Saturday, February 21, 2015

Wild West

On Wild West days, I kinda feel like we belong to one of those groups that re-enact civil wars and whatnot.  It's pretty fun.  In a sweaty, I'm-wearing-denim-and-plaid-on-definitely-the-hottest-day-of-summer-ever-ever.  Every year, so hot.  This year's was probably the best yet, the shoot-out, the merry-go-round, the watermelon.  #happy.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

One Crazy Summer

I've just started reading this (so far, SO GOOD) and the title has been stuck here in my head.  Because this summer, just now passing, has been the best and the worst and everything in between. One crazy summer.

There's no recounting it, and photos only skim the surface, which is all for the best.  There have been some incredibly painful days, when all future dreams felt dashed and nothing was holding us anymore.  And there have been plenty of beautiful, lazy days and book reading and swimming and dreaming.

There were the terrifying twenty minutes when a child went missing during a starlit gathering, they stretched into eternity and drove in hard against the edges of my fear.

There was morning yoga and hanging-out-with-the-cousins and a 7 year anniv.  Camp cooking and cafe-ing and celebrations.  There were hospital admissions and medication and side-effects.  There were sea adventures and evening cocktails.  And gigs, so many, and gatherings with friends.

This summer broke our hearts and then jammed all the pieces back together again.  More whole.  Like we didn't even really know who we were before and now we have this chance to figure it out.

Sometimes that's just the way it needs to be.  Just one crazy summer to help you figure it all out.  One crazy-flipping-summer.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Classroom funs

This year I'm working part-time in a Yr 1-2 classroom, and while I've been trying to get my head around standards and assessments and classroom planning etcetera etcetera, I've also been looking for ways to bring a little bit of colour and fun to our lessons.  I thought I'd share a few of my finds - some are pure gold...

This very cute (and easy) tutorial was created by Rubyellen of Cakies.  There are always sweet ideas on her blog, if you aren't already following her, I suggest you start!  For this craft project, check out the cute vid over on the Cakies instagram feed.

We purchased these beautiful alphabet cards for our classroom - our intention is to enlarge them to A4 and laminaaaaate!  They will make a beautiful frieze and we'll use them daily for alphabet knowledge activities.  We bought the alphabet cards from Fine Toy Co and they're even nicer in person.

Many thanks to my older sister who got me on to sparkle stories.  Originally I subscribed for us at home, and then I realised they'd be perfect for the classroom too!  There are sample stories on the website, and a few free ones on their blog too, if you want to try before you buy.  We've been listening to 'Junkyard Tales', 'Martin & Sylvia Saturdays' (with activities and printables!), 'Sparkle Sleepytime' and most recently 'So Many Fairies'.  I loooooove the idea of weekly stories delivered to your account, such fun!  And just this afternoon we all had a wee nana nap, listening to the stories while soaking in our own sweat (it is hot today!).  It was not as unpleasant as it sounds. 

Eeeeeee, Lotta!  This magazine is so, so good!  I think we had about 6 issues, but I just went on the website and backordered the rest of the collection.  Aside from having gorgeous covers, Lotta mag is packed with activities and ideas for kids.  They also have a ton of online templates to go with each issue, many of which are perfect for the classroom, and of course, home.  

I haven't used Playful Learning a lot, but the site is a great entry point for beginner teachers (like me) and homeschooling parents.  Plus, it's totally beautiful!  I'm a sucker for packaging...

Speaking of which, Mr Printables.  Everything cute.  I've downloaded a handful of printables to use as classroom decor, and for fill-in activities.  I actually can't stand how clever some people are.

So, got any tips for me?  Hit me!