Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Fun Screen Wallpapers

Friends, I've noticed some teachers on Instagram sharing ways to use my screen wallpapers at home and in the classroom! Each Wednesday recently, I've shared a new file that you can download and save to your device or computer to use as your background wallpaper. If you've missed them - find them all HERE

If you have a post on social media, be sure to tag me #fromthepond so I can see.
Here are some I have seen recently:

Jess has added one to her school computer so it gives the Smartboard some flair!

Miss J Love turning on my mac everyday to see this bright and fun wallpaper.

Miss Worters is reading up on the daily 5 and has the fruit wallpaper on her laptop!

Cath has the cactus wallpaper on her iPad!

Tess has the same cactus wallpaper on her home office Mac. 

I will be making a new one for Wednesday, so if you have a request, be sure to leave me a note!

Thanks so much for stopping by - head over to Insta and check out these amazing teacher feeds!

- Mel x

Monday, 24 July 2017

Smartphone Marketing School

Hi friends!

I wanted to quickly share something with you that I have been very excited about. Tabitha Carro from Flapjack Education coordinates a course that is helping me get more use from my smartphone to help with marketing and promotion. 

I joined a while ago (lifetime access) and want to be very honest with you - I have had such a crazy few months with my Sam being very sick and in hospital, my husband in hospital for day surgery, starting a new round of immunotherapy - you name it - I have not got too far into the course. But that is the wonderful thing about it - its all there ready for me to get back into now I have more time.

If you've followed me for a while you know that I don't do many posts like this at all. I have to fully believe in something before I will recommend it. Let me tell you - this course is the real deal. Tabitha shares it all. She holds nothing back. Everything I have seen so far is solid. No fluffy 'let's all make an inspiration board and join hands and sing a lullaby stuff'. Tabitha is making, creating and doing the work too - and sharing what she knows honestly and without hesitation. If you want real information - this is packed with it. 

 The course is open to new students again - but just through August 1st.

I am confident that this membership will help me feel more confident with my smartphone and using it within my business. I am also very confident Tabitha delivers. It's self-paced, gives you lifetime access, and I take it right from my phone whenever I have a free moment.

You'll get instant, lifetime access to easy-to-follow lessons on:
  • product photography
  • graphic design
  • sales graphic creation
  • lighting and setup
  • script writing
  • video production and editing
  • iPhone productivity

and all of it from your iPhone - learn on the go!

You'll also get access to a private Facebook group that yours truly is in, learning all the latest tips on iPhone visual marketing.

Find out more HERE and let me know if you have any questions.

(this is an affiliate link, but any small commission I receive from you signing up, I will donate to a GoFund Me campaign). I am sharing this because I honestly think Tabitha has worked hard to produce a quality course that has amazing content, not to generate income for myself. 

- Mel x

Sunday, 23 July 2017

FAST Ten Frame Activities

I have bundled up 20 fun and fast activities to help your students become familiar with ten frames. 

Ten Frames help students visualize numbers and move from concrete to abstract.

The activities are short and designed to integrate into your transitions and to use as time fillers. I have put each activity onto a card (4 to a page). Print these cards and bundle them together with a ring, to make a handy 'go-to' stash of fast activities to have at your fingertips! 

The activities are all perfect for those 5 minute breaks you have in between lessons or at the end of the session. They can all be done with the whole class or a small group. The more exposure to the ten frames our students receive, the better they will remember them!

I have included a mini-printable-book to use with one of the activities. Students draw the dots they see on a ten frame as it is flashed to them, inside their record book. Students can keep this book in their desk.

I have included 4 sets of ten frame flash cards for you to use as the teacher. 2 styles are included - left to right filled, and top to bottom filled. It is important for your students to know both. Each of these sets is included in 'fancy' and 'plain'. The fancy flashcards have a fun colorful "fuzzy" effect to make them motivating and special to your students!

Included is a bright and fun poster set to display in your classroom to encourage learning of the standard ten frame arrangements.

Great for learning centres, includes cards, worksheet, and cover page for organization.
I have included a blackline set of learning mats. Use these for 'write'n'wipe' cards, play-doh mats, manipulative mats or as a 'write-the-room activity!

 6 worksheets for FAST and FUN review of ten frames will be great to follow up learning and assess understanding!

This packet is also included in my unique "Core Drawers" packet for early-years teachers.

Have fun with ten frames!

Thanks for stopping by my blog - see you over on Facebook too!

- Mel x

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Printable Bookmarks

Happy weekend friends! Yesterday I sent an email out to my subscribers that included a free printable bookmark download.

If you are not signed up, I extend a very big welcome to you. Simply pop your details into the sign-up  over on my blog sidebar!

Have a fabulous day friends!

- Mel x

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Busy Pencil Wallpaper Screen

Wednesday Thursday Wallpaper is fast becoming my favourite way to reinvigorate my desk focus. This week on my screens I have a little 'busy pencil' design happening and if you'd like to join me - download them right here!

Find the Computer Screen Wallpaper HERE

and Phone Screen Wallpaper HERE

Have a great day friends!

- Mel x

School Bus One Page Paper Craft Freebie

Do you love incorporating simple paper craft into your classroom program - particularly with writing - but find the prep a little too much to bear?!

Look no further than my new 'one page craft' packs! The first bundle is now complete (it was a growing bundle).

For each craft I have included a coordinating writing paper (3 line versions to choose from). 

TO see what all the fuss is about, try a craft bus for free today! Perfect for back-to-school!

Simply click HERE to find it in google drive!

I will be back soon with a new wallpaper for you and some Christmas in July news!

Have a lovely day

- Mel x

Monday, 17 July 2017

Ladybug Subtraction Game {Monday Memory}

I've headed back down memory lane to a 2011 post featuring a free subtraction ladybug game idea for your math centers and activities.

Simply print these big eye ladybugs and combine with dry erase markers, play dough or math manipulatives!

This activity is suitable for when you are first introducing the idea of subtraction to your students. They may not be familiar with the take-away (-) sign yet.
Print a ladybug for each of your students. To save ink, use your printing settings to select “2 to a page”, and print pages 2-3 on 1 page. 
Laminate them. 

Give each student a ladybug board and a dry-erase marker or crayon.
Tell the students to draw 5 spots on their ladybug. Tell a little story (e.g. the ladybug went out in the rain and lost 3 spots), and have the students take the corresponding number of spots away. Ask the students to describe what they have done, and what has happened to the ladybug.
Tell many more stories, and have the students draw the dots, and take them away to match your story.

When introducing subtraction, the language of take-away should be rich and extensive and relate to real life and to many children’s stories. Encourage this natural use of mathematical language – go away, fly away, take away, walk away, buzz away, break, lose, cover up, subtract etc.
You may choose to ask students to record the stories, or just enjoy the activity as a hands-on experience before you begin formal recordings.

Find the download on my 2011 post HERE and more ladybug math ideas in my TpT store HERE

Have a wonderful day friends!

- Mel x

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Books, books and more books

We've spent a bit of time this weekend reorganising books in our playroom. Yikes, we have a few!

I will try to post some pictures here on my blog soon, but you can follow the saga delights on my instagram stories if you are keen. 

I just added a new clipart set - book inspired - to my graphics store. Find them HERE

Thanks so much for stopping by - enjoy your day!

- Mel x

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Unicorn Screen Wallpaper Freebie

How about some unicorn rainbow fun for your screens this week!?

It is Wallpaper Wednesday here on my blog and you can download these wallpapers for your personal and classroom use for free.

Find them in google drive below:

{Computer Screen Wallpaper} HERE

{Phone Screen Wallpaper} HERE

Have a beautiful day friends!

- Mel x

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Unicorn A Rainbow Coloring Page

For Takeaway Tuesday this week, I have made a rainbow unicorn colouring page that you may like to download. 

I drew a unicorn in one of my Instagram stories last week and I received a few requests to turn it into a colouring page. So here it is!

I am not unicorn obsessed like my daughter and have a slight aversion to drawing horses - I can never get the shape quite the way I want it - so this was a challenge I set myself.  

Thank you for all your support and sweet messages - you inspire me to do better every day!

Oops, almost forgot - find the free unicorn colouring page in  Google Drive HERE

- Mel x

Monday, 10 July 2017

Subitizing Game Freebie {Monday Memory}

 Friends, back in 2011 I shared a printable activity for subitizing {perfect for kindergarten} with you!

I took a trip down Memory Lane to find it and freshen it up for you! 

Your little ones can match the dogs and dog houses as they learn to subitize.

Subitizing is the ability to identify dot arrangements in different patterns. Starting with the standard dot pattern arrangements (on dice) and moving to random arrangements.  It is expected that quantities up to ten will be known and named without the routine of counting. Students should be able to instantly recognize them. Subitizing will help children with the counting-on strategy and when learning combinations of numbers (seeing a pattern of two known smaller patterns). Subitizing is a fundamental skill in the development of number sense. It will support the development of conservation, compensation, unitizing, counting-on, composing and decomposing of numbers.

Play lots of fun games to reinforce subitizing - even in 3rd grade!
I added some 'dog' cards as well as the dog houses. 

The best part about this free game is that it is all in backline so you can simply print on color paper and have an engaging activity that is low prep.

Ive added a worksheet and cover page for your organisational pouches and folders too.

Download it from Google Drive HERE

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today - if you love Math centers, activities and games as much as me, you may want to see my newly listed Math Pack - its on sale for today only! It will help your emergent-learners with comparing quantities and collections.

- Mel x