Five for Friday

Five for Friday 4.09.15

Hi all! I truly hope that your week has been well I am linking up with Doodle Bugs for the weekly Five for Friday posts. πŸ™‚

I know some of my friends from the U.S have just headed back to school this week.

I’ll start the post with some inspiration πŸ˜‰

1. Some things are exciting about the return to school – but some aren’t! πŸ™‚

2. We have been so busy in the classroom this week, my ESL students are working on alphabetizing and my younger group are working on phonics – I have some new activities to share with you all and I can’t wait! πŸ™‚

Here are some pictures of what we have done this week. All these activities will be on TPT soon (if not already). I’ve also uploaded some freebies! I will provide a link at the bottom of each picture so you can check it out if you like. πŸ™‚

My students worked on vowel sounds. We used dry erase pockets for some of the cards with Β a pair of students while the other two used hole punchers – then we swapped these around! They had so much fun rotating as they love using the hole puncher just as much as the daubers! ;P
So in tutoring, I love using new ideas to help grab students’ attention. Introducing interactive notebooks wasn’t easy – so I made this little interactive notebook “about me” activity which they can use to start any subject. Or at the start of the new year! πŸ™‚
I recently made these interactive picture puzzles to help my students alphabetize. They loved these! I made two – one pirate themed and the other one was fall themed. I haven’t uploaded them yet but I will soon as one freebie too! πŸ™‚
Here, we worked on number order and skip counting by 2’s and 3’s. I used my sister’s back to school clip-art and made this back to school set of puzzles. πŸ™‚

3. This point is non-teaching related but it’s a point worth mentioning. My husband and I have been attending some house auctions with my sister and brother in law. I have to say that you gotta breathe a sight of relief right now…

Right now….

If you live anywhere but in Australia.

Here’s why:

On a busy road with noisy trucks passing by every half a minute.

And it gets better…

Are you sighing…


And if you’re thinking our salary probably pays for that or higher per year. Nope. We don’t. It’s sad and I if the average household is paying 1MILLION or more on a mediocre house that is 100+ years old (which would take the average lifespan of a person – if you live to 100 lol and more to pay it off on a salary of $55K). This is why I said folks… SIGH of relief.

I guess it’s not easy anywhere else in the world really – but Australia property prices are really pushing the ‘ridiculous’.

End of rant. πŸ™‚

4. My wonderful friend Alison Hislop over at Teaching Maths with Meaning reached her TPT milestone this week, she deserves every bit of it. She specializes in Math and she’s pretty awesome at it! Check out her free resource below and have a browse through her store! πŸ™‚

5. I’ll close with a Ryan meme made by Teaching Outside the Box!

Speaking of a new tote πŸ˜‰

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