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January 30, 2015
by Ms Stefanie Galvin
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Five for Friday (Jan 30th, 2015)

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My Mum is growing these beautiful sunflowers and I couldn’t resist taking a photo of them!

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#2

At the moment I’m obsessed with eggs for breakfast. This is a weekend treat though, because I don’t have time to cook eggs in the morning before I run out the door!

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This week school commenced for the year here in Melbourne. These Summer holidays marked the LEAST amount of time I spent in my classroom before teachers returned from break (a grand total of ONE DAY ONLY). This is a really quick shot of how my room is set up for this year. I’ve somehow managed to make the room feel bigger just by moving some things around.

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I moved my reading corner this year. With a whole class of Foundation students I didn’t have a need for all my chapter books, so they’ve been boxed up. Plus, I put away a whole stack of books just to try and declutter the classroom a bit. That said, on the opposite side of the room I have a whole shelf of the books that I tend to use for read-alouds – mostly school-themed books, phonics books and Australian authors.

I have to say, this reading corner proved very popular with the new kiddos today.

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#5

Today was the first (half) day for my kiddos. I always take photos.

And yes, I know I’m supposed to call them ‘Foundation’ this year but that just DID NOT sit nicely in my little chalkboard sign. Do I feel bad? Not so much!

Especially not when the kiddos’ photos turned out pretty cute!

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What was the highlight of your week?

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January 6, 2015
by Ms Stefanie Galvin
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January Pick 3 Pinterest Linky

Hello and Happy New Year!

It’s been a while since my last blog post, but I’ve been busy. Currently I’m a long, long way from my lovely home in Melbourne. In fact, I’m all the way across the world in Canada, staying with my best friend.

Can I just say, it’s much colder here than it would be at home!

I’ll try to upload some photos from my trip – not that there’s too many of them at the moment because mostly we’re chilling out and relaxing, which is awesome! – but until then, I thought I’d join in this fun linky that I’ve seen in my feedly list today.

It’s hosted by Inspired Owl’s Corner and PAWsitively Teaching, and I think it’s a lot of fun!

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Now, I have to admit, I’m thinking ahead a bit to the 27th of January when I’ll be returning to work for the START of a brand new year, with a brand new class. For those who are new to my blog and unfamiliar with Australian school years, our school year runs from Jan/Feb – Dec (with our Summer break over Dec/Jan).

So, without further ado, here is my Top 3 Pinterest ideas I want to try out this month:

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Click the image for the Pinterest link (I did have trouble finding the original post for this though, so my apologies – let me know if you know where it belongs and I’ll update the links!). I think this would make an amazing display for the first few weeks of school as all students are settling in to their new classroom!

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More handprints! I think this would be a really nice way to ease separation anxiety – especially with parents. I’m teaching a straight Foundation (Kinder) class next year and I think it’s important to remind students AND parents that they’ll see each other again soon.

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This one I thought would be an amazing piece for portfolios. We put together a book of samples of student work throughout the year to give to students at the end of the year as a reminder of all the great work they’ve done. (And, especially in a world where people like to declutter, it gives parents an option to save ONE book with lots of work samples rather than having to keep EVERY book and piece of work.) How lovely would it be to have one of these at the START and END of year?

So those are some of my favourite Pinterest finds for this month. I’m sure there’ll be PLENTY more to come. If you don’t already follow me on Pinterest, do stop by! I have over 9000 pins (yes, my mind does boggle at that number!) and they’re predominantly teaching related.

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Don’t forget to join in the linky – just click the links at the start of this post to take you back to check out all the other amazing blog entries for even more inspiration.

Until next time, have a lovely week! <3

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