Miss Galvin Learns

May 6, 2013
by Ms Stefanie Galvin

Teacher Appreciation!

It’s that wonderful time of year when we get to recognise the amazing work done by teachers – all over the world.

To celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, TpT is having a tiny sale, that I’m sure you’re all well-advised of!

My entire store will be up to 28% off when you use the code TAD13 at checkout.

I’ve recently added 3 new items to the store that you should check out:

What’s in your cart? (Inquiring minds want to know!) 

April 5, 2013
by Ms Stefanie Galvin

Five for Friday

Oh boy… it’s Friday already? One week of holidays down, one more to go…

It’s been a busy week, primarily with me catching up on movies and TV shows. So far the count is: Skyfall (dvd), A Good Day to Die Hard (cinemas), GI Joe: Retaliation (Gold Class cinema), The Following (all 11 episodes so far – OMG, new favourite show!), Leverage (season 5, last season – insert tear!), and now I’m catching up on Lost Girl. Ah… my media indulgence.

I won’t even get started on my upcoming movie loves – ’tis the year for comic book and action movies and I am in serious movie heaven!

I’m joining up with Doodlebugs Teaching for my regular Five for Friday post!


You may notice that I have started labelling some of these containers. This week, despite being on holidays, I’ve been into my classroom twice to label and catalogue EVERY book, label all their containers and attempt to make sense of my book collection. It’s going well. I’ll spend another day finishing off my non-fiction tubs for the kids next week and then organise the essentials for the first week back. On this shelf: Australian books and authors on the top shelf, chapter books on the next 2 shelves (Rainbow Magic Fairy, Billie B Brown, Geronimo Stilton, Zac Power, Leigh Hobbs and Hey Jack!), and the last shelf containers my Eric Carle, Dr Seuss, Star Wars (love!), LEGO readers, Movie/TV books and books on feelings. I’ll take a picture of the other shelf/trolley next week!


If you haven’t already picked up on it, I’m a massive comic book fan (love me some X-Men, Avengers or Batman comics) and I grew up watching action movies – love stories and dramas put me to sleep, but if something blows up it usually makes my top movies list! Anyway, I may have/deliberately/on purpose indoctrinated one of my best friends into the Avengers movies and all that fit into that universe and so she’s now obsessed with Thor (or, more specifically, Chris Hemsworth as Thor). I saw this the other day and thought of her – a Thor USB drive. I was THIS close to buying it.


I went out today to buy an engagement gift and found these adorable Easter decorations that were 50% (hello to my retail heart!) – butterfly and dragonfly clips and tiny little bunny finger puppets. These are all going to my classroom. I have a fab fake free in the classroom that I like to clip things onto, so the butterflies and dragonflies will be finding a brand new home next week!


Today I made my first batch of coloured rice! Next week I’ll be making more colours. 🙂


Finally, after shopping and dying rice, I provided to laminate up a storm.

Now I need to cut it all out. I think I’ll do that while watching Skyfall again tonight.

It’s good to be on holidays…!

And, on a TpT-ish note, this morning I uploaded a brand new math activity: Print and Go – Numbers All ‘Round

Click on the image above to see it in my TpT store!

Really simple activity using the very familiar +1, +10/-10, -1 squares. BLMs, no fancy clipart – it’s designed to be printer-friendly, black and white and ready to use quickly. There are miniature recording sheets for students (4 per page) to save on paper. Alternatively, laminate or stick them in a plastic pocket and use whiteboard markers.

My Grade 1s will be hitting number patterns, place value and basic operations in a BIG way this term, so this was made in anticipation.

 That’s all from me tonight, folks! Tomorrow you’ll see a post about my participation in the Pass the Torch linky, which I’m very excited about!

Can’t wait to see what you’ve all been up to this week in your Five for Friday posts!

March 31, 2013
by Ms Stefanie Galvin

TpT Product Updates & Sunday Showcase!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Easter weekend, surrounded by friends and family!

I’m enjoying the beginning of our term break by not doing very much at all! It’s very quiet and peaceful at my house and I’m loving every minute of it.

So far I’ve continued the redesign of my blog (it’s very slow going!), updated a Freebie and a new TpT product. So I’m going to share them with you now!

Visit TpT to download these 10s frame cards with an Easter theme. A bit late for my kiddos, but those of you who are back at school next week may find them useful for reinforcing early number concepts! (Click on the images to download them from TpT.)

And my newest paid product – An A-Z of Silly Sentences 2.

Last year I posted my pack Silly Sentence Sorts and it’s been one of my more popular packs on TpT and TN.

Thanks to the gorgeous clipart from Mel at Graphics from the Pond, I’ve created a second pack, perfect for Prep/Kindergarten students, reinforcing early reading and writing concepts.

Simple and easy to use – all you do is print and copy for your students.

All your students need are: scissors, glue, pencils/crayons for some fun reading, sorting, writing and colouring/illustrating fun!

There’s one sentence for each letter of the alphabet, and 4 page options for each sentence:

  • Single line with illustration
  • Dotted lines with illustration
  • Single line without illustration
  • Dotted lines without illustration

This gives you multiple options for differentiating the task for your students.

Best of all, it’s on SALE with the rest of my store until the end of the 1st of April! Click here to view An A-Z of Silly Sentences 2!

And now for the…

I have 3 great freebie finds for you today – just click on the links to visit their creators’ TpT stores or blogs to download!

I hope the Easter Bunny has been kind everyone! xx

March 22, 2013
by Ms Stefanie Galvin

Five for Friday and Friday Freebie(s)!

Oh my goodness, I’m SO happy this week is over. I cannot believe how tired I am! Planning week sure takes its toll!

I’m glad I have a whole weekend of NOTHING planned. Just rest and relax before the last week of term.

But it’s Friday, and that means…


On Saturday night I actually went out (shock! horror!) and had a lovely dinner with friends and then saw The Woo-Hoo Revue play at The Speigeltent, currently located at Melbourne’s Arts Centre. Great night out. Probably shouldn’t have worn my heels – my feet were so cramped by the end of the night (or, should I say, by the wee hours of the morning…)!


On Sunday evening my Mum and I went to see Cirque du Soleil’s Ovo, playing down at the Docklands. This is my 2nd Cirque du Soleil exprience this year (I saw O in Las Vegas), and my Mum’s first, and it was awesome. Mu Not only were all the performances AMAZING, but it was such a fun atmosphere. Mum and I had fun browsing the souvenirs. I’m such a sucker for show artefacts. We both bought gorgeous handbags (must take a photo of mine), taking my total Cirque handbags up to 2, plus CDs and programs and a glowing egg that’s my new “Teacher is Busy” signal for Reading Groups.

Plus, Mum and I decided that we will see Cirque du Soleil whenever they’re in town from now on.


My kiddos (ok, my Preps) were practising counting to 10 this week. Bright pipe-cleaners, coloured star beads = LOVE!


Finally changed out my thematic book stand – we’re well-prepared for the last week of Term!


Finally, today the Preps (all 7 of them) and I celebrated our Letter/Sound of the Week – N – by making these fabulous headbands from The Moffat Girls. (‘Scuse the photo – I’m so not talented at the self-photos on the iPhone!) Unfortunately, my Grade 1s were a teensy bit jealous… so we’ll ALL be making headbands next week for Easter!

Today while we were celebrating the number 10 I was spontaneously making up variations on Ten Little Indians with my kiddos.

Thus, I have to seasonal (well, one of them’s Aussie seasonal) variations for you!

Click on the images to download the posters from TpT.

Freebie Fridays

Finally, I’d love to hear from you:

What was the best moment of your week?

March 11, 2013
by Ms Stefanie Galvin

So… I’ve been busy. How about you? (Freebie and Linky at the end!)

Can’t believe it’s already March 11th!

Here in Melbourne we’re having a public holiday (Woohoo! I needed the sleep-in this morning!) so I’m making the most of my Monday off.

I’ve missed a few bits and pieces over the weekend – my ISP decided to to ‘maintenance’ that went 2.5 days over schedule, leaving my internet-less until yesterday evening. (Insert sad face here.) But I’m back now and I’ve got a few bits and pieces to share with you!

While I’ve been doing a lot of 1-10 number work with my Preps (aka Kinders!), my lovely First Graders have been doing lots and lots of work with numbers to 100 and beyond. The last few weeks we’ve been practising skip-counting and recognising the patterns and numbers that appear.

Hence, I’ve been busy making some simple games that students can play (click on pictures to view at TpT):

Both games have multiple purposes:

  • Pull cards out, read numbers, determine if it’s part of the skip-counting pattern in focus (use sorting mats to help categorise the numbers).
  • Add in the JIVE or CLUCK cards – when a student pulls these out they must return all their cards to the container.

All you need for these games is a container to store the game cards in (I found some cute little gift boxes in my local dollar store) and to print and laminate the pieces. If you need a title for your container, I just printed out the front cover at a reduced size and used tape to secure it to the container.

I have at least 1 more game coming in the series (Shoes Come in Twos) – and possibly a fourth (Bees Fly in Threes) for those interested – so be on the lookout for them, hopefully by the end of the week.

Each game is only $1.00 in both my TeachersPayTeachers and TeachersNotebook stores.

And now for a freebie: MEOW! Book Response Activities for Cool Cats

My kiddos (the Little Smarties) are now officially obsessed with Pete the Cat and Splat the Cat. We’re re-reading the books regularly – which is fantastic. I came up with some generic, cat-inspired book response sheets for them to use when responding to the texts.

You can grab them on TpT for FREE by clicking the image below. I’d love to hear your feedback!

And finally, I’m joining up with Latoya Reed from Flying into First Grade for her first linky party!

This week it’s all about using your initials to share things you love, so here we go!

I’m a Spring baby, born in September (yes, I’m in the Southern Hemisphere, folks!). I love Spring – it’s pretty much my favourite season – the wet season and cold weather of Winter starts to fade away and beautiful cool, sunny days start appearing.

I’m a sucker for anything lemon-flavoured – lemonade, lemon soda, lemon juice, lemon ice-cubes. I’m even one of those weird people who’ll eat little bits of lemon. It also smells beautiful!

As for the lipstick – prior to January this year I never wore lipstick, but I bought some MAC lipsticks while in the U.S. ($15 people! They’re $35 here!) and have fallen in love! My favs are Ruby Woo, Vegas Volt and Chatterbox!

When I started teaching four years ago I was head-over-heels in love with being a Prep (Kinder) teacher. Now I’ve been a Prep/Grade 1 teacher for over 12 months and I am enjoying it. (I still would love to go back into a straight Prep class, but my confidence has grown as a Grad1 teacher!)

And that’s all from me today, folks!

Enjoy the start of your week!

February 24, 2013
by Ms Stefanie Galvin

Brand new MGL fonts – for FREE!

Now that I’ve recovered from my sickness (instigated by students throwing up in my classroom all week – ew!) and I feel somewhat alive again, I’ve got things for you!

It’s been a while, but I’ve got some new (and free) fonts for you all to use. As with all my other fonts you may use them for commercial use, but I do require credit (preferably with a link to my blog or TpT store).

So, without further delay, please meet:

Click on the images to download from TpT!

Have you used my free fonts before? I’d love to see how you’ve used them – please drop me a link (or two or three!). I’m planning on creating pages on this blog for each individual font with links to products they’ve been used in – think of it as a referral service, for free!

Also… experiencing a bit of TpT-block… (I know, sad, right?)

What kind of products would you like to see in the future?

I know my sight word games have always been popular, but I’d love it if you threw some ideas at me. (Must be start of year-itis!)

February 11, 2013
by Ms Stefanie Galvin

Love is in the Air SALE!

(Banner made with the super cute graphics by Mel from Graphics from the Pond)

Valentine’s Day is SO close and it’s a great time to spread some love!

So, to celebrate, my 4 Valentine’s-themed products (in both my TpT and TN stores) are on SALE at 50% off their regular price until February 14th!

$3.50 on TeachersPayTeachers

$3.50 on TeachersNotebook

$1.00 on TeachersPayTeachers

$1.00 on TeachersNotebook

$1.00 on TeachersPayTeachers

$1.00 on TeachersNotebook

$2.00 on TeachersPayTeachers

$2.00 on TeachersNotebook

 Have a great start to the week!

February 2, 2013
by Ms Stefanie Galvin

Super Sunday Sale!

(Thanks to Brooke from Teachable Moments for this super-cute sign!)

By now most of you know that TpT is having a big SALE this Sunday in celebration of the Super Bowl. My store will be 20% off for the 3rd and 4th, and on Sunday when you use the promo code SUPER you’ll get an extra discount. That means, spend big on Sunday and you’ll get 28% off your purchase!

love sales!

Here are a few of my current thematic and most popular products. Click on the pictures to view the products on TpT!

My valentine’s-themed literacy centers! Read all about them here.

This has been my most popular product for the last 2 weeks and is so fun, and very easy to make!

Also, you should definitely check out some of my good friends, who have FANTASTIC products in their stores. My cart is full of their great stuff!

Teachable Moments

Tania Poultney

Top Notch Teaching

The Paper Maid

From the Pond and Graphics from the Pond

Clever Classroom


Coffee, Kids and Compulsive Lists

Teaching Maths with Meaning

Now I’m off to go and check the status of my TpT shopping cart! Happy shopping!

January 22, 2013
by Ms Stefanie Galvin

Such Sweet Language, Sale & Giveaway!

Now that I’m home I’ve finally been able to finish my valentines-themed Literacy Centers pack!

This pack includes 7 centers, perfect for use during February. Each center includes a recording sheet (or more than one option).

  1. Such a Sweet Alphabet: ordering letters of the alphabet, sorting uppercase and lowercase letters, sorting consonants and vowels.
  2. Such Sweet ABC Order: 9 valentines-themed words to alphabetise and record.
  3. Such Sweet Nouns: sorting (18) nouns
  4. Such Sweet Compound Words: 16 compound word puzzles
  5. Such Sweet Contractions: matching ‘not’ contraction
  6. Such Sweet Sentences: 6 beginnings and 6 endings for students to make their own sentences
  7. Such Sweet Comma Pies: perfect for practising using commas in a sentence – students create their own designer pie, using commas to separate the ingredients

I’m so excited to use these activities with my kiddos (although some will be later on, since we only start our new year on the 31st January!).

To celebrate my new pack I’m having a SALE in my TpT store! You can get

20% off everything!

That definitely includes Such Sweet Language.

Visit my TpT Store

And, because I love giving away things I’m giving one person the chance to win a copy of Such Sweet Language. Simply leave me a comment (including your email) and tell my your favourite valentines activity. CLOSED

Congrats, Kelly!

November 24, 2012
by Ms Stefanie Galvin
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Super Saturday!

It’s hard to believe that there is just 20 more (school) days until the end of the teaching year.

First thing on Monday morning I think I’ll make Count-down Paper Chains with my students so that we can display them on our back wall and count down the days until the end of the year. (I promise to take a photo!)

Not only that, but next week we have our final Prep Transition session (for the 2013 incoming Prep children) and I’ll finally get to meet my students… and find out whether I’m teaching Prep or Prep/1 next year! (That’s actually an important bit of information!) It’s all very exciting. I’ve been involved in 3 out of the 4 Transition sessions this year, and they’re a lovely group of students. Next year will be great!

Don’t forget: I have my ‘sneaky’ Giveaway ending in just a few hours – it’s easy to join in and you can win your choice of one of my paid products on TpT/TN!

However – I do have a fabulous freebie for you today, just in time for Christmas!

Freebie Fridays

A new, FREE font – MGL Write Well for Santa 

Click on the image to download it!

And don’t forget – 2 fabulous sales over the next few days!

Up to 35% off my TeachersNotebook Store. (24/11 – 26/11)

Up to 28% off my TeachersPayTeachers Store(26/11 – 27/11)

I also snuck a new item into both stores last night – an early Valentine’s Day craft (or even just to celebrate the wonderful people in our lives!):

Find on TeachersNotebook and TeachersPayTeachers

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