Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Chocolate Bananas

We have been trying to taste different fruits in class, so this week we decided to try and jazz up some bananas to make them more appealing to our children. They had so much fun cutting the bananas, melting the chocolate and then decorating the bananas and making them into popsicles!

They were a great way to encourage the students to work independently during the cookery session and to encourage them to taste something new.


Monday, 13 February 2017

Valentine's Card

We have been busy making Valentine Cards today. Do you like them?

First, we folded a piece of A3 card in half, then we watered down some pink paint and used it to make a water effect and painted all over the card and left it to dry.

Then, we got an a4 piece of white card and put it into a work tray. We squirted different colour paints (red, purple, pink, yellow) into the work tray and then used a golf ball to roll through the paints and around the a4 piece of card. Once the card was full we left it to try.

When the a4 piece of card was dry we cut it out into the shape of a heart and added some heart sequins. Then we stuck this onto the front the folded card. Added some messages inside and on the outside and they were done!

They were so easy to make, the kids had a blast and they look great!


Saturday, 11 February 2017

TpT Seller Planner

Are you a seller on TpT? Do you struggle to stay organised and motivated throughout the School year on top of everything else you have going on? Then you seriously need to check out this totally awesome TpT planner (and I'm not just saying that because I made it - I can't live without it!)

So, I don't really know where to start with sharing this planner with you because it includes so much, so I'm just going to try and give you a brief outline of what it includes and how you can use it to improve your TpT life.

This planner will include LIFETIME UPDATES meaning that constant dates will be updated over the years and any additional updates for the planner will be included. Plus, if there's something that you think should be included or other sellers will benefit from, just ask me and I'll try my best to add it for you!

This planner includes the following:
♦ Covers
** 8 different options

♦ Divider cover pages - 12 different styles & editable versions in Powerpoint and Keynote - you can add/edit text - you can not extract images.
** Blog
** Brainstorming
** Calendar
** Conferences/Courses
** Goals/Milestones
** Income and Expenses
** Holidays/Seasonal
** Information
** Notes
** Products
** Promotions/Giveaways
** Social Media
** Stats
** Tips & Tricks
** To Do Lists

♦ Lost and found contact details
♦ Account details
♦ Handy websites
♦ Product description codes
♦ Links
♦ TpT buddies
♦ Goals
** Shoot for Gold - draw/write 3 goals
** Social - facebook, bloglovin', instagram and TpT
** Social - blank

♦ Daily, weekly and monthly tracking/recording
♦ Year calendars 2017-2020
♦ 2017 calendar pages with social media tracking, monthly overviews
♦ 2018 calendar pages with social media tracking, monthly overviews
♦ To do list
♦ Notes and Ideas - 2 x diff. notes pages, 1 x notes and ideas page
♦ Course & Conference Notes - 2 x diff. course notes, 2 x diff. conference notes
♦ My products
♦ Clipart purchases
♦ My licenses - 2 x diff. types
♦ Product ideas- 4 x diff. types
♦ Product updates - 4 x diff. types
♦ Product upload checklists - pre and post upload
♦ Donations list
♦ Promotion tracker
♦ Site wide sale information
♦ Giveaway information
♦ Giveaway set up information
♦ Blog ideas
♦ Blog linkies
♦ Pinterest tracker - 3 diff. types
♦ Brainstorming girl option
♦ Brainstorming boy option
♦ Product requests - 2 diff. types
♦ Newsletter submission tracking
♦ Product statistics
♦ Social media statistics - 2 diff. types
♦ Followers statistics - 2 diff. types
♦ My earnings tracking - 6 diff. types
♦ Incomes and expenses
♦ Sketch it out
♦ TpT milestone fun
♦ Blog milestone fun
♦ Fun milestone template
♦ 2017 holidays
♦ Tips/Advice - TpT, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Tailwind, Blogging
♦ Sight Word lists - pre primer to third
♦ Back page - TpT Now, Cha-Ching Later

These pages are a great way to brainstorm your ideas, keeping all your creativity in one place and a great way to pull product ideas/blog ideas etc. 

These pages are a great way for you to plan out your months. There's also mini social media boxes on the bottom of each day so that you can keep track of what you have done/scheduled. 

Keeping track of your goals is really important, and this social goals page is a great way for you to put all your school goals in one place. 

One of the best parts about TpT for me is to be able to collaborate with other TpTers, but let's face it. When you're put on the spot and trying to find some TpT buddies it can be hard trying to think of them all of the top of your head, I've been using this page to write down my fave TpT buddies, great for when I'm putting together giveaways and opportunities to collaborate etc.

I LOVE having somewhere to note down my ideas or any little notes that I may pick up on advice or courses that may be of help etc. These pages are a great way for me to keep track of them. 

So, if you're anything like me you get lots of product ideas, write them down quickly then when it comes to making them you can't properly remember what your ideas were for that product. These individual product pages are great ways for you to note down all your plans/ideas for the product and also a great box for you to record if you need anything - clipart to be bought etc.

This checklist is a great way for you to double check everything before you upload your resource to TpT. It's so easy to get caught up in the excitement of uploading something new that it can be hard to remember everything.

Have you ever taken part in a giveaway/promotion but had a few things going on over the course of that week and totally forgotten the details? Well, worry no longer! This page is a great way for you to keep track of all the details when you sign up for the giveaway/promotion!

Or maybe you host your own giveaways. There's a page for that too! Great to be able to keep track of all the ideas that you have for the giveaway/promotion in one place.

Taking part in site wide sales is all part of the fun with TpT - but do you record the info and look back on your stats? It's so wonderful to be able to look back and check out how your store has grown/progressed through the different sales.

This is an example of one type of the divider cover pages. I use these to separate the different parts of my planner so I can keep track of where everything is kept.

Pinterest is a HUGE part of my promotion - and many other TpT sellers too. But it can be hard to keep track of so many different thing, but since I've been using these Pinterest tracker pages I've been able to work more on my Pinterest strategies and start to see the progress.

This monthly snapshot is probably the most motivating page in the whole planner for me. I printed out 12 - 1 for each month and spent a bit of time filling in from previous years sale records. Now each month I fill it in with any information, followers, sales etc. It is so much fun to be able to see the progress that my store is making and definitely keeps me more motivated!

This page is a GOD SEND for when I want to jazz up my descriptions, it's so easy now for me to just flip to this page in my planner when doing the descriptions.

If you're anything like me, organising by days, weeks and months can be so much more motivating and helps me to get a lot more done. I like to be able to map out what my days/weeks/months are going to look like and what I can work through.

That's all I'm going to share today. I hope this blog post has been able to give you an insight into what my TpT planner includes and how it can help you stay organised and keep motivated.

If you want any more information check it out here. Or, have you considered becoming a TpT seller? Just click here and be re-directed to find out more information. Referral link included.


Painting with Seaweed

So, this week we took our kids on a trip to the beach and pier. They absolutely love going to the beach and on our trip day it was a little sunny so we wrapped up warm and headed off.

The kids love to go into the rock pools, so we went exploring to see what we could find. Then we collected some bits for our art therapy session that afternoon.

One of the most fun things we got was seaweed because we used it to paint with instead of paintbrushes! The kids found it so much fun finding bits of seaweed to take back to class with us, finding all different sizes and it was a great way to get them used to some different textures.

In art therapy in the afternoon we painted self portraits, then we got out different colour paints and then dipped the seaweed into them. We used the seaweed to dab onto our self portraits to make hair. 
Check out how they looked: 


Friday, 27 January 2017

TpT Gift Card Giveaway!!

Hi everyone. Can you believe we're almost at the end of February? This year is flying by, and what better way to end January than to have a TpT gift card giveaway!

You could win a $60 TpT Gift Card just by entering on the rafflecopter at the end of this blog post! What would you spend the gift card on? Clipart? Fonts? Teaching resources? Classroom management resources? Planning templates? Powerpoint Games? Speech therapy games? The list is endless for what you can find on TpT!

You have until the 3rd of February to enter - make sure you don't miss out!

Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, 20 January 2017

Let's be a Positive Force on Inauguration Day!

It's Inauguration Day! Whether you be happy, sad, unsure, excited - or feeling whatever - this Inauguration Day, just make sure to reflect on how wonderful your life is, and how it can be filled with kindness, respect and love.

I've joined forces with some wonderful, fellow TpTers to bring you some amazing free resources and you can find them all on TpT!

Just search the hashtags 
#kindnessnation and #weholdthesetruths
on Teachers Pay Teachers to see all the results of these amazing resources - which are FREE for you to download!

(Thanks for the image @Trendingtech_tn)

So, what resource am I giving away?

This resource contains a short powerpoint presentation on anti bullying and to promote friendship. The slides are set so that you can all discuss ideas and answers for the question before clicking to load some ideas/answers on the powerpoint.

This presentation is a great resource to have during anti bullying week/month and will help you to promote kindness and friendship within your classroom and with your students.

This is a powerpoint presentation meaning you will need microsoft powerpoint to play the slideshow.

We all know how hard it can be to get students engaged when working on topics such as anti bullying, and it can be such a hard topic to discuss, and hopefully this powerpoint will get your students thinking on a wider scale and help make it more understandable and engaging for them.

Be sure to check out the inlinkz at the bottom of this post for some more great free resources that are being advertised this Inauguration Day!


Fellow TpTers - if you have a free resource that is part of this Inauguration Day hashtag promotion, please feel free to add the link in the below inlinkz link up.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Speech Shopping Fun!

Everyday, our class splits into two different speech groups - sorted on abilities. Our higher level group needed a new fun game this term so I created this wonderful shopping game - they absolutely LOVE it! It's been a huge hit and there are so many different learning opportunities included, plus getting them used to the names of different foods!

This game comes complete with everything you need to play, just simply print, cut and laminate and you're all set to go!

The game comes in 2 different difficulty levels to differentiate for students.

This is a great game to include in your speech sessions or even 1:1 sessions. It will encourage students to pay attention to detail, follow instructions, recognise different foods/drinks and be able to match them to their instructions. It also encourages wider use of vocabulary and sentence structure as well as working towards life skills.

First, you hand students their individual trolley and choose a shopping list. Then lay out the cards across the table and have students try to find the items from their shopping list and add them to their shopping trolley.

The students have so much fun, they don't even realise they're still learning! It's also a great way to prepare students for shopping visits, improve upon their life skills and to follow instructions/a list.

If you want to find out more information on this resource click here or any of the images above.


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