Night Creatures and giveaway!

Kelly at 'Owl Inspire You' is having a fabulous 100 follower giveaway, so go check it out for some fantastic prizes!  Just click on the pic to go to her blog post and see what you could win!

Just a short post this evening!  We have been very busy at school practising for our Harvest Service.  We have split the littlies from the bigger children and are presenting two shows for our parents.  The infants are made up of pre-kinder, kinder and my first graders.  Lots of songs, actions and readings to entertain the parents!  But also a great deal to learn - they always pull it off though, because they look and sound so cute! I will be glad when the practising is over, as my guided reading is suffering!
We have had a huge craft week, which has been great fun!  To link to our novel - 'The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark', we have been exploring nocturnal animals and created some fabulous bats and hedgehogs.  These were very useful to complete our 'Autumn Colors' Bulletin Board which is currently full of lovely leaf rubbings and a Harvest Acrostic poem.  Of course, I have forgotten to take photos, but will get that sorted next week and update this post.  I will also add the templates for our lovely creatures, just in case you might be able to use them too.
Our bats are clothes pin bats which are look fab clipped around the room!  Our pasta hedgehogs have a clever little pinwheel for feet and look so cute!  I haven't decided yet what form the owls will take, but they will be residing in a painted tree on another bulletin board, along with a storyboard entitled 'The Night Hunter' - this is a sequencing activity. We completed the leaf rubbings and Harvest Acrostic the week before and have been doing a bit of a mash up on our bulletin boards, as we don't have many in the room to use.
I have been doing the clothes pin bat for years and it never fails to engage the children.  I had forgotten where the original idea came from, so wasn't going to add any pics, however I coincidently came across the site a few days ago, when looking for something else, so can now give credit where credit's due!  The original source is Enchanted Learning.  I will add more pics next week, to show the finished results.  I only added googly eyes, but you can of course add fangs etc if you are doing Halloween.  I can't, as we are not allowed.  The children's cutting skills are impressive, although the lining up of the parts is a bit off!  The children did this activity entirely independently, so I was chuffed at how they turned out!

The hedgehog is my prototype and at this stage I hadn't gathered the materials together.  I had intended to be fully prepared, but we had some unexpected spare time, so decided to go for it!  We did encounter some problems though!  I had no brown card, so the children had to paint first!  I had given all my wool away, but managed to get my hands on some pipe cleaners and pasta - unfortunately the pasta had a slight curl to it!  I did bring in some spaghetti the next day for those who hadn't completely finished.  The children thought they were incredibly cute despite their curled spines!  I would probably finish the hedgehog off with a coat of PVA glue for a serious shine!

I hope you like our little cuties!  I will update with finished boards and templates.

You've Been Boo'd!

What a cute idea from Cynthia at 2nd Grade Pad!  I have to admit I have never heard of Boo, but it sounds like a really sweet idea!  I have copied Cynthia's information.......

You've probably all played the popular game BOO at school where you leave a ghost on someone's desk or mailbox along with a treat.  Let's do the same by sharing some love from our stores...

Here's how to play.  Choose a fellow blogger that has MORE followers, another that has about the SAME number of followers, and last, someone that has LESS followers.
Highlight their blogs with links to encourage others to check them out.  Don't forget to let your fellow bloggers know that you shared about them. 
Lastly, leave them some love by offering them a goody from your store as their "treat." 


I'm struggling to choose just 3 blogs as there is such a wonderful supportive community out there, with talented  teachers who all have something special to share.  Amazingly many have thousands of followers already!

Anyhow, with lots of umming and ahhing - here are my three - just click on the pics to check out their blogs.

More followers:

Mrs S. (I think!) at the Peanut Gallery 

I chose The Peanut Gallery as I love reading her posts.  She writes with such attention to detail and with such passion for her vocation, that I always finish reading with a smile on my face!  An extra small reason is that we are roughly the same age, which makes me feel better, as the blogging world seems to be full of twenty somethings, full of energy - hehe!

Same followers approx!
Tammy at "Dots of Fun Clip Art


I chose Tammy because I love her clip art and she is always sharing it!  She was so excited about her new venture into the clip art world and has built up a following really quickly - well deserved!

Less followers:
Mrs Poultney at Mrs Poultney's Ponderings

Mrs Poultney's ponderings

I chose Tania at Mrs Poultney's Ponderings because she is Australian!  I love the fact that sharing teaching ideas is truly international and I enjoy noting the differences and similarities.  Love a good read too!  Australia is one of my dream places to visit.........

Thank you ladies for all you share - please check them out and show them some love!

Wishing everyone a great week ahead. :)


A funny old week........!

Wow!  Can't tell you how tired I am!  Does anyone else out there feel the same?  I've heard some teachers talk about fall break - please explain!
My Mum got out of hospital yesterday - yay!  I'm so grateful she's made it through another 'episode'.  Let's hope the winter in uneventful!
We had a very strange Wednesday at school this week.  I arrived in the morning to find there was a major electrical fault that was affecting the school.  We had no heating, lighting, phones etc.  The fire alarm went off about 20 times - boy is that loud!  There was lots of 'things' peeping all day and weren't the children soooo not distracted - good as gold all day, I tell ya! NOT!  Nightmare!  Obviously no hot lunches, so the cook went out and bought loads of bread for sandwiches and we had picnics in our classrooms.   I struggled without my usual huge amount of tea, water just doesn't cut it! One small part of me thinks it was great fun, but I'm hoping it doesn't happen for at least another 10 years!  Calm was restored by the following day.
I wanted to share some photos with you.  I'm a little bit late with them, but they were so cute, I couldn't resist!  Our cross-curricular theme is 'Ourselves' and our year group work towards understanding their fears, expressing their feelings and thoughts etc.  Usually the students do a portrait which I hang in our 'Portrait Gallery', but I wanted to try something different this year.  I had been browsing Pinterest and came across a wonderful idea by Kelley Dollings from Teacher Idea Factory and thought I would try it out.  Was a wee bit worried about tearing skills, especially so early on in the year, but the children managed it really well - not half bad for a bunch of 6 year olds!

Aren't they really sweet?
Lastly, please check out this lovely linky idea 'You've Been Boo'd' by Cynthia at 2nd Grade Pad - a great chance to find new blogs and new ideas!  Also a big thank you to Tori at Tori's Teacher Tips as I won her Spooktacular Halloween Pack in her giveaway - thank you so much, Tori!
Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend!

Book of the Month" Blog Hop!

Linking up with Tammy at 1...2...3...Teach With Me for this month's Book of the Month Blog Hop. Just click on the picture below to check out Tammy's post.

Our cross-curricular theme is planned for approximately 6 weeks and will probably last until the Halloween Holidays. 

Entitled ‘Ourselves’, the theme emphasises Personal Development and Mutual Understanding. The children are encouraged to express their fears and emotions – hence the choice of book! This is the children’s first novel study – short, sweet chapters that lend themselves to some great discussions and link perfectly with the objectives of our theme. 

I also have the book on CD – which is great when I want a wee break from reading aloud! 

We have a matching activity book which includes light and dark activities, comprehension, living, non/living sort, drawing, dot-dot, night animals and so on. We also make wonderful tissue paper owls for our bulletin board. The book also fits well with the current season. (I will update with a photo of our cute owls!) 

The Owl Who was Afraid of the Dark is a children's book by Jill Tomlinson. It was first published in 1968, with a 2001 abridged edition illustrated by Paul Howard.

The story is about a young barn owl called Plop, who is frightened of the dark. The plot is divided into seven short chapters, each covering a night during which Plop learns something new about the dark: dark is exciting, dark is kind, dark is fun, dark is necessary, dark is fascinating, dark is wonderful and dark is beautiful. Plop is gradually persuaded that the dark has its advantages.

Plop decides that "Dark is nasty", so he won't go hunting with his parents. Mrs. Barn Owl sends him down from his nest-hole to ask about the dark and he meets a little boy waiting for the fireworks to begin, an old lady, a scout (out camping), a girl who tells him about Father Christmas, a man with a telescope, and a black cat who takes him exploring. He realizes that through these encounters that dark is super after all.

This just has to be one of my favourite books ever!  I hope you get a chance to check it out.

October currently.......

Linking up with Farley from Oh' Boy Fourth Grade for the October currently ~~~
Haven't taken part in one of these before, but it's great to read what everyone is up to!  Go check them out if you have time!
(More on my little book later for Tammy's linky.)
Not much to add except my Mum collapsed on Tuesday afternoon and is now residing in Coronary Care at the local hospital.  She's had a rough year - has broken an ankle and a wrist (still recovering) and now this.  She had a major heart attack in 2005 and lives with heart failure, so does have wee episodes.  I would so love for her to have a break - she never complains!  Hubby also in hospital again (just a short stay) - so they can visit each other!  House is rather lonely and I worry about them both so much.  Got a few days off school, while the dust settled, but back tomorrow to finish out the week.  Apologies for the personal sharing, but it helped to write it down.
This little world is my comfort blanket!

And the winner is........?

First blog post of October and I get to announce the winner of my Giveaway!  Congratulations Amanda!  Coincidentally I was also having a giveaway on facebook and Amanda won there too!  I'm sure she is now being inundated by downloads!  All wonderful contributors should have had contact from me.
I had so much fun doing the giveaway, although did get a bit worried setting it up!  Everyone was incredibly kind and thanks to all the wonderful donations the giveaway was very successful - so thanks so much again for participating - donors and participants alike.
Recently I have been digging through old files and found a load of number display resources.  I thought I should bundle them altogether and share, just in case they might be useful to someone.  Just click on the pic below to download.
I love finding new things for my classroom and sometimes realise that I don't know half of what is out there.....I have a partially sighted child in my class and was looking for resources to make life easier for him.  In my search I came across this:


I have to admit I had no idea that such things existed and wanted to share with you, just in case you had a similar need.  The keys are huge and chunky, with different colours, as you can see!  I love the fact that it is lower case and the vowels are different colours - this is beginning to sound like a review - it isn't!  I was just so excited to come across this and my little partially sighted child was so happy about it!
Wishing everyone a wonderful October - loving the dark, crisp nights already!
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