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Whats happening in room 28 week 5 – Goldilocks and the three bears

This week we are looking at Goldilocks and the three bears. We will be reading the story and acting it out using our imaginations this week.

I have used this bear size sorting activity.

And this item sorting activity to sort a whole bunch of different things from our classroom.

We also looked at the idea of sequencing with this class anchor chart idea and worksheet using these great sequencing cards.

We looked at things which are hard and soft in our classroom.

We used this template to make characters for our drama centre.

For writing early finishers I have got them to do this writing sight word sticks activity, they use an ice cream stick with different sight words written on to practise writing their sight words. I have introduced it first on white boards then for those who can in their writing books.

I found a whole bunch of activities on this site as well which would be great for kinder/ early years classrooms.

For our Imagination topic we did some activities looking at famous artwork and how they made us feel. Then we drew our own to show different emotions.

We also imagined we were super hero’s and created our super hero cuff’s and wore our mask’s. We wrote about what powers our super hero would have and how they can save the world. They loved this and spent a god amount of time zooming around the classroom as super hero’s.

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Some more exciting ideas for a year 0 classroom can be found here

Little Red Riding Hood

The Three Little Pigs

How to make play dough

What did we do before Pinterest?

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Reading the Daily 5 – Introduction in Room 28

While stumbling around the internet i found this blog with a great day by break down of how they introduced the daily 5 in their classroom. This has been really helpful and we have started doing it their way. We are practising daily and slowly increasing our stamina. We started at only being able to read for a minute and a half and can now manage a great 4 and a half minutes. Continue reading “Reading the Daily 5 – Introduction in Room 28”

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In Room 28 Week 3 – Little Red Riding Hood

This week, Monday was a public holiday so we had the day off. Then on Friday i had an induction day so my class was split. So not as much learning has gone on as I would have hoped. We were basing it around the little red riding hood story. We have watched a whole range of video’s on You Tube.

We used a variety of activities from this wonderful set by 123 homeschool 4 me. You can download a whole set of worksheets for a range of skills including fine motor skills, ordering and maths.

We have used the cutting practise sheets, story sequencing sheet, size ordering sheet and the continuing a pattern sheet.

I have done a LOT of testing as well this week to get it all done before my reports are due in next week. Hopefully, now that is out of the way we can get on to some really great learning, rather than me setting tasks they can do without my supervision so I can test children.

Pictures to come later on in the week.

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What I’ve been reading October

Here is what i have read in October.

Magic and murder engulf the realm of Kelewan.
Fierce warlords ignite a bitter blood feud to enslave the empire of Tsuranuanni. While in the opulent Imperial courts, assassins and spy-master plot cunning and devious intrigues against the rightful heir.
Now Mara, a young, untested Ruling lady, is called upon to lead her people in a heroic struggle for survival. But first she must rally an army of rebel warriors, form a pact with the alien cho-ja, and marry the son of a hated enemy. Only then can Mara face her most dangerous foe of all–in his own impregnable stronghold.- Goodreads

Continue reading “What I’ve been reading October”

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24 hour Read-a-thon

So i stumbled on this blog today, Dewey’s 24 hour readathon which is happening today.

24 hour readathon

I am gutted i can’t join in the full 24 hours, they are on hour 16 already, but i have popped round some blogs to see what is happening and lend my support.

I think i will join in and spend a few hours this evening reading to join in a little.

So i have found the intro post and will fill it in like everyone else (even though i’m late lol)

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

So i’m reading in Auckland, New Zealand.
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

I’m looking forward to finishing off my current book The servant of the empire.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

I’ve not prepared so don’t any snacks, lol.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I’m a teacher who is currently working and living in New Zealand but am originally from the UK. I have lived abroad for the last 3 years, 2 in Australia.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

This is the first i’ve heard of the readathon so am excited to get started.

On with the reading, happy reading everyone.

Update: I am starting at page 615 of servant of the empire by Raymond E Feist on kindle. 

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Update: finished servant of the empire and going to start mistress of the empire.
Of to bed now though as I’ve got work tomorrow and a very early start.

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Great ideas this week

Some Great ideas I have seen in the classroom this week are:

Writing task sheet

The children keep it in their book and if there is a reliever or they have finished early they can use this to choose an activity off. It encourages them to keep practising different writing styles.

journal writing Continue reading “Great ideas this week”

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Book Nooks

So i have been delayed writing my Monday post on books. Naughty me i know! Many things have been happening over the last week including moving to a new flat, so all the rigmarole of packing, cleaning, unpacking more cleaning etc….. have taken up the time i would normally spend planning and writing posts in advance. However, i wanted to share something bookish with you today but am keeping t short and sweet.

Introducing the Book Nook. I really want a house in which i can sit on a window seat in the sunshine with a great book and a brew. Sigh. Until that time i am going to just have to fantasise on Pinterest what my perfect book nook could be like.

Full Definition of NOOK

chiefly Scottish  :  a right-angled corner 
a  :  an interior angle formed by two meeting walls 
b  :  a secluded or sheltered place or part <searched every nook and cranny>
c  :  a small often recessed section of a larger room <a breakfast nook>
Here are some of my dream nooks 
book nook read pillows
Awesome pillows for a book nook
cutest book nook
cutest book nook
traditional window seat nook
A traditional window seat nook
shelving repurposed bench nook
repurposed bench shelving nook

kids book nook Kids book nook

For more Bookish ideas, posts and sites to follow head over to my Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest pages. Don’t forget to follow my blog so you don’t miss out on the weekly book post.

What would your dream Book nook look like?

What must it have?

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Things i have learnt teaching reading

Following on from the list of things i like i wanted to share some things i have learnt teaching reading across three different countries.

England – where i trained, taught and learnt so much in my first two years of teaching.

Australia – where i gained my passion for teaching again and learnt a whole new style of teaching.

New Zealand – where i’m starting to see the importance of some basics i’ve taken for granted. Continue reading “Things i have learnt teaching reading”


The Ultimate, Ultimate Book Tag

I came across this post while doing my normal internet hop from blog to blog. I thought i would join in and start the nominations around the word press blogs again. I have changed a few of the questions which i have borrowed from this post as they were more relevant to me than some of the original questions.

The rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  •  Please copy the questions and post your answers on your own blog
  • Choose 5 + people to nominate
  • Copy and past the questions

Continue reading “The Ultimate, Ultimate Book Tag”