In the mood for Friday Freebies!'s been an interesting day....a day without my kiddos and I missed them!!
I had some training today.....we have to have epipen training every year as we have quite a few children who have allergies that require this adrenalin shot.  I also took part in emergency treatment for children who have epileptic seizures - we learnt how to administer treatment for both ends!  We have some children who have Cerebral Palsy with Epilepsy.  Very interesting, but I do feel a bit nervous about being the responsible person to do this in school (although I will have support).  It is required of me as I manage our Special Needs Programme within our school.  It would be very interesting to find out if other bloggers out there have similar responsibilities and how you feel about it.  Does your school have a school nurse who is responsible for this or a designated first aider etc?  I know I will do what I have to do, but in the back of my mind I do wonder how I will react in an emergency situation, as I have not had to do this before - time will tell....
I love this time of year - Autumn and Spring are my absolute favourite seasons.  I have been enjoying seeing all the lovely Fall and Halloween downloads on TpT.  My school is situated in a very conservative area and we are not allowed to mention Halloween as we may offend, so I don't get to use all those gorgeous resources (but I can still look!)  Is there anybody out there who is in a similar position, as Halloween seems to be very celebrated in the USA?  We have taken on the American tradition of 'trick or treating' and I love it when the children call by.  We decorate our home and have lots of goodies ready, but we just can't mention it in school....I would love to hear your opinions.......
We conduct a large Harvest celebration every year for our parents.  My class has been tasked this year with writing an acrostic poem to present with props etc. (We put together a complete show to present, but each class has their own small part to play).  I have been preparing a lesson for next week and created a little template that I thought someone might be able to use.  Just click the picture to download.

As you all know, I have a large, noisy class this year and they take some time to settle to tasks.

We have been working on appropriate reading behaviours during DEAR time, but I found they needed that little extra encouragement.

To that end I made this 'reading stamina' poster. I copied it onto much larger copy paper and created a reading board with reading strategy posters surrounding it. Looks bright and colourful and the children are enjoying the 'competitive' element of beating the previous day's record. (Be prepared for backwards steps too!)

I use a countdown timer on my smartboard and increase the start time by a minute every day.

The graph can be coloured in or filled with smiley stickers. (Also great for a quick 'time filler' teaching tool for interpreting data).

So far, so good - they seem to be enjoying it!  Again, just click the picture to download.

Lastly, although it's not finished yet, I did want to thank everyone (so far) who has entered my 100 follower giveaway - you have all left such sweet comments and I have loved reading them every day - thank you so much!  Overall the giveaway has been very successful for me, so I hope, for all the contributors, that you have found it successful for you too.  I can't tell you how much I appreciate this wonderful community!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend......


  1. Thank you so much for sharing your freebie. I found you through Primary Possibilities & am your newest follower. I'd love for you to stop by sometime! :)

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  2. Thank you for sharing this at TBA and linking up! I am your newest follower! I personally have an EpiPen for my personal allergies, but I have never had to use it nor have I ever had an emergency in 23 years with a student. But we do have an amazing school nurse and walkie-talkies for the quick response team.
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    1. Wow! We have school nurses who draw up our care plans and check the wee ones when they first arrive in school, but we see them once a year! You are so lucky to have one based at your school AND walkie talkies - this would make me feel so much better! Luckily our local hospital is only about half a mile away! I have only ever have to deal with one epileptic seizure in a child (with others and not as the responsible person), so the chances are I shouldn't have too many emergencies to deal with (fingers crossed!) Thank you for stopping by Fern - much appreciated!

  3. Thanks for the freebie! I have a question for you- how did you put the little pink and white go to the top of the page arrow on your blog?? I love that!
    Oh and the giveaway you contributed to is almost ready!
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    1. Hi Dana - thank you so much for stopping by - glad to hear the giveaway is almost ready - takes some time to set up!

      I'm leaving you the link to Teacher Blogging Basics - this is where I got my little pink button - great, isn't it?! Very easy to install...

      Have fun!

      Wendy :)


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