Sunday, April 26, 2015

Teacher Appreciation Giveaway!


It never rains but it pours, right? Yesterday I shared with you an opportunity to win some wonderful resources from my sweet Aussie friends, and today I have another amazing giveaway for you from some of my blogging friends not quite so close to home.

If you're reading this blog, then I don't need to tell you that teachers work long hours educating our most precious resource - the children in our classrooms. So my friends over at the new iTeachKinder blog wanted to let you know that the work you do each day is so important and we value you! And to say thanks, we would like to give you the chance to win a gift card from Target, Starbucks, Amazon or TpT. 

So it got us thinking.....if you give a teacher a gift card what will s/he buy?


I'll be honest here. I am not much of a shopper. The bright lights have always dazzled me, the crowds have overwhelmed me and the mirrors in the change room - well let's not go there! However, give me a computer and a credit card and somehow the feelings of disorientation leave me and I am ready to shop! So for me, an Amazon gift card is where it is at! Yes please!


Currently I am returning to work after an extended maternity break, so I am working as a substitute in some lovely local Kinder classes. As I don't have my own copy card, I am wanting to print as few sheets as possible and then place them in these Write and Wipe Pockets. Kind to the environment and my pocket. Yes please!

And then there's these Write-on Wipe-off  Dice. I haven't quite worked out what I will use them for yet, but I need them  :)

For your chance to turn your wish list into your own, click HERE to enter at iTeachKinder. And to stack the odds in your favor, enter at iTeachFirst and iTeachSecond as well :) Good luck!


Saturday, April 25, 2015

Swap, Share, Give Linky!


I am so excited to be participating in my first Swap, Share, Give Linky with a bunch of Aussie blogging buddies! I have learned so much from these talented and generous teachers through their knowledge and enthusiasm for the profession, and today you get the chance to win some of their amazing resources! More on that soon.


SWAP

I was paired up with the lovely Sheri from Early Years With Sheri. I love her blog, and was excited to have the opportunity to choose a product from her resource collection.  


I chose Sheri's Animal Themed Math Centers as so many different concepts were included in this pack. My own kidlets had fun trying these out and learning as they played.


From addition, subtraction and number relationships, to fractions and time this resource is seriously jam-packed and then some!


My kidlets used many mental math strategies to sort these addition and subtraction cards into True/False categories. It may or may not have become a competition to see who could complete the task the fastest. I think they must get that competitive streak from their paternal side ;)


It was so interesting watching my Kinder kidlet as he balanced the birdie equations. Listening to his counting and watching him make connections was so wonderful!


Time and money always seem to be the hardest concepts for students to grasp. Well let's be honest, the management of time and money isn't the easiest thing for us adults to grasp ;) While this time matching exercise may not solve our work-life (or bank) balance, it will help your kidlets learn analogue, digital and spoken forms of time.


Problem solving is another area of math that many students struggle with. I was very impressed with the range of problems in this pack. There are both single step and multistep problems, covering a range of mathematical concepts from addition and subtraction to time.

Click HERE to find out more about this fabulous resource! And if you want to check out more of Sheri's resources click HERE to visit her TpT Store. Thank you Sheri for sharing this awesome resource with me!

SHARE

Now it's time to share a freebie of my own. We thought it would be fun to share a seasonal freebie, but as this is a linky from Down Under, our seasons are of course upside down too ;) I've decided to go with my Northern Hemisphere friends and offer a Spring Freebie, even though things are starting to cool down where I am. 


I have created this Editable Sight Word Pack to cater for the many different levels in our classrooms. The same format and fun design can be used while students practice words specific to their needs. You just need to type the focus word in the spaces provided to generate your sheet. The sheet asks your students to read, find, rainbow write, color trace, count syllables, box, write and build each word. There is a cover page included too so you can make multiple sheets to create a booklet. And of course, I have included an alternative version for all my Aussie (and other) friends (colour vs color). Click  HERE to grab your free copy!

I know some are daunted by editable products, so I have made a quick little how to clip to show you how to edit the template. Super easy, I promise! I was very daunted making this, my first YouTube clip!


GIVE!

If you would like to win Sheri's amazing Math Centers as well as a copy of all the products swapped, enter below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Don't forget to check out all the other amazing resources on offer!