Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Clean Like A Ninja!




Hello Friends :)

It has been a while since I've updated. Things didn't quite go as planned.

I have some medical issues that need to be taken care of- nothing serious, but enough to cause discomfort and inconvenience.

And sometimes, extreme pain because I throw caution to the wind and do something my doctor says I shouldn't.

Which is pretty much everything. I'm not even allowed to WALK. The only position that doesn't cause stress to the area is laying flat on my back. Not on my side. Not on my front. It HAS to be the back. Not sitting. Not standing.  I'm spending most of my time in a semi-slouched position (yep, great for my back!) in an outdoor chair, just so I'm not stuck all summer long in my bed and away from people. Ain't nobody got time for that!

So while I've been listening (kind of) to my doctor's sage advice, many of my normal day to day routines are no longer allowed. This includes, much to my horror, house cleaning.

I am NOT the cleaning fairy. I HATE cleaning. I was told back when I first had  children that a messy house was a sign of happy children. And it's somewhat true. But I simply can NOT handle it. Untidy, sure. Dirty? NO WAY!

I spent AGES trying to figure out a way to keep my house clean. I hated that my house was only ever properly clean for house inspections. That was the one week every quarter I could invite people over for coffee without being embarrassed and horrified to let anyone through the door.

I thought I had finally figured it out. I have tried everything out on the internet. In the end, I had to mishmash things that worked into a useable system.

And then I started teaching. It took it's toll not only on my housework, but my entire life in a way that I was NOT prepared for! Over the past 5 years I've worked and re-worked the system, and tweaked it here and there and FINALLY, I think I have done it! More on how a little later.

Sure enough, this year hubby started uni (studying to be a PE teacher- learnt somewhat from watching my experiences. Steering away from little kids and their parents!) and THE HOUSE WAS STILL CLEAN!!! I really hope he doesn't decide to read this lol.

Insert happy dance. There was one. It lasted for over a week. I happy danced everywhere declaring to anyone who would listen that MY HOUSE STAYED CLEAN! 

The only thing that did impact this, though, was my recently aggravated medical problems. No cleaning. No sweeping. No mopping. No reaching or bending.

Boy did we all notice. I tried to get the hubby to use the system. He couldn't. He tried. He wanted to help. It's just not in his nature to be organised or to be dictated to by an organisational scheme. It's how he was raised. Christmas Eve had a party at his parents house. No one knew what time to arrive, and some of us organised what to bring the day before... and some people just brought stuff and hoped for the best. It's just part of who he is. No planning. And he wants to be a teacher.... hahaha!

Anyway. The house was horrid. And it's rained for the past week or so, so there is Mount Washmore in my laundry, I don't have a dryer and the rain comes under my undercover area, so there was no laundry getting done. The kids tried to keep up with their chores... but they slacked because they knew I wasn't going to check as thoroughly as normal. I did clear all the rubbish off the kitchen benches every day (why they couldn't walk the three steps to the bin, I will never understand), but they dishes weren't being cleaned properly, they weren't being put away... and the floor was covered in water constantly. Something leaked in the fridge.... and was left that way. So gross. My bedroom was covered in junk. The only place that seemed to stay clean was Mr 9's bedroom. Go figure.

Then suddenly, a MIRACLE happened.
It started oh so innocently.
I made the bed when I got up yesterday morning.
That's it.

Not a miracle! I hear you accusing. Oh but it was just the catalyst!
What happened next I could never have predicted!
My husband disappeared after breakfast. I assumed he was grooming his face. He has become obsessed lately with straight razors and products for his beard/moustache.... and spends more time in the bathroom than I do! Maybe I'll talk about that a bit more another time though. I even spend more time on my hair now. I cut it recently, with the instruction to the hairdresser that I only had a max of 5 minutes to work with my hair in the morning. It had to be no fuss. She gave me a really cute bob. But the ends flick out brady-bunch style now instead of in to my face like it was meant to. Blow dry, straighten, curling iron. EVERY day. So completely not a 5 minute hair style. And someone told me I look like Dora the Explorer. Someone else said I look like a little kid. I already look 10 years younger than I am.  Oops. Off topic.

Anyway, he WAS grooming. But when he finished, he folded the clean laundry that had been sitting in a kicked over basket at the end of my bed. He even hung things. I was shocked. I had to climb out his side of the bed that morning because I didn't want to risk climbing the pile of laundry blocking the path out of the room.

AND HE PUT IT AWAY. I didn't even say anything!
Oh yes, that is a miracle.

So I thought I'd be sneaky.  I gave the required appreciation. I didn't mention the bed.
This morning, I was up first. So I casually mentioned that he should make it when he gets up.

Well, my fiendish plan was ruined by another miracle.
Before he could get up and do so, and before I could see where else it lead... the laundry? the kitchen? The garage? I will never know...
Before he even got out of bed, he got a call from the repairman our real estate agent was sending out to fix a million tiny broken things in our house... Some of which we reported the week we moved in... 18 months ago... and some things we didn't even know about. Apparently they wanted a quote to replace the front door.  So he rang... and was coming in an HOUR. He actually was wanting to come right away, but hubby having a good sense for these things knew to stall so that he could tidy up a bit.

The guy was coming to fix something in almost every room in the house. The whole house needed to be cleaned in an hour. AN HOUR.

Enter the next miracle.
It was, more or less. No, it wasn't perfect. And boy, could I tell there were some things that weren't up to my particular standard of perfection. But it was passable.

The repair guy happened to be someone who did repairs for us at our last house as well, and used to attend our church, so some happy chats were had. A good thing too, as he spent around 5 hours fixing stuff. Kind of felt like he almost moved in by the time he left.

So, because I have been blessed by two cleaning miracles in two days, I figured I would do something fun.
I have been working on perfecting my cleaning/school/life organisation stuff for the new year and getting set up (while I can't do much else! Besides, I decided I wasn't working on school stuff until January.) and realised something.

I bet a gazillion (yes, it's a real number! :P) other busy teachers out there struggle with this too. In fact, I was told as much. Years ago. So I've decided to combine it all together into the ultimate of organisers and make it pretty. I want to help everyone get control of their lives again. Look after yourself. Your family. Bless your home. You live there, you deserve to have a clean and tidy home! No one should have to feel overwhelmed and scared of their kitchen like I have this week. It contains stuff to organise your cleaning, your classroom, your planning, your schedule, prac students, relief/sub teachers, absolutely EVERYTHING!
I have not included stuff to cover finance and budgeting etc... this tends to be personal and different for everyone, so you could definitely use the editable templates to work out your own stuff.
Yes, there are editable templates for covers, titles and several usable tools. There are a few printables. There's even some examples of stuff I use that you could keep, modify or ignore.

I'm currently changing out all the different design colours so I can offer some options to match people's preferences and whatever else they design stuff around. Dots, stripes, chevrons...it's all there!

This isn't the fun though.

I'm going to put them on sale. Not just ANY It's going to be a great sale! A MIRACLE sale!



On the 1st, I am going to upload my first sets of the ultimate-take control of your life-organiser-journal-binder thing (definitely not what I'm officially calling it!). They will be priced at 60% off until Monday 4th.

Also, the rest of my entire store will be 20% off during this time!

Take advantage of  my disasters and happy miracle moments to score some great resources and discounted prices, and prepare to take control and get your life back!

Just for the record, no, I will NOT be telling you HOW to do it. I can't. What works for my family won't work for you. You are a different person. I will be giving you the tools and ideas to get started on your journey. It might be quick and easy. It may take awhile of trial and error. It may come naturally, it may not. You have to figure out what is going to work for you, what is going to help you, and what is not. I am happy to talk more in depth about exactly what I do and some good systems I have used in the past as well if you shoot me an email. Most of all, I want you to succeed. If you are struggling, email me. If you need encouragement with this, email me. I'm not perfect, but I'm doing a lot better and have had a lot of practice getting it so it works right :)


On a side note, Smiles For Africa's Fundrazr campaign is ALMOST over. There is still time to donate, remembering I am personally matching all contributions dollar for dollar.  Thank you to whoever that amazing anonymous person was that donated over $200. You are an absolute champion. A life-changing, hope-giving champion.

https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/c14jrd
 
If you miss the deadline and still want to contribute, you may donate securely through paypal on Smiles For Africa's main website.
 
 
I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas with family and took the time out to reflect on what Christmas really means.
I hope you all have fantastic News Year's, and find the motivation, inspiration and encouragement to go on for another year making a difference, loving what you do and finding fulfilment in your life.
You are incredible. Even if you don't know it.
 
 
Please do remind me of that next time report cards/parent interviews comes around. I will forget it.

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Finished!

It's over!

In Australia, our school year ends in December.

My class are no longer mine.

New kids to learn all about coming in 6 weeks.

What... am I meant to do now?

Lots of things to work through.

Relief. I had a hard group of kids this year.
Sad. I'm gonna miss those monkeys.
Excited. I packed my room up for cleaning today. I want to organise it already!
Flat. I want to make new resources to use with my new class... but I am having zero inspiration. I have half a dozen projects I haven't finished yet and I'm not entirely motivated to finish them (someone actually had the same idea and got their product finished before I did.. and I haven't decided how to rework it yet).

I did get some really generous gifts from my kiddos this year.  Including a massage voucher that I will definitely be redeeming very soon.  I also got a gorgeous photo frame, some gorgeous lillies (favourites!) a pair of crystal vases (Oh my WOW!?) hardly any chocolate (THANK GOODNESS!- I am trying to slim down a bit) and some cute hair pins to go with my new haircut. Also the kazillion gorgeous tree decorations and handcreams that inevitably come when you don't get chocolate :) I seriously think that my tree has more ornaments from past students than my own children have made.  It's so much fun pulling them out every year and remembering who gave them to me.

I also got some lovely gifts from my team, including an amazing Nepalese cashmere wrappy-scarfy thingy, a crystal nail file (I'm CONSTANTLY getting my nails caught and snagged on stuff at school), and a few other lovely things. I was actually showered this week. On our last day of school my team also decided to have a birthday party for me, which included both classes of kids singing happy birthday while we were about to have our class celebration. And there were flowers, and cake, and more gifts, including a card that exploded love heart shaped sequins.

It wasn't my birthday.
I don't celebrate my birthday, so I haven't shared it with anyone... so they make one up for me. It is truly a surprise every year.
Last year they managed to spread it over an entire week. Awkward. But sweet.

Our class party was great. Being the beginning of summer, we have a wet play morning followed by food.  As we had a little monkey who was allergic to latex, my normal water-bombing escapades were put on hold til next year. We did however, take our revenge on the kids with water squirters and a hose. The kids weren't allowed to have the squirters. They had sponges in buckets they could throw at each other. Until they figured they could turn on the teachers. The other prep teacher went wild and used three squirters at a time! She then turned the hose on me.  I wasn't planning on getting wet! Wearing denim shorts and all. We all ended up completely soaked.  I get the idea some of the kids didn't like me as much as they let on. They were relentless!

I'm very appreciative of the love that's been sent my way this week, and was very excited to give out my gifts to everyone as well.

But what do I do now!!!?
I'm sure over the coming weeks you'll find out all about the hidden hobbies I've forgot I enjoy.
And every other random thought that went through my head.

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Gifts That Bless Our World


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Hello again friends :)

Report cards are finished, hooray!

I got stuck doing the last minute Christmas gift dash with my kids this year. I normally do all the kids presents in July when we have our massive toy sales... and our tax returns come in.

This year the plan just didn't work out. Nothing in the toy sales was actually suitable for my boys and their interests, and there a was a lot of cheap, plastic looking stuff that gave the impression it would last about a week.

So here I am, desperately trying to avoid crowded shopping centres and find great gifts my kids will love. Has anyone else noticed that for a season where we are all supposed to be more kind, joyful, loving, etc., there seems to be a lot of rude grumpy people around!? Watch a documentary about people in refugee camps in third world countries. They have NOTHING, but they are still smiling, singing, enjoying the life that they have. They inspire me.

I was talking about this and other Christmassy type things with a friend, who then shared a great gift idea. Instead of giving gifts, she donates to a charity on someone's behalf, and then gives them a card explaining the donation. I know, I know. It's not new. I haven't met anyone who had personally done it before though. It's a great idea  and got me thinking!

I was thinking... what if I could get some people who do the donation-gift thing to choose the charity I support as the recipient of their thoughtfulness?

For anyone who DOESN'T already know, the money I make from my TPT store doesn't actually come to me. Not a cent. It all goes to a fantastic charity, that I am shamelessly going to plug in a couple of sentences time. I don't normally do this, but today I am. 

Smiles For Africa is dedicated to building a boarding schools for orphans in the DRC. These are kids without a hope. Without a future.  Without us, they aren't likely to survive into adulthood.

But with us, there is hope, a future, and life. 
How?

There are heaps of ways to help Smiles for Africa! There is no minimum requirement on any of the platforms, so even if it's only $2, it counts!

Firstly, the simply very no-fuss paypal donation over here


You can also donate on the Fundrazr campaign.
I am personally matching all raised funds $1 for $1! 


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Love to help but just can't afford it right now? You can set up your own fundrazr campaign to share with your family and friends by clicking here. It's a simply offshoot of my campaign- you just click a few buttons, share with your friends and off you go!

Can't be bothered to do the 5 or so clicks it takes to set up and share?  How about just sharing this blogpost with your normal network? The more people who see this, the more likely we are to reach our goal!

Also, the Smiles for Africa website is looking a bit dull. Anyone who might be kind enough to help out by donating a nicer theme (uploadable through weebly), or some bannery-type things can email me!

ANYONE can help  make the world a bit nicer for the people who truly have nothing left to lose.

Just to get this info out of the way-  Yes, I AM the charities president. It is a volunteer position. I get absolutely nothing from the charity for being president, for the products I sell, or even for this post. Just the warm fuzzy feeling in my heart knowing that I am helping to make the world a better place.
After all, isn't that what we all want? 

We can't all be superheroes, but we can all be a small part of making a difference.

Friday, 13 November 2015

Five For Friday


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Linking up with Kacey over at doodlebugs again this week :)

I've been a negative nelly this week so I'm thinking of things that have been blessings this week.

That moment when....
that kiddo you've been trying to get assistance for all year finally enters the process for getting help. I have a little boy who has some real difficulties in just surviving the day. He requires a full time aide, has naps each day, and has had an ambulance called because he choked on a rock. Our school did have a few professionals try to do some assessments with him, but he was incapable of understanding the instructions even for a non-verbal test designed for toddlers.  This week, his parents have finally come to the understanding that this sweet possum actually needs some outside help and have started getting all those routine tests done. I am so happy that this boy can start getting the help he needs.



Weekends
Oh, how I am glad for the weekend. I have had a rough few weeks, yesterday being particularly difficult. Not Butt-lice check Friday bad (and no, I still haven't fully recovered from that!), but it was pretty hardcore crazy. It kinda feels like I had 3 weeks full of Fridays the night before Christmas.  Just INSANE energy and NO self control. Plus an outbreak of conjunctivitis. But we're still smiling.



Surprise gifts
The women in our school have a heart sister thingy we do every year. It's like secret santa, but it lasts all year long. It's really great after a hard day to find a chocolate or a card left somewhere to encourage you. It's also super fun to sneak the gifts around to your secret person. Last term I actually was really mean  super creative and created a treasure hunt for my heart sister. She had to follow the clues to go to different people in the school to find her gifts. Only problem was that the clues were in the dancing man font from the Sherlock Holmes story. She had a great time. One morning this week, whoever has been blessing me all year left a random gift on my desk. A cute box of tissues and a super sweet chalkboard (like the old fold out menu chalboards at outdoor cafes, only mini-sized). I did have to go talk to my teaching partner to find out what 'chalkee' meant though. Not quite old enough to have caught that reference. Felt a bit sheepish there.



Warranties
My phone was a bit of a lemon. It was replaced under warranty (honestly, it was a simple problem to fix. The charging socket cover didn't stay closed and therefore, wasn't waterproof). I've had the replacement for about a year. Turns out it's a lemon too. My battery can die, without any use, open apps, wifi, data, Bluetooth etc. by lunch time on most days. It's at 100% when I leave home in the morning, and at lunch time it's either dead or about to die. Today it was at 70% by the time I actually got to work. Discovered today that it's still actually under warranty as it's a 2 year warranty! Hooray! Taking it in tomorrow to be fixed or replaced... but I will be without a phone for a week or two.



The most amazing kids ever
Not even bragging. My boys are the BEST.
This week between the two of them they've been making my coffee every morning. Sometimes breakfast. Most days packing my lunch. Making me a coffee when I get to school. Sometimes after school too. And dinner.
They are 8 and 9.
Yes, I do really have the most amazing kids on the planet :)

Mr 9 and Mr 8. Total Awesomeness.

What a way to look after mum, just because they can.
 I can overlook Mr 8's strange style of 'clean' in his bedroom for that.


Mr 9's room
Mr 8's room




Unfortunately, that wasn't like a week of play. That happened in 2 hours. TWO. HOURS.
 
 
Looking forward to hearing all about your week in the comments below!

Sunday, 8 November 2015

New Bundle!

My little guys have been working hard the past few weeks on their long vowel sounds, but there is a lot of variation in their abilities!

My higher flying friends are working on our silent e syllables and somewhat surprisingly, can accurately use the term 'split digraph' when talking about this. I don't know why it surprises me. They do it every year, and every year I'm stunned. Don't underestimate what they can do! Someone once told me that if they can identify and pronounce Tyrannosaurus Rex, they can do it with anything.

My middle guys are trying.. but they are still getting baffled between the ai and ay spelling choices and frequently use them in the wrong places.. so we are backstepping a little bit and refocussing on the spelling choices without the silent e factor.

And then my hardworking strugglers are still battling with hearing and identifying sounds, so there is no way they are up to this!

So what to do?

I have made a few sets of picture sorts and write the room activities to go along with these guys current ability levels. You can check them out here!




We really are working quickly and it feels like we are all over the place... Christmas coming, all the arts and craft that go along with that, assessment, addition and subtraction, and some pretty intense phonics for Prep!

I do love this part of the year though. We have such high expectations that they actually exceed the curriculum. When it comes time for report cards, we actually find our guys do REALLY well, which is nice after a week or so of panicking!

If you don't aim higher, they wont work higher :)

Friday, 30 October 2015

Five for Friday

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Happy Friday!

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Clouds



I actually made my giant cloud and sun with my class as part of our weather unit way back in March... But it still makes me happy.  Reality is that it is just too big to get rid of until the end of year clean up when the school has a skip bin handy! But everyone who comes in to visit LOVES it!

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Appreciating the world we live in




 
 
I did something really unusual and actually went through the photo album on my phone. There are so many beautiful places around where I live.  Feeling very blessed to be here.
 
 
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right brained people
 
I myself, am mostly an analytic list making lefty, with some aspects of the righty thrown in. Things like big picture and holistic thinking. NOT the creativity. I really appreciate the creative people around my life and the way they can bring to light so many other possibilities than my if...then.. programming can deliver.
 
They make life more colourful and interesting :)
 
 
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Good friends
 
A friend of mine is going through a rough time right now. I hadn't been very great at keeping in contact this year and we've not spoken in several months just because of the business of life.
It's always good to know your friends are still there when you need them.
It's even better when time passing doesn't change things.
 
 
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THE WEEKEND IS HERE!!!
 
Sorry, I had to.
 
My class are a particularly interesting brand of difficult this year.
Today, I not only head to do a headlice check (Why are you checking my hair Miss? Oh you don't have to do that. I have Tonnes of them! I can feel them running around up  there! SUPER GROSS!),
 but we also had to do a buttcheck. Yep. I made that word up.
 
There was a smell. An Awful smell. Worse than the Bog of Eternal Stench (anyone whose seen The Labrynth knows what I'm sayin!). The kids noticed. Every now and then the aircon caught hold of it and it would literally smack you in the face. A few times I had to stop teaching mid sentence just to recover from it. No one wanted to own up to it.  I had not only one, but TWO messy bottoms!
 
Oh, but that's not all!
During this process we also discovered someone had wet themself. It went in my socks and cooled my feet down Mrs T! I didn't know it could do that! Yep. He was wet and loving every minute of it.
 
It couldn't possibly get worse you say?  oh but it does.
 
Enter kid vomiting in the bin. Exit stage left.
Enter kid with fist sized hole in his uniform over the belly button area. Look Miss! I can put my hand straight through! I made it bigger with scissors!
Enter kid crying because he got in trouble for hitting someone. I thought it was someone else (the vomiting kid) I said sorry when I saw it wasn't him! Why is it ok to hit him? He doesn't know he can hit me back! Everyone else whacks me!
 
 
And to think I had 5 kids away today.
 
Still. It wasn't as bad as the time I sat in kids wee and had to sit through a staff meeting in a wet skirt.
Or the time my entire class watched me vomiting in a garden on our way to the pick up area.
Coulda been worse.
 
 
 
 
Cheer me up! Tell me about your worst day!
 
 

Friday, 23 October 2015

Five for Friday Linky Party

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1. My first linky :)
Not gonna lie. Kinda excited. Maybe a lot.

2. Best kid quote of the week?
Me: Ooh what's that smell?
Kid: Victory. *sniffs air* Yep. That's the smell of victory.
It turned out to actually be deodorant, but hey. It's better than the usual smell of armpits that follows the lunch break!

3. Fruit muesli yoghurt.
Our tuckshop has the BEST fruit muesli yoghurt. I may be a little biased because my sister-in-law makes them... but they are seriously amazing. It makes Friday oh so much better!

4.  Biggest face palm moment?
When the kid who has been acting out all week is 'punished' with a fishing trip and an 'early' bedtime of 9.30pm.  Oh come on, he's 5!

5. That Friday after school moment when you realise that you can sleep in tomorrow and enjoy your own kids for a change, and then you discover a colleague has left a little happy gift on your desk for you!

No, it wasn't chocolate (although who doesn't love that!?), it was actually a cute little elf with a really long nose. She used a permanent marker and wrote JOY ELF on it, and made sure to leave a happy little note to let me know who it was from.

I must admit, the note is actually a necessity in our school. We have a year-long secret santa type activity the women run, so gifts can be easily mistaken as being from our secret heart sister! Wish I took a picture. I left him on my desk to brighten my day on Monday morning. Some mornings coffee just doesn't cut it to bring that joyful smile to start your week out the right way!

How do you start your Monday's off?

Thursday, 22 October 2015

New Blog... and a giveaway YAY!!



Design Infusions has done an incredible job of making my blog look spectacular! I just can't believe how absolutely perfect it has turned out. It's better than I had hoped!

I can't believe there is only about 5ish weeks of school left... 29 Teaching Days left!! Exciting, but still oh so much to do in the meantime!

Anyway.. In celebrating my brand new blog and my re-connection to the world through social media (I am now officially no longer a snob!), as well as opening a new TPT store, AND my ten year anniversary next month, I am going to be giving 5 amazing people (because hey, I might not even have 5 amazing people read this... or even 5 normal people) my new vowel sorting packet for FREE!

It will include:

Short/long a picture sort
Short/long e picture sort
Short/long i picture sort
Short/long o picture sort
Short/long u picture sort
Short medial vowel picture and word sort
Long vowel picture sort

Silent e word sort (long a)
Silent e word sort (long e)
Silent e word sort (long i)
Silent e word sort (long o)
Silent e word sort (long u)

Long vowel alternative spelling word and picture sorts (ay,ai)
Long vowel alternative spelling word and picture sorts (ey,ee,ea)
Long vowel alternative spelling word and picture sorts (igh, ie, y)
Long vowel alternative spelling word and picture sorts (ow, oa, oe)
Long vowel alternative spelling word and picture sorts (ue, oo)

Yep. 23 vowel sorts. For Free.

The best part? You will have them before I even put them for sale in my store! I haven't finished making them JUST yet, which means that if you have any requests for design themes, I may be able to accommodate you!

So what do you need to do to get hold of this awesome giveaway?
It's so SIMPLE!
Just leave a comment below before November 25 with:
  •  your email address and
  • your top 3 time saving tips for getting everything school-related done before the Christmas holidays sets in

That's it! I will pick the 5 most helpful or creative tipsters to be the winners.

Happy Friday everyone!

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Almost There


Hi to the exactly 0 people reading this, because I haven’t been able to use google to find myself.


I’ve found myself in a really busy time, full of testing and interviews and other massive events going on.


There just isn’t enough time in the day!


This year, my class has been very interesting. They were a very young group of munchkins and are really only just starting to mature, which means some of the conversations and experiences I have had this year were brand new territory. Did you know that it is actually not only possible, but sometimes necessary to tell the same little munchkin three weeks running that it is NOT okay to lick the teacher? Or that people actually don’t enjoy it when you stick your tongue in their ear?

Definitely unchartered territory for me.

In Australia, we are finishing up term 3, and our school year finishes in November, so I won’t have these little munchkins much longer. At our interviews next week we will be discussing progress so far, and also flagging anyone we have any concerns for. Our main focus with this age is their overall maturity and literacy/numeracy skills.  We don’t get much time to spend with these parents, and for some kids, this is the ONLY time I get to see their parents.

It’s really tricky to tell someone all about everything their child can do, where they could improve, as well as really appreciate WHO the child is. As a mum, I am much more concerned about whether my child is a decent human being than anything else, and I don’t just want to hear about their academic stuff. I want to feel that their teachers KNOW who they are and what they are all about.  My boys have great teachers this year who do keep in pretty regular contact- definitely no complaints there. They would probably have some great stories to share. I’m glad they don’t :).

It’s a bit scary to think that very soon, I’ll be on school holidays (possibly on jury duty for the entire time! There should definitely be a rule about that…) and then I only have about 9 more weeks with these munchkins before I have to pass them on to grade one and start

ALL OVER AGAIN

I think that’s probably the hardest part of teaching Prep. You finally get the class right where you want them… and then your back to the very beginning with some new munchkins…. this is how we wash our hands. Don’t eat the garden.

IT’S NOT OKAY TO LICK THE TEACHER!

Okay, I hope I don’t have to do that one next year!

Tomorrow is a brand new day :)
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