2016, Blogging, Life, Travel

Still alive

So, I know I have been absent for some time but I needed a break.

 

I had a very hectic month in December what with the end of school, being ill and then going away over Xmas. I am back though and feeling better refreshed and have lots of things to share.

I hope you all had a great Christmas and new year?

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BloggingU101, Book Reviews, Quotes

Blogging 101 Alumni feature

dr suess.jpgHappy Friday!!!!!!!

I have decided to step up and become a much more active member  on our little community. So, to celebrate this I’m sharing my favourite quotes in our new FRIDAY Feature – 3 quotes.

One of the most fun set of books to read aloud to children are the Dr Suess books. Dr Suess is actually the pen name for Author and illustrator Theodor Seuss Geisel. His books have become some of the most popular children’s books of all time selling over 600 million copies which have been translated into more than 20 languages. He adopted the pen name Dr Suess during his time at Dartmouth college and the University of Oxford. He worked as an illustrator for many years and during WW2 he worked as an animator for the animation department of the United States of America government. After the war, he concentrated on his children’s books and has published over 60, many of which have become films, Tv series and even a broadway musical.

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#NaBloPoMo15, 2015, Blogging, Life, NaBloPoMo15

My Top 8 Great Blog Reads

Looking for a good read, Check out some of these.

  1. Vicky FlipFlop Travels – Sziget Festival – Some excellent on site info about this music festival. I went a couple of years back and really enjoyed it, we didn’t camp, but the atmosphere is awesome. I look forward to hearing more about the festival in coming posts.
  2. So obsessed with – September recap + what’s on my shelves – An interesting look into a bloggers life in September.
  3. In a faraway land – There are some great posts here with lots of travel info, especially for New Zealand where I am currently.
  4.  The Horizon Chaser – Looking for a good donut in Melbourne? Come check out this Donut crawl, listing some of the best and worst places to get a donut.
  5. Make, Take & Teach – a great teaching blog that I stumbled upon in my search for resources.
  6. More Than A Dash Of Salt – A yummy recipe for nut clusters.
  7. Live Craft Eat – Where I got the recipe to make cinnamon buns from. they were TASTY!!!!
  8. Teacher created Resources – Starting up a classroom means finding lots of ideas and sourcing resources so I have been reading this blog for great ideas.

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National Blog Posting Month 2015
National Blog Posting Month 2015
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#NaBloPoMo15, Books, guest post

Guest post a Book and Activity

I read this great post about creating an activity to go with books that you read with children. Cassi at the Crafty Crow has created a great guest posting series where she invited people to submit books and a linked craft they have shared with children. I am sad that I missed this and wanted to share my own and invite anyone to share with me their book and activity (craft or other activity) to let me know and I will post it up.

I will create a master list in this post and link up all the books and activities for you all to refer back to.

  • I will start with a book and activity I recently did with my children at school. I read them Please, Mr Panda and did a drama activity.

Message me with a link to your blog post and I will repost and link you up OR you can email me your entry to ayirrell@gmail.com and I will get it posted.  

Please share on Twitter, Facebook and on your blog to get this off to a great start!!!!

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National Blog Posting Month 2015
National Blog Posting Month 2015
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#NaBloPoMo15, Books, Teaching

12 Best Picture Books For Imagination.

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Our topic this term has been imagination. This is a round of the best picture books which link to Imagination, I have read ALL these books with my kinder kids and they loved them!

 

 

The children loved looking at Quest and Journey, they could retell the story and not worry about getting it right as there are no words. It really encouraged them to think and imagine what story the pictures are telling.

 

Not a stick or box really helped them imagine what everyday items could become.

 

The children gave the story machine a big thumbs up! They love how the letters made pictures.

 

It might be an apple was a great book and we talked about lots more things that an apple might be.

  

This book just ate my dog was a funny book that had the kids laughing and wanting to  help shake out the lost characters.

We loved reading all these books and they really helped us improve our imaginations.

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For other book ideas check these posts out

Please, Mr Panda

Little Red Riding Hood

Books and Libraries

National Blog Posting Month 2015
National Blog Posting Month 2015

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#NaBloPoMo15, Room 28, Teaching

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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National Blog Posting Month 2015
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#NaBloPoMo15, Room 28, Teaching

Please, Mr Panda

I read a lovely blog post over at live 🙂 Life about a book called Please, Mr Panda.

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A panda has a tray of Doughnuts to share and goes around asking some creatures if they would like one. A variety of responses are given but only one gets the doughnuts. Continue reading “Please, Mr Panda”