Mouse Shapes

16 Oct

mouse shapes book cover







I absolutely love this book! I am also delighted that Kindy children love this book! I have found it doesn’t always work out that way! Recently I was in a Kindy for a long service leave relief position and we were looking at shapes! What a great fun book to use! I am always searching for only creative projects that children can do themselves so that no one picture ever looks the same!

Don’t you just love these! The first one is my all time favourite!























I thought I would add some amazing links! People are so clever!

Have fun with this! We did!




Math games: Dualoh!

16 Oct

I am so delighted to have discovered these amazing math game cards created by Richard Korborsky.

The weeks I was in the Year 3 class were amazing and I started thinking about different ways I could differentiate with the diverse range of abilities in the classroom. The cards and also the Dualoh app were a God send!








They are priced at $7.50. I decided to laminate them so that I can keep them forever!

This is the link with all the information:


♦ Subitising (numbers 1-12)
♦ Multiplication (2-5 times tables)
♦ Whole Numbers (20-110)
♦ Fractions (diagrams, symbols, equivalence)

I purchased multiple packs!

I noticed that there were a group of children who just needed a little support so I organized them at desks and went around the room just checking if they were on track. Then I had some mat time on the floor for the children who were struggling with the basic skills and just needed time. They would sit for a while, try out the math and then say, “Ok, I am good now!”. There were a group of boys who were firing ahead so I set them different tasks. They worked their way through their math book, marked it and moved onto the Dualoh cards. As they progressed I purchased the Dualoh app for my ipad.

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dualoh app




This was a big hit! When the other children had completed their math they too moved onto the cards and then the  ipad which was in great demand! It was a great purchase! I also used Richards Game boards and they too, became a big hit! Math sorted Yay!








Oh I nearly forgot! the school also purchased a  Back to Front Year 4 pack for my keen gun boys! The resources are great and I love the way the focus is on problem solving. There are  excellent online videos for teachers

Before I took over from the teacher, the school had arranged for Professor Maths to come out and run their workshops. This too was a wonderful, fun and hands on activity.

professor maths



Year 3 History : World War 1 project

14 Oct

Finally, some time to get back to blogging! How I have missed it! I have had the most amazing time with  a Year 3 class. The teacher went on long service leave and we agreed I would plan for the History project. There were 16 boys and 9 girls!  I started researching  The Australian War Memorial  and found to my delight there were memorial boxes you can borrow and use in a class. So off my son and I went in the pouring rain down to Fremantle and as the box weighed 20 kilos my son kindly lifted it into my car! You can have it delivered, I just wanted to make sure it arrived when I needed it!



This is the box the resources came in. There were two files of photos and posters, clothing and war artifacts.

The children were able to try on the coat and they were really touched when they saw some rough sewing on the shoulder of the jacket where someone had tried to repair a hole.


The children were bothered and quite disturbed about the fact that  at the time the helmets were not bullet proof only shrapnel proof.


There was a fascinating tray of original artifacts from the War.










We started with a KWL chart for everyone and a class discussion.


The children found it amazing that so many of their class friends had great grandparents who served in the War. It was an amazing time sharing stories.


The Australian War memorial site also has a PDF of resources to compliment the Memorial box. These pages displayed were for the children to identify an object, find out about the way it was used and to draw a picture of the item.












The resource came with gloves for each child to wear as the items were of course old and precious. It was a good learning opportunity for the children to become aware of how important artifacts need to be preserved












I had a mad idea! I wanted to somehow find a way to give the children an opportunity to experience something of the difficulties of living in trenches and going without food! A nigh on impossible task! So I took them outside and they had a pencil, paper and something to lean on. We found a warm but shaded area and I asked them to squash up next to each other and pretend they were in the trenches trying to write a letter to their families. Some of the letters were quite moving. I also set up the room like trenches, well sort of, while they were at sport. I had purchased some unleavened bread and when they came in, I asked them to again squash all together in our ‘trench’ I gave them the dry unleavened bread! They were not impressed and much grumbling and complaining ensued but the point was made!












I was delighted to find out the a team of people come out from Bunnings and run workshops with the children. So our lovely lady Helen came out with rosemary bushes, soil improver, gloves and trowels and the children planted the bushes and we said a prayer for all the families who had lost loved ones in the war

Some of the children’s final projects





















Aboriginal activities with Kindergarten children 2

18 May

I decided to add another post relating to the previous one that I did as I had a new class of Kindergarten children. I have to admit I was hoping that their interest would go towards looking at different ways people live and celebrating and learning about the first people on the land. I prefer to read stories and see if the  children run with the ideas rather than setting up a ‘theme’. I have over the last few years really become very determined to ensure that the classroom life develops from the children.

So I was delighted as this group of Kindergarten children became fascinated with how other people live.

We had started using floor books so this project was added for the children so that we could look back and remember when!









Teacher Resources and classroom fun 2

16 May

I decided on a part 2 for this post about resources and classroom fun!

I thought I would share my overcrowded resource room! I have a very kind husband who keeps saying, “You can never have enough resources!” The large wooden numbers came from Typo. I have used them so often over the course of my time in the classroom. They are great for Kindergarten as we used them to show how many people in a group. So the first photo would be of the zero, the second photo would be one child holding the number 1, then another child joins in and they use the 2 and then another photo and so on…

The wooden flowers and Christmas trees come from Bunnings outdoor centres.

The basket at the top on the left hand side is one I keep for toys for story props that I collect from Charity stores. I will be back soon…………………….


Teacher resources and classroom fun

15 May

Having started blogging again, I am now keen to create more posts. I am so grateful to educators around the globe who consistently share their lesson plans, ideas, strategies, things that worked things that didn’t. I feel I need to throw my cap into the ring and share some ideas that I feel were enjoyed by children, I observed from their language that  they were learning and  from the parents  confirmation as they could see that their  children were happy and enjoying learning.

I thought I would share some of the resources I have used and also where I purchased them! I often find wonderful ideas or resources on blogs only to discover the item shown is not easily available. That is fine as well as I love people’s ideas and creativity!

1. A teacher friend found these in Ikea. At the moment they cost $0.99c! Amazing! In the catalougue they are called Tolsby.

After I raved about them, my Husband went and purchased 60! He said he thought 26 could be used for alphabet games! Some could be used for photos of the children. Some for activities on table tops! Sometimes I wonder about him! He is a Principal in a High School. How does he know this stuff??












The Pre Primary children in the class absolutely loved setting up a shop in the classroom. I found lots of loose change as I prefer to give children money as this is what they see being used everyday in their home and school life. I printed some photos of food and added prices. But I think that it would have been better if the children created the signs themselves! The little patty pans are so cheap in $2 shops. The basket had large and small pom poms. Oh yes I forgot I also purchased a market stall at Ikea for $15.








I really love the way the signs have been put up! All higgeldy pigeldy!  Perfect just how I love it!!!












I will come back tomorrow and keep going with this post………….

Here I am again!

This amazingly and beautifully crafted Rabbit is from

My daughter in law purchased this for me for Mother’s day, knowing that I love toys for story props!
























The penguin  was  from the same shop. It has a sweet story attached to it!

Years ago I met a lady who had a baby girl and a four year old boy. It was quite by accident as her car had a flat tyre and she had had to stop outside our house and of course we helped her out. We got to chatting and tea was served and as I was doing a Child Care course at the time and I tentatively asked her if she felt comfortable with me observing her baby for an assignment. She said yes! She told me her son had an imaginary friend called Domta Domta! He apparently lived in a tree!

Well………………..years down the track 2012, I was working in a school, in Kindergarten ( maternity relief ) and one of the children sat down on a chair and I said, “oh, no you just sat on Domta Domta”. The children looked at me as if I had gone quite mad! And then from then on they continued with the imaginary friend and would say to me, “Poor Domta Domta, missed out on morning tea”. I decided to see what would happen if  i asked them if they would like to meet Domta Domta! They agreed and I brought in this penguin. They looked a bit surprised and some of them said, “We didn’t think Domta Domta would look like that!” I found a tin pirate suitcase with some wonderful resources inside  from The Paddy’s Market in Sydney (

I am off to take a photo of the suitcase! I took out the little wooden sword and replaced it with a little book. I told the children that Domta Domta liked to record his adventures as in his spare time he was a pirate! The children loved Domta Domta and created their own adventures for him.



Teacher/Parent Help books

14 May

I have been reading some excellent books lately. Brain Rules for Baby by John Medina.

What a wonderful book! Filled with research, stories of from the author, and practical parenting tips and strategies.  I so wish I had this book when we raised our two boys!

Great for teachers as it covers development from 0-5.  I purchased the updated and expanded edition as there were some new chapters added. Enjoy!





Brain Rules book image