Miss Galvin Learns

June 5, 2015
by Ms Stefanie Galvin

Five for Friday (5th June, 2015)



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


I had my nails done again this weekend. Same colour as last time, but added a fun foil detail just for interest. Loving these colours!



Every week in Investigations, we have a fine motor table. This week we were exploring letters (using Victorian Modern Cursive font) with glass beads and mirrors. What started as letter practise, turned into word practise with some of my kiddos deciding they could go that one step further!



This week we read a favourite picture storybook – Herman and Rosie. If you’ve never read it, I highly recommend it. It’s just a beautiful story about inevitable friendship set amidst a big city (New York, for the curious). We also did a fun book craft following it, creating a big city scene with newspaper buildings on dark cover paper and adding our Herman and Rosie characters to the rooftops!



Today was Happy Hats, Headbands and House T-Shirts day at school while we celebrated the letter/sound /h/. These are my Minnie ears that I wear during Guided Reading/small group time so students know that my attention is focused on my small group. Today they got a full-day work-out (along with funny looks from the staff when I walked into the staffroom with them still on!).



Last week I finally got my new blog – The Noveltea Corner – up and running. It’s especially for my planners, craft hobbies, Youtube channel and Etsy store. I’d love for you to stop by, say hello and follow along with my crafty journey. (I’d also love for you to link me to your craft blogs if you have one!)

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Slide5I hope you’ve had a wonderful week! <3

Stef xx


May 30, 2015
by Ms Stefanie Galvin

Handwriting Placemats

MGL-HandwritingPlacematsDue to popular demand, I’ve got a copy of my Handwriting Placemats in Vic Modern Cursive available in my TPT store.

If you read my Bright Ideas Blog Hop post back in February you would have seen my updated handwriting bags, featuring this placemat.

Featuring dotted thirds and Vic Modern Cursive, this is perfect for Victorian teachers, but I hope to have a more generic handwriting placemat available soon for others to use. Keep your eyes peeled!

This .pdf placemat does not student names on the page – simply write them in for students to trace, or leave the line blank so students can practise writing their name independently or practise writing sight words/etc.

Slide3Check it out in my store now!

Happy Saturday, all!



May 29, 2015
by Ms Stefanie Galvin

Five for Friday – May 29th



Last weekend I knuckled down and actually managed to Project Life the entirety of May (up to last Sunday) in my 6×8 album. 18 pocket pages done! I feel really proud of myself! I used Studio Calico and Messy Box supplies, along with some ephemera I’d collected throughout the month.

If you’re interested in following my crafty life, I’ve started up a brand new blog – The Noveltea Corner. It’s only new, but I’d love to see you over there!



A very pretty sunset this week. Love the colours!


I found this magazine this week – it’s a book for paper lovers. Everything inside it – except for a short introduction section – is PAPER. Notepaper, craft paper, paper dolls, envelopes, stickers, banners, ephemera/cut-outs, etc. If you’re of a crafty-mindset, you’d love this!


One of the jobs I loathe, as a teacher, is pencil sharpening. NOT ANYMORE! This little beauty arrived yesterday and it is my new favourite thing! Sharpening a whole class set of grey leads and coloured pencils took far less time, and I didn’t end up with ridiculous blisters! Total WIN in my book!

Yes, it’s a bit pricey and yet? For the sake of my sanity? Completely worth it!


A few weeks back I got a die-cutting machine, and now I’m slightly obsessed. How cute are these stitched borders and the PICKET-FENCE?! I’m already plotting ways to use these for the classroom! I foresee some fun crafts in the future!



That’s all from me! Don’t forget to head back over to Doodlebugs Teaching to join in the Five for Friday fun!





May 5, 2015
by Ms Stefanie Galvin

Teacher Appreciation Sale


Stopping by real quick to help celebrate Teacher Appreciation by contributing to the TpT Teaching Appreciation Sale.

Click on the banner above to visit my store, which is 20% for the next 2 days. And don’t forget to add THANKYOU as a promo code to get up to 28% off everything!

Teachers, you are amazing!

May 2, 2015
by Ms Stefanie Galvin

Currently May!


Linking up with Farley for this month’s Currently linky!



LISTENING: Shut Up and Dance by Walk the Moon. And you MUST check out this version (thanks to Shanyn for sharing this on Facebook!):

LOVING: Doing very little today… which is a problem as you’ll see below!

THINKING: I have SO MUCH to do. Like clean. And put away clothes. And plan.

WANTING: To just keep creating pretty things. I’ve been doing ALL the hand lettering of quotes today!

NEEDING: To start writing mid-year reports. Sigh. That’s tomorrow’s big job!

SUMMER: Is a full half-year away for me here in the Southern Hemisphere. I’m really bad at planning that far ahead. Instead I’ll commit to continuing to be creative, hoping for a good next few weeks and dreaming of that far-off Summer! <3

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the links for the month, and thanks for stopping by!


April 26, 2015
by Ms Stefanie Galvin

Swap, Share, Give Linky!



So, we’re back at it again, this time we’re celebrating the change in the seasons – in both hemispheres! Here in Australia the weather is starting to cool as we start our journey from Autumn to Winter, while I know many of my Northern Hemisphere friends are cheering the warmer weather in!

For those of you who’ve not experienced the Swap, Share, Give linky, a few of my good teacher friends from around Australia have gotten together to swap a product for review, provide YOU with a fun freebie and offer a piece of advice based on our teaching experiences.

So, without further ado, let’s get on with the show!


I was so lucky to have the opportunity to swap a product with the lovely Lauren, from Love, Laughter and Learning in Prep. If you haven’t been to her blog, stop what you’re doing and RUN over there, especially if you’re a Prep/Kinder teacher. She always has such fabulous ideas and I’m constantly stealing borrowing them!

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I was very fortunate enough to review her fun new pack that combines word work AND fine motor skills!

Now, Lauren has an amazing collection of Fine Motor activities in her store, and I’ve actually used some of them before, but this one looked amazing for my class at the start of this term, because I have some great little readers this year who are learning about word families at the moment.

We used this activity as a warm up for our reading, and students worked in pairs to complete the different word family groups.



This pack contains the four short ‘a’ word families -ag, -an, -ap and -at.



Each word family has a main card with four holes punched in it, plus 4 word cards belonging to that word family in one of three options – pictures (shown above), pictures and words, and just words, which is perfect for providing differentiation for your students!

Students find the cards that belong to the depicted word family and use ‘links’ (those ones that EVERYONE has stashed away in their classrooms!) to connect them together, utilising not only their word family knowledge, but also the ability to manipulate and connect small objects together.

My kiddos LOVED this activity and have asked to do it a few times since we last had a go. Next time we’ll be using the picture and word cards to extend students and get them focusing on what the words look like now that they’re starting to blend words!

Thanks so much to Lauren for swapping with me – click on any of the images below to check out her store! Also, don’t forget to stop by blog to check out her review of one of my products!





Celebrate the seasons with your class and create a fabulous seasonal bunting that showcases what students know about each season in this fun freebie for you! Simply click the image above to download, and don’t forget to drop me a comment with your thoughts!

This task works fabulous as an individual task, or buddy kids up to create a joint masterpiece that can be strung up in the classroom for an extra pop to your displays!

Note: There is an Autumn page and a Fall page, to cater for language difference! 🙂


Finally, the fun part! A giveaway from my friends and I to you! Simply fill in your details in the rafflecopter and you’re good to go!

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And don’t forget to stop by and visit all of my friends, see their fabulous swaps and collect all your freebie goodies by following the links below!

Happy weekend, Sig_NewBlog2014

April 19, 2015
by Ms Stefanie Galvin

A Bright Idea for Sticker Management


Hello friends, and thanks for stopping by on this wonderful blog hop of fabulous ideas!

Slide1If you’re anything like me, you probably have a TON of teacher stickers floating around somewhere in your classroom, right? (Tell me I’m not the only one!!)

I’ve tried many ways of managing my stickers over the years, from filing them, to putting them in binders and having them in drawers. But what’s always driven me NUTS is having half-finished sticker sheets. I tell you, there’s nothing more satisfying than finished a full sheet of stickers!

My goal this year was to make my stickers more accessible and thus, more readily used. I really wanted to get through my collection.

This is what I came up with:


I went through ALL my sticker and grouped them into their respective sets and just used a paperclip to keep them together. Then I put them in the drawers that are right behind my teacher chair (to keep them easily accessible).


I pulled out ALL the half-finished sticker sheets (you know, those tiny little dot stickers?!) and put them in a plastic basket.


I keep this basket on my ‘teacher’ table and it is my FIRST port of call for stickers.

Believe it or not, this basket was FULL 6 weeks ago and now I’m running low on half-finished sticker sheets. That means I get to dip into my new sheets and keep the process going.

I’ve found this to be a really good way to actually USE my stickers on a daily basis without having to dive around to find them.

If you liked this Bright Idea, I’d love for you to join me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter! Don’t be a stranger!


For more bright ideas from other bloggers, please browse through the link-up below and choose a topic/grade level that interests you. Thanks for visiting!

April 10, 2015
by Ms Stefanie Galvin

Five for Friday (April 10)


Hi all, I’m joining in another week of Five for Friday, hosted by the lovely Doodlebugs Teaching!


Well, it’s the end of the last week of the holidays for me, but I’ve been fortunate enough to spend some quality time with this little cutie! Benny has had quite the busy last two weeks, making new friends (or, at least, learning how to), lots of travelling over Easter, and lots of cuddles. And yes, that black shadow of a thing lying against one of my best friends is Benny. He’s awfully difficult to take photos of sometimes, but it was kind of cute he had his teddy with him!


I’ve started a new online course on Hand Lettering over at Studio Calico, and so far I’m loving it. These were a few practise samples I did the other night!


I finally found (a tiny amount) of creative energy for my TpT store, and came up with this simple little activity to practise common nouns with early years students. Check it out in my store (both images link to the product).



How cute is that polka dot desk mat?! I’ve been eying it off for a few weeks and finally bit the bullet and bought it the other day. It’s so bright and colourful and it makes me happy!



I’ve had a few craft ideas on my to-do list these holidays and I’ve been slowly ticking them off, but this is one that I had a go at today (inspired by the Marbled Clay Ring Dish DIY from A Beautiful Mess). I really love how my little dish came out. Also, being one to loathe wasting scraps of FIMO clay, I use the excess trim from the bowl to make a matching bead necklace! I love that EVERY bead is completely different, despite being made from exactly the same materials!



Happy Friday, my friends! I hope you have an excellent weekend!




April 3, 2015
by Ms Stefanie Galvin
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Five for Friday – April 3rd



An updated look at my personal planner!


This week marked the start of the school holidays. How did I spend my first day? In the classroom gluing work into portfolios. I think I worked it out to be around 430+ pages glued in, using up all 24 of the half-used gluesticks on the tables, for about 4 hours. But it’s done. That’s the most important thing, right?!



Take it to Tuesday and the first ‘official’ day of holiday break with no school work planned. I started the day with a banana and raspberry smoothie and some reading. (Oh, and the puppy got to go for a walk, too!)



I’ve discovered something truly fun making the rounds in the planner and youtube community – Pocket Letters. Basically, pen pal letters in trading card sleeves with fun little goodies tucked away inside for the recipient. This is actually one I made for my Etsy store as a planner embellishment kit for sale.

Would like to do one as a pen pal swap at some point, though! (Excellent for destashing all those crafty things I’ve accumulated!)



I’ve been making these sparkly little paperclips all week! Hoping to have a video tutorial up soon!



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