Sunday, 23 July 2017

FAST Ten Frame Activities

I have bundled up 20 fun and fast activities to help your students become familiar with ten frames. 

Ten Frames help students visualize numbers and move from concrete to abstract.

The activities are short and designed to integrate into your transitions and to use as time fillers. I have put each activity onto a card (4 to a page). Print these cards and bundle them together with a ring, to make a handy 'go-to' stash of fast activities to have at your fingertips! 

The activities are all perfect for those 5 minute breaks you have in between lessons or at the end of the session. They can all be done with the whole class or a small group. The more exposure to the ten frames our students receive, the better they will remember them!

I have included a mini-printable-book to use with one of the activities. Students draw the dots they see on a ten frame as it is flashed to them, inside their record book. Students can keep this book in their desk.

I have included 4 sets of ten frame flash cards for you to use as the teacher. 2 styles are included - left to right filled, and top to bottom filled. It is important for your students to know both. Each of these sets is included in 'fancy' and 'plain'. The fancy flashcards have a fun colorful "fuzzy" effect to make them motivating and special to your students!

Included is a bright and fun poster set to display in your classroom to encourage learning of the standard ten frame arrangements.

Great for learning centres, includes cards, worksheet, and cover page for organization.
I have included a blackline set of learning mats. Use these for 'write'n'wipe' cards, play-doh mats, manipulative mats or as a 'write-the-room activity!

 6 worksheets for FAST and FUN review of ten frames will be great to follow up learning and assess understanding!

This packet is also included in my unique "Core Drawers" packet for early-years teachers.

Have fun with ten frames!

Thanks for stopping by my blog - see you over on Facebook too!

- Mel x

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Printable Bookmarks

Happy weekend friends! Yesterday I sent an email out to my subscribers that included a free printable bookmark download.

If you are not signed up, I extend a very big welcome to you. Simply pop your details into the sign-up below.

Have a fabulous day friends!

- Mel x

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Busy Pencil Wallpaper Screen

Wednesday Thursday Wallpaper is fast becoming my favourite way to reinvigorate my desk focus. This week on my screens I have a little 'busy pencil' design happening and if you'd like to join me - download them right here!

Find the Computer Screen Wallpaper HERE

and Phone Screen Wallpaper HERE

Have a great day friends!

- Mel x

School Bus One Page Paper Craft Freebie

Do you love incorporating simple paper craft into your classroom program - particularly with writing - but find the prep a little too much to bear?!

Look no further than my new 'one page craft' packs! The first bundle is now complete (it was a growing bundle).

For each craft I have included a coordinating writing paper (3 line versions to choose from). 

TO see what all the fuss is about, try a craft bus for free today! Perfect for back-to-school!

Simply click HERE to find it in google drive!

I will be back soon with a new wallpaper for you and some Christmas in July news!

Have a lovely day

- Mel x

Monday, 17 July 2017

Ladybug Subtraction Game {Monday Memory}

I've headed back down memory lane to a 2011 post featuring a free subtraction ladybug game idea for your math centers and activities.

Simply print these big eye ladybugs and combine with dry erase markers, play dough or math manipulatives!

This activity is suitable for when you are first introducing the idea of subtraction to your students. They may not be familiar with the take-away (-) sign yet.
Print a ladybug for each of your students. To save ink, use your printing settings to select “2 to a page”, and print pages 2-3 on 1 page. 
Laminate them. 

Give each student a ladybug board and a dry-erase marker or crayon.
Tell the students to draw 5 spots on their ladybug. Tell a little story (e.g. the ladybug went out in the rain and lost 3 spots), and have the students take the corresponding number of spots away. Ask the students to describe what they have done, and what has happened to the ladybug.
Tell many more stories, and have the students draw the dots, and take them away to match your story.

When introducing subtraction, the language of take-away should be rich and extensive and relate to real life and to many children’s stories. Encourage this natural use of mathematical language – go away, fly away, take away, walk away, buzz away, break, lose, cover up, subtract etc.
You may choose to ask students to record the stories, or just enjoy the activity as a hands-on experience before you begin formal recordings.

Find the download on my 2011 post HERE and more ladybug math ideas in my TpT store HERE

Have a wonderful day friends!

- Mel x

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Books, books and more books

We've spent a bit of time this weekend reorganising books in our playroom. Yikes, we have a few!

I will try to post some pictures here on my blog soon, but you can follow the saga delights on my instagram stories if you are keen. 

I just added a new clipart set - book inspired - to my graphics store. Find them HERE

Thanks so much for stopping by - enjoy your day!

- Mel x

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Unicorn Screen Wallpaper Freebie

How about some unicorn rainbow fun for your screens this week!?

It is Wallpaper Wednesday here on my blog and you can download these wallpapers for your personal and classroom use for free.

Find them in google drive below:

{Computer Screen Wallpaper} HERE

{Phone Screen Wallpaper} HERE

Have a beautiful day friends!

- Mel x

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Unicorn A Rainbow Coloring Page

For Takeaway Tuesday this week, I have made a rainbow unicorn colouring page that you may like to download. 

I drew a unicorn in one of my Instagram stories last week and I received a few requests to turn it into a colouring page. So here it is!

I am not unicorn obsessed like my daughter and have a slight aversion to drawing horses - I can never get the shape quite the way I want it - so this was a challenge I set myself.  

Thank you for all your support and sweet messages - you inspire me to do better every day!

Oops, almost forgot - find the free unicorn colouring page in  Google Drive HERE

- Mel x

Monday, 10 July 2017

Subitizing Game Freebie {Monday Memory}

 Friends, back in 2011 I shared a printable activity for subitizing {perfect for kindergarten} with you!

I took a trip down Memory Lane to find it and freshen it up for you! 

Your little ones can match the dogs and dog houses as they learn to subitize.

Subitizing is the ability to identify dot arrangements in different patterns. Starting with the standard dot pattern arrangements (on dice) and moving to random arrangements.  It is expected that quantities up to ten will be known and named without the routine of counting. Students should be able to instantly recognize them. Subitizing will help children with the counting-on strategy and when learning combinations of numbers (seeing a pattern of two known smaller patterns). Subitizing is a fundamental skill in the development of number sense. It will support the development of conservation, compensation, unitizing, counting-on, composing and decomposing of numbers.

Play lots of fun games to reinforce subitizing - even in 3rd grade!
I added some 'dog' cards as well as the dog houses. 

The best part about this free game is that it is all in backline so you can simply print on color paper and have an engaging activity that is low prep.

Ive added a worksheet and cover page for your organisational pouches and folders too.

Download it from Google Drive HERE

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today - if you love Math centers, activities and games as much as me, you may want to see my newly listed Math Pack - its on sale for today only! It will help your emergent-learners with comparing quantities and collections.

- Mel x

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Scissor Skills {Practice Activities}

Make developing scissor skills in kindergarten and preschool fun and practical with these activity pages!

I've added some basic 'alphabet' content to this set to maximise the learning potential on each page.

When students have finished the cutting activity on each page they can also trace a picture, color the picture and learn to write the focus letter in upper and lower case. 

The cutting is not related to the alphabet focus. The cutting activities get increasingly difficult as the pages progress and move from simple straight lines to curves and zig zags. 

All cutting activities require students to cut from the edge and stop 'at a point'. These are essential activities before students attempt learning to cut a complete shape.

This packet includes 26 fun pages and each has a different design and picture.

Friends, this packet is on sale for a few more hours only - head over to my TpT store to secure your license now.

Have a great day!

- Mel x

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Back to School Freebie

You can keep the 'first day of school ideas' firmly at the back of your mind, because I have something ready for you!

Friends, this freebie is something I sent out to my newsletter subscribers early in the week. If you want to join my newsletter list, please add your name to the sign up field in my sidebar right here on my blog!

Copy one of these pages for each of your students. Once completed (they write info about themselves and draw a picture), shuffle them and place them in a face down stack. Choose students to take a paper from the top of the stack, turn it over and read it to the class. 

The rest of the class guess who the student is by listening to the clues read.

{Note: For the 'I am...' section, have students write something other than their name}

Once this activity is completed students can add their name to their poster and display it on a bulletin board or collate them into a class book. 

For added fun, fill one out yourself as the teacher!

Find lots more BTS ideas in my TpT store!

Have a wonderful day friends!

I'd love to see you over on Facebook and Instagram too!

- Mel x