum Bundle (Grades 6-8) – 77% OFF6-8

Management, Decor & Organization Bundle – 76% OFF


Don’t Miss It!


August 10, 2014
by Miss Stefanie Galvin

Swap, Share, Give Linky!


Hey everyone!

My lovely, fellow-Australian teacher friends and I have joined forces again for another Swap, Share, Give blog linky this weekend! We had so much fun the last time around we’re back at it, sharing some of the fantastic resources you might have missed!


I was paired with the very lovely Jemima from Luck’s Little Learners. Jemima is a fellow Victorian teacher (woohoo!) and if you’re not following her already, you definitely need to stop by and visit her blog, check out her Facebook page, or visit her on Instagram.

*~ SWAP ~*

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I was super fortunate enough to be able to review Jemima’s 100th Day of School Party Pack! Here in Australia we’ve hit the middle of our school year and 2 weeks ago (July 31st), my class celebrated their 100th Day of School! (Strange, I know, for my northern hemisphere friends who are only starting to head back to school now!)

First up, let me tell you: this pack is designed for the busy teacher. If you (like me) find yourself coming up on 100 days a little time poor, these activities are all PRINT AND GO and are so easy and fun to implement.

A peek at some of the things included in Jemima’s pack:

SSG2014_1Great, detail activity ideas and instructions!

SSG2014_2100s charts – a whole variety so that you can differentiate for your kids (or skills) as required. Also included (but not in the photo) is a hundreds chart with random numbers missing.

I used these as early finishers tasks on the day and they worked a treat!


Ways of Making 10 pages.


Tracing/writing 100 letters.

This was another early finisher’s task that I had for the kiddos – and can I just say, they were SO amazed that they could write ’100 letters’ (Preps AND Grade 1s!). It was really adorable and they really, really loved this task.


100th Day Writing prompts!

We ended up using the 4 prompt option in the centre and I’ve got a couple of photos of my kiddos work to show you:


This was some writing by two of my Grade 1 students – I was just blown away by one of my boys who declared (very proudly) that if he had $100 he would give it to a charity. *heart-warming moment*


And some from my Preps!

(No matter how many times I tell them ‘Don’t colour over your writing…’ <- I sound like a broken record!)


Some great ’100′ visualising mats and a 100 Days of school poem! My preps used the blank mat to stick down 10 groups of 10 objects that they all bought from home. We all read the 100 days of school poem and it was decorated and pasted into the back of their Literacy journals with the other poems we’ve read this year!


Some of our groups of 100!


Crowns and placemats and a fantastic colouring page!


One of my kiddos modelling her 100 Days of School crown!

All-in-all, I was blown away by Jemima’s pack – it was fun, easy to print and implement and provided a lot of options, which (for someone teaching a composite class) is just awesome!

I know for a lot of your 100 Days of School is still a long way off, but I would seriously urge you to add Jemima’s 100 Days of School Party Pack to your carts right now to have it ready for your 100 days of school!

*~ SHARE ~*

As part of our linky I’m going to share TWO freebies with you – one of mine, and one from Jemima!

First up, in keeping with our 100 Days of School theme, I’m sharing with you the photo sign I used for the day (modified slightly – mine had the name of the school and the specific date for our 100 days of school):

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Click the image above (or here) to download this freebie! If you’re looking for my other freebies, simply click here.

If you’re looking for a great freebie from Jemima, look no further than her Digraph ‘ng’ as ‘ing’ pack! (Or check out all her freebies here!)

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*~ GIVE ~*

The last component of our linky is probably my favourite: the giving part.

If you head over to Bec’s blog (Books, Bugs and Boxes) you have the opportunity to enter a giveaway to win ALL of the packs that were reviewed as part of the linky party.

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However, if you want an extra chance (or two) to win a copy of Jemima’s 100 Days of School Party Pack and my Hens Love Tens activity, just enter the Rafflecopter below:


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And don’t forget to head on over to Luck’s Little Learners to see Jemima’s review of my activity Hens Love Tens: A Skip-Counting Game.



August 4, 2014
by Miss Stefanie Galvin

Blast Off Back to School – 28% Off Resources

Bundle and Save-14

It’s Back to School time for my friends in the Northern Hemisphere! (Doesn’t the Summer just fly by?!)

TPT is back with it’s amazing start of year sale. Be sure to take advantage of the maximum discount of 28% off by remembering to use the code BTS14 at the checkout.

My entire store is on sale, and if you’re anything like me, I know you’ll take this opportunity to empty your wish lists and carts!

I’ve put together a sample of some of my products that I think will help you get off to an amazing start to the year. And don’t forget to check out Bundles for even more savings!

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Miss Galvin Learns Fonts Bundle (Currently 50 fonts and counting!)



Alphabet Super Pack
I Spy, With My Alphabet Eye
Alphabet Posters
I Have, Who Has (Alphabet Edition)
Alphabet Picture Sort
My Little Alphabet Books


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Label the Alphabet, Vol #1

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Start Write Away – Class Books for the Start of the Year


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Numbers to 20 – Serving Up DONUT Numbers

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Numbers to 20 – Serving Up Numbers

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Ordinal Numbers – Put Your Ducks In Order

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Subitising to 10 – Peas on a Plate!

See you at the sale! :)


August 3, 2014
by Miss Stefanie Galvin

BUNDLES OF FUN! (Save at the BtS Sale!)

Have you heard about the TpT sale coming up! One of my fave things to do in the sale, is stock up on  fabulous teaching resources by buying bundles!
What is a bundle? A bundle is a collection of teaching resources that a teacher-author has grouped together in a zip file, so you can purchase it in one time-saving, value-packed swoop!
Not only are they time saving, but they are $ saving! Teacher authors will often give you a significant saving when they price their bundle.
So you get time and dollar savings!!
For example, take a look at my ‘Alphabet Super Bundle
It is a pack of my best-selling alphabet resources, perfect for the PreK-1 classroom! Altogether, the products total $22.50 for over 400 pages of resources.
But I have it listed at $17! AND during the TpT sale, you can score this bundle at 28% off! You will score $22.50 worth of resources for just $12.24!
So, the lesson to be learned here – is ‘Buy it Bundled”!!
I have put all my bundles in my store, in one time-saving store category for you, click below to find it!
Head over now, and add the ones you like to your wish list! That way, you will be all set for sale day!
Remember to use the code BTS14 on August 4-5 to get your 28% off!
And to celebrate my love of bundles, I’m giving away ONE copy of my Alphabet Super Pack. Just enter below and a winner will be announced tomorrow!
I have been chatting to some of my friends about the sale, and discovered that they too, have some awesome bundles in their TpT stores! Head over to their blogs to find out more about their resources and special offers! Click on the links below to find them:

Have a great day and go get your bundle on! 


August 2, 2014
by Miss Stefanie Galvin

Five for Friday (August 1st)

Bit late… but better late than never, right?!





The fabulous team over at Educents is at it again, and for the next 9 hours only (RUN, PEOPLE, RUN!) The Write Stuff bundle for K-2 is on sale for $29.99. The total value of this pack is over $90, so it’s an absolute steal!

They also have a 31 Days of Back-to-School Giveaways going on (don’t forget to enter!) and a whole host of fantastic deals for you to grab for the new school year!



This week marked 100 Days of School for my kiddos. We had a lot of fun with streamer-covered doors, 100 day collections, 100 day biscuits and all sorts of fun and shenanigans! (Along with specialist classes and swimming, oh my!)

Stay tuned for next weekend when I’ll be sharing a fabulous 100 Days of School resource as part of the SWAP, SHARE, GIVE linky!



It’s Winter here in Australia, and where I am it doesn’t snow. But it does hail. Oh, boy, does it hail when it wants to.



My Grade 1s have been learning all about fractions, and as a bit of fun, to finish off our unit, we worked out M&M fractions yesterday. Boy were they happy to be able to EAT their MATHS WORK! (You can grab the great freebie pack from Tunstall’s Teaching Tidbits here.)



It’s been 3 weeks, so I had my regular nail appointment today – love my new teal and foil nails! Thanks, Nancy!


July 31, 2014
by Miss Stefanie Galvin

Back to School Bundles with Educents!

 I am so excited to announce that Educents.com is having a HUGE back-to-school blowout sale and I am going to be featured in one of the curriculum bundles! From July 30 – August 2 (Wednesday – Saturday), they are bringing back all of their favorite and most popular bundles for INSTANT download at up to 77% OFF! There is something for everyone and it is their BIGGEST sale of the year!Take a peak into what is on sale! Tell your friends, because there is something for everyone who teaches children in PreK-8th grade!

Preschool Full-Year Curriculum Bundle – 72% OFF


Kindergarten Full-Year Curriculum Bundle – 75% OFF


K-2 The Write Stuff ELA Bundle – 68% OFF


First Grade Literacy Bundle – 74% OFF


School Year Curriculum Bundle (Grades 2-3) – 74% OFF


Poetry Curriculum & Activities Bundle (Grades 2-6) – 75% OFF


Tricky Math Curriculum Bundle (Grades 3-5) – 69% OFF


Complete Full-Year Curriculum Bundle (Grades 6-8) – 77% OFF

Management, Decor & Organization Bundle – 76% OFF


Don’t Miss It!

July 27, 2014
by Miss Stefanie Galvin

Sunday (Life)Style – Finders Keepers market


I’m really excited to share my Sunday (Life)Style post with you all today. In advance, I’m going to confess this is an event I was saving up some money for – it is a market and it has a lot of hand-made, beautiful things for sale and I’ve got very poor self-control where that sort of thing is concerned. But this is my show-and-tell!

Twice a year (in Melbourne), the Finders Keepers Market is held at the Royal Exhibition Building. It is a market that showcases local talent (from Melbourne and other Australian states) who have various crafty/vintage-style businesses. It’s just a GORGEOUS market, and this year there were over 250 different stalls, plus live music, entertainment and food.

It was also PACKED. I went with my mum and we got there fifteen minutes early and joined the line. 5 minutes later, the line went back to the road. When we left just after 1pm (3 hours later) there was still a line to enter and the place was crammed full of people. It was nuts! But a lot of fun, too!

I have some photos from the various stalls to share, then I’ll share my goodies!


Outside and inside the Exhibition Building, and our Finders Keepers entry sticker!








The last picture is a photo of all the business cards/postcards/promotional stuff I collected from some of the stalls. Because all these stall holders were local or Australian I wanted to collect and collate their information for the next time I need to buy gifts!

Now, onto some of my purchases:


My lovely new necklaces, made from beautiful polymer clay (I think!). The first 2 are nine-bead necklaces from Emily Green and the second is from Dear Mabel.


Next up I bought a sample tea selection from Organics for Lily. In my set I bought Peppermint, Green Tea Citrus and Remember Me. I can’t wait to try them!

Then I bought The Very Hungry Bum - which is a cheeky (!) version of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. There are also 2 more books Bum Magic (Possum Magic) and Where the Wild Bums Are (Where the Wild Things Are). If you’ve got kids who love parodies (or just bum jokes!) they’ll love these.  Check them out here.


I got 2 cute little terrarium figures from Meow Girl and this gorgeous Chilli Citrus candle from Zen Moments Candles.


Finally, the paper junkie in me bought some new wrapping paper. The Grand Plans for these paper rolls are for use in paper bead making. We’ll see how they turn out!

The first roll is from Bespoke Press (which sells cards and paper goods) and then 4 rolls from InkyCo, who had the most AMAZING gift wrap rolls. I think I’ll be making future purchases from them, for sure!

AND, on top of all my weekend awesomeness, I was SUPER LUCKY to get to catch up with Brooke from Teachable Moments this week while she was in Melbourne. One of my favourite aspects of blogging has always been the community aspect, and I’ve made such wonderful friends through blogging.

Plus, Brooke is just LOVELY! <3


Now, I’m back to planning for our 100 Days of School celebrations this week!

What awesome things did you get up to this week?