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’m linking up with Kacey for her Five for Friday linky party. Click the banner above to see her Five Things, or to check out the other amazing bloggers!
Surely this was expected, right? This week’s planner pages featuring my other favourite comic heroine, Barbara Gordon (aka Batgirl/Oracle) from DC. A truly fabulous female character in media.
I have some truly lovely classroom neighbours. There are six classrooms and two specialist labs in my building, and I teach opposite two Grade 3/4 rooms. Annie is a beautiful, warm and funny colleague with a teaching philosophy that matches my own. She was such a super-sweetie this week, leaving me this fun sushi-themed candy surprise for Monday morning! Just because!
This week our phonics focus was ‘d’ and we made concertina-fold dragons (I haven’t got a photo yet – when I do I’ll share it!) that necessitated the use of glitter. So naturally I ended up covered in it! So did the floor.
I was home sick today. Just general un-wellness that’s been driving me nuts all week. It was nice just to be able to sleep and relax and do some crafting this afternoon when I felt up to it. I also got a lot of writing done, which helps my mental state, I find. But during one stage of writing, Benny decided to curl up beside me in bed (hiding his face, the cheeky thing) and didn’t move.
If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen this photo tonight, of my new planner dashboard. It’s white with gold polka dots and is very bright and shiny and makes me smile when I see it. I’m contemplating making some more and adding them to my Etsy store. What do you think?
Thanks so much for stopping by today – I hope that you have had a fabulous week!
My Mum is growing these beautiful sunflowers and I couldn’t resist taking a photo of them!
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!
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.
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.
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!
My last weekend in Ontario, I went out to Niagara Falls with my friend and her family. It was the first time any of us had been to see them and it was just gorgeous. (Also slightly dangerous for me because I have no ice-feet!) I think it would be amazing in the Summer, but – as cold as it was – I think it’s truly a spectacular sight in Winter. I mean, just look.
We also stayed the weekend in the area – more specifically, we stayed at Niagara-on-the-Lake at a beautiful Bed and Breakfast. We spent the afternoon walking around Queen Street – they had the Ice Wine Festival that weekend – and then went to out to the lake. Also stunning!
This year I picked a word for my year. Kind of like a New Years Resolution (but I don’t do resolutions). But this I can do. My word for 2015 is create. I figure it has applications outside the obvious and it’s something I can live up to.
I got this beautiful word art from Colleen Attara, who makes wonderful word art pieces out of recycled plastics.
Yesterday I started piecing together my Teacher Planner for this year. I’ve added in my beautiful new dividers and if you’re interested in seeing how I set it up, let me know!
While I was away I finished and uploaded a Developmental/Dramatic Play activities pack. My kinder-aged students are involved in three developmental play-based sessions each week and the activities in this pack are ELA and Math activities based around the theme of a ‘Cafe’ set-up. Check it out on TpT!
See you guys on Sunday! Enjoy your weekend, my friends!
I’m linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for another week of Five for Friday!
Technically speaking, this is a bit of a round-up of my first two weeks in Toronto:
Where I’m from? It’s currently Summer. And I’ve only ever previously seen slushy snow or ice, so this is a novel experience for me. On this particular day we’d been out for a walk to a cafe and had to walk back in the snow and all looked like snowmen.
2. Royal Ontario Museum
We went to the ROM. I’m totally a sucker for dinosaurs and great displays.
Also, still fairly new at doing touristy things with a nearly-two-year-old in tow. Her favourite word on outings like this seems to be ‘Wow!’ Yep, totally agree!
3. Ice Hockey
Went to see my first ice-hockey match, the Maple Leafs vs. Washington.
4. Ripley’s Aquarium
This was FUN! I love aquariums, and the set-up was really fantastic.
Also the word ‘Wow’ featured heavily. 🙂
5. CN Tower
We went for lunch at the 360 Restaurant (moving restaurant!) for lunch after the aquarium. Awesome food and views… until the snowstorm kicked in. And even then it looked very cool from up there!
Oh, my! It’s been a while since I updated the blog – apologies! It’s the Silly Season, for sure!
Oh. My. Goodness. It’s December. Last weekend I started decorating my planner for the festive season!
Elfina made her grand return to Room 16 this week on the first of December, express from the North Pole (sorry, forgot to take a photo in all the excitement!). Since then she’s wrecked havoc with the school photocopiers, become mates with The Pigeon, spied on the Grade 3/4s across the hall and hung around the class Christmas tree during Maths Fun Day (after a suggestion from one of my Grade 1s that it might be a safe place for her with so many unfamiliar faces wandering in and out of the classroom all day!).
I have some wonderful teachers (and a wonderful prin) who have played along with the kids and made it extra special for them this year. It’s been a great first week with our Elf on the Shelf.
I’m so lucky to come home and have cuddles with this cutie!
I opened an Etsy Store a little while ago. It’s still in it’s infant-stages at the moment, but I plan to sell a whole lot of planner pages for Filofax/Kikki-K style planners. I’ve been busy working on different designs and they’ll go up some time in the new year. Plus, there’s some fun journaling card pages listed, too! I’d love for you to check out my store: The Noveltea Corner
I’ve added my first-ever set of graphics to my TeachersPayTeachers store this week – a set of unique backgrounds. All, save for one, have elements of transparency so they can be layered over other images/colours. There are 10 in all and I’m quite proud of them! Check them out here.
Thanks for stopping by this week!
What have you been up to?
September 19, 2014
by Ms Stefanie Galvin 6 Comments
On Sunday I spent the day with my family at a family friend’s house in Torquay and our friend made me an absolutely AWESOME pinkpavlova for my birthday! (It was totally yummy!)
On Monday my class celebrated International Dot Day by making these Dot Quilts – students decorated 6 circles with coloured patterns, then cut them in half and traded 6 halves with other students in the class. They look beautiful and bright on our wall!
Wednesday was my birthday. It was also the School Dance. So I spent 14 hours working on my birthday. (But the School Dance is seriously my favourite school event so I can’t grumble too much!)
My student teacher taught my class how to make those pink tissue-paper flowers for my birthday and one of my lovely, lovely colleagues bought me a WhizzBang Stapler (lol!) and glitter washi tapes. Does she know me or what?!
I’ve been playing with my new watercolour set. Having some fun!
My class is participating in the #GoZumba campaign with GoNoodle, and this week we were featured on their Instagram account. Click the picture above or here to see them dancing along to “I Like to Move It”! (I think they’re too cute!)
September 5, 2014
by Ms Stefanie Galvin 2 Comments
Last weekend I uploaded 2 more unboxing videos onto my personal channel:
Every fortnight we have a Special Morning Tea at work – one of the grade level teams prepares a morning tea for the staff. This week it was the Specialists’ turn, and our PE teacher made this awesome rainbow surprise cake!
While I was waiting for the bus this morning, I noticed this spiderweb. No spiders, thank goodness, (because there would have been no spider photos at all, had there been any 8-legged creatures). Just the very cool spiderweb covered in water!
Also, I love that this has real world applications in the classroom – spiderwebs are amazing for art and maths and science! (And great for those kids who like writing stories, too!)
My birthday’s in a few weeks and I always buy myself something… only this year I decided to buy myself an experience. Kikki.K offer group workshops instore, and so I booked myself in for their DIY crafty workshop. So excited!
On my way home tonight I stopped by the local shopping centre (to buy my birthday gift to myself, see above!) and loved the colours of the sunset.
Hoping to have a few more school-related bits and pieces next week. It’s just been One of THOSE weeks!
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 Dinosaurand 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.
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!