Miss Galvin Learns

December 30, 2015
by Ms Stefanie Galvin
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Miss Galvin Learns is MOVING!

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It’s true!

You can now find all the Miss Galvin Learns content over at missgalvinlearns.com or simply click the image above.

This was a difficult decision, because Global2 has been my home for so long, but I hope you will all come and join me for lots of new content in 2016, starting with a big post on the first week of prep/kindergarten that will be live on January 2nd, 2016.

December 13, 2015
by Ms Stefanie Galvin
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Elf on the (Classroom) Shelf!

 

 

Hello, friends!

 

It’s been way too long. The last few months have been very hectic and the end of the school year is fast approaching here in Australia. Friday is our last day and after our Summer break I’ll return to a brand new group of Foundation students.

But, it’s December, and that means the Elf on the Shelf is back and up to mischief.

In November my students wrote to Elfina (who has quite the reputation now) to see if she would visit for a third year.

Lo and behold, on the 1st day of December, look who turned up:

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She made special books for the kids…

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Someone needs to buy Elfina some skydiving lessons… she always lands on the fan and gets stuck…

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We had a new elf visit for the day. Buddy was travelling between houses and spent some time checking up on us for the day.ElfontheShelf2015_04

 

Efina and Toby hung out reading Christmas books today.ElfontheShelf2015_05

 

Elfina’s friend from one of the Grade 1 classrooms, Mr. Magic, returned our Pigeon… and a bus!ElfontheShelf2015_06

 

Today was a chilled out day in the stockings. The kiddos were greatly relieved she wasn’t in the day’s stocking.ElfontheShelf2015_07

 

Every year Elfina has a marshmallow fight with Hush. Round Three. Not sure who won…ElfontheShelf2015_08

 

 

Do YOU want to build a snowman?
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Elfina and Mr. Magic had some fun with the photocopier. These are two cheeky elves!

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Check out Elfina and Mr. Magic’s other adventures on Instagram, and let me know if you’re doing Elf on the Shelf, too. I love seeing other people’s ideas!

Happy Sunday!

October 30, 2015
by Ms Stefanie Galvin
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Five for Friday | October 30th

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This week in maths we’ve been learning about sharing and fractions. We used play dough and lots of IWB activities to model halves and quarters.

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This week I pulled out my Halloween decorations to decorate the front hall at home. I love Halloween!

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Set-up my annual classroom spiderweb on the floor. It’s a novelty, what can I say?!

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Special treats for the kiddos. Decorated mandarins and some stickers in a cute little bag.

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Today we decorated two pumpkins. For many kids it was the first time they’ve ever touched the insides of the pumpkin, too (which is always hilarious). One bat, one witch.

We also learnt about adjectives and described the inside and outside of the pumpkin.

So proud of the kiddos. They did an awesome job!

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October 11, 2015
by Ms Stefanie Galvin
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Term 4, No Chore! | Greet Your New Class

11233799_410623752469019_7156324090602102368_oHere in Australia we’ve just started our last term of the year.

That means, soon we’ll be saying good bye to the beautiful students we’ve been teaching all year long.

It also means that we’ll be meeting and greeting our new grades for 2016, too, which is always a very exciting time, too. But it does involve a bit of organising!

I teach Foundation – the entry year to school, sometimes called Prep or Kinder – and next week we start our Transition Program for 2016. That means students enrolled for next year come for five 1-2 hour sessions where they become familiar with our school and surroundings, they meet the current Foundation teachers, and their buddies (a Grade 5 or 6 student who will help look after them) for the following year.

It’s a really wonderful program that I’ve had the privilege of participating in for the last 5 (soon to be 6) years.

At the culmination of this program, the fifth session is where incoming students get to meet their teacher for the very first time.

It’s only a short time, but it’s special. Students get a special show bag with simple, fun activities for the holidays and walk away knowing who’s going to be teaching them and what their classroom looks like.

But, do I leave it there? No way!

My special treat for meet the teacher is to give each student a special little badge to let them know that they’re part of my class. (Because, we’re going to be an awesome, class, right?!)

All it takes is some colour, a fun graphic and a bit of text:

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(Also, this is handy for new families to spot students who are in their child’s class so they can approach other parents and network. Bonus!)

I’m in the process of designing my badge for this year, but if you’re interested, I’ll share it with you later!

Don’t forget to check out the link-up and all the other fab ideas, tips and tricks for term 4! Follow me on Facebook and Instagram, too, for more ideas!

I’d also love for you to share YOUR tips and tricks in the comments, too!

Until next time friends, happy teaching!

 


 

October 3, 2015
by Ms Stefanie Galvin
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Five for Friday (Oct 2nd, 2015)

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I’m linking up with Kacey for this week’s Five for Friday!

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It’s nearly the end of term holidays here in Melbourne, so I’ve spent a lot of time cuddling this little cutie who just loves snuggling with his humans or any blankets that happen to be lying around!

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I have an amazing friend in Philedelphia who I swap goodie boxes with about twice a year. Her goodie box for me arrived on Tuesday and it was full to the brim with cookies, tea, candy, Halloween goodies and handmade crafts. I am very humbled and blessed to have such a wonderful friend. Although it’s going to take me a while to eat through these goodies, methinks!

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I met up with me team leader this week just to have a drink and catch up and we went to Laurent and had these amazing raspberry cheesecakes!

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Halloween is my absolute favourite holiday of the year (can’t help it, sorry!) and I’ve been busy decking out my planner for October including making these super fun Halloween-themed paperclips. I even made a video tutorial for you all!

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I’ve also made a tutorial for DIY Confetti that you can check out on my crafty blog if you’re curious. I think this is just perfect for making your own personalised confetti for all sorts of events (or for school!) and it’s cheap and pretty easy to do, too!

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Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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September 25, 2015
by Ms Stefanie Galvin
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Five for Friday (Sept 25th)

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I’m on Term 3 holidays at the moment here in Melbourne, and that’s meant sleep-ins and doing general computer work in bed (because hey, I can, right?!). It also means puppy cuddles. Clearly Benny does not like me working on the computer and this is his way of reminding me that he’s clearly cuter!

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I made a trip to the local art store AND THEY HAD HALLOWEEN STUFF! *cough*
(Sorry about that. I just can’t help myself! I’m that crazy Australian Halloween fan. It’s just my holiday!)

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I got conned into having a hit of tennis the other day. I’ve not hit a tennis ball with a tennis racquet in at least 10 years. (And no, I was no magically still good at it!)

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Mum made these today. Suffice to say, they did not last long.

Plus, she didn’t like the hot pink icing, whereas, I? LOVED it!

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Got out some paint today and just had a play. Hot pinks and oranges and blacks, oh my!

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That is a snippet of my week. If you’re curious to find out more of the goings on in my life this month, I’ve been blogging every day on my crafty blog the Noveltea Corner as part of Blog-tember. There’s been a lot of fun things going on!

Until next time, my friends, have a fabulous Friday!

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September 19, 2015
by Ms Stefanie Galvin
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Five for Friday, September 18

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I’ve been working on designing some journaling cards for my Project Life projects using digital stamps by Kellie Stamps.

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Some fun happy mail arrived, in the form of traveller’s notebook inserts from HelloTodayCreate.

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Wednesday and Thursday were our school concert notes. Even the teachers had a number. We were minions. I looked ridiculous. I guess that was the point. 😛

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The star prop of our concert – a full size TARDIS. Hoping the school doesn’t get rid of it. No other school in our area can (currently) claim to have a Time Machine, right?! (Plus, I want to turn it into a fun reading nook for the kiddos.)

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It was my birthday on Thursday. I’ve had lots of lovely birthday wishes and I treasure each one. However, between work and concert I don’t actually think I celebrated my birthday and by Friday I really didn’t feel like it either. It’s been kind of a non-event.

But there was cheesecake with Mum and Dad at about 11pm on the day. That’s gotta count for something, right?!

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September 11, 2015
by Ms Stefanie Galvin
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Five For Friday | September 11

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If you follow me on Instagram (or over at The Noveltea Corner) you may know that I’m on the Design Team for the very lovely Anna Brim (aka Mrs Brimbles) and I received my very first box of goodies from her to play with which is amazing. This is a sneak peek. I’ll be uploading an unboxing video this weekend of what else is inside.

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I checked on my class veggie patch this week. Looking good!

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This week I’ve been playing with some  of my favourite stationary bits and pieces!

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Yesterday was R U Ok? Day. No matter who you are, wherever you are in the world, know that I’m happy you’re around! <3

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Next week is our school concert (over Wed/Thurs night). I’m currently brain dread. BUT. I do love our major prop for the whole night! THE TARDIS! (And yes, it lights up!)

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