Saturday, 12 April 2014

Five For Friday & Free PU (Personal Use) Fonts :)

Hello all! I have decided to join the Five for Friday Linky Party with the fabulous Doodle Bugs Teaching.
This is mainly because my blog has been so neglected and lonely I needed to liven it up a little and I love the idea of joining others in linkys! SO much fun clicking through (if you don't have a GIGANTIC to do list - or if you do and want to ignore it like me haha).

Anyway onto number 1. I have this at number one because cake is just that important! =P I finally managed to perfect the cinnamon cake I've been longing for haha... It looked quite puffy and golden - soft on the inside but still not soft enough?!? Does anyone have an idea of how to keep a cake soft on the inside? I welcome any ideas. :)

2.  This week I started using task cards with my ESL students. I created basic verb cards (to be/to have) and some cards for irregular verbs. They LOVED them. It really did spice up our grammar lessons! I don't like using too many worksheets in class -- I don't think they truly understand why a correct verb tense was chosen for example (and sometimes they just guess!). Anyway I will be blogging about these cards in detail soon. :)

3.  The cooler weather has clearly begun in Australia -- and I can feel it! I started wearing socks at home. Not a good sign lol. My students were joking in class this week about our crazy weather -- they decided to bring hand fans, umbrellas and jackets all on the same day! And I don't blame them - we've honestly had the craziest weather. At one stage our temperature soared to 28 degrees and two hours later to 19 degrees. 

4. On a brighter note, My sister begun her wedding dress shopping today and the start didn't go as smoothly as we'd hoped. She is looking for a simple design with no beads or lace and everything out there has those! It's looking like a longer than expected search. :) 

5. Finally, I've added a bundle of fonts to my store they all begin with the initials YB so once they're installed - it would be super easy to find them! Anyway I've linked them here (after taking forever to figure out how haha) for free for personal use. (Check out my terms TOU below!)  If you'd like to use them for commercial use, you can purchase the bundle at my store right here. I will be adding more to that collection as I go!

I have always wanted to create fonts but just never had the time and with all the wonderful fonts out there I've got nearly all of the fonts for some amazing sellers on TPT and thought I can't get enough! So, I'll make more! These were mainly created during the blissful Christmas time of holidays. :) Click on the pictures to get the fonts! Hope you like them! :)

  Anthony Doodles (Which is actually my husband's writing. I love it! Haha)

Slanted new road is a great font to be used in headings. :)

This next one is probably my favorite one! I use it on my titles and alternate between lowercase and uppercase letter - they look great in bold. :)

 Hope you enjoyed this post! I welcome any comments and if you like the fonts how you will use them! I will be more involved with this blog. Stay tuned. :)

Have a look at more amazing Five for Friday posts right here: Doodle Bugs Teaching!

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Swap, Share. Give: A Product Swap with a Giveaway!

Hello all! I am so excited to be in an amazing product swap giveaway linky, these are some amazing bloggers and teachers I'm very lucky to be a part of! :)

I was extatic to be paired with Stephanie Galvin from Miss Galvin Learns. She has an amazing store I was lost trying to choose.

I plan on mixing the consonants and having 2 endings placed in this way like a mat for the child to see what words can be formed before showing them the consonants - this will totally give it away otherwise (or possibility):

Getting the learner involved in the activity by asking questions about what they see and what words they can possibly form seeing the endings 'ub', 'ug' etc... 

The learner will have probably formed a few words with some probing and help on the teacher's part. Following this, the chick consonant cards be revealed where the child forms as many words and combinations as possible.

A recording sheet is also included - perfect for review or to check for understanding!

This pack is just in time for Easter! If you'd like to see the full pack, this link is right here:

Now for a mini freebie - I'm working on completing 6th month in K Morning Work (it's taking me foreeeeever in between house work, cooking and grocery shopping on weekends!) =P Here is a two page preview I hope you enjoy using and handing out for homework the first week! Just click on the graphic below to grab it. :)

Finally for the best part! Time for the giveaway!!  For a chance to win Stef's Chicks Build Words pack, leave a comment on this post!  I'll choose a random winner.  Easy peasy.  Even easier - for a chance to win ALL of the packs featured inn this linky, enter the Rafflecopter below. :) a Rafflecopter giveaway

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Is it February already? Few updates & a sweet freebie ;)

Wow!! Is it February already?? I've been neglecting this little blog and all the fabulous followers and I am trully sorry, I will hopefully make it up with the sweet freebie in this post?!...or not?? (I think I'd need to post ten freebies to make up for this absense haha) :) 
This post will be a short one just so I don't forget the password for my blog hehe... it's been a busy month but on the plus side soo many new happenings. My sister got engaged, so I'll be prepared for booked out weekends from now (and possibly a bridezilla haha) so exciting! =P 

Anyho, we begin teaching next week and although It's going to be hard getting back into the routine of work - I miss it! =D Onto a few updates which might benefit you! - The first one is since I am SOO obsessed with graphics (they truly save me in ESL classes almost EVERY time) - I decided to buy a bundle from the awesome artist Angie Wenke and since I get lots and lots of people asking me where I get the graphics from I decided to use them for class creations as well as adding them to my catalogue for sale! So if you're looking for graphics to use in lessons plans etc click on the following image and it'll take you straight to the page with clip art from my ESL Store - click on bundles (they are well worth it if you're looking for seasonal items!).

The next update is Farley's Awesome Blog Link up with Currently (hope you enjoy this one, I was clicking on endless links from the post --- such a time killer haha):

Here is the link to Farley's blog if you wish to blog hop ;) Oh, Boy Fourth Grade!

 I really am trying to cut down on coffee.. It just doesn't help when your sister buys a coffee machine and puts it in your kitchen IN YOUR FACE every morning... Touph choice: instant bitter coffee or professionally made coffee  haha.. Touphy! =P

I am currently working on the Morning Work series (the next 5 months) I know, I know sooo delayed but hopefully once all done it'll be worth it so everyone can get them bundled up. :) Also been working on the spelling packs and a Valentine Pack (which I don't think I'll be able to complete in time lol).

On the bright side, I had so much fun creating this freebie!! Children can practice skills such as reading, writing, and counting (distinguishing between the half and the whole). Click on the picture below to grab it! :)

I hope you enjoy this freebie and wishing you a great February filled with love! ;)

Sunday, 22 December 2013

13 in 13 Linky Party

Hi all! I miss this blog and miss connecting with all of you. I've been on an extremely busy railroad ...The good news is that it's winding down and the bad news is that for the next week or two it's going to be 'trying-to-find-my-missing-sock' kind of busy with all the Christmas festivities lol. 
We've wrapped up our teaching and planning for this year and I'm so happy that it's done and dusted, although next year will be an even busier year (you will see if you keep reading ;). I've decided to link up with A Teeny Tiny Teacher - I just LOVE the name of her store!! - for a recap of 2013. 

This is a very tough one! You mean, I have to choose between all the Greek beach dresses and the leather jacket I got from Rome this year?!?!? Haha

I've worn the jacket at least 10 times in Australia thanks to our topsy turvy weather (believe me I can get more wear out of it in summer than in winter down under!) 

The beach dresses I've worn at random times and my sister has pinched two already (even though I got her a bunch as well lol) 

I really can't decide haha...

It has to be...

I really loved this movie, it includes many themes that people go through everyday plus love Tony's witty humor, it's also an action adventure which is a perfect combination. 


I know I discovered it in 2012 and watched every single episode and waited patiently for the last season to start. Just LOVE this show. My favorite character is Marshall. And....We are yet to see when Ted meets his wife!! Haha

Maybe I'm obsessed with Italian food or maybe this restaurant really is the culprit to that obsession! :P

Great tasting Italian food EVERY time... Consistency is key. :)

Getting married...haha! I was afraid of it before but it's better than I thought! OF course.. with the right person, it should feel this way. :)

A paper / folder bag specifically for storing loose papers and folders. My husband got this from his work. It is the best bag yet! I've been looking for a great bag since I bought that ridiculously large and heavy one back in January 2013. 

Mmmmmmmmm... I don't know about this one! I've pinned soooo many things I can't choose one. Right now the one that is highlighted mostly is the one of the Christmas Photo Booth Props... Absolutely LOVE this idea and it's all thanks to Catching Fire Flies. 

Seriously, haven't been the best blogger this year due to all the changes, getting married, moving houses (about two times in a year LOL) 

I am SOO incredicbly thankful to everyone who has read and commented on any little blog post I've written this year. You are the ones that have actually made this blog! -- Love getting new ideas, collaborating with teachers and professionals all over the world. 

My best accomplishment for this year was knowing how much support and progress I've given all the students I've taught. I know this from their comments and their enthusiasm when they come to class. 

I mostly taught my ESL classes this year, I love those classes. It warmed my heart to see how appreciative they are of their teachers! 

This is tricky! I snap photos EVERYWHERE lol. 

Has to be this...

Just to see his many facial reactions to every photo we had to take before, during, and after the wedding is priceless! Lol

My favorite memory of 2013 has to be the the wedding day, but also the hens night which I never wanted to have in the first place but which turned out to be an awesome night of because of the people who were there! My sister planned it and chose an Elvis impersonator and a destination, listening to music and eating Italian food haha! 
To my mom especially who loved ALL the parties... !! :)

My goal for 2014 is to continue teaching and doing what I love, I'd also LOVE to complete the house with the little touch ups it needs, like decorative things and the small things that you never know you'd need until you move such as (serving trays and more cutlery lol)

I'd just like to give a shout out to everyone who has been reading my blog and supporting my ideas! I love sharing ideas please keep them coming.

I wish you an awesome year ahead and a wonderful Christmas! I'd love to read your comments, or your link ups, so if you have joined in this link up, leave your link in the comments! :)

PS: I am REALLY looking for my missing sock. Haha!

Monday, 18 November 2013

Fry Weekly Word Practice! + Freebie

My oh my! --- have I been MIA. This week, I have uploaded the second pack for spelling practice using Fry words. These packs have deemed so successful in the past that I have decided to work on more packs! - Students reacted so well to each sheet given per week as a fun assignment and not some tedious job that they 'have' to do! This blog post will outline how to use them effectively step by step! 

Firstly,  the pack comes with activities for 5 weeks of word work practice. You will get a set of 6 word cards for each week and two empty cards - which you can include any extra words for that week.

So after they have been printed and laminated, use a few tricks / games to help kids get more exposure to the words. Here are some activities which can be used with these word cards or any word cards you have in your tub / folders.

Here's how I use these cards for extra activities in class - sometimes not needing any recording sheets / print-outs!

Game 1: See it, Hear it, Say it
This game is a simple activity where students practice listening to the word (pronunciation), then say it. It is great for reinforcing pronunciation (ESL Students) and for word recogniting / listening skills.
Method: have a pile of 10 word cards ready and explain to the class that they are to work in groups. Split the class into two seperate groups, Group A & Group B then explain that they will need to hear the word and once they hear a whistle (or any recorded sound horn you'd like to use) - they are to repeat the word starting with Group A then Group B. (the louder the word the better). It may be a noisy activity, but it'll help keep the students motivated and excited to beat the other team! Competition is a great tool. =P

Game 2: Words I Remember...
This game is a great follow up to Game 1.
Method: Each group will then recieve a blank cardboard / sheet in which they will all write 1 word that they can remember on this sheet silently. As they work in groups, (they can be timed or untimed depending on their levels) you can remind them that the group with the most amount of words will win the contest! Have some incentive ready for the winning team. Repeat the words after the time is up. Have the children check their own posters to see if they're correct (or missing any words)!

Game 3: Crazy Missing Letters
This game can be used at the end of the week / day after reinforcing the exposure to the words.
Method: students recieve a pile of letter cards - if you don't have these you can download them right here from TPT for free. Make sure you have enough cards / sets to create the words used for the day. So this will require some pre-planning, although a great way to revise the vocabulary / sight words. Give each group their set of cards and instruct them to use ALL the cards to create the words used in the lesson today/week! (you would have already done the two games above / practiced these words throughout the week). Circulate the room and see how many words were found by each group!

Game 4: Card Snap
This game can be played in groups and is best used after the students have been exposed to the words.
Method: make a set of flashcards with the words and lay them out on the table in each group. Instruct the students that once they hear the word - they will pick up the card and they must be quick before the other group members pick it up. Teacher / or you could place someone in charge of watching who picked up the card first!Refer to the freebie below to use as a recording sheet for tallying up scores.

Game 5: Write the Room -Sneaky Hiding Words
This game is great to be played also after the students have been exposed to the words.
Method: glue the words around the classroom, in many different places. Instruct the students that they are to find the words and write them on their papers. The team that finishes first wins. It's a team effort, so all the members must be quick to memorise / and record the word! Refer to the attached freebie with this post for a printable recording sheet for any set of cards!

For further take home practice, they can complete the 5 sets of worksheets in the pack! They can also be used as morning work, review, or quick assessments.

So far, I've created two of these packs and pack 3 is in the works! **will hopefully complete it once I stop procrastinatin** =D
Here are the links for each of the packs: Note ** although they are made to follow up the previous packs, it isn't necessary that you purchase pack 1 for instance so that pack 2 will be beneficial. If you find that your students need a slightly higher level in practice, you may purchase pack 2 / pack 3 sepereately etc...

Pack 1

Pack 2

Here is the freebie which is linked to the games above! You can play these games with ANY set of flashcards and still use these recording sheets! Enjoy. :)

 Now for the quick updates, I have recently posted this unit on Fry words also. They are sentence posters using the first 100 set of fry words. Perfect for binding together and allowing the students to get familiar with the words and how they are used in sentences during writing centers or small groups / reading and spelling activities!
If you'd like to check it out, it's right here:

Hope you've enjoyed this post, hope you check back soon. There will be laods of Christmas themed goodies coming your way! If you haven't joined FB Sea of Knowledge yet, now's the time! - There will be another December Frenzy coming up with over 200+ freebies!! :)