Saturday, 7 November 2015

A Spring Five for Friday

I'm taking a few minutes between report writing this morning to link up with Kasey at Doodle Bugs for Five for Friday. It's been a while!

~ One ~

We had a fun night at the Zart Christmas PD this week. I really love these nights and getting to see teacher peeps I haven't seen in a while. Plus making awesome crafts is a bonus! Can't wait for Christmas.

~ Two ~

We made some Starry Night inspired art this week, focusing on a impressionist style using oil pastels to create some texture. Kiddos loved it! 

~ Three ~
Finally found the perfect portable record player. She is a gem!

~ Four ~
Tuesday was Melbourne Cup. As I have a million and one things to do at the minute I hadn't planned on including any activities this year but the kiddos twisted my arm. They turned these horse patterns into these amazing horse statues independently. Love how these kiddos minds work!

~ Five ~
We are loving Spring here and so is our garden!

Enjoy your weekend!
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Monday, 2 November 2015

Currently November

November.. how scary does that sound! Linking up with Farley to share the November Currently love.

Watching Season 1 of NCIS on Netflix. I love Kate.

The weather is finally warming up here as we are heading into Summer. Yay!

We are 6 weeks away from the end of our school year and I am FREAKING out! There is so much to do and so little time to fit it in. Deep breaths!

Wanting & Needing
I need to finish my testing so I can finish reports. Fun, fun! I have gotten a head start this year but I really just want them out of the way.

Not that I can eat them anymore (wheat intolerance, yay) but my Red Velvet Cupcakes are the bomb! I miss you cupcakes. I use this recipe from The Cake Mistress.

Wishing you a great November,

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Saturday, 24 October 2015

Hamburger Collages

My class have been loving making collages in the last few weeks. If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen a few pics of our awesome artworks.

We began our unit getting all inspired by Claes Oldenburg and his amazing Pop Art sculptures & 'floor' artworks. After focusing on the floor burger and exploring that collage is "cutting with scissors" (thank you Henri Matisse), we made our own Burger PopArt Collages.

The kiddos used some of my templates to cut out their own pieces from felt, paper, tissue paper & cellophane, as well as making some of their own.

If you would like to make your own, I have the templates available in my store that are easily photocopied onto coloured paper to create the collages. To celebrate, it's half price (only $1.50) for the next week. Click on the any of the images above or this link to purchase.

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Monday, 12 October 2015

I Can Do That! & Freebie Reflection Worksheets

I have just finished my new I Can Do That: Reflect & Review Worksheets and to celebrate I have a sneak peak of the packet and a freebie to share!

This packet of 20 worksheets are perfect to be used before or after a  range of different activities, for example, after story time, for independently reading or at the beginning and end of the year to share what students know quickly. All activities are black & white, ideal for colouring and photocopying. 

The pack contains the following worksheets:
*10 Things/20 Things I know;
*What I know/What I now know writing pages;
*In 10 Words & In 20 Words list;
*Before & After;
*Thumbs Up & Thumbs Down pages;
*Describe It, Note it & Wonderwall pages;
*I Feel/I think pages;

For a sneaky sneak peak download this freebie for 2 free worksheets.

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Sunday, 11 October 2015

Term 4 No Chore Linky: Organising for the End of Year Clean Up

Here in Australia, we are in our final term of school for the year {eek}. It is always a super busy term with reports, assessments, Christmas activities, school performances and the end of year clean up that comes with the job. 

With only 10 more weeks to go, it's getting to crunch time! I am linking up with some fantastic blogging friends to share some tips to survive and be super organised for the end of the year. After you read my tip, make sure you go to the link up below to find other fantastic ideas to survive Term 4 :)

Term 4 No Chore Tip
One of the biggest tasks at the end of the year is cleaning up, especially if you are needing to change classrooms. I am the checklist queen and find having a list at the end of the year really helps. Over the years, I have moved from scribbled notes EVERYWHERE to having a typed up checklist.

Here is a pdf copy you may like, with a blank version for you to write on. For other great teaching ideas follow me on Instagram, Facebook & Pinterest!

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Saturday, 10 October 2015

30 Random Things I have Learnt in 30 years

We are rapidly approaching the end of the school year in Australia, with only 10 weeks to go, I am weirdly super organised, at least this week! Since I am so organised for next week, today I've had a bit of free thinking time and have realised I am scarily halfway through my 30th year on this planet so I am feeling pretty reflective. And happy, dammit! 

It's Spring here, the sun is shining and I am grateful. So I am going to share the wise things I've learnt so far in life, nothing earth shattering but some are positive, some are negative and some things are just weird.

Here are my 30 Random Things I've Learnt in 30 years* (in no particular order)... 
*Apologies for the swapping between 1st and 3rd person.

1. Start the day being grateful for what you have. 
Some days, particularly teaching, things get overwhelming. You're running around, planning, assisting, trying to teach, doing first aid, counselling kids, listening to parents, dealing with ridiculous meetings, etc. I'm a great one for letting everything get on top of me but taking a few minutes to remember how lucky I am makes a hell of a difference later in the day.

2. Wear sunscreen. Every. damn. day.
There is this wicked horrible thing called pigmentation which has exploded on my face this year. I've been good at the sunscreen thing since my early 20's however I didn't know you should wear physical sunscreen not chemical sunscreen until a few years ago. Google it. Wear it.

3. I am harder on myself than anyone else can ever be. Other people really don't judge as much as I think they do.
I am my worst critic, hardest criticiser  I will stress and kick my arse about everything. A 100 times worse than anyone else will. Breathe and let go.

4. Don't throw anything to me. Ever. I can't catch.
Apparently this is because I didn't crawl as a baby. Who knew.

5. Dance in the car, who cares if anyone is watching. Say for singing badly.
Because it's fun!

6. Getting in to discussions with ppl you have only just met about religion and politics always ends in disaster. Especially if you're drinking.
But I still keep doing it...

7. Don't argue on Facebook.
Just don't do it.

8. Exercise everyday & (try to) meditate.
I go to yoga, Body Balance and I walk. I've been going to Meditation once a week run by a Buddhist monk. And I feel good! My brain is less full, more peaceful and happy. Keep that smile on your mind :)

9. Some people won't like me and that's ok. I probably won't like them either.

10. Take photos.
A lot of them, especially in the classroom. Take the serious ones but take a ton of silly ones too.

11. Laugh
And mean it!

12. Take time out! To watch bad 80s movies or Notting Hill for the 100th time.
There is always, always, always something to be done. I could plan and organise every day for the rest of my life and there would still be stuff to do in my classroom. Relax sometimes. You'll be a better teacher and human being because of it.

13. Apple and nut butter is delicious.

14. Even if it sounds disgusting or scary, try it.
I'm not talking about doing anything unsafe but I am saying trying the things you think you won't like. Some of the best things I have ever done or eaten I have been petrified of. Like eating Sushi or climbing the Sydney Harbour bridge. I now couldn't live without sushi and I loved the bridge. Ditto for chair lifts, climbing mountains, parasailing. I still want to zip line and bungee jump. I'm really not a fan of heights/falling.

15. Getting lost can be bloody terrifying but there is always someone who will stop to help.
Japan, 2008 at Hiroshima. It got dark really, really quickly and I got lost coming back from the Atomic Bomb Memorial. Badly lost. I am forever grateful to the lady who seeing me freaking out over a map got me on a bus in the right direction. I puffy heart you.

16. I can't speak languages other than English, therefore I will make an absolute fool out of myself in foreign countries.
France, 2013, Monet's garden, asking for one ticket to get on the bus, said "une" instead of "un". Man on bus laughed, pointed and told French people on the bus. Good times.

17. I like bread but it doesn't like me. Ditto for diary. 
I think it's been getting older. It kinda sucks but I feel better. 

18. Plant stuff & remember to water it.
I love our garden. A few things have died but I really enjoy the planting and watching stuff grow. And talking to my plants like a crazy lady.

19. Love hard, love lots.
Friendships have come and gone but I am thankful for all of the people who I have been fortunate enough to love.

20. If you're invited to something you don't aways have to go but balance out the No's.
Social situations can sometimes send me into a panic but it really is good if I go but sometimes it's ok to stay home too.

21. When at a music festival always have hand sanitiser & packets of tissues in your bag.
And try to use the port-a-loos early in the day. Yeah, gross fact but learnt the hard way.

22. If you're tired, sleep.
Like a Nanna.

23. Dark chocolate is actually delicious and better for you.
Green and Black's 70% I love you.

24. Always order a margarita with extra salt.

25. If you want to do something, do it but just because everyone else is doing something doesn't mean you have to. Really.
Confusing much?! Going against the crowd can be absolutely fantastic!

26. Go to the movies or out to dinner by yourself every once in a while.
I'm married and I still do this occasionally. I get to have a whole tub of popcorn to myself. Winning.

27. Forgive yourself.
Holding on to stuff makes it worse. Breathe, write in a diary, sitract yourself, let go.

28. If a parent comes in to work furious, there is ALWAYS more to the story.
School is a safe zone, if parents come in screaming, yes there'll be an issue but it'll be fixable. Things will be done to fix this problem, unfortunately things like a marriage breakdown, a dying parent, a kid diagnosed with autism, are not fixable things.

29. Drink lots of water. At least 2 litres a day.
UTIs are hideous. Drink lots and lots of water every day. Good for the skin too.

30. Never wear moisturiser to the gym.
Been caught out trying to do tree pose one too many times.

Happy weekend,

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Friday, 2 October 2015

Currently October

Feeling the blog-guilt this month, from a lack of proper posting (something that I have in common with Farley) but at least I'm linking up for Currently!

It is finally Spring here, we have a gorgeous week of mid 30's (90F) ahead and I am coming to the end of 4 weeks off of school (2 weeks long service leave + 2 weeks Spring break). 

I am a much nicer person when the weather is nicer :) So I have been running (first time ever peeps), enjoying the sun and listening to a lot of Florence!

I, however, have not been planning. At. All. Tomorrow, peeps, tomorrow... hopefully :) The sun is distracting ok! And so is Netflix...

Happy Halloween month to those in the Northern hemisphere! Very jealous that you have everything pumpkin-related. I guess in Australia we do get the sun this time of year, so shouldn't complain!

I feel boo-tiful when I know I am eating well and therefore feeling SO good. The month off of work has been great for getting my head on straight and I have to say, I am feeling pretty damn HOT at the minute :) Most be all of the yoga, walking and running.

Happy October everyone,
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Sunday, 6 September 2015

Developing a Growth Mindset

We have been all about positive attitudes and developing a growth Mindset in our classroom this term. There are plenty of fantastic books (like this one from Carol Dweck), resources and Pinterest boards on this topic which I have used plenty of while understanding the differences between a fixed and growth mindset.

My new wall display is having a positive impact on my students attitudes and has been a great visual to remind them how to change their thinking.

I used this fantastic freebie by The Zone for my main display and added these Growth Mindset Posters to our quotes wall (above the display board) which our another great freebie from Tales From Miss D.

If you have any more ideas about developing a growth mindset I'd love to hear about them! Just leave me some comment love below,
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Saturday, 5 September 2015

Currently September

So I completely forgot that it was September! Might have something to do with school camp, Father's Day activities and preparing for my long service leave all this week. I'm linking up with Farley to share the currently love anyway, just a few days late :)

Listening to Season 3 of Suits. Completely love this series!

Loving that our cat Axel is paying attention to me today {two days away will do that} and I'm getting lots of hugs. Plus, I am officially on Long Service Leave from today! Really enjoying the thought that I'll have a month off before the last term of the year. I'll be heading in to term 4 relaxed and ready to end the year right!

Thinking I need to be in Melbourne this afternoon to meet up with some lovely blogging buddies. I probably should be on a train already! Oops.

Wanting to enjoy this gorgeous sunshine today... and somehow stay on the couch.

Needing to read our travel plans over for this week. We our heading to Tasmania for a weeks holiday. A whole week exploring will be nice.

3 Goals:
1. I'm loving meditation, I need to keep up taking the time to stop, process and breathe.
2. Enjoy everything.
3. Keep up the work organisation.

Happy September,
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Tuesday, 1 September 2015

5 Fun Facts with Blog Hoppin

Happy teacher week! I'm linking up with Blog Hoppin' to share 5 fun facts about me. 

~ One ~
We eloped!

My hubs and I will be celebrating our 6th year wedding anniversary in December (time flies). We shocked pretty much everyone at the time by eloping in Coffs Harbour while on holiday with a couple of friends. It was a planned wedding, with our two friends in on the secret and it was just right for us.

~ Two ~
I love to travel
If you have stopped by before you probably already know this but I love to travel and explore new places. My last big trip was Scotland & Paris in 2013, we're planning another trip for next year. Fingers crossed. This is me in 2009 in Germany (the same year I traveled Europe, went to Japan, built a house, became engaged and got married. Yeah).

~ Three ~
I hate Ferreo Rochers
This came up at work today. I hate them. My class have just added this to the many reasons I am "weird" :)

~ Four ~
Art is my Zen Zone
Art galleries, drawing, strolling around and looking at street art are all in my "happy zone". One of the best parts of teaching in Australia (and sometimes one of the hardest) is that I teach my students all subjects so even though I'm not an art specialist I am are art teacher. I love getting to share with my kiddos what I love and hate and I am hopefully teaching them to judge, critique, enjoy and be opinionated about art.

My birthday trip this year was to see Blue Poles {Number 11} by Jackson Pollock at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA).

I always visit the Weeping Woman by Picasso when we are in Melbourne. Love! My class upon seeing pictures of her this year decided she was "weird" (it seems to be our word this year) and there were a lot of "what is that?!"'s exclaimed.

~ Five ~
Stationary Addiction
This is probably just a general teacher thing but my stationary habit is legendary and is kind of getting out of control. It's all useful, right?!

Thanks for stopping by,
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Sunday, 2 August 2015

Currently August

I'm linking up with the lovely Farley for this months currently :) If you're stopping by for the first time just a heads up that I'm Australian, it's currently winter here and we're mid-school year so there are a few differences. Jealous of all of you in the summertime!

Listening to the radio while out and about and I'm writing this on my phone. Tricky stuff. 
Cannot get Taylor Swift out of my head at the moment. Love!

Loving anything warm as it is super freezing this week! I have FINALLY after many years of trying began to run and I am loving it. Can't wait for Spring so I can do so more often.

Thinking that I'm enjoying being organised at work and giving myself some time out this weekend. My Replacement Teacher folder is a god-send.

Wanting to finish correcting journals (our learning portfolios). I have long service leave at the end of this term and I am trying to keep on top of the correcting which I am terrible at.

Needing to get back into a meditation routine. I am a complete stress head and it really does help... when I do it!

And I might do a bit of mid-year RAK by doing a coffee run for my unit this week. We all need a pick-me-up!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great August,

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Super healthy Mushroom Quinoa Risotto

I am linking up with the fabulous Mrs Poultney's Pondering's to share a Healthy Eats for Teachers recipe. If you haven't already, please check out her fantastic linky and the yummy meals she has blogged about this week.

I love to cook but have recently been eating a Gluten, Sugar & Dairy free diet {basically Paleo} due to some health issues. This Mushroom Quinoa Risotto is one of my go-to recipes and it is super quick to put together. It is adapted from the amazing Teresa Cutter over at The Healthy Chef. If you have any intolerances at all, are Paleo or are just trying to eat clean definitely check her out!

Mushroom Quinoa Risotto {original recipe}
Serves 2 (but is easily doubled to serve more)

About a tablespoon of olive or coconut oil
2 cups of mushrooms (I use a mix of button and Portbello), sliced
1/2 a cup of raw quinoa, washed & rinsed well
2 shallots, sliced
500ml of Vegetable stock
100g of baby spinach leaves
1 lemon (optional), cut into quarters
Parmesan cheese, grated to serve (if you are vegan or dairy free see Terea's recipe for Brazil Nut parmesan) 

What to do:
1. Add oil to the pan and sauté shallots. Then add mushrooms.
2. When mushrooms have started to soften, add rinsed quinoa and vegetable stock. Add lemon.
3. Cover and cook for about 20 minutes, until quinoa is tender.
4. Add the spinach and more stock if needed. Cook for another 5-10 minutes, until spinach is tender.
5. Serve with parmesan on top and enjoy!

Make sure you check out the link up for other easy mid-week meals.


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Thursday, 23 July 2015

Editing freebie

I'm finally getting around to updating my very first TpT products {cringe}. Download this cute CUPS freebie here, updated with Mel's very cute scrappy cup clipart.

We use CUPS to help us to remember to edit for capitals, understanding, spelling and punctuation. Perfect for any grade level.

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Sunday, 12 July 2015

Back to School Essentials~ A linky party

Two posts in two days, it's a miracle! Even though I'm heading back to school after our winter holidays in Australia, not to a new year after Summer break, I thought I would link-up with Amanda at The Teaching Thief to share my back-to-school essentials.

As my class this year will tell you, I have a massive stationary addition. Between them and my husband I swear they are working together to get me to stop. Every time I go near I shop now I hear my kiddos saying, "Do you REALLY need that Mrs Perry?" :) It hasn't worked yet but I'm sure I'll hear it again when they see everything I bought over our winter holidays (ummm... it's a LOT).

My typical summer haul looks (partly, ok this is about half) like:

 My B2S list normally includes:

1. New buckets, baskets and general cute looking containers. Not that I actually need any more but I keep on buying them!

2. New cushions and seats for my reading area. I normally sew new cushion covers and hit up Kmart for other bits and pieces.

3. Laminating pockets! Along with stamps & stickers. Aldi in Australia are great for cheap stamps close to the start of the school year.

4. A new classroom mat. These are not the cheapest item to buy in Australia. I normally wait until Kmart or Spotlight has a sale.

5. Clipboards for displays and group work. I bought mine from Amazon a few years ago and love them. I'm due for some more this year.

I also normally buy new tissue paper decorations, pencils and other small stationary bits for my reward box and new fidget tools.

Happy shopping to all of you heading back to school. Can't wait to see your blog posts and ideas in the next few weeks.
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