Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Fundraiser for Baby Jay

My name is Jay and this is my story.

When I was nearly 4 months old my Mummy took me to see the doctor. I had been sick for a few days and the doctor said I had a cold. He gave me some medicine to make the cold go away.

Mummy was worried because I didn’t seem to be getting any better, then I got a big bruise on my head! We went back to visit the doctor one cold Monday afternoon in March. He thought I looked very pale and took some blood from me.

On Tuesday Mummy got a phone call – we had to go on trip. On Thursday we travelled a long way by ambulance to a big hospital in the city. That night a doctor told my Mummy and Daddy that I had an illness with a fancy name – Acute Myeloid Leukaemia – what a tongue twister! The doctor said I needed a special medicine called chemotherapy. I had to have funny tubes in my head and chest. After the medicine I felt very poorly and got very fat! Mummy laughed that I was always sick over her and not Daddy!!

Sometimes I have to be given extra blood and spend a lot of time in a big room having a horrible needle put in my back. I try to be strong but sometimes I cry.

I don’t really like my milk anymore, so I have another funny tube up my nose and into my tummy – it tickles sometimes!

When I was nearly 5 months old, the doctor told Mummy and Daddy that I had a special illness called Acute Megakaryoblastic Leukaemia. The medicine has to be a bit stronger now, so Mummy and Daddy said I had to wear my superhero outfit and be a fighter! My big sister Chloe came to visit me and gave me a huge hug – this made me feel so good!

Granny told me that she has friends in her computer who have helped Mummy and Daddy. Mummy stays with me all the time, but Daddy travels a lot and they have to buy extra things for me. Visitors bring me presents and sometimes that makes Mummy cry, but she says it is happy crying! 

I miss my big sister and my doggy, Wheeto, but I know I have to stay here to get better. 

Granny said there are some more very kind people who want to help us. She has put some lovely things in her computer for people to buy. I am not really sure what this means, but Granny says it is a good thing! Mummy says I have to say thank you to everyone who is helping us, so I am giving you all a big thank you hug from me! I promise to be a big strong boy and keep fighting this bad illness, so I can get better and be with my family.

Did you see me in my giraffe outfit? Didn’t I look cute?!

Lots of love,

So, I am granny!!  My wonderful TpT clip artist friends have donated many wonderful products for Jay's Fundraiser.

Contributing Stores (Thank you from the bottom of my heart!)

Graphics From The Pond
 Sprouting in Second
Little Peace of Africa
 KB Konnected Clips
Teaches Third In Georgia
Catia Dias
Amy Alvis
 Glitter Meets Glue Designs
 Lindy du Plessis
 Lovin’ Lit
Whimsy Workshop Teaching
Graphics and more by Tee
The Traveling Classroom
Teacher’s Gumbo
Teacher’s Toolkit Design
The Doodle Oven
My Happy Place
A Sketchy Guy
Sonya DeHart
The Library Fox
Lil' Frog Illustrations
Ta-doodles Illustrations

There are 3 bundles in total.  
Just click on the pic to find this bundle in my store!
Bundle 1
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Bundle 2
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Bundle 3 Just click on the pic to find this deal in my store!

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Educents Teacher Appreciation Week!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!


What can I say - I adored first grade and I adored my first grade teacher. Of all my school memories, Miss Boyd is the teacher who will forever have my heart! She taught in the same school throughout her teaching career.  Many years later, I had the opportunity of teaching in my old school on a temporary contract.  You can imagine just how nervous I felt entering the staff room on that first morning, finding out that she was still alive (!) and being instructed to call her Liz. My heart was pounding and all I could think about was that she was my hero! Of course she had no idea how I felt! Through time, as we became friends, we were able to laugh about it! My head still struggles to get around the fact that I receive a Christmas card from her every year and count her as a friend. When I was 6 years old - she was everything I aspired to be - I held her in such great esteem.  From her I learned that I should be confident in my abilities and that I could be anything I aspired to be.

Here are three reasons why I am thankful for educators:
  1. My teachers motivated me to have a career in an age when this was not generally expected of women.
  2. They taught me that I had a right to voice an opinion.
  3. An educator may be the only source of affection, understanding and safety for a child.  At school I was safe and unfettered by home problems.
Education has such an impact on ourselves and our little ones. Educents is here to help you pay it forward. In honor of Teacher Appreciation week, Educents & Peekapak have teamed up to provide your favorite educators with a gift basket worth over $40, which includes a FREE $10 Educents Gift Card & 3 months of Peekapak lesson plans (3 digital storybooks, 12 in-class lessons & 12 at-home activities) that teach Character Education and Language Arts.
So, whether it's your mom, your classroom teacher, your neighbors, or another special human being who taught you important lessons, thank them by giving them a FREE gift basket, on Educents!

Friday, 24 April 2015

Literacy 1st and 2nd Bundle - don't miss out!

 Hi folks!  Sorry it's been a while since I've posted!  Things have been a little crazy with baby Jay and  I have also been a tad under the weather - so have fallen behind on many things!

Below you will find a fabulous deal which has been running for a while, but I am only getting a chance to post about it now - apologies!  Please read on!

So...... some teacher friends and I have teamed up to offer you some fabulous teaching resources to make life a bit easier!  

Click on the pic to check out the deal!
Full retail value of $56.75 and only available for a limited time.  $14.99 which is 74% off!  

Extreme value alert!

Includes 10 instant downloads and materials including centers, printables, vocabulary, and much, much more.

Academic Concepts Covered

Sight words
Grade level appropriate phonics and decoding skills
Close reading
Informational Text
Plural and irregular nouns
Root words, prefixes & suffixes
Classifying and categorizing
Linking, helping, and action verbs
Synonyms and antonyms

You get 10 great products in this bundle and two of those are from me!  From me you will receive:   

Non-fiction Comprehension Pack Checkbox Challenge for Struggling Readers

I created this pack to encourage struggling readers from second to fourth grades to practice their comprehension skills, using non-fiction text with age-appropriate content.

The texts vary in length, but I have tried to keep the sentence structure and vocabulary simple. The passages are mostly written within the third to fifth grade Lexile bands. A word of caution however - the levels should only be used as a guideline - some of the more challenging topic vocabulary increases the Lexile level. (This type of vocabulary is topic specific and students would not be expected to know it).

The pack contains 2 pages per topic, which can be printed back to back. The first page introduces the text and questions. On the second page, students can highlight the piece of text which contains the answer. Some questions may require the students to look beyond the text to infer the answer.

I have used this pack with my advanced first graders, although the basic premise is for intervention with older grades.

• The texts help students develop skills in retrieving information from text.
• The check boxes allow those students, who struggle with handwriting and writing skills, to demonstrate their understanding and achieve success.
• These texts are suitable for independent work and ideal for shared and guided reading. They are also suitable for small group work where reading skills can be modelled, practiced and developed. 

Please check the free preview – you will find a freebie text to download to help you decide if this pack is right for you and your students.


Polar Bears
The King of the Jungle
Ancient Egyptians
Community Helpers
Planet Facts
Earth Day
The Water Cycle
The Four Seasons
Weather Forecasting
The Journey of the Banana
Teddy Bears

Sight Words Dolch First Grade Print and Go Practice Worksheets Plus Review

Sight words are such a huge part of the ‘learning to read’ process and repeated practice is a must for children to gain confidence in recognizing and reading these ‘tricky’ words.

This pack contains all of the Dolch sight words for first grade, but can equally be applied to below grade readers and advanced Kindergartners.

I have tried to include as many skills as possible to engage our young learners and hope that the practice contained within helps your students feel comfortable with the challenges presented in daily reading practice.

The pages can be printed back to back for paper saving and can also be made into a lasting 'book' for use throughout the year.

For each word, there are two pages of practice. After every 5 words, I have included a 2-page fun review.

I have also included a workbook cover should you wish to contain the pages within a ‘book’.

Answer keys for the word searches can be found at the end of the pack.


There are 41 Dolch first grade sight words. For formatting purposes, I have added 4 Dolch nouns: back, door, house, table, 
giving a total of 45 practice words.

Practice Page 1

• Read
• Build
• Trace
• Write
• Color
• Circle the word
• Glue the word

Practice Page 2

• Write a sentence
• Recognize the correct word

Review Page 1

• Word Search containing 5 sight words

Review Page 2

• 5 sentences with missing sight words
• 5 sight words with missing letter

74% off and only for a limited time!  
Head on over to Educents to stock up for first and second grade classrooms!  You really don't want to miss this fabulous deal - only 4 days left to snap it up!

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