Friday, 19 September 2014

Exciting News!!

Hello teacher buddies! I have some exciting news, I needed to buy a domain on the web to use it for e-mail and all my tutoring information, so after a looooooo--oooong think about it, I've decided to move the blog location to the new website. Nothing will change, just the location. It is right here:

Sea of Knowledge

I'm very excited about this, although I'm also not so excited due to the whole process of moving blog posts etc. I will be moving some but the others will remain here on this blog. I will be using the new location for new blog posts.

I hope that you could join me there too! I have two SURPRISE freebies once you get there. One is when you sign up to the blog (e-mail list) and the other is a new fun game for vocabulary freebie!

Once again, I love hearing from you!! Leave me a comment here (or in the new location) and I'll have an even bigger surprise in store!! :)

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Monday, 1 September 2014


I cannot believe that it's September ALREADY! Did you know that Christmas is in less than 4 months, WHOA! How time flies - I'm a little freaked out.

I also turn 30 this year. Honestly, in my head I thought I'll always be in my 20s... No such luck LOL.

So my drier is that old... I refuse to buy a new one now (it's on my never ending to do list lol)

So I bought new work shoes the other day, supposedly comfy and all, so I am wondering how long they will last before they crack!

I bought the Magic Bullet the other day and I am so excited to use it (I haven't yet because we just have no yummy seasonal fruit yet) summer is coming up!! =D

Yea! My wardrobe looks like a disaster zone at the moment. 

1. Vegas: never been and ALWAYS wanted to go. 
2. Santorini: have been and loved it, I want to go back!!!
3. New York: for shopping! =D

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Friday, 29 August 2014

Magic Fridays:Resources 50% Off! + BEST of TPT Newly Listed Resources Linky!

Hi teacher friends! I've decided to host a 50% off sale on Friday called Magic Fridays. All you need to do is head to Teachers Pay Teachers on the day and type in 'magicfridays' in the search box and you'll see a list of all the wonderful resources that would be 50% off for the day only! This sale will be hosted at random to make it more 'magic' and fun! :)

Check out who else is participating in this sale:

Check out some of the Best Newly Listed resources on TPT available now.
Guidelines: Please list free or paid resources here in the linkup and add the $ sign after the title! Thank you! :)

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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Book Talk Tuesday: Wacky Weather Dr. Seuss

This book is a great addition to your unit on weather and all things climate! Teaching kids about the weather can be fun. This book is a simple read for Kindergarten students and even students in preschool. The colorful pages and the illustrations help kids identify with the text. 

It goes through 'crazy weather' happenings such as 'hot', 'cold', 'windy', 'rainy' and 'snowy'. 

Here's a mini freebie you could use as a hand-out to go along with this book! Click on the picture to get it. :)

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Saturday, 9 August 2014

Swap, Share, Give Linky ~ Freebies & A Giveaway

I am so excited to share this awesome resource with you today! I have been very fortunate to be a part of the talented bloggers who have come together to bring you....

This has been organised by Bec Perry from Books, Bugs & Boxes! :)

So, I was so excited to be paired up with Tania from Mrs. Poultney's Ponderings! I chose to use her pack Verbs Category Sort which was perfect for my low ESL class:

As soon as I opened this file, everything was clearly set out for me. I just printed off the verb cards, the recording sheets (which are differentiated by the way - so awesome). Here are some piccies for you!

These are the sorting mats for each of the categories. I found that my ESL students LOVED these. It helped them categorize their thinking with minimal confusion lol:

These are the recording sheets. I used the recording sheet with the four columns to save on paper but you can also print the sentences sheet on the back for an extension activity:

At first, we began the lesson by introducing verbs as a whole class discussion and brainstorming activity. I wrote down the four categories on the board and began to list a few verbs to help jog the class's thinking about verbs. I listed the big headings verbs that show speaking, movement, thinking, & possession.

I then handed out two sets of the verb cards there are about 8 words for each category so I laminated both sets for durability and placed the students in two separate groups and explained that this task is a competition game. Whoever sorts all the cards correctly **and I emphasized the correctly bit lol** 

I walked around to check that the two groups where sorting correctly, they needed dome guidance but it was self explanatory with the mats and the cards. Soon enough I was hearing a buzzing of excitement while they were trying to finish before the other group with some students popping in to check every now and then haha that was fun! Here is an example of the mat in action:

Finally, I checked their work and kept the words on the mats while they copied their correctly formed words on their recording sheets. I did a further activity where I wrote the answers on the board. There is an answer key provided so that definitely helped! We discussed the words and created sentences with them as a whole class. 

Here's the link to the product for more info: Verbs Category Sort.

So here's a mini freebie to share with you all related to conjunctions. I created this group game to practice conjunctions with my low level ESL class, it is available only on the blog - it is set out just like the game above only with two print outs for two groups and if you have a larger class you could print doubles of group 1 and 2. I love thinking of ways to save paper and enjoy class activities with the students!

Just click on any of the following pictures to get it! I hope you like it. :)

Now, for the giveaway enter here for a chance to win all these resources together! What a great deal. :)

I hope you enjoyed this post everyone! =)

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Friday, 1 August 2014

Back to School Blast Off, Freebies & a Linky! :)

What a crazy start to the term! I have to say... If I do manage to get through the first four weeks without fainting, I will need to celebrate with a guilt-free tub of Nutella!

Yes, that needed a picture for all you chocolate lovers out there to join in the fun (and calorie adding) fiesta! =P So, anyway this post will be short and sweet. 

As you all know, the back to school sale will be taking off on the 4th through to the 5th of August! So get your carts ready, I know I will. :) The only problem is that it's going to take me a while to choose between the things I've wishlisted, so I'm going to start adding stuff from now hehe..

Here are just some things I've recently added to TPT which you might like to check out. :)

Building social skills - a great pack for teaching social skills throughout the year, suitable for grades 1-5.

Comprehension Context Cues task cards - there are about 14 cards with QR codes for the answer keys - I will be using these next week in class. :) You can go ahead and right click to save this image and paste it in a Word/Excel document and get it printed for use! I have laminated them and will get the students to use dry erase markers to write on them.
I've added many more recently. Here are the direct Back to School links to both stores, ESL World and The Sea of Knowledge:

Finally, I'd like to give all of you sweet teacher friends a well deserved freebie (there'll be a lot more coming soon) - I feel like I've neglected this little blog hehe.
I have created this little reading comprehension passage for tutoring and I find that it helps ease students into the new year. I used it as a filler, so you could use it in grades1-2 as a morning starter. Enjoy :)

Click on any of the pictures to get the freebie!

Finally, here is a round up of some awesome back to school resources that you might like to check out! They are a mixture of resources for grades between K-3. If you have some teaching resources to contribute, please feel free to add your link - I can't wait to see them! :)

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Thursday, 17 July 2014

Alpha-Fun! ~ Ideas for Teaching The Difference Between 'n' and 'm' for ESL Kids + Freebies!

Hi all! It has been one tough week of back to work drama! I vowed to try and complete everything at work and I found myself with more work when I got home then when I started... Arg! I hope that your back to school start is much smoother.

Anyway! I wanted to blog about this pack for some time now - I used it in tutoring. I used this pack with a child in Kindergarten who is having trouble with letter formation and identification. Distinguishing between the 'm' and the 'n' as well as the 's' and the 'c' was quite evident. I thought I would try to give him some basic ground work starting with sounds.

Some basic activities that help kids recognize sounds of the alphabet:

1. Sounding out two letter words: I had done my research on this one - and some children simply get confused when there are more than 2 letters in a word - this is especially true for preschoolers. For instance use 'in', 'on', and not 'ant' etc... Up until the child gets the hang of the simpler sounds.
2. Use pictures with the alphabet cards or an alphabet chart: make sure you are pointing to the picture and the letter to help the child connect the letter sound with the letter. You can also use picture cards without the words on them so as not to confuse the child at first by looking at the whole word.

This is a sample poster from my pack titled 'Alphabet Posters with D'Nealian' using a polka dot them and a guide for writing the letters. I printed this poster when I was focusing on the letter 'M' and 'N':

You can get this resource here: Alphabet Posters Color & Black & White.

I first asked the child to point at the picture on the poster and tell me what it is. He will say 'monkey', then I will emphasize the 'm' in monkey. I gave him a dry erase marker and he began to trace over the uppercase and lowercase 'm' while saying the word 'monkey' repeatedly. (I found repetition to be key in memory retention)

All this and we haven't touched on the letter 'N' yet! 

Continue by reinforcing the letter with flash cards and pictures all starting with the letter 'm'. Here are some free resources found on the web:

The next thing we did is practice writing the letter, I used one of my printables resources with D'Nealian font:

You can get this resource here: Alphabet Read & Trace.

I found that after he got confident with the letter 'm', I encouraged him to try to write the word 'monkey' following my lead. He was able to copy the word on the circle, making sure that his 'm' was correctly formed and not written similar to the 'n'. 

The next step is to reinforce the letter with the new words. I created a resource specifically to help train young children to pick up and practice the differences between the two letters. For instance, I have a picture below of the two sets of word lists, 'm' and 'n':

You can get this resource here.

Next, I cut up all the words and shuffled them in random order:

The child began cutting up the box to paste into his workbook. Then, I explained that he will be using this as an interactive notebook where it'll open & close when needed. He was very excited to get this done - usually kids love to 'make' things and see them after they've finished their work. 

Following this, he began sorting the 'm' words. He started to paste them in their places and color in the 'M':

I love the Minions and I've created a few resources to help engage the youngsters in learning. They can be laminated at an A4 or A3 size and children can trace over the letters with a dry erase marker or use play dough! Here are some snapshots of these Alpha-minion posters:

If you'd like to have a look at the bundled alphabet pack which includes all of the above resources, it's right here.

This can be completed with the letter 'n' and pasted on the side of the 'm' and so on! This will be a great resource to come back to. Here are some freebies you can download for further practice:

I hope this post helped you out! I'd love to hear your comments on how you reinforce the alphabet. :)

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