Miss Galvin Learns

July 17, 2015
by Ms Stefanie Galvin
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Five for Friday – July 17th

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I’m linking up again, so here’s a sneak peak at my week!

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You guys know by now how much I love to decorate my planner! I really love this week’s layout (it’s full of writing at the current moment!) and I have a blog post up here talking about the process of putting it together.

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This week our applied focus for maths was capacity. We talked about full, half-full and empty, and then read Who Sank the Boat by Pamela Allen. In groups students made a boat out of foil and estimated how many Unifix cubes it would take to completely fill (and sink) their boat.

We tested it out, of course.

(I couldn’t tell if they were more excited about the big number of cubes they all fit or the fact that their boats sank?!)

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We’re in the middle of Winter here in Australia. It’s been quite chilly this week (for us).

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Today we had a Curriculum Day for Staff Professional Development. During our lunch break our Wellbeing School Improvement Team put on a Christmas in July lunch for us in the staffroom. It was a lovely surprise!

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Over on my creative blog, I’ve started a new series on Friday – Fauxligraphy Friday. These are all words/phrases I’ve hand lettered and then digitised. Check out this week’s collection. Feel free to leave suggestions for what you might like to see in the future!

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July 11, 2015
by Ms Stefanie Galvin
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Five for Friday (July 10th)

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Okay, so it IS Saturday here in Melbourne, but things kind of got away from me last night, so apologies for the late Five for Friday post!

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Those of you who’ve followed my blog for a while may know that I’m a BIG comic book nerd. (And proud!) However, I do not video game – because frankly, I’m useless at it. BUT, due to the modern wonders of technology, last weekend I was able to watch a very good friend of mine, from Philadelphia, play Arkham Knight and boy, it was like watching a mini movie! (Okay, so it was kind of long, but, it was super fun and we were able to chat about it at the same time, so I thought it was kind of cool!)

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On Tuesday my Nonno turned 82. He’s fabulous and hilarious and this is how he chose to utilise the crocheted blanket my Mum made for him. <3

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I was in the city yesterday and had a bit of time to wander around and so I stopped by (briefly) to The Art of Dr. Seuss gallery at the Block Arcade. It’s only small, but it’s amazing and I definitely want to go back and spend some more time there.

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The reason for being in the city yesterday?

Catching up with these amazing Victorian teachers! It was so lovely to have lunch and chat – for hours – with Jemima (Jem’s Bright Buttons), Paula (Paula’s Place), Chantelle (Miss Jacob’s Little Learners) and Bec (Stars and Wishes). These ladies are simply amazing, and I hope to catch up with them again soon!

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Over on my crafty blog (Noveltea Corner), I’ve started up a regularly Friday post – Fauxligraphy Friday – which will feature seven samples every week of my hand lettering practice. Simply click the links above, or the image before to view the first week’s collection!

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I’m back to school on Monday (man, the holiday breaks go by quickly!) and I hope to have some fun classroom posts for you soon!

Until then, happy weekend, friends!

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July 6, 2015
by Ms Stefanie Galvin
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Word Wall Alphabet

My goodness, it’s been a while. I hope all my Aussie teacher friends are enjoying their mid-year break, and that all my Northern Hemisphere friends are enjoying their Summer!

I had a few requests after my last post (the June Bright Ideas Linky) for me to share my Word Wall Alphabet letter tiles. As of this morning, I have finally been able to upload it to my TpT Store:

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It’s currently on sale for  $1.50 until tomorrow lunch time here in Melbourne. Grab it here.

For images of what it looks like in my classroom, don’t forget to revisit my last post.

Have a fabulous week, my friends!

June 5, 2015
by Ms Stefanie Galvin
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Five for Friday (5th June, 2015)

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

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!).

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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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Stef xx

 

May 30, 2015
by Ms Stefanie Galvin
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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.

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Happy Saturday, all!

 

 

May 2, 2015
by Ms Stefanie Galvin
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Currently May!

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

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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!

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April 26, 2015
by Ms Stefanie Galvin
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Swap, Share, Give Linky!

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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!

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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.

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

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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!

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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! 🙂

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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 10, 2015
by Ms Stefanie Galvin
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Five for Friday (April 10)

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

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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!

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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!

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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).

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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!

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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!

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

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

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An updated look at my personal planner!

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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?!

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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!)

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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!)

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

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